Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5)
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Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad #5)

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With the crowning of Garion, there was a descendant of Riva Iron-grip to rule as Overlord of the West once again. 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.
Published (first published December 1984)
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Kelly
May 29, 2007 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
C.E. Murphy
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...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.
Amber
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.
Patrick
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...more
Nicole
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
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...more
M.J.
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
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Slobodan
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
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Kurtbg
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...more
Elisabeth
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...more
alice
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...more
David Lanyon
An ending.

I wrote a brief review for book one. Now the series is finished I'll add some more words about the series.

Brief review:
The final books wraps up the main quest/story line, bring the characters to a final dramatic meeting. Eddings continues his characteristic prose and storytelling, drawing the reader along for a journey across ??? (I just realized the world has no name) the western kingdoms. The book gives us glimpses into events transpiring in the various western kingdoms while the ma...more
Susan
I am giving the review for the entire Belgariad as it is somewhat impossible to separate the different books from the story as a whole.

This, overall is a good set of quest, fantasy stories. I read and re-read them often when I was younger. As I move from place-to-place as an adult the series is one that I continue to take with me; it is a series that I still read here and there when I am looking for 'comfort food' books.

The books are what you would expect from a quest journey series - a young pr...more
***Dave Hill
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Grace S.
Huh. You know, as an ending, that kind of fizzled.

Tons of time spent lolling around in army logistics, only to culminate in a duel that has me humming "A little less conversation, a little more action..."

I mean, Garion did just (view spoiler)...right? I know there was a sword involved, but seriously.

Then of course the colt-reviving scene of book 3 was finally revealed to be foreshadowing. Like I said in my brief Castle of Wizardry review, t...more
Michael Murdoch
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 that dread duel rested the destiny of the world. Now, accompanied by his grandfather, the ancient sorcerer Belgarath, Garion headed toward the City...more
Dylan
This was a fantastic conclusion to the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves books. The author's writing is amazing, and his characters are so memorable, it's like you actually know these characters in real life. If you haven't read David Eddings, you've missed a treat.
Gregory
This was a fantasy series I missed in my early teens when I was more into the genre. I probably would have enjoyed it more then, as it feels much more like a young adult fantasy series. The story is firmly in the mold of the traditional fantasy story, but unlike true masters like Tolkien and leGuin, I never really felt "in" the world. Most of the main characters have fairly exaggerated qualities (the wise-cracking thief, the naive young farmboy, the overly noble knight, the blood thirsty warrior...more
Esk
*zucht* Het is uit! Geweldige serie! Ik ga gewoon meteen door met het vervolg :-)
Baylee
Ebbene, la serie è finita, andate in pace. Questo è più o meno ciò che ho pensato arrivata alla conclusione di La fine del gioco. Tutto è bene quel che finisce bene – soprattutto se è senza sorprese.

O meglio, forse la sorpresa avrebbe dovuto esserci, ma non mi ha impressionata più di tanto. Un viaggio molto lungo per arrivare al dunque, tanti e complessi preparativi perché la famosa Profezia “buona” si compisse e poi? Il povero – si fa per dire – Torak viene liquidato con pochi colpi di spada e...more
Patrick Lum
About the same as I recall. Eddings is a relatively smug writer - perhaps irritatingly so - and I can't help but feel it's largely to the detriment of his writing. It particularly tends to cause problems when he attempts to shift into 'serious' mode for the purposes of a climactic scene, but the transition isn't handled well and you can't help but feel the whole thing is mocking you the entire time. Nonetheless, between the banter, the characters and the exceedingly breakneck pacing of the wider...more
Ashley
The entire Belgariad series was very entertaining and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventure epics. It was very intricately written with much detail and was well thought-out. The entire world Eddings creates is beautifully immense and majestic. Not to mention that all the main characters are wonderful. I only wish there was slightly more romance, but the novel isn't about that, and there are definitely romantic themes along the way. Thoroughly enjoyable and I will definitely...more
Benhime T
i review this as the belgariad series as a whole since the last book is a summation of all the others. in my opinion, it was ingeniously written and well researched. many people are complaining that Edding did a copy and past of J.R.Tolkien's books but i refute that. yes,it had a similar foundation and frame of story but i enjoyed Eddings writing more. he did excellent in the character building that in the process i was more engrossed in the characters than in the plot line. nevertheless, the se...more
Julie
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Phleghm
And so this journey cometh to an end.

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
Sally
I finished the final book of The Belgariad more quickly than the first four books. Even though I read this series many years ago, and I'm doing my re-read via audiobook, knowing the final outcome already does not detract from how well the plot tightens and pushes you to get to the events that the previous books have set up so well. I think George R. R. Martin (author of Song and Ice and Fire saga) could learn something from how well an author can put together such an intricate saga and actually...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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“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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