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Belgarath the Sorcerer (Belgariad Prequels)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  57,071 Ratings  ·  324 Reviews

The life story of Belgararth the Sorcerer: his own account of the great struggle that went before the Belgariad and the Malloreon, when gods stills walked the land.

Here is the full epic story of Belgarath, the great sorcerer learned in the Will and the Word on whom the fate of the world depends. Only Belgarath can tell of those near-forgotten times when Gods still walked t

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Published (first published 1995)
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Matthew L.
Jan 30, 2009 Matthew L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So this is the second time I've read this book, mainly cause I was out of stuff and I *really* hated the follow-up. I'll get to that sooner or later, but what I might have found charming about the digressions this time, I just found irriating and "clever." And it was carried to extremes in Polgara.

I loved this series and perhaps it's been too long since I've read it, but I more think it's a matter of "you finished the series" let it go. The jokes that were sparkling are now tired.

But maybe I'm
Sep 03, 2012 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Eddings has told one story really, really well...about eight times now. The Belgariad is the Mallorean is the Eleniad is the Tamuli is the Redemption of Althalus. If you've read his books, you know this story. You know who will live, who will die (usually) and who will show up during the introductory sequences.

That said, I heart every one of his books, and Belgarath the Sorcerer is no different. It's not edge-of-your seat reading, because you already know where this story will end (it's a
Jade Kerrion
Jul 23, 2012 Jade Kerrion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Belgarath the Sorcerer is best read after both the Belgariad and the Mallorean. Although it is a standalone novel, the prologue is built upon events that happen at the end of the Mallorean.

How to describe the novel? Calling it a history book is a grave injustice, on the scale of calling a Lamborghini a car (which it is, of course, but surely you can come up with far more dazzling ways to describe a Lamborghini.) "Belgarath the Sorcerer" is the story of one man's love--for his god, for his wife,
Feb 12, 2012 Shawne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: extreme completists
Shelves: fiction
There are times when I mightily rue the sad fact that I am, by nature, a completist. Because this means I stick with book, movie and tv franchises long after these series have worn out their welcome - if you win my heart at all, you win it for good, apparently. That's great if the series remains consistently good, intelligent and surprising - not so great if it lapses into predictability, laziness and mediocrity.

The sad truth of the matter is that David and Leigh Eddings had been stretching my p
Igor Ljubuncic
Apr 08, 2014 Igor Ljubuncic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: david-eddings
It is important to remember I read David's books as a young man, and my ratings all reflect how the books made me feel back then, 20 years ago, and not today.

Now, Belgarath was such a sweet book, and infused me with a sense of warmth and safety. In fact, this is probably the best way to put it:

Tiny Tim

I'm so happy!
Aha! Happy go lucky me!
I just go my way,
Living everyday!

I don't worry!
Worrying don't agree,
Things that bother you,
Never bother me!

Things that bother you,
Never bother me
I feel happy and fine!
Jim Eisenberg
Oct 07, 2010 Jim Eisenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book is complicated to review. Mainly, because I am not quite sure what to say about it. The first time I read it, a few years ago, I fell in love with it and subsequently read all other David Eddings books (that is, until I realized that each and every one was the same and that I was not discovering any new characters from saga to saga). I recently tried it again, and hated it for how shallow, unrealistic and purely useless the book was, and when I decided to review it wanted to put ...more
Abbey Gray
I'm giving this 3.5 stars for the pure and simple fact it took me so long to read! As can be seen from the start date I actually started this book last year. I really enjoyed it at first, I loved Belgarath in the other books and so seeing his life was great. However with about 200/300 pages left I found I couldn't bring myself to read anymore. I was too bored. So I put the book down and then picked it back up about 4 days ago. I thought I'd get the last 200 or so pages read in a day but even the ...more
Jun 14, 2009 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
Absolutely wonderful, riveting read! Belgarath is one of the most complex, entertaining and lovable characters in the Belgariad and the Malloreon, without whom none of the events in those books would have taken place, and it's extremely fitting that he would have his own story to tell! His own account is a nice background to the Belgariad and provides all the juicy details of the legendary characters and events that you've always been curious about but was never told in full. Eddings' trademark ...more
Ian Zimmerman
Jan 25, 2012 Ian Zimmerman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some readers get snobby and look down on the fantasy/science fiction genre as a whole. I believe these readers are simply close minded, but it would be easier to convince them that fantasy has integrety if books like Belgarath didn't exist. This is a superb example of absolute trash fantasy lit. Reading this book probably knocks 5 points off your IQ.
It's a rehash of the Belgariad & Mallorean with a bit extra from Belgarath's point of view. I read it once, just to see if there were any startling revelations. None. Not worth buying or reading unless you are just crazy about this series. I thought the Belgariad was very good & read it several times. The Mallorean was OK & I've read it maybe twice. This book, along with Polgara & the Mrin Codex are only for the fanatics, though.
Vincent Wood
Apr 12, 2015 Vincent Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I will admit it, David Eddings is among my literary idols. His two book series of the Belgariad and the Mallorean along with Terry Brook's original Shannara trilogy and Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga all helped turn reading for me to something I had to do to something I enjoyed doing back in my high school days. Now none of these books I would put on my "I don't care if you don't like the genre, I highly recommend you read these books" list, but I would put them on my "If you enjoy fantasy ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, David and Leigh Eddings gave us "The Belgariad" and "The Mallorean" (among many other books), and now Belgarath comes to tell his own story. Belgarath wasn't always "older" and wiser, nor did he always have the power he wields. In this book, he reaches back through the millennium to let the reader in on things like how he changed from Gareth to Belgarath, what his relationships with Poledra, Polgara, Beldin, and many others were like, and whether or not he has been lonely. This book revis ...more
Charles Harrison
This book defies the term, 'spoilers' reading it post Belgariad/ Mallorian you essentially already know the outcome of all the major events. This makes it no less brilliant. In fact so brilliant I am re-evaluating all the books I previously gave 5 stars.
To understand this book you need to have read the other (10!) books but it is worth reading them just to truly appreciate this one (not that they aren’t fun on their own). Belgarath is fundamentally interesting, deeply flawed and certainly a pett
Mirta Martin
Feb 02, 2014 Mirta Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one as well as Polgara-book are written wonderfully by the Eddings-pair. You get to peek at the time before Garion and friends and even if the two books (Belgarath and Polgara) have some of the same "scenes" it only made me feel exited: "I remember this from the other book!" You can basically live some of the same events twise, by reading the two wonderful novels, but from a whole different perspective, making it still feel a totally different stories, which they are.

David and Leight Edding
Darrel Blair
Dec 30, 2014 Darrel Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All YA and older, fantasy lovers.
As always, Eddings holds the reader's attention extremely well. This story is a prequel to Eddings' wonderful series, the Belgariad. It is a great story and explains a lot from the Belgariad that the reader did not get in the earlier series. The only negative, as I see it, is the fact that this book is simply a long explanation of the life of Belgarath. If the reader did not read the aforementioned series, the reader would be lost. Still, it is a wonderful book that fills in a lot of holes.
Berry Muhl
Jan 27, 2016 Berry Muhl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After you've finished the Belgariad and the Malloreon, you're likely to suffer withdrawal from the characters and their banter. This novel is a (temporary) remedy. That the in-jokes are still repeated ad nauseam doesn't detract from the narrative, because there are plenty more new ones drizzled over the top.

The story is one you've seen before: the Belgariad, mostly, told from a new perspective. But there is also about seven thousand years of world history preceding it, including a fuller recoun
Naomi Hanks
Aug 30, 2007 Naomi Hanks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This was just kind of a fun little pre-history of the Belgariad and Malloreon series. I really liked it because it showed where the main characters had come from and what their importance was in the series (just incase you didn't already figure it out). The only thing that was hard for me to get used to was the style of writing. Unlike the rest of the series, "Belgarath the Sorcerer" was written in first person from the perspective of Belgarath, and just like the character, it was a bit long win ...more
Quello che a suo tempo non apprezzai del ciclo principale, ovvero la scelta narrativa di raccontare e non mostrare quanto accade, è il motivo per cui non do più di due stelline a questo volume di appendice alle serie I Belgariad e I Malorrean .
Pur giustificando (in questo caso specifico) lo stile narrativo perché, dopotutto, si tratta del racconto della vita di Belgarath, non riesco comunque a farmelo piacere davvero: sarà forse che non amo particolarmente la scrittura in prima persona e che d
“Belgarath the Sorceror” is a prequel to the Belgariad series. It was written a few years afterwards, and the set up for the novel was that it was written afterwards as well. The prologue to the book is the main characters from the series sitting down after it’s all over, and saying to Belgarath “you’ve been around for a lot longer than the rest of us. What happened before?” And the novel is Belgarath’s story. There’s a fair amount of reading here. After all, Belgarath is about 7000 years old at ...more
Oct 08, 2009 Jak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Run out if ideas? Why not rehash the same ones you’ve already done and extend it to a book. While the first part of the book was quite good in revealing the younger Belgarath it wasn’t exactly revelatory and just a rehash of the first 10 books. And Belgarath's constant ‘pulling of whiskers’ (if I remember the term correctly) did get very annoying. That said, it was still entertaining.
Sep 18, 2012 Lea rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But after two weeks of chewing I had to quit. It's sooo long and sooo boring. Even narrator himself doesn't really want to be telling this story, why should I be interested in reading it?
I'm just relieved I found the courage to say: "Enough!" :)
Mayank Agarwal
Reading this prequel after having read the series Belgariad few months back. So I already knew what to expect, luckily the book doesn’t depend on surprises & twist to get the readers hooked instead it’s the easy going writing style along with the rough & charming characterization of our protagonist which keeps us coming back for more.

For a 700 pages long book it’s surprisingly well paced, there is never any dull moment. In covering events spanning 7000 years it’s got a lot of interestin
Though I liked the book, but it feels like it's not standing up to the rest of the Rivan King Series (The Belgariad and The Malloreon).
I can't shake the feeling that something is missing. But I don't know what.
Tired cash in. You would think given a timespan of thousands of years that we might learn something new and interesting. We do not.
Rik Leaf
May 16, 2013 Rik Leaf rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You might not be able to get blood from a stone...but Eddings proves you can sure milk it.
Of all the books in author David Eddings bibliography, I can make a very good case that this book and it's sequel, the soon to be reviewed by me "Polgara the Sorceress" are the most original. At least... most original of his work. This book is a meta-commentary on the life and psudo-history for his largest and longest running series. It's a bit long but the narrator has a sense of humor and, with good in story reasons, breaks the 4th wall. It's a wry deconstruction of the heroes journey from the ...more
Ана Хелс
Mar 08, 2014 Ана Хелс rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Завръщам се в топлия свят на магиите и приказките с гарантирано добър финал, където хилядолетни вещици се изчервяват като хлапета пред поразголени юнаци, малките руси принцове се мусят над разранените си колене след като спасили света от сигурна погибел, а боговете се дърлят като бабички пред блока за това кой им е любимия народец от кресливи човеченца. Клиширано, предвидимо, вървящо в намазаните с мед и катран релси на фентъзи канона. И освен това по детски чисто, стоплящо в спомените и усмихва ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Nov 10, 2012 Jeremy Preacher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Belgarath the Sorcerer is another one of those Del Rey series-padding specials - there were a whole bunch of these in the early 90s, where authors rewrote their successful work from the point of view of another character. I adored the Garion books, and I was quite fond of this one, but its charm has worn off - even more than the original series.

Part of the problem is that Eddings's worldbuilding is just sloppy. He doesn't seem to care all that much for consistency, and alters things in later boo
This book was pretty good. If you chopped off the middle 200 pages or so. It was one thing reading about history repeating itself once The Mallorean came to pass, but to find out the history has been repeating itself in a glorious 5-millennia cycle might be slightly off-putting. The beginning stages of Belgarath's story, at least, was amusing and intriguing enough to read.

That said, I loved reading about how the Old Wolf's character was shaped. I loved how the narration was in his perspective, a
So, I have listened to my first mega audio book at nearly 30 hours. It would have been perfect were it not for the cliffhanger. Don't get me wrong, I had no problem with the time I spent listening to Begarath chronicle his story and clarify his legend. The is a very long saga about Gods at war and how they use human servants such as Belgarath to bring about circumstances that give them the edge. Belgarath and his daughter Paulgarath's story spans centuries. They coax the bloodlines and political ...more
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David Eddings was an American author who wrote several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, was an uncredited co-author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

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