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Guardians of the West (The Malloreon #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  39,811 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
Warned by the prophecy that a new and greater danger threatens the lands of the west, Garion, Belgarath and Polgara must begin another quest to save the lands from great evil...

Eleven years have passed since Garion's killing of the evil God Torak and his marriage to Ce'Nedra. He is now Overlord of the West, slowly learning how to cope with the duties of a king and to overc
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Paperback, 429 pages
Published 1987 by Bantam Press (first published 1985)
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MrsJoseph
This is really a 3.5 star read.

And it's mostly a lot of milling around before the quest actually gets started.

As per usual, I have to ignore the implications of the casual (and mildish) misogyny.

No matter the issues I have with this series - THIS is the series (and the Belgariad) that get my reading mojo going every time.
Eric
May 23, 2007 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those that liked the Belgariad
Shelves: fantasy
Like most sequels, The Mallorean is not as good as its predecessor. But, also like most sequels, it is nice to catch up with the familiar characters you fell in love with in the original.

Although the story-line is similar to the first series (to the point that the protagonist points it out at one point in conversation), the adventure is still just as much fun.

Anyone that loved the first series (The Belgariad) will find this series a worthwhile read.
molly 🌪
Aug 25, 2016 molly 🌪 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
4.5 stars


NON SPOILER TERRITORY !!

AMAZING

The Mallorean is the sequel to the Belgariad, David Eddings most popular fantasy series.

It was so fun to be back in this world, to see all the characters we knew and loved, all grown up. It was so cool to see the friendships rekindle, years after the events in the Belgariad. This instalment seemed more lighthearted and fluffy than the original series, and over all more simple to follow, especially since we now know more about the world and the different
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Emily
Mar 07, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: THE BELGARIAD was the first adult fantasy series I read, in grade 5. I loved it so much I read them probably every couple years until 2 of the books literally fell apart. I wholeheartedly recommend them as an easy, fun intro-to-high-fantasy series. I only picked up the MALLOREAN at age 31--GUARDIANS OF THE WEST is #1 of that series.

Pros: same great characters, same great land, same great sorcery premise!!! And Eddings still has some of the funny left.

Cons: same great characters...g
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Jane Jago
Mar 01, 2017 Jane Jago rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You'll have to wait until I'm at the end for a proper review.

Just two things.

Why is Garion so nice?

Why do I want to slap Polgara?
Hilmi Isa
Dec 30, 2013 Hilmi Isa rated it really liked it
This is not a first book of David Eddings which I have read. The first book was actually Domes of Fire (The Tamuli Book 1), part of Sparhawk Universe. Ironically, both books are sequels of the respective original series. The Domes was successful to persuade me to like Edding’s writing. So does Guardians of the West. In fact, I like this book/series more than the Sparhawk Universe, as far as things go.
If someone says I should read The Belgarion series first, I would agree of it. Better to read Be
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Jonel Boyko
Jan 31, 2015 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-rlftci-2016
How does one describe fantasy? Hints of the medieval with a dash of something magical and an epic adventure that will take you to the ends of the earth. Eddings definitely embodies that with this series launch. He had me captivated from cover to cover.

The variety of different lands that we visit and peoples we meet are all equally well developed and easy to get to know. These lands come to life in a vivid manner that is the perfect backdrop for this epic tale. This novel is character intensive t
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Sam
Jan 13, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
This is the follow on series from the Belgariad that returns to Garion, Polgara and friends finding them enjoying a quiet peace following the defeat of Torak. A peace that is not to last it seems as a new prophecy indicates that their battles are far from over. Once again Eddings characters jump off the page in a slow burning story that pushes each character to their limits. Apart from Aunt Pol of course, who is her usual stoic and practical self and Belgarath who is as calm and collected as eve ...more
Lel
The gang are back! I Was so glad that there was more from the characters in the Belgariad series. These series seems to carry on straight from the last book and again the child of dark and the child of light are destined to meet to decide the fate of the world. You would think that this would be boring and just a re hash of the first series but you know what? I don't care. The world that Eddings creates and the characters that he fills it with are just amazing. I find the books really easy to re ...more
Vinay Keerthi
I haven't read a fantasy fiction novel in over a year. I thought I'd lost interest in the genre, a sad thing because I want to be a fantasy fiction novelist.
I'm glad I decided to give this a go on my Kindle Touch.

I generally forget characters from books I've read. Even if I've enjoyed the books, I forget characters soon unless it's an exception such as the Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.
I'm surprised that I recognised the names in this book despite having read about them last
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Matt Braymiller
Jan 22, 2014 Matt Braymiller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-reread
The second set of books detailing the adventures of Garion are both a bit deeper and a bit darker than the first set. Eddings came into his own with this pentalogy. The story we're presented with details the final confrontation between the child of light and the child of dark. Like the first set, we see the child of light's side of the story for the most part. the friendships from the first series are carried over and grow deeper in these books. I think this series and the one that followed, nam ...more
Slobodan
Jan 15, 2016 Slobodan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Guardians of the West by David Eddings takes place 3 years after the anti-climatic ending to the Belgariad series. The first half of the book follows Errand as he moves to the Vale to live with Polgara, Durnik and the legendary but mischievous sorcerer Belgarath. The characters are fleshed out here much more so than in the second half where the action picks up and the story seems to be heading towards a retelling of 'The Belgariad'.

The old prophecy that everyone had been waiting for and had las
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Jared
Jan 05, 2012 Jared rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the Malloreon, like the Belgariad, Is pretty eh over all. I find Eddings is too indulgent in his characters which makes them seem fake. They are more like a drawing of a character. It is almost as if the characters themselves KNOW they are characters in a book and act in ways that say HEY READER! IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THE LAST 30 TIMES THIS IS WHO I AM. Eddings is redundant with their behaviors and brow beats you with it over and over and over. On top of that, most of the characters do not gr ...more
Alejandro Orradre
Inicio de otra saga fantástica, secuela directa del gran éxito -también escrito por David Eddings- que supuso la pentalogía Crónicas de Belgarath; en ella encontramos a los mismos protagonistas tras unos cuantos años, un nuevo enemigo y los mismos tintes de aventuras de antaño.

Sin embargo, Los guardianes del oeste adolece de ser un claro producto literario que intenta aprovechar el éxito de su predecesora, repitiendo la fórmula y por ende resultando ser una novela demasiado previsible y que no a
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Mollie Clarke
May 17, 2014 Mollie Clarke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the Balgariad series, I was certainly excited to start reading this book! Unfortunately the fist half of this book stops it from being 5 stars. It takes a while to get going but once it does, well I just couldn't put the book down. The ending to this book was both heart breaking and exciting. If you loved reading the adventures of everyone together in the Balgariad as much as I did, then what is too come will certainly be very sad. However I am looking forward to partaking in the j ...more
Ed
Jan 17, 2010 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
With the publication of the Malloreon, we learned an important fact about David Eddings: He only has one story in him. The plot of the Malloreon is essentially identical to that of the Belgariad, and the books suffer from all the same weaknesses. That said, the characters are now old friends, and Eddings knows and writes them better. The likable characters were the chief charm of the first series, and if you enjoyed the first series for that, then the characters may be enough to get you through ...more
Michael
I really love Eddings' writing and these characters. However, this plot isn't particularly compelling, and it felt like the entire last half of the book was administrivia interspersed with really over-prepared battles. There wasn't the intrigue or danger of the first series. There were definitely some interesting moments, but for the most part I didn't enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the various installments of the Belgariad.
Allison Hurd
Oct 31, 2016 Allison Hurd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, man-author
If you liked The Belgariad, you'll like the Mallorean, too because it's the same story!

I was told at least Eddings said to his publisher "great! that world is done." And they said "No, it isn't. We want to buy a whole other series with this cast." And when Eddings said he didn't have another story, he was quoted a price and then re-wrote the Belgariad in a slightly different context. So, it's another skin for the same story, but I liked the first one! And so I liked the second one.
Hanne
Jun 19, 2012 Hanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Malloreon continues were the Belgariad series left off (be it a few years later). I do think it's necessary to read the previous series before this one.

Personally i liked the Malloreon a little bit less than this one. But it's still a very enjoyable read, and it does improve somewhat after the first book.
Amanda
Dec 26, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this opening to the new series, and partly because we got to see what day-to-day life might be like for some of these characters. The female characters continue to impress, in terms of how much power they wield. Enjoyed Errand growing up. Looking forward to more. It's just so warm and feels like how I feel when I drink hot chocolate.
Pam
Mar 06, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like all of David Eddings that I have read so far.
James Hein
After quite a while re-reading this series. The first book is a little slow but it is after all there to set the scene(s).
Jason
Dec 07, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First ever book i've read by this author, really enjoyed it but wish i had read the The Belgariad series first now, as i am intrigued with the history of the characters
Llamageddon
Jul 08, 2017 Llamageddon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who tends to try and finish entire series, I have to give David Eddings this much: His books are readable, if only borderline so.

If you want just the summary, here it is: Shallow characters, misoginy, nondescript environments, plot twists semaphored volumes ahead, not one unimportant element of the books, same jokes repeated over and over, and the author never lets anything go wrong, and thus my final rating for the series is 2.5 - if one doesn't mind the listed flaws, the books have
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Mason
Oct 05, 2016 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Belgarionś life was already written out for him before he was even born. Hundreds of prophecies lead him to his meeting with the child of the dark. As mysterious events occur all over the western region, Belgarionś son is abducted. On a mission to get his son back, Belgarion and his group of friends are mislead by a very powerful man and end up losing time.
The group finally gets back on track with the help of a seer and her mute guide. As they Go on they add more and more people to their group
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Mark Oppenlander
Jul 02, 2017 Mark Oppenlander rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
David Eddings returned to the world of The Belgariad with this book, initiating a new tale of magic and adventure. Unfortunately, his writing seems to have suffered during the layoff.

The book begins slowly, showing the aftermath of some of the events in the previous series. Torak has been defeated and the land is (mostly) at peace. Polgara and Durnik return to live in the Vale of Aldur, raising the strange young boy Errand, who seems to have almost god-like powers. Meanwhile, Belgarion is King i
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Jacob Heiner
Jul 20, 2017 Jacob Heiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had heard that nothing happened in this book, and that is completely correct. It felt like fanfiction, where we get to see lots of endearing scenes with all the characters that we love, and the plot is a minor thing that we'll deal with later. I loved it.
Hannah
This book was pretty much filler. I was happy to meet my old friends again and hear what they've been up to, but it quickly turned into a snooze fest. 438 pages could have been cut in half and achieved the same result, I think. Or just cut out Polgara, because if I hear her say "dear" one more time, I'll scream. For someone supposedly so wise and ancient she sure is shallow, judgemental, and boring.

I'll continue on to the next book and hope it picks up.
Tracy L.
Feb 05, 2017 Tracy L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this series. The books are smaller in size but the story itself is a fun read and interesting story. As good as the first series in this world.
Niki Hawkes  - The Obsessive Bookseller
If my best friend ever sees this post I am going to be in big trouble! David Eddings is her all-time favorite author I feel like this review is going to come across as one big slap in the face. I certainly don’t mean it that way, but I also just did not enjoy Guardians of the West as much as I thought I was going to.

I read the Belgariad (the first five books in the saga) at least a decade ago and really liked them, so much so that I reread a couple of them before diving into this series (the Mal
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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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