Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad #5)
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
It's hard for me to review this book separately from the books which preceded it; though they were published separately, each book's narrative feeds into the next without any break, so they almost could be read ba...more
I have come to realize what the greatest weakness of the story is. It is the fact that at its core stands a prophecy. Immovable, inflexible, definite. Everything else merely gives means of fulfilling it, which turns awfully stale really fast. And inevitably, boring.
The attitude of characters in the spotlight do not help either. Prophecy seems to remove any need for any action, or any personal trait really that would be self initiated and required. Instead, no...more
Pourtant, en dépit de ces clichés usés jusqu’à la corde et de ce pillage du Seigneur des Anneaux, on se retrouve piégé...more
Unfortunately, none of the books had stood the test of time when I re-read the series recently. I had an inkling that this might be the case, because I read some of Eddings' other work in high school and found...more
I think authors such as Brandon Sanderson and Mickey Zucker Reichart have spoiled me when it comes to battle scenes. Take for example, Reichart'...more
Meanwhile, to the south, his fiancee, Ce'Nedra, is leading an army in hopes of driving the Angaraks, people who are the sevants of Torak, from Garion. The army's chances are slim, since they are vastly outnumbered. Is there any hope for either of them?
I picked up this book because...more
I still remember walking through the book store trying to find something to pass the time one not-so-fine summer. I was young enough to identify with the cover and picked this book up the first book solely for that reason. Quite a lucky break for me...
My fascination for finding the next epic fantasy novel began with this book. Eddings brings all the characters to life with good dialogue and development. The places and lives you encounter all feel rea...more
De voorspelling was nog niet vervuld. In het oosten zou de kwade God Torak ontwaken om zijn heerschappij te vestigen. En Garion zou oog in oog met hem komen: om te doden of om gedood te worden. Van de afloop van dit gruwelijke duel hing het lot van de wereld af... De voorspelling dreef Garion voort. Maar deze gaf geen antwoord op de vraag die hem achtervolgde: hoe doodt een menselijk wezen een onsterfelijke God? Eindspel is het vijfde en laatste deel van De Kronieken van Belgarion. Een schittere...more
***RECENSIONE PER L'INTERA SAGA
Devo dire che è stata una delusione.
Forse anche per colpa dell'amico che me l'aveva consigliata che mi aveva parlato in termini entusiastici di questa saga...mi aspettavo qualcosa di più.
Devo dire che in parecchi punti mi sono trovata ad annoiarmi, trovo che i personaggi non abbiano il giusto spessore, che nn siano degni di essere chi sono, nn sono in grado di essere come dovrebbero...
La trama in alcune parti piuttosto scontata...
Poi che dire, li ho letti, fino...more
That said, this book, like the entire series, is pretty predictable. And filled with some likable characters. From the main protagonist, the wholesome Belgarian, to the clever thief/merchant/spy Silk.
Out of the five books a couple are slow but the story never stops being interesting and intriguing, I read fast through some sections just to know what happens next.
The story is well spread out across the books and the characters endearing. I loved every one of them - Belgarath, Polgara, Garion, Ce'Nedra, Barak of Cherek, Mandorellan the Knight, Silk the suave spy, Durnik the Blacksmit...more
David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he...more