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
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.
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.
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he...more