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Guardians of the West (The Malloreon #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  30,775 ratings  ·  345 reviews
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....
Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published March 1988 by Del Rey (first published 1985)
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Eric
Apr 08, 2014 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Emily
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
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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
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Sam
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
Jared
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
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
Amanda
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.
Ed
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
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
Susan
I am writing the same review for the entire Malloreon as it is nearly impossible to pick out each book from the series as if it were a stand alone novel; they all tie together and build on one another.

For me, this series was not as good as the Belgariad. In part, I think, the opinion is a function of the fact that I was several years older reading the Malloreon than reading the Belgariad. However, even as I re-read occasionally as an adult I think the first series was better than the second.

Gene
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Michael Murdoch

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

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Madix-3
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
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Hanne
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
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
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Jonathan Scotese
I think I read this too late. The writing reminds me some of Margret Weis, Tracy Hickman and Robert Jordan, but I do not have nostalgia to fall back on make me love this. The characters are very amusing, but they seem to act as the plot demands rather than in any rational way, much of this is explained away by them being curmudgeonly or mysterious. The characters seem highly gendered. The female characters, even when displaying high levels of competence, always act in a womanly way somehow funda ...more
Patrick Lum
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
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Judith
Dit eerste deel van de Mallorea serie speelt zich een aantal jaren later af dan de gebeurtenissen in de Belgarion serie. De eerste 8 jaar van Belgarion's regering worden vlot vertelt, waarna het verhaal pas echt van start gaat als (view spoiler) Alles blijkt te horen bij de vervulling van een profetie over de laatste strijd tussen het kind van Licht en het kind van Duister. Be ...more
Nathan
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
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Eric Roberts
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Pam
I like all of David Eddings that I have read so far.
Richard Draude
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
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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Laurel Pung
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Werehare
2/10

[Recensione dell'intera serie]
Non è attivamente demente come tanti altri suoi colleghi, e questa è la fine dei suoi pregi. Solito polpettone rimasticato fino alla nausea, straripante di dei e mostri puzzoni e palle di fuoco ed eroi maschi bianchi etero cis come neanche una partita di D&D, tenuto insieme da una prosa goffa e inforigurgitosa (pur se non mancano momenti ironici), zeppa di virgole tra soggetto e verbo. Garion è il classico Gary Stue che insegna a tutti a fare tutto, Ce'Nedra
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Vesa Lehto
This is in my top three worst fantasy books I've ever read. The other two are continuation piece to this (I can't understand why I went through that one too) and Orlando by Virginia Woolf.

The book has pretty much nothing interesting to it. The fantasy world is generic. The monsters are generic. The peoples are generic and there are no other races than humans.

The world and the peoples in it are not just generic as fantasy worlds. They are just slight variation of our current world and it's histor
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Marilag
This might have been another case where the sequels just don't hold a candle to the original. Guardians of the West certainly had its appeal, and there were a ton of upsides to having read it. But I should probably start with the downsides first.

It was definitely more drawn out than it should have been. More often than not, I found that the characters practically twiddled their thumbs and went about with their lives. The bigger picture slowly dribbled through, but nothing was really done about i
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Strangerealms
I really enjoy reading these books, they have everything that make a good book: great well characterized characters, great story, good dark humor, great witty dialogues, packed with adventure and travels, great created world with each race, etc. Even though one may be scared of the 5 books to read they actually read too fast for my taste. I've heard some complaining that the books are too "light" but I like it this way. It's a serie I love rereading and being thrown back into with these deliciou ...more
David Sarkies
May 21, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Recommended to David by: Initially my Auntie
Shelves: fantasy
The heroes are back for another grand adventure
15 July 2012

Well when I was younger and had finished the Belgariad I was thrilled to see that Eddings had decided to continue the story of Garion and his friends in a brand new adventure. However as I look back now I sort of ask myself what is the point. The evil god Torak had been slain, Garion (now Belgarion as he is a sorcerer) has been crowned king of the west, and he has married Ce'nedra, imperial princess and destined wife. They have also had
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Beaky
Oct 30, 2010 Beaky added it
To be quite frank, I've read only half the book and not the series preceding it. Okay, maybe not HALF of the book, but Half minus 10 pages. At this stage I'm giving it a 1. I'll pick up the book again when I have more time and patience.

It was weary, not because I hadn't read the first series (hey, I started Order of the Pheonix first in the Harry Potter series and I got used to the huge cast of characters and plot quite easily)but because nothing was happening and if it was it wasn't particularl
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Robin
I really loved this series when it first appeared almost 21(!!!) years ago. Damn, I'm old.

ANYWAY, listening to it is a completely different experience. I haven't revistied this series as often as I have re-read The Belgariad, so a lot of this book has been forgotten over time. As I listen to it, however, I struggle with the urge to skip around. If I had the book in front of me, I definitely would be doing that. As I'm listening, I'm forced to hear every word of the book. This isn't, necessarily
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Not as good as the first series, but worth reading! 6 46 Apr 13, 2013 09:17AM  
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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
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Other Books in the Series

The Malloreon (5 books)
  • King of the Murgos (The Malloreon, #2)
  • Demon Lord of Karanda (The Malloreon, #3)
  • Sorceress of Darshiva (The Malloreon, #4)
  • The Seeress of Kell (The Malloreon, #5)
Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3) Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5) Belgarath the Sorcerer Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1) Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4)

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