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The Belgariad Boxed Set (The Belgariad #1-5)

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It all begins with the theft of the Orb that for so long protected the West from an evil god. As long as the Orb was at Riva, the prophecy went, its people would be safe from this corrupting power. Garion, a simple farm boy, is familiar with the legend of the Orb, but skeptical in matters of magic. Until, through a twist of fate, he learns not only that the story of the Or...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1635 pages
Published October 28th 1986 by Ballantine Books (P) (first published 1984)
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Brian
I'm a closet sci-fi/fantasy/adventure fan. I make no apologies for that. And I'll make no apologies for loving this series of books. I've read this series at least a dozen times and it never fails to entertain.

This series is deceptive. Because the five books are quick reads, it can be easy to dismiss them as light reading in the genre. they're not. Mark Twain once apologize for writing a long letter because he didn't have time to write a short one. David Eddings (and his noncredited co-author wi...more
Jason Miller
The Belgariad series and its sequel, the Mallorean series (also 5 books) are some of the best fantasy novels you will ever read. Unlike most fantasy books, it is relatively easy to quickly figure out the world in which they take place. The characters are absolutely fantastic - some of the best characters in any fantasy book I've ever read. I think Silk is my favorite. So read all 10 of these books. They are great!
Mike
Mar 21, 2008 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: favorites
Truly great story. When I read LOTR, I was left with images of all of these grim people with little in the way of comic relief.......to which you might respond "Sauron's got the world practically in his grasp, what's the humor in that?" I just think that I'd rather sit down and have a drink with Belgarath, Silk, Barak and company rather than Gandalf and Frodo.

Having said that, LOTR is the far superior work, but I don't think that Eddings had that sort of goal with his series. Just a lot of fun t...more
Sparhawk
This is the series that really got me hooked into the fantasy genre. The pace at which the story moves along is one of the best... introducing you to the innocent, somewhat naive farmboy Garion, who quickly grows on you as everything that has been kept secret from him is slowly revealed, forcing him to come to grip with his destiny. The variety of characters and their unique personalities are great, and the often funny banter between the characters makes this a guaranteed enjoyable read!
Doug
Yes, you are reading that correctly - this is a fantasy series of five books. Actually, ten, for there is a sequel series of five called The Mallorean, although it isn't quite as good. As would would expect in a series of such length, there are many characters and storylines, but not so many that you get lost in them. The five books of the Belgariad are wonderfully creative; Eddings creates a fantasy world that is fun to become part of.
Leon Brown
Mar 08, 2007 Leon Brown rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a good imagination
Shelves: fantacy
The Belgariad is the best series of books I have ever read.

The books take you into a well defined world, each country very different from the next, and envelops the reader in such a riveting story-line that he would want to never put the book down.

The series is full of magic (sorcery), action, and believeble characters.

Well worth the read
Emil Söderman
Okay, what to say about Eddings?

Let me start by saying that while LOTR was the first fantasy I read (back in the early 90's, when there was a sense that there wasn't a fantasy genré yet, at least not in the small time where I lived, there was just SF and then there was LOTR) Eddings was the one that made me a fantasy fan.

There's a lot of (for good reasons!) dismissing of Eddings, yes, it's a simple narrative, yes, the characters are stereotypes, yes, it's sometimes pretty blatantly racist, he re...more
Maurinejt
This was my introduction to high fantasy. My gateway drug, I suppose. I have loved these books since they were loaned to me in high school, and I used to reread them at least once a year. When times were bad, I could still follow along with Garion, sigh over Silk (one of my original literary crushes), enjoy the interplay and intrigue, and the DIALOGUE!!! I had never read a book like that. I still haven't. My opinion on the series may have changed somewhat on my latest reread but David Eddings st...more
Jade Kerrion
In the Belgariad, David Eddings leverages archetypes to the hilt--the orphaned child of destiny, the old and wise advisor, the protective mother-of-all--and weaves them into a beautiful detailed world, populated by people in nations who seem determined to live up to every stereotype about their race. What might have otherwise come across as dull and repetitive characterization instead turns into an insider joke of which the reader is a part. When a character rolls their eyes and says, "Alorns!",...more
Kevin
So this is REALLY schlocky fantasy, and even at like 15 I knew it was schlocky, and yet kept reading, and kept waiting until next year when the next novel would come out.
Now, I had no idea at the time that after a hardcover comes out, its usually another YEAR before the soft cover is published. Its actually funny, the South Park with Cartman waiting on the Wii -- the wait for the 5th book was INTERMINABLE !!!!
This MIGHT be why I was able to break the spell that Robert Jordan threw on so many fo...more
Wendi
Dec 07, 2007 Wendi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all fantasy readers and lovers of Tolkien
I read these books starting in Jr High, I think, and read them all multiple times. I love the author and the world he created. His characters are alive and well in my imagination. Though Eddings world is not nearly as developed as Tolkien's, if you liked The Lord of the Rings, you'll like these too.
Adrienne
The Belgariad by David Eddings is one of those epic sword-and-sorcery fantasies. It was a good story, with lots of interesting characters, a detailed world and a unique sorcery system. I quite enjoyed it.

One thing I didn’t enjoy about it though, was that it was in many ways very very similar to Lord of the Rings. I realize that LOTR is a seminal fantasy work, and it’s hard to be completely unique and still have a similar storyline, but there were quite a few times that I thought - as I was read...more
Christine
I've been told by countless people that this book is horrible because it's predictable - but, isn't some predictability a good thing in a book? I'm sure not everyone will agree with me, but I don't like to be completely surprised by a book. Not all surprises are good, after all.

Anyway, with that being said, I first read this book when I was 8 years old. I skipped the prologue, and went straight into reading the book with very low expectations...I am a creature of habit, and my mother had request...more
Nathan
Jan 13, 2010 Nathan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes high fantasy
Probably my favorite series. I got hooked on this in early, early high school and it's still the story I compare similar books to when I try to decide if they're good or not. Unfortunately, near as I can tell, everything else David Eddings wrote sucked so the jury's still out on who my favorite author is.

I like this series because it's really easy to read. The characters have qualities that make them engaging and their relationships with one another are well defined and detailed. Eddings' dialog...more
Mary-Beth
These books are entertaining, up to a point. Even as a teenager, when I was most into these novels, however, I started skimming at the end of the series, wanting to know what was going to happen, but wanting to skip Eddings' verbosity and plot twists that were created for their own sake.

This is the weaker of the two major series he writes. This is probably because Garion is the kind of hero who is too good for his own good and therefore fairly boring. One usually looks to the slightly crusty Bel...more
Joseph
A young adult series that stands the test of re-reading as an adult. I suspect that I first read the series in the early 90s, it wasn't new at the time, and I was in my early twenties. It still grabbed me, and I find that it has an enduring appeal, from the naivete of the main character to the oddly subdued but supremely powerful elder figures, with a quick plot, nice dialogue, and well structured action sequences. In talking to random people over the years, I have been periodically surprised by...more
Justin  K. Rivers
Warm and entertaining, with likable characters, Eddings' series is fun but light. It's classic quest-based high fantasy, but there's an odd current of racism involved, more than the usual "orcs are bad" sort of thing. In the world of the Belgariad, the various humans are divided into several different countries, each with their own overriding and somewhat arch characteristics. The bad guys are the dark-skinned Murgos, and they're basically all bad. Be on the lookout for Romans, Jews, Egyptians,...more
Edward
The Belgariad is a series of five books that are the first of 12 that follow the same characters. Edding's most powerful feature is his characters. It is the intimate relationship that the reader cannot help but develop with his characters that will make reading these books seem like all too short of an experience. The characters that Eddings creates in the collection that includes the Belgariad, the Mallorean, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress are what truly makes them my all tim...more
 EmmaLee Pryor
So finished the whole series, these five and the next five and they were fine, but not really compelling to read. I just would have a hard time recommending these books to anyone because they aren't that spectacular. Also someone commented on my review of the first book that the various gods/peoples are not that difficult for even the most juvenile of minds. However the way the gods are portrayed is not god-like at all. They are, except Aldur, kind of irritating. Also, after having read Eddings...more
Frank
David Eddings' finest work. Tough to break the books down individually...so I'm cheating and writing about the 5 book series as a whole. All the characters are fresh...wizards, princesses, mystic swords...This series just rocks.
Tammy
Another great fantasy series about a boy who has to save the world. This series has it all: great characters, lots of funny banter, plenty of fighting, and magic.
Callie
I really liked these books when I was younger, but I seem to have grown out of them. The story is amusing, but nothing spectacular.
Alice Zhou
I've read and re-read this series so many times now, just because it's so much fun. They way Eddings sort of groups people and defines their nature by city/race is a bit... cardboard, at times, but all of the main characters are well-developed and go past just the mold of their race. The lore behind the novels is rich and well-developed, and I love how it shapes the main plotline of the series. And while the magic system is nothing new, it's still exciting, especially when we FINALLY see Garion...more
Rachel
Awesome characters!
I also loved how the world is so complex yet it all fits together so well.
Carriesanguine
I'm currently reading this too. One of my favorite series from my teenage years.
Doug
Best fantasy books on the planet. My kids will read these over and over!
Katie .
Do you know how hard these are to get at the library?! They're never in!
Emily
My favorite series by far - I'm just about ready to re-read it!
Alba M. Sanchez
Fantasy is pure awesomeness.
Katie Joiner
This book series, including the Mallorean, is my favorite of all time. Ever.
Everything about it is perfect; from the first book, you love Garion. You love Pol. You love Durnik and Ce'Nedra and Barak and Silk. And you love the world they live in: Drasnia, Tolnedra, the Gods, the sorcery. It's a rich and beautiful world that cocoons a timeless, stunning story of epic proportions. Men and Gods interact, magic rises from the land, and the quests are vast in scope.
For eight years now I've read this...more
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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...more
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Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3) Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5) Belgarath the Sorcerer Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4) Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)

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