Guardians of the West (The Malloreon #1)
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.
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 ...more
If someone says I should read The Belgarion series first, I would agree of it. Better to read Be ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The old prophecy that everyone had been waiting for and had las ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[ even though the ...more
The only ...more
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 ...more
David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he achie ...more