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The Seeress of Kell (The Malloreon #5)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  28,354 ratings  ·  231 reviews
BOOK 5 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.





The final choice: darkness or light






The last clue has been found. It will lead Garion and his friends t
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Published November 14th 1991 by Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) (first published 1991)
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Simon
By the time I got to the end of this series, I realised David Eddings wasn't for me anymore.
Darth
I REALLY loved the Belgariad series, and I so looked forward to this follow up series. I had hoped it would be similar but with new story lines, and adventures.

Instead it was a bad rehash of the same story, but with the extra addition of some pretty ludicrous twists, that caused enough discontinuity with the original series, as to make it hardly worth reading.

You always hear about series that were continued in the blind search to squeeze more money out of fans of the original, and usually I thin
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Lel
This is the last book in the Malloreon series and the end was definitely reading through the series if the characters have a special place in your heart. As much as I love the characters and the world that the story is set in I can't help but feel a little short changed with this series. It feels very much the same as the Belgariad series, just rehashed. To the point that the characters are commenting that so much that happens in this adventure mirrors the plot in the Belgaraid just with place n ...more
Andrew Leon
It's great to re-visit the characters from The Belgariad and see them in action again; unfortunately, that's the best thing that can be said about the series. It's not that it's bad; it's a completely enjoyable read. However, Eddings fails to move forward with his writing and, instead, gives us what is essentially the same plot from The Belgariad over again. If you've read The Belgariad and loved it, you should certainly read The Mallorean, as well. If you're hoping for something new, though, mo ...more
Nate
A fun conclusion to a series that I've read over and over again. However, I have one specific problem with this book, which will be in Spoiler tags:

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Mollie Clarke
Now, what to say about the final book?! Reading this series has opened me up to a whole new thinking of fantasy, I liked it before hand but not now I just love reading it! A lot happens in this book and none of it is boring. You will be gripped when reading this book and will both want to continue reading and not read it at the same time. I found myself struggling between needing to know what would happen and not wanting to finish it too quickly. When I did finish, I felt very empty, I hadn't re ...more
Alex
This is my review of both the Belgariad and the Malloreon. I read both through because I'm a sucker for a series about a long quest. However, it was nearly impossible to ignore the blatant misogyny and racism that permeated each and every book. He goes to needless lengths to make sure all his female characters - even the "strong" ones - are shown to be weak and "feminine" at least once or twice. And don't get me started on his description of non-white ethnicities.

The white male characters are a
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Sam
This is the fifth and final in the Malloreon series and finds all the separate threads being brought together in an intense and epic finale that is worthy of the series as a whole. Every character faces their own challenges with Garion is deceived into wasting precious time following red herrings set by Naradas and Cyradis having to face the choice between Light and Dark without the aid of her trusted Toth, risking everything in the process. Once again Eddings grips us with his characters and ev ...more
Gimena Reche
Un libro de fantasía que me encantó, me pareció muy entretenido. La vidente de Kell es un libro (en este caso dos volúmenes) que integran la serie Crónicas de Mallorea. Yo los encontré muy baratos en una librería y me los traje. La verdad que al leerlos no supe si había algo antes o después de estos dos libros, me imaginé que sí pero la verdad que la historia es bastante clara si uno no sabe que es parte de una saga y lee las historias por separado.
Esta info la saqué de wikipedia y aclara todo:
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Josh
I absolutely LOVED this book! I started reading the Belgariad a couple years ago, along with the Malloreon, and I have read them multiple times since then. These books are one of my favorite book series of all time, and I absolutely loved them! :)










#grumpypython




















































:)
Michael Murdoch

Now in the final stages of their quest for his son, Garion and his companions travel to Kell to consult the only undamaged copy of the Malloreon Gospels. For centuries the Seers have guarded this book from the Grolims and even had their wizards put a curse of blindness on any Grolim who tried to enter Kell. So, as proclaimed in Guardians of the West, Belgarion the Godslayer sets out with those who must join him: the Eternal Man, the Guide, the Man with Two Lives, the Bearer of the Orb and the Si

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Charles Harrison
It has been a long time since I started this series and this book on its own makes the entire series worthwhile. After a little mimbrate silliness the climax of the quest is every bit as epic as you might expect with all the main characters getting to show their abilities. The evil characters are pleasingly evil and are overcome and the final victory is at hand. At this point you realise that despite having a 5 chapter final confrontation you are still only halfway through the book.
At this point
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☆ Ruth ☆
A very satisfying if somewhat predictable ending to this mammoth double epic. I particularly liked the fact that we aren't left wondering what happened to all the characters but are treated to a couple of chapters tying up loose ends and giving us an overview of how their lives continue on, after the final cataclysmic episode.
Christopher
Well, it's finally over. This series was still overlong and never quite had the narrative thrust of the Belgariad. It was always frustrating to me that despite the plot being the recovery of Garion's kidnapped son, there was never a sense of urgency about it.

Also, by the last two books in the series, the traveling party had grown so unwieldy that Eddings actually had several sections of one group simply trying, and failing, to catch up to the main group. There was no danger in this, just annoya
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Gabriel Salter
The concept behind this series, that a warp in time is causing the main characters to repeat things they did in the last series "The Belgariad," is still not well thought through enough and feels like a disguise to hide a derivative book. But it's still an interesting concept, and in this final book Eddings finally takes it and uses it to bring something original to the series.

Is The Mallorean still inferior to The Belgariad? Oh yes.

Did this series need to be thought through and conceived a lit
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Nathan
And so they all head to the conclusion and the inevitable success and homecoming (no spoiler there, it is not one of those fantasy series).

It is unfortunate that there could be absolutely no doubt to the outcome of the Final Choice, since the Fate of the World deserves some pathos, and the entire structure and tone of this series drove it resolutely towards but one conclusion. So while there was a climax, it was not a Climax. Even the question of which character would die w an obvious one, since
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Jennifer
I wanted to wait until I read the series before reviewing it. If you read the Belgariad, then you really should read this. All of the characters from that series are back, just a few years older.
I enjoyed this series on the same level as Wheel of Time and the Deverry books. Eddings creates a detailed world and fills it with characters that you want to know more about...you want just one more book. I love a series that is extensive, that I can immerse myself in.
I will not write a chapter by c
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Dan Voyce
Solid 4.5*

I didn't bother doing a review of the last 3 books in this series, they should basically be merged into a single volume in my opinion as they are so tightly coupled following one storyline that a single review will do.

I don't really see any difference between this series and The Belgeriad, it seems a bit of a cop out that the stories were basically the same - but I loved the way that Eddings poignantly makes it part of the story that things are repeating (one could almost attest to i
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Werehare
2/10

[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
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Brecht Denijs
Nooooooo! I didn't want this to end! :(
By the gods, what can I say about this/these book(s) that I haven't said already? I love them. I don't think I've enjoyed a series this much since Lord of the Rings. Granted, the story line is a little basic at times, it's not the most innovating of plots, if you're a seasoned fantasy reader, you're not in for too many surprises (the flip side is this would be ideal if you want to try fantasy for the first time though) but the characters, the dialogue, the
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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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Marilag
All good things come to an end, and this overly long journey finally closes its story in The Mallorean. I can't say anything I wanted was kept loose, all the strings were tied well enough, too well in fact that I'm heavily surprised anyone could come up with alternate fanfics on the characters.

The situation with the inevitable Choice was actually much more interesting than the battle against Torak in The Belgariad, but the story of this second series itself felt a little repetitive, with an addi
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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
Oct 27, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody really
Recommended to David by: My auntie
Shelves: fantasy
The final book in the pentology, or so we thought
31 August 2012

Well, I have now come to the end of another pointless series of books that does very little to add to the collection of human literature that is pounding our vision these days. A lot of people do seem to have liked these books and I must admit that when I was a teenager I was one of them, but these days I hope that books like these will end up being confined to the dust bin of history and forgotten like the many other books that hav
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John
Review for Belgariad and Mallorean:

Probably the half dozenth time I've read this, but the 1st in at least a decade. i remember liking the Belgariad much more than the Mallorean then, and that still holds up. Supposedly Eddings, like Lucas before Star Wars, read The Power of Myth and also took a class on mythical archetypes and decided to write a series with every single one of them, so if the characters seem familiar, that's why. The Belgariad is still a spectacular starter fantasy series where
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Christy
I'm not quit sure what I think of the Belgariad and the Malloreon. The two series came recommended by a source that I highly highly respect, so I am a little perplexed at what I missed. I kept reading and reading, hoping for some kind of redemptive moment, but none really came.

The only characters that I could hold any respect for were Garion, Durnik and Pol. Belgareth was a slimly creepy dirty old man, Silk was also a skum bag, Barak was a little better than them, but only marginally. I never c
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Christy
I'm not quit sure what I think of the Belgariad and the Malloreon. The two series came recommended by a source that I highly highly respect, so I am a little perplexed at what I missed. I kept reading and reading, hoping for some kind of redemptive moment, but none really came.

The only characters that I could hold any respect for were Garion, Durnik and Pol. Belgareth was a slimly creepy dirty old man, Silk was also a skum bag, Barak was a little better than them, but only marginally. I never c
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Gareth Otton
This is a review for the series as a whole and not just for this book.

There are a lot of negatives to the Malloreon, it is long winded, often slow and very repetitive, but I feel that the positives of this series are more significant.

In the Malloreon, David Eddings nicely rounds off what he started in the Belgariad. It was often very philosophical and at times a bit too wordy but at the end you cant help but grin as these characters you have come to love over the previous ten books get their h
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Eric Moreno
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Denae Christine
Not a bad ending. The character died that I didn't care too much about.
There was no big battle, though. Even fighting the dragon only took a few pages, and no one got hurt (yes, that annoyed me). And I didn't like the way someone became a god of Angorak at the end. I didn't like the god system at all in this book. Nor did I like the prophecies or the child of light and dark dynamic ideas. I didn't even much like the Seeress. Her choice was so clear, and yet she acted all conflicted the whole tim
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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.

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

The Malloreon (5 books)
  • Guardians of the West (The Malloreon, #1)
  • King of the Murgos (The Malloreon, #2)
  • Demon Lord of Karanda (The Malloreon, #3)
  • Sorceress of Darshiva (The Malloreon, #4)
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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