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Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad #5)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  62,076 ratings  ·  463 reviews
The quest was over, the Orb of Aldur was restored. But the prophecy which drove Garion was unfulfilled, and gave no answer to the question which haunted him - how does a man kill an immortal god?
Paperback, 445 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Corgi Books (first published December 1984)
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Kelly
May 29, 2007 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, fantasy lovers
I will let my review of this book speak for all of the Eddings books that I have read, which include four series of books (Belgariad, Mallorean, the Elenium and the Tamuli). I discovered these books in the seventh grade, and as a testament to how much I loved them: not only I, but all of my friends and I ripped through all four of these series over the course of six months to a year, sharing books and working out arrangements of who would buy the next one. I remember sitting around in a circle a ...more
Stephen
3.5 stars. Fairly satisfying ending the Belgariad. Overall, this was an above average epic fantasy series geared more towards the YA audience but still enjoyable for adults.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
C.E. Murphy
Turns out ENCHANTERS' END GAME has all kinds of POVs in it, mostly, in fact, of women. Well, no, not mostly: mostly it's Garion. But every other POV is a female, because Eddings dips in around the West and visits the queens who are holding the thrones while their husbands are off fighting the big war.

Re-reading as an adult, I found that interesting for two reasons: one, it means every POV in the Belgariad that is not Garion's is female, which--from the adult perspective--is fairly awesome. One
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Amber
I hadn't intended on giving this 5 stars, but seriously, the ending was pretty cool. It was so Harry Potter-esque that I couldn't help but think Rowling must have read the series before she wrote hers. I just didn't see the battle between Torak and Garion going the way it did, and it impressed me. Plus, I was glad it tied up all the loose ends. Looking forward to reading The Mallorean series, which is an extension off this I guess. This series played it safe a bit, but nice wrap up.
Stephen
3.5 stars. Fairly satisfying ending the Belgariad. Overall, this was an above average epic fantasy series geared more towards the YA audience but still enjoyable for adults.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
Patrick
Meh. I like many of the characters, but they do the same things in the same way for 5 books and it just wore on me. Many things were resolved too easily, and some were not resolved at all except in a sentence. e.g. Barak's been freaking out about his bear possession for 5 books and it's resolved in one sentence in a flashback saying now he's dealt with it.

Ce'Nedra was apparently supposed to show maturity and growth, but I think she showed very little progression. It's hard to root for this obno
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Nicole
I think the Belgariad series is one of the best fantasy stories about a boy's coming of age. It predates this crazy onslaught of market-driven writers who hope to make a quick name, a huge splash, and a lot of money all in the name of the written word. In fact, if you compare the quality of Eddings' writing with that of many of the big names in young adult fantasy today (though I believe it's not intended for a young adult audience specifically), you'll see that the scales will tip quite heavily ...more
Nate
It's kind of sad, but it feels like the Belgariad finally hits its stride in the last book.(view spoiler) I like the Belgariad, but I secretly like the Malloreon better, because the main characters all fe ...more
Jesse
Alright, this concludes my complete re-read of this series (until I start the second one...). There was a lot in this book that I didn't remember. In fact, the ending was much better than I remembered; an epic scene of the protagonist fighting a massive god-in-the-flesh in the abondoned city of his preisthood. Pretty good.

The plot structure is mixed up a bit from previous books, as the all the characters have split into two groups and are traveling in different directions...to the same goal.

As w
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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The fate of the world depends on one duel. Garion is now the King of Riva, but he knows there will be no peace as long as Torak lives. Garion along with Belgarath and Silk set out to find him. In order to keep Torak’s forces focus away from Garion, and also to keep the peace in the West, Ce’Nedra has gathered her forces and is ready to take on the Angarak’s. With Garion getting close to Torak, he knows he will have
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Renee
It's too bad I didn't read this series as a child, for I might have liked it then. Reading it as an adult just didn't work for me, though I really wanted to like it. I liked some of the characters, and the overall storytelling; but had too many issues throughout. Worst for me was probably the characterization of women throughout this series. Sure, this setting is patriarchal, but that doesn't mean every woman has to be a fliggering idiot. They have tantrums, do stupid things so men have to rescu ...more
M.J.
The fifth and final book in Edding's Belgariad series has a distinctly "Return of the King" flavour, but it is dogged by many of the same problems found in the earlier books. While the bulk of the fellowship is leading the armies of the west into battle with the assembled army of the forces of evil, a smaller part of the fellowship ventures into the dark city where the sleeping god waits to be be reawoken as an object of great and terrible power that he desires is brought ever closer. The two co ...more
Whitney
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Slobodan
ENCHANTER’S END GAME brings THE BELGARIAD saga to an end. I remember this series being much more enjoyable when I first read it as a teenager. The reason being that now after reading this final edition, I, found it somewhat naïve. What I mean by that is at times I felt like there wasn't enough depth and structure. It all plays out too quickly and by happenstance. Here is a great prophecy that the whole UNIVERSE is depending on and it is settled in a few swings of swords and the rebuke by Belgari ...more
Ryan
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Kurtbg
Here ends the Belgariad by David Eddings. What is it?
A fantasy series about righting a world where a god went mad with jealousy over a bauble his older brother created. Well, as all younger brothers are (except mine) he steals the bauble and tries to use it to rule the world. The Bauble strikes back! It maims the insecure god and puts him into a sleep until... enter the one human born to deal with him... he's the son of... no, silly, not a god, but of a line of magicians who serve a god. Well, t
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Lynda
I decided to wait till I finished rereading all 5 books before I wrote a review. When the Pawn of Prophesy came out, it made a profound impact on me. The series quickly became my all-time favorite fantasy series.

It has been years since my last rereading of the series. This was mainly because his later books simply weren't as good. I feared a reread would disappoint me.

Yes, I saw many flaws this time that I don't remember noticing in the past. Still, those flaws were overshadowed by the story, t
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Elisabeth
After two weeks of constant reading I’ve come to the end of the Belgariad. I have been thrown into adventures that almost made me fear for the characters’ lives and I have been swept away by the main characters’ extraordinary personalities. My favourites, besides Garion, are of course Belgarath, Polgara, Ce’Nedra, Silk, Mandorallen, Barak…. When I come to think about it, I love them all!
Before Belgariad, I’ve never been a fan of Fantasy novels but after Eddings’ magnificent masterpiece I feel th
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Joe
A good ending to the series. It's a shame that it's now all over but all things eventually end (there's the Mallorean series as well).
alice
Un buon finale per un bella saga!!
Ora posso dare un giudizio totale a tutta la saga e gli do 4/5.
I personaggi sono stupendi. Tutti i libri sono caratterizzati da una sottile ironia che nemmeno nei momenti critici della guerra si è spenta. Ogni personaggio è fedele a sè stesso e questo è davvero bello.
Le preoccupazioni di Garion davanti al matrimonio mi hanno divertito tantissimo, aveva appena ucciso un Dio, ma la possibilità di non soddisfare Ce'Nedra lo terrorizza!!
Davvero una bella storia, con
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Erika
A little closer to 3.5 stars than 4 for me, rereading it as an adult.

It is an ending to the Belgariad, which is good, because it needed an ending.

A couple points of repetition irked me. Ce'Nedra spent the whole time the others were off getting the Orb from Cthuchik with the Gorim, and then Polgara pointed out her army inspiring speeches in the Mrin, but Ce'Nedra still got a lecture about the importance of prophecies. I don't think she was that flighty to have forgotten. Also, when Belgarion and
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Cheryl
I have been rereading this series that I read first in high school and college. And I find that I enjoy it just as much as I did the first time around. Looking forward to the second series. I only ever read the first two of that series, because I caught up with Eddings--he simply wasn't publishing quickly enough and I went on to other things.

As a Tolkien fan, I totally see why this is another of my favorites. The quest, the sorcery, the epic battle between good and evil--and not (sorry fans) Ga
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Mavis Lim
I’ve decided to write my review after completing the entire series of The Belgariad. So yes. I was introduced to The Belgariad because I was way too hyped over ASOIAF. Hahaha. Can you imagine the difference?! I would have loved The Belgariad if it was my very first Fantasy read. It’s simple, entertaining, and quick. I can get back to it anytime I like. I don’t have to remember specific details or analyze anything thoroughly. My first impression was, wow that’s A LOT of travelling. Everything hap ...more
Michael T Bradley
Ending not with a bang but a pathetic whimpering mewling noise, Enchanter's End Game rounds out the Belgariad. Thank goodness that's done with.

This book consists of three sections. The first (smallest, I believe) section sets things up. The gigantic middle section, I skipped, because it's all about the Empire at war, which ... has no bearing or impact upon the plot or anything we've cared about the previous four books. Remember in the third Matrix movie when they kept flashing back to that giga
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David Lanyon
An ending.

I wrote a brief review for book one. Now the series is finished I'll add some more words about the series.

Brief review:
The final books wraps up the main quest/story line, bring the characters to a final dramatic meeting. Eddings continues his characteristic prose and storytelling, drawing the reader along for a journey across ??? (I just realized the world has no name) the western kingdoms. The book gives us glimpses into events transpiring in the various western kingdoms while the ma
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***Dave Hill
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Greg Strandberg
I have to say, I liked this series...but mainly for the first books. Book 1 and 2 were great, Books 3 and 4 kind of saw my interest wander a bit, and Book 5 may well have been me going through the motions.

Still, I'd like to read the first couple of books in this series again, some day, and maybe the last as well.

If you're looking for some good Coming of Age fantasy and some good maps and world-building, this is a really good series.
Grace S.
Huh. You know, as an ending, that kind of fizzled.

Tons of time spent lolling around in army logistics, only to culminate in a duel that has me humming "A little less conversation, a little more action..."

I mean, Garion did just (view spoiler)...right? I know there was a sword involved, but seriously.

Then of course the colt-reviving scene of book 3 was finally revealed to be foreshadowing. Like I said in my brief Castle of Wizardry review, t
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Michael Murdoch
The quest was over. The Orb of Aldur was restored. And once again, with the crowning of Garion, there was a descendant of Riva Iron-grip to rule as Overlord of the West. But the Prophecy was unfulfilled. In the east, the evil God Torak was about to awaken and seek dominion. Somehow, Garion had to face the God, to kill or be killed. On the outcome of that dread duel rested the destiny of the world. Now, accompanied by his grandfather, the ancient sorcerer Belgarath, Garion headed toward the City ...more
Anne Wright
Sep 30, 2014 Anne Wright rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all fantacy book lovers
Enchanters End Game by David Eddings

The last book of the Belgariad. A wonderful fantasy adventure.

Belgarian is off on the trail going to confront Torak, He takes Belgareth and Silk with him and they travel fast across the country, they meet many people on the way and one of them is Yablek who wants to come over to the good side and Silk puts him in touch with Queen Porenn to pass information to the Kings.

The Kings are crossing the country with C'nedra who is raising an army as she goes to suppo
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David Eddings was an American author who has written several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, is uncredited as co-author on many of his early books, but he has lately acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he
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Other Books in the Series

The Belgariad (5 books)
  • Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)
  • Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2)
  • Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3)
  • Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4)
Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3) Belgarath the Sorcerer Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1) Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4) Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2)

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