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Guardians of the West (The Malloreon #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  28,028 ratings  ·  316 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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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
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.
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
Becci
I know the english version off by heart, so I thought I'd try learning another language to see how different the story was.
Still excellent...
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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Pam
I like all of David Eddings that I have read so far.
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
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 crown king of the west, and he has married Ce'nedra, imperial princess and destined wife. They have also had a child, so should it not be that they now live happily ever ...more
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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Gareth Otton
This is the first book in the second series set in this particular universe and it is once again a book that will receive mixed reviews.

From a negative point of view this story has a number of flaws. Picking up almost immediately after the last book left off the first two thirds of the book concerns the almost mundane concerns of the characters we grew to love in the previous novels and there is a lot of time where very little seems to happen. This can be quite enjoyable at times as I am a firm
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Bjoern
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Darryl Bennett
It must be challenging when writing a new saga based on one that has come before, where to start, what to include from the previous story etc. It is my opinion that any new story needs to stand on its own two feet and should be able to be told independently of any story that has come before and here lies the challenge for Eddings in book one of the Malloreon. The Belgariad is one of my favorite stories in the world of fantasy, finishing book five and then starting Guardians of the West only minu ...more
Walter Foddis
After 25 years, I think it's understandable that I don't remember any specifics about this series. About 15 years ago, I remember telling a friend (who had read the Eddings' Belgariad series as a teen) that the Mallorean series' characters were exaggerated and the stories were melodramatic. You just knew that the protagonists--because of their super-human &/or magical abilities--would not only vanquish their enemies, but survive relatively unscathed. Put another way, I felt that there was a ...more
Traummachine
I really enjoyed the Belgariad, but I found the writing in the first couple books a little amateur, so it put me off a little on continuing. I'm really glad I did, because this follow-up series seems promising.

I was told the Malloreon was basically the same story as the Belgariad, and so far my view on that is "sorta-kinda". If you've never read Eddings, he's got a cool concept of two conflicting prophecies, with opposing forces each trying to help one prophecy be fulfilled. This takes some stra
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Amber
Mar 20, 2013 Amber rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle Schoolers, People who like Fantasy Staples & Tropes, Adults who aren't familiar with Fantasy
I wasn't feeling overly generous today, so three stars it is. It's not that I didn't really like the first book of the Mallorean, its just that the overall story arch was a bit weird for this first book. It was obviously building toward the rest of the series, another 4 or 5 books I believe. I was happy to get back with the old gang, it was cool to get a bit more info an Eriond in the first part of the book. Like I said, the overall story arch of this particular novel, Ce'Nedra's apparent infert ...more
Jade Kerrion
This review is for the five books in the Mallorean series.

Our humble Garion from Belgariad fame is now Belgarion, Lord of the Western Sea, Overlord of the West, and Godslayer. His infant son is kidnapped and Belgarion must recover the child before his son becomes a dark god. (I'm still trying to figure out why it's such a bad thing to have a son who's a god--dark, light, it's all just variations on a theme, right?)

Anyway, in the Mallorean, Garion once again sets out on a cross-continental journe
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Not as good as the first series, but worth reading! 6 45 Apr 13, 2013 05:17PM  
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