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Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad #5)

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THE DRIVE OF PROPHECY

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 tha
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 12th 1986 by Del Rey (first published December 1984)
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Wanda
For me, this was the most enjoyable book of the whole Belgariad series, and that despite all of the “happily-ever-afters” that occur by book’s end. Those of you who know me, know that I much prefer “Lady or the Tiger?” type endings that leave things more to my imagination.

Garion finally comes into his own during this installment and his elders and the Prophecy actually help him. He and Ce’Nedra start communicating, instead of guessing what the other is thinking or feeling. And even Hettar, the i
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Kelly
May 29, 2007 Kelly rated it liked it
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
C.E. Murphy
Feb 23, 2013 C.E. Murphy rated it really liked it
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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Sotiris Karaiskos
Μια ακόμα από τις σειρές που θεωρούνται must read στο χώρο της υψηλής φαντασίας και διαβάζοντας το κατάλαβα το γιατί. Από τις πρώτες σελίδες καταλαβαίνεις ότι είναι μια εξαιρετική σειρά με την κλασική συνταγή που υπερτονίζει τη φιλία, την αυτοθυσία και τη “μαγική” πλευρά του έρωτα, με φόντο τη μάχη απέναντι στο απόλυτο κακό. Όλα αυτά αποδίδονται με έναν πολύ καλό τρόπο και σε συνδυασμό με τον μοναδικό φανταστικό κόσμο, τους πολύπλοκους χαρακτήρες και το χιούμορ που διαποτίζει το έργο χωρίς να το ...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.
Jim
Jul 20, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
I devoured this & the previous book in a day. I'm trying to baby a bad back & this was a perfect excuse to do so. It was a good ending to a fun series - sort of. There are some loose ends & it is clearly stated that the prophecy doesn't end here, but I can easily & will. The Mallorean, another 5 book series, picks up where this leaves off & isn't quite as good. It's more of the same - too much so - so it's a let down. The flaws in this series & Eddings' writing become mor ...more
Amber
Feb 18, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2012 Patrick rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-not-ya
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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Atito QueRonda
Mar 28, 2016 Atito QueRonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Las Crónicas de Belgarath releídas! Es una de esas sagas a las que les viene muy bien una relectura. No solo por cosillas que haya podido saltarme durante la primera lectura (mea culpa, que no es mi género), sino por que los personajes e incluso los acontecimientos ganan más sustancia.

Seda va a seguir siendo mi personaje favorito, por mucho que Mandorallen se esfuerce (y es una lástima, porque de no haber desaparecido por completo en los dos últimos libros, habría sido una lucha muy encarniz
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Renee
Jan 02, 2015 Renee rated it did not like it
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
Nicole
Feb 02, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it
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
Daniel Millard
Apr 12, 2016 Daniel Millard rated it really liked it
The final installment of the Belgariad is its best, I think. The writing is simple, innocent, and imperfect as ever, but there's a sense of dramatic, and ultimately happy, finality to the saga. I can fully understand the timelessness of Eddings' work now, as the wistful pull of the story's completion is so familiarly close to those I recall from The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Prydain. Other fantasy may be smarter, darker, deeper, more detailed, or more eloquent, but I'll always have ...more
Lauren O'Farrell
Oct 07, 2015 Lauren O'Farrell rated it did not like it
I'd write a review but I'm so grateful to have finished this book and never have to read anything in the series again that I'm just going to run away. I'M FREE! FREE I TELL YOU!
Nate
Jan 19, 2015 Nate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
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
Burhan
Sep 06, 2015 Burhan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Belki 5 yıl önce okusaydım farklı bir yorum yapabilirdim ama son zamanlarda okuduğum fantastik serilerin ve/veya son dönemde çıkan yeni fantastik serilerin yanında çok ama çok zayıf kalıyor. Vasatın altında bir kitap diyebilirim.
Jesse
Aug 20, 2014 Jesse rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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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Matt Braymiller
Feb 20, 2016 Matt Braymiller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-reread
The five stars are for the entire series as much as for this final volume. As I mentioned in my comments on the first book in the series, this is one of my favorite presentations of the familiar coming of age / embodiment of prophecy fantasy stories.

Eddings did such a good job of presenting Garion as an ordinary boy, living a life of ordinary obscurity before being thrust into events far beyond himself. It is very easy to get inside Garion's head and ride along with him through his series of adv
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M.J.
Feb 24, 2014 M.J. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sf, nostalgia
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
Mar 21, 2010 Whitney rated it liked it
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Slobodan
Feb 19, 2013 Slobodan rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jun 24, 2008 Ryan rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kurtbg
Dec 17, 2008 Kurtbg rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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
Jun 22, 2015 Lynda rated it it was amazing
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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Rebecca
This one is a strong finish to a straightforward series. I particularly liked the way the viewpoint swapped around in the battles. The finale is exciting and it's nice to see characters' stories tied up nicely. Now, should I go on and reread the Mallorean as well?
Elisabeth
May 13, 2011 Elisabeth rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 10, 2013 alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Claire
Mar 08, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it
Initially, I loved Pawn of Prophecy down towards the fourth book (basically I had binge-read the whole series up to the fourth book) where, on the fifth, I was getting tired. I was tired of the whole damn journey taking so darn long to get to the death of evil Torak and the whole apocalyptic ending and such and such. This is probably engendered by the author writing in a simplistic way that is more telling than showing. It's rather sad how painfully obvious it was when I think about it afterward ...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.

David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he achie
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“The jeers that had risen as Barak’s and Greldik’s ships had been manoeuvred onto their wheeled carriages turned rather quickly into angry mutterings as the carriages, pulled by teams of Algar horses, rolled effortlessly toward the escarpment past men straining with every ounce of strength to move their ships a few inches at a time. To leave it all to artistry, Barak and Greldik ordered their men to lounge indolently on the decks of their ships, drinking ale and playing dice.
King Anheg stared very hard at his impudently grinning cousin as the big ship rolled past. His expression was profoundly offended. “That’s going too far!” he exploded, jerking off his dented crown and throwing it down on the ground.”
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