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Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad #3)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  64,053 ratings  ·  496 reviews
Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, had joined a dangerous mission to recover the stolen Orb that supposedly protected the West from the evil God Torak. And somehow, she found herself feeling quite tender for Garion, the innocent farm boy, who would be forced into the strange tower in the center of all evil to retrieve the Orb by himself.
Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published February 12th 1986 by Del Rey Books (first published June 1983)
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Sattamander Magician's Gambit is book three of the Belgariad Series. The other books are:
Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad Book 1)
Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad…more
Magician's Gambit is book three of the Belgariad Series. The other books are:
Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad Book 1)
Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad Book 2)
Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, Book 4)
Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, Book 5)

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Oct 03, 2007 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a comfort read: predictable, but entertaining
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Somewhere in the middle of book three is when I start to wonder: does anyone out there actually read a standard heroic journey myth with most of their attention on the main character? After all, one knows exactly what's in store for Garion. It's hardly a spoiler if I tell you he's going to tromp in and out of every kingdom on the continent before heading off to fight the final battle.

No, it's not the hero who's the key player in the heroic journey. The real action's off on the sidelines, where y
I would rate this installment of the Belgariad at 3.5 stars.

The pace has picked up from the first two books and things are moving along quite well. Belgarath and Polgara have actually started to give Garion some information (which would have been more useful to him earlier, truth be told). But, better late than never, and his sorcerer training has finally begun.

One writing tic that Eddings displays—Belgarath scratches his beard about every second page! The poor old sorcerer either has anxiety is
3.5 stars. Another good installment in the Belgariad. The plot continues to move forward at a nice clip without much slowing.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
Sve manje mi se sviđa ovaj serijal. Stalno očekujem nešto da se desi, neki preokret, ali ništa. Nastavlja kao i dve prethodne knjige, niti se poboljšava niti pogoršava. Družina putuje iz zemlje u zemlju, sve im polazi za rukom, svaki plan koji smisle se ostvari. Vrlo retko mi se desi da mi je potpuno svejedno šta će se desiti likovima, kao što je slučaj sa ovom knjigom. Samo jedan lik mi s vremena na vreme izvuče situaciju. I taman kad se desi nešto uzbudljivo (doduše u ovoj knjizi se desilo jed ...more
The Belgariad has been beloved by me since I was a kid, but having read many more books of as many genres and authors since then, I've realized that Mr. Eddings authorship leaves much to be desired. I still love the story, characters, mythology, and magic, but there are a number of glaring problems. Mr. Eddings omits tactical and practical details. If it really takes Garion and friends weeks and months to travel around, then why don't Polgara and Belgarath use the time to teach Garion about sorc ...more
C.E. Murphy

I had forgotten there were scenes and sections in MAGICIAN'S GAMBIT that were entirely from Ce'Nedra's point of view. I knew there were in CASTLE OF WIZARDRY, but I had no recollection of it in MG.

This endears the book(s) to me as an adult even more than as a teen. I was not one of those female readers who as a child felt left out because all the stories were about boys and I wasn't a boy so therefore couldn't relate. Yes, well, there wasn't a magical passageway in my closet that led to Narnia,
1. Too many allusions to facts unknown to the reader. I understand that it should all come together in the finally book, but I will forget most of these details by the time I get there.
2. The skill of magic comes to Garion way too easy. Belgarath and Aunt Pol constantly walk around with their mouths agape at how amazing this guys is.
3. The ending was too much of Deus ex machina for my liking.
4. Not bad, but not great. I still have hope that in the end I will have an Aha! moment
If possible, even better than the first two books in the series. Things are speeding up, now that Garion's gotten past the initial shock and denial, and it's fascinating as the party of travellers grow to include some more crucial (and extremely fun) new characters. The only downside is Ce'Nedra, who is an absolute pain, but even she can be charming when she wishes to be. It's exciting to watch as Garion begins to realize his talent and potential.
3.5 stars. Another good installment in the Belgariad. The plot continues to move forward at a nice clip without much slowing.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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With the Orb now in Cthol Murgos, the group go to the Vale of Aldur so that Garion can learn more about sorcery from Belgarath and Pol and to talk to Aldur. However, the group has to still retrieve the Orb which will mean travelling into enemy territory. With people both leaving and joining the travellers, they may not all survive and if they do they will not be the same. With the prophecies starting to come true wi
David Sarkies
Aug 15, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy freaks
Recommended to David by: My Auntie
Shelves: fantasy
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29 Jun 2012

This is the third book in the series and in this one Garion and his companions continue with their tour of the continent, visiting each of the kingdoms and learning about them and their god. In this book we are also introduced to the woman that will become Garion's lover: the imperial princess Ce'Nedra.

It is interesting some of the comments that are made of this book because in a way it seems to be the book where things begin to come to a head, with Silk and his ne
Nicolo Yu
If there is one thing that I like about David Eddings’ fantasy work, its his ability to add humor to the mix. It is almost his signature, and none of his characters personify that more than the quick wit and dry humor of the weasel faced Drasnian spy and thief, and occasional businessman Silk. He is probably the most important non-lead character and has the most interactions with the three leads of the Belgariad so far. He gets the best lines and his sarcastic wit gets under the skin of Belgarat ...more
Ho hum. They travel lots of places, have adventures, meet lots of people. Some are more interesting than others, but all individuals and races have one strong, defining characteristic that will be repeated every time they are mentioned: rat-faced, fanatic, bear like, etc. The worst is the girl they meet whose "lush" beauty is seriously mentioned over a dozen times. That word just seems an annoying euphemism for sexy.

Anyway, the ending was dumb too. The bad magician guy got so scared that he did
Jul 07, 2009 James rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People struggling to get through The Belgariad
This was the weakest of the Belgariad books so far. Most of the book seemed like a rambling Dungeons and Dragons game filled with random encounters and new, made-up monsters described on the spot and forgotten about just as quickly. There was a smattering of character development, the introduction of a few new party members, and a short but satisfying showdown.

I'm not really sure why the book was titled Magician's Gambit. There wasn't much of a gambit at all. Perhaps David Eddings should have n
Endings was my first foray into High Fantasy which would probably explain why none of the clichés riled me. I’ve now read plenty of stories about nameless orphans etc who turn out to be the missing bloodline to the throne who then go on to battle unimaginable (except that of many a fantasy writer) evil to save the world.

Personally I absolutely loved the Belgariad series of books and found them to be enthralling and exciting. In particular I loved the characters and thought them to be some of th
Once more I feel the need to ask, "Is Garion an idiot? How can he possibly have no clue about who he is and what his mission will be?" I mean, for goodness' sake. That's my only real complaint, though. Also, since Eddings doesn't really do emotions at all, I got kind of irritated with Ce'Nedra and her random outbursts of crying or whatever, because I was like, why the heck are you crying? But they're fun, fun books to read, and I really like the characters. I feel like Eddings did a good job in ...more
***Dave Hill
Our Travelogue of Eddingsworld Continues ...

Yes, when each part of the book requires a new map that's centered on a new country that feels like a patch in a patchwork quilt, there's something a little wrong with the worldbuilding.

That said, the story proceeds apace, with the annoying addition of regular PoV's from annoying Princess Ce'Nedra. Garion's still callow and sincere and troubled and dense as a doorpost in so many ways. The various iconic heroes (literally iconic, as they all hold tarot-
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Colour me lazy but I decided not to do a review for Queen of Sorcery ahisnd thought I would combine the two in this revihw, I think the main reason is, is that this series more then most feels like one big book that has been split up in to five managable segments, I find after a while I am hazy over one book ends and another begins, so I figured that the midway point would be a good place to stop and reflect.

The adventure mounts as you continue on the series and as Garion learns more about quest
When I first started the series, I found myself wondering why I was reading it. I'm so glad I decided to continue reading the series. I think the books are a great length for fantasy as they aren't nearly as daunting in size as some *cough* The Eye of the World *cough* A Game of Thrones *cough* While those books and series are all wonderful, they're long and I know that's off-putting to a lot of people who want to read but don't really want to read long things (if that makes sense).

The series i
Gabriel C.
Have I talked at all about what they are about? It's a tedious, obvious prophecy slowly winding its way toward completion. An intolerable boy, who, surprise, surprise, doesn't understand girls, or humans, or anything, a bunch of princes and stuff, lots of noblesse oblige, good and evil, pomp and circumstance, all of the wise characters are total assholes, all the good guys are obsessed with murder and stealing but it's okay because it's only bad guys that they do it to, human concern lasts only ...more
May 01, 2009 Kerry marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, audiobooks
I’ve nothing bad to say about this book; I just didn’t feel like continuing. The narrator has been annoying me ever since I started listening to Pawn of Prophecy and once Ce’Nedra stayed at Prolgu and I had to listen to Relg ranting at Garion, rather than Ce’Nedra and Garion squabbling, I found I’d simply had enough. It was all travel, the occasional fight and more travel, and it was getting rather boring. I know the story picks up, and if I continued I’m sure I would have started enjoying it ag ...more
I read the Bellgraid and the Malloreon about 10 years ago now, so my memory isn't up to a synopsis of the series or anything, but I did highly enjoy them then, they still grace my shelves now, and I hope to reread them in the near future.

These books are great for the reader that enjoys fantasy series reading (so if you prefer a one off, try something else). They develop an amazing story and history that kept me engaged. The two series are intimately related/connected. The world is more of a high
This book actually felt much more climactic than previous books in the series. Granted it's probably because the characters finally reach their initial quest goal and will be able to move the prophecy along in the next book. The character background tantalizers are more and more frequent, especially regarding Garion, and I find it slightly irksome because, that is all there are right now, hook after hook with absolutely no new information, just more confusion. Would it have killed Eddings to may ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Since this is the middle book of the 5 book series, it reads like one... things are happening and gearing toward the end but the journey is definitely arduous. I didn't feel so compelled to finish the volume but wasn't bored either. There were plenty of cool magic going on: meeting with the Gods, Garion's ability to bring the colt from the dead back to life, Relg's rock tunneling ability, etc. are all entertaining to read about. Wish that I can continue with the rest of the series but have to st ...more
Harold Ogle
Magician's Gambit is to the Belgariad as The Two Towers is to The Lord of the Rings: the mostly-forgettable middle piece in which a lot happens but very little makes an impression.

You know how, in the Song of Ice and Fire books, the prologues in which we see the Others' forces gathering are often the most compelling parts of the book? Well, it's the same here: as a prologue to Magician's Gambit, Eddings provides really interesting lore having to do with the god UL, the creation of the Earth, mon
Another fun installment on the Belgariad series!
Magician's Gambit continues Eddings' fantasy epic with much of what was seen in previous books. Belgariad and his companions continue to search for the Orb of Aldur by traveling from place to place and encountering a host of minor quarrels along the way. Belgariad himself struggles to reign in his abilities as a budding sorcerer and some of his companions deal with internal struggles as they see their true selves for the first time (for some characters, this started in Queen of Sorcery).

It is a
Michael Murdoch

Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, had joined a dangerous mission to recover the stolen Orb that supposedly protected the West from the evil God Torak. And somehow, she found herself feeling quite tender for Garion, the innocent farm boy, who would be forced into the strange tower in the center of all evil to retrieve the Orb by himself.



"Absorbing. Touches all the right Fantasy bases. Warring gods, political intrigues, supernatural creatures, and appealingly human magicians." --

"Magician's Gambit" is the third book (of five) in Edding's 'The Belgariad' series. Itsuccessfully develops the epic nature of his story arc and improves on the previous book.

Magician's Gambit manages to right many of the complaints that I had in its predecessor. The characters are still of a type, but are moving towards becoming more archetypes than stereotypes. Characters begin to struggle against opposition and have fears and problems that make them more vulnerable than the unconquerable band
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Other Books in the Series

The Belgariad (5 books)
  • Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)
  • Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2)
  • Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4)
  • Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5)
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“What was that?" Belgarath asked, coming back around the corner.
"Brill," Silk replied blandly, pulling his Murgo robe back on.
"Again?" Belgarath demanded with exasperation. "What was he doing this time?"
"Trying to fly, last time I saw him." Silk smirked.
The old man looked puzzled.
"He wasn't doing it very well," Silk added.
Belgarath shrugged. "Maybe it'll come to him in time."
"He doesn't really have all that much time." Silk glanced out over the edge.
"From far below - terribly far below - there came a faint, muffled crash; then, after several seconds, another. "Does bouncing count?" Silk asked.
Belgarath made a wry face. "Not really."
"Then I'd say he didn't learn in time." Silk said blithely.”
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