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Belgarath the Sorcerer (Belgariad Prequels)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  51,393 ratings  ·  292 reviews
Bestselling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to expl
Hardcover, 723 pages
Published June 28th 1996 by Turtleback Books (first published 1995)
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Matthew L.
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
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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jim Eisenberg
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
Igor Ljubuncic
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!
Ian Zimmerman
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.
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
Naomi Hanks
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
“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
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.
Vincent Wood
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
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!" :)
Mirta Martin
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
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
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
Darrel Blair
Dec 30, 2014 Darrel Blair rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Ана Хелс
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
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
This book presumes knowledge of the storyline of The Belgariad and, to a lesser extent, The Malloreon. If you haven't read those ten books (yes, 10), and you dislike spoilers, then you'd best put this one down for now. It would be rather like trying to read The Silmarillion without knowing anything about The Lord of the Rings. Worse, actually, since the Silmarillion barely touches on the events or characters of the trilogy it follows, whereas this prequel presumes that the reader is already fami ...more
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
Belgarath the Sorcerer was my first introduction into the genre of comptemporary fantasy, and I think I was lucky to have landed on this. Not only was it an exceptional story, but it was also a prequel that set me up for a further two five-book epics (Belgariad and Mallorean respectively).

Belgarath the Sorcerer, the Enternal Man. Disciple of the God Aldur and general ass-kicking sorcerer. The book chronicles his ascension to this status, from lowly beginnings, ending up as the man who pulls the

I gave this book an official "4" because I liked it more than I didn't, but it had some serious problems for me, especially when covering the sections that were dealt with in some detail in the two main series.

Belgarath the Sorcerer refreshingly does not follow the same tired plot that all the rest of the Eddings books (with the exception of Polgara the Sorceress, but that one uses THIS template)do. There is no major quest, no hero in the traditional sense; instead this probes into the life o
Jeff Beal
I read the Belgariad and the Malloreon cycles several years ago, and really enjoyed them. As a prequel to those series, I thought this was only decent. It was interesting to see some of the story from before those series began, but there wasn't really that much to this book. The characters were for the most part fairly flat. The book was ostensibly the autobiography of the 5,000 (more?) year old "Eternal Man" Belgarath, so there weren't very many characters who were in the story for very long, b ...more
Belgarath the sorcerer has lived for thousands of years and been instrumental in bringing about the events described in 'The Belgariad', but the story started a long time before Zedar stole the Orb. In his own words, he tells his story, from being a young orphan chased out of his village to when he met Aldur, the God, who took him on his first disciple. As the centuries role by, he has to balance his own family and personal life, with the Events that keep occuring around him. As the NECCESITY gu ...more
Chris OGuinn
Of all the books with Belgarath the Sorcerer in them, this was the best in my opinion. The main problem with it is, for me, that it was the book that really should have been written first. If not published, then at least sitting on his shelf like Tolkien did with the Silmarillion.

Because as much as I loved this book, it totally threw the previous canon into the wood chipper.

It was clear that Eddings never had any real plans for a sequel to the Belgariad. The Mallorean tacked on a lot of things
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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

Belgariad Prequels (2 books)
  • Polgara the Sorceress
Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3) Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5) Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1) Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4) Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2)

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