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Guardians of the West (The Malloreon #1)

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Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy was fulfilled—or so it seemed. While the strange child Errand was growing up in the Vale of Aldur with Polgara and Durnik, showing only occasional flashes of inexplicable knowledge and power, Garion was learning to rule and to be the husband of his fiery little Queen Ce’Nedra. Eleven years pass ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published March 1988 by Del Rey (first published 1985)
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Apr 08, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 07, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok
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 a fantastic entry-level 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...gett
Hilmi Isa
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
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
Jonel Boyko
Mar 21, 2016 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
May 10, 2015 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
Vinay Keerthi
Nov 07, 2015 Vinay Keerthi rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 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
Matt Braymiller
Mar 01, 2016 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
Jan 05, 2012 Jared rated it liked it
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
Mollie Clarke
Jun 02, 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
James Hein
Jun 18, 2016 James Hein rated it liked it
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).
Jan 21, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 16, 2016 Ed rated it liked it
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
Gabriel Salter
Jun 03, 2014 Gabriel Salter rated it liked it
The Malloreon series is of course a sequel to Edding's Belgariad series, and it runs a little like the movie "Home Alone 2." It has to find a balance between coming back to the things that made us love the first story and standing on its own feet, and it plays it too safe. The Malloreon series essentially rewrites the conclusion of the last book of the Belgariad so nothing has really changed, the essential problems are still there and the heroes have to get back into saving the world jsut when t ...more
Michael Murdoch
Apr 30, 2014 Michael Murdoch rated it liked it

A sequel to THE BELGARIAD, Garion has slain the evil God Torak, and fulfilled the prophecy. But suddenly another prophecy is foretold. Again a great evil is brewing in the East. And again Garion finds himself caught between two ancient Prophecies, with the fate of the world resting on him....


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A sequel to THE BELGARIAD, Garion has slain the evil God Torak, and fulfilled the prophecy. But suddenly another prophecy is foretold. Again a great evil is brewing in the East. And a

Feb 23, 2014 Madix-3 rated it it was ok
This is a copy of my review of the audio book version:

It's a pity, really. The book had promise. A grand opening, magic, evil lords...
But in the end, at about 3 hours in, nothing helped me get over the sinking feeling that this was just one more story of "Farmboy goes out to slay evil lord". After having read Eli Monpress, Locke Lamorra and of course the godly Name of the Wind, the writing of Guardians of the West just pales in comparison. The world, while obviously well thought-out, is just too
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.
Scott Skocy
Jan 08, 2015 Scott Skocy rated it it was ok
This is boilerplate fantasy. Other than some sub-sitcom level Battle of the Sexes "comedy" there is nothing to separate it from the hordes of other Tolkien imitators. The occasional spark of a fresh idea or interesting development is quickly wiped away to go back to the same thing everyone has read a hundred times.

Maybe my opinion would be different if I had read the previous books in this series. However, this books bills itself as a part one, so it should be readable on its own. There is just
Dec 26, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I'll say it again. I really enjoy Eddings' books. I love the character Silk. I Love Aunt Pol and Belgarath. I enjoy good grumpy characters who love each other underneath it all. I'm enjoying Ce'Nedra and Belgarion finally growing up. I enjoy the varied characters they collect for their quests. Perhaps it reminds me of Tolkien's "Nine Walkers?" The idea that the world can be saved by a contingent gathered of each race or nationality? Maybe this is what the world needs today! A band representative ...more
Patrick Lum
Feb 11, 2014 Patrick Lum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why can't I stop reading this dumb-ass series

I was surprised to find Edding's prose takes a huge leap from the Belgariad to the Mallorean. Maybe it's because he's not hewing so strongly to the Heroes Journey formula of the original, perhaps it's because he doesn't have to start from a place of total reader incomprehension, maybe it's because he's already established all his characters, but Guardians of the West really just flows, and flows well. It leans less on the stereotype-heavy nations-agai
Dec 21, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
As is my custom, I will put my detailed review for the whole series on a single book. I read the Belgariad when I was younger, and I enjoyed it. But I hadn't yet read it, so when I saw the whole series on one of the ebook subscription services, I decided to try it out. I knew the broad outlines of the plot, and it seemed kind of like it might just be more of the same. But when I started reading, it was actually rather good. It hit some of the same points as the first series, but it wasn't just t ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The years pass since the fall of Torak to the boy-king and his magic stone. Characters grow up and age. Events happen to fill the time before a new quest, a new danger reveal themselves to the heroes. They'll engage with that next volume.

So, 25 years after I first read this book, I'm engaging with some old friends.

The good news is that they are still very likeable and have some nicely written banter. The bad news is that they are also occasionally quite dumb (and not just the Arends), and move a
Aug 04, 2015 Erika rated it liked it
Coming back to it with adult eyes, it's a passable start to the Malloreon.

Like the tree shows Errand, we like to compartmentalize time, when it's all flowy, so it feels with the events. I did enjoy the Errand POV parts though.

The only other annoyance was that once the characters realize things are important, it feels like they don't listen as carefully and aren't as thorough thinking as they were in the Belgariad, but I guess Eddings needed to put some tension in,(view spoiler)
Mayank Agarwal
Feb 18, 2016 Mayank Agarwal rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
My first real disappointment with Eddings, the plot is really slow in taking off instead relaying on dialogues which add little to the story. The characterization & there portrayal is disappointing, sometimes they are all powerful & still go about in round about way to resolve things. There are no character growths as everyone’s already been established in the previous series. There was hardly any fun, adventure or witty remarks, the things i have come to associate with Eddings.

The only
Eric Roberts
Feb 10, 2015 Eric Roberts rated it really liked it
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Mar 06, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it
I like all of David Eddings that I have read so far.
Richard Draude
Mar 07, 2015 Richard Draude rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
My children were picking up books for school at the Library when I spotted Guardians of the West. I picked it, began reading and couldn't put it down. I also became aware from the early references, there were other books. I picked up the first five paperbacks and read them in less than three weeks then went back to Guardians. I love the whole series. Edding's characters are well rounded, flawed and very human, in spite of their god-like powers. If you're looking for an engaging series, grab the ...more
Niki Hawkes
Apr 15, 2015 Niki Hawkes rated it it was ok
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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Not as good as the first series, but worth reading! 6 47 Apr 13, 2013 09:17AM  
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