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King of the Murgos (The Malloreon #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  35,526 ratings  ·  205 reviews
The infant son of Garion and Ce'Nedra had been kidnapped. Now they began the quest to rescue the child, through the foul swamps of Nyissa, then into the lands of the Murgos. And at the end they must face a horrible danger--to themselves and all mankind.
Paperback, 403 pages
Published February 13th 1989 by Del Rey Books (first published 1988)
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"I like nice, simple situations and nice, easy solutions," said Belgarath.

"Good and Evil?" Durnik suggested.

"That's a difficult one, Durnik. I prefer 'them and us.' That clears away all the excess baggage and allows you to get right down to cases."

I want a bracelet that says "What Would Belgarath Do?"
As much as I love this series overall I felt that in this book not much really happened. The company seem to be just travelling throughout their world in search of Gerion but not getting any closer or much actually happening in the book. There is a few action scenes in the book that make it interesting but I just can't help but feel it was a bit of a time gap filling book.
That being said the characters more than make up for it. I love the budding relationship between Silk and Velvet, hes so clu
Nostalgia made this a four star read. It should probably be three star. I love this series so hard from childhood that it becomes very difficult to read it objectively. There are many niggles. This was when I started giving some scenes the side eye - some of the relationships between the men and the women, the power plays and the idea that they were so different from each other. Polgara started to piss me right off, with her holier than thou attitude, and I don't that ever went away again.

In tru
David Sarkies
An unnecessary sequel
22 July 2012

It looks as if a few people have noted that this series is pretty much a re-hash of the earlier series, with the same people just different places and a different villain. Okay, the object that was stolen is also different, but other than that it seems that Eddings simply took the script that he used for the Belgariad, made some slight changes, and made it the Mallorean. I gather that here they must get to the 'Place that is No More' which is always interesting
Brecht Denijs
What makes an Eddings novel so great?
Is it his wonderfull fantasyland which we get to explore in great detail? His rich, detailed background history? His engaging story?
Possibly, but for me there is one thing that sticks out: his characters. These people are amazing and just can't get enough of them. The dialogues are amazing, with sarcasm dripping off the pages. I went from laughter to tears and back again. I LOVE this series. It proves that you do not need to switch to 63 different point of vi
Ook al is dit in feite het 7e boek in een serie van 10, er gebeuren nog steeds nieuwe dingen. Nieuwe landen, nieuwe gebruiken. Je zou verwachten dat het allemaal wat eentonig begint te worden, maar daar heb ik nog niet echt last van. Tuurlijk, net is steeds weer net aan dat ze het redden, en hier en daar wat toevalligheidjes, maar daar stoor ik me totaal niet aan.

Deze profetie is ook mysterieuzer dan de vorige, ik heb geen idee wie er uiteindelijk overblijven en waar de profetie tot uiting gaat
Mollie Clarke
This book is very different to the first one of the series. With a much faster pace this book has some excellent twists and turns in it. This book will make your ideas of certain people change in dramatic ways!
Anne Wright
King of the Murgo's by David Eddings

I have given this book 5 out of 5

I love Eddings books and this one is one of my favourite of the malloreon set.

It moves the story from the safety of the lands they know and love into the heart of the enemy's world. They are chasing someone who in the first book of the set has stolen something so precious that they race to get it back.

We see love from the main characters for each other and a willingness to go into battle and face hardships for that love.

Laugh-out-loud funny and endearing new characters, like the King of the Murgos himself. Garion has become an increasingly strong ruler, determined and decisive, and the developments in him and the rest of the cast adds to the enjoyment of the book. Don't let anyone tell you that the first series is better; this one is just as good, if not better! More action and excitement and faster pacing, Eddings keeps his readers turning the pages as fast as possible to find out the next part.
☆ Ruth ☆
There are definitely more flaws in the plot - it's looser and not as well constructed as the Belgariad, but I don't care! I'm enjoying these stories far too much to be bothered about occasional illogical behaviour by the protagonists.
Frankly, I don't know how I'm going to cope when I finish the Malloreon, David Eddings epics have become an integral part of my life... a chapter or two with every meal and something to look forward to at the end of a humdrum workday :)
Silvio Curtis
I read the Belgariad back when my reading habits were regenerating in high school. This is the second book in the Malloreon, set in the same universe immediately afterward and with the same characters. My completist impulses won't be enough to read the whole series, but did get me through this. At this point in the series King Belgarion has found out that his victory over the evil God wasn't the final victory of good, and in particular a mysterious person has kidnapped his baby son. He is chasin ...more
Amani Bryant
Apr 18, 2009 Amani Bryant rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amani by: Mary Bicker
This is more of a comfort read these days. Like an old pair of shoes or a favorite blanket. I have read most of the Eddings' books 3-4 times, so their voice, their humor, the characters are a familiar joy. (I use the plural because while most of the books are published under David's name, it is confessed in one of their later novels that his wife Leigh has been coauthor of most of his works.)
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Rey Mysterioso
The next (7th!) book in the life and times of Garion, now Belgarion Lord of the muckety mucks and wizard of wizards.

I kid, this is a great story, from then till now.

Thinking about this series, having read it a long time ago now, I have to wonder. Was this a little preachy about the nationalistic lines of the world? Out to the east are countries just FULL of reprobates and evil times. Even the Murgoes gold is the wrong color (red) and somehow... addictive. I mean moreso than regular wealth is add
Michael Murdoch
BOOK 2 OF THE MALLOREON, the worldwide bestselling fantasy series by one of the godfathers of the tradition. Discover the epic stories that inspired generations of fantasy writers - from Raymond Feist's The Riftwar Cycle to George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.He will travel even to the edge of the world...Garion and Ce'Nedra are on a desperate journey to find their young son Geran. His kidnapper Zandramas is powerful and elusive, with many disguises. But they must not give in to despair, or ...more
So the travelogue quest that is the Mallorean starts properly in this volume. A quick trot through the Western kingdoms and then it is into bits of Cthol Murgos that we haven't been to before, meeting old acquaintances and discovering new ones on the way.

A lot of talking in this book, as the characters wise-crack their way around the world (even Garion comments on the overall tone of flippancy at one point), showing no real respect to anybody they meet. It is almost as if they are a group of RPG

[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
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.

We discover that Zandramas is a woman! shock horror! Garion and his friends journey through Tolnedra where they are joined by another Drasnian spy, Velvet. Their travels take them into Nyisa where they learn that the Queen of the snake people had nothing to do with his Geran's abduction, although the same cannot be said for her chief eunech. Garion and his friends leave Salmissra to punish her functionary and journey into the land of the Murgos disguised as slavers, after picking up Sadi, Salmis ...more
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
Denae Christine
In both five book series, the characters are supposedly chasing after something very important. A thief who stole the Orb, and thief who stole Garran. In both cases, it takes the good guys 2 years--four books--to catch them. In a chase, especially when the world hangs in balance, I'd expect everyone to move faster. Instead, their adventures seem almost meandering, depsite how much they SAY they're trying to hurry. There are all these stops at palaces and castles and going around or through or un ...more
As Garion said himself in the book, Mr. Eddings is just re-hashing the Belgariad. Something precious and important has been stolen from Riva and a motley party of extraordinary nobles are running all over creation chasing after it. They meet all the same people (or doppelgangers of them) and do pretty much all the same stuff. What annoys me most is that Mr. Eddings has fundamentally altered some of his characters' personae. I understand that some have grown up and gone through life-changing even ...more
Okay can you say Cliffhanger ending?

I like this series, it's decent. It's a fantasy series, it written very formulaic to the genre, yet I still find it entertaining enough.

Eriond's character is the first to really make me feel like I need to look up spoilers. Although I am highly interested in learning about the Seer and Toth. I was actually surprised they didn't get Geran back in this book. I'm starting to get the idea this may be the premise of the entire series. Questing forward to find Geran
Andrew Wilson

Guided by the Orb of the God Aldur, Garion and Ce'Nedrea begin a great quest to rescue their kidnapped child. Making their way through the foul swamps of Nyisssa, then into the lands of the Murgos, they must ultimately face a horrible danger--to themselves and all mankind....

### From Publishers Weekly

King Belgarion and Queen Ce'Nedra are still searching for their kidnapped son Geran in this second volume of The Mallorean, Eddings's sequel to his bestselling fantasy series The Belgariad. After

In the second book, Garion and assorted companions, set out on the trail of Zandramas, who has stolen his son. With weeks of head start, they aren't sure they will succeed, but when the Orb lends the hand and they start receiving instructions from the mysterious voice in Garion's head, they become determined to catch her. But fate steps in - the seer Cynadris, although seemingly on their side, seems to have her own agenda. The war in the East also hampers their efforts, as does the worsening we ...more
I forgot about Urgit... I don't recall if I liked his character that much from the last time I read this - but this time around, I truly enjoyed what he brought to the story.
Since I have got bit through the third book already, I can't seem to recall exactly everything that happens in this book. That is one thing that I do enjoy about these books - it is hard to keep everything straight - what happens in which book if you read them one right after another. The story telling in this cycle of book
Megan Chee
This book is sort of hard to review. It's pretty much exactly the same as the six other Belgariad and Mallorean books before it. There's a perilous quest, Garion takes a bunch of his friends with him, they spend five books trying to save the world (or, in this case, the king's son) and then there's a happy ending and everyone gets married.
This review is coming off as sort of negative, but I did enjoy this book, mainly because the characters have developed a great deal since the first Belgariad
This book is the second of 'The Mallorean' series, a sequel to Eddings' 'Belgariad' series, and as such includes all the major characters of that previous series albeit several years later, plus several new ones.

The plotline is surpringsly similar to the first series: something important has been stolen and Garion and his friends must traverse the world to recover it lest the world be destroyed.

In this case the important thing is Garion's new-born son, who has been abducted by a Grolim preistess
This book brings us back to the Eddings pace to which the reader is accustomed. I was very glad that the pace returned to normal after the last book. As per-usual, the banter is on point, and the story is very well written. Have I mentioned that I adore Silk as a character, 'cause I really do love him. The way he drives everybody up the wall is simply fantastic (Though, I might not be so amused if any of his cracks were aimed at me).
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

The Malloreon (5 books)
  • Guardians of the West (The Malloreon, #1)
  • 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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