The Seeress of Kell (The Malloreon, #5)
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The Seeress of Kell (The Malloreon #5)

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THE FINAL RECKONING
Time was running out for Garion and his companions in their quest to recover Garion's infant son and heir. If they could not locate the Place Which Is No More, then Zandramas, the Child of Dark, would use Garion's son in a rite that would raise the Dark Prophecy to eternal dominion over the universe!
Only the Seeress of Kell could reveal the site of that...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 22nd 1992 by Turtleback Books (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...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
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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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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, 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 books like these, I hope, will end up being confined to the dust bin of history to be forgotten like the many other books that have vanished from the pages of human history. It is interesting th...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Eric Moreno
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Denae
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...more
Dan
I enjoyed Seeress of Kell more than the other books in The Mallorean. Mr. Eddings was able to take all of the good things about his writing and synthesize them into an entertaining novel. Though there are some things that bothered me.
A peculiarity of Mr. Eddings is the need to continue writing long after other authors would have ended the story. Though readers (myself included) always want to know what happens after "The End" or "Happily Ever After" (HEA), it usually isn't don and is left to th...more
Coligne
Questo commento vale per l'intera Epopea dei Mallorean, non solo per questo libro.

Questa seconda saga non m'è piaciuta quanto la prima. Certo, i personaggi principali, quelli che tenevano insieme la storia (Belgarath, Polgara, Garion, Silk e -purtroppo- Ce'Nedra) ci sono ancora; e il Vecchio Lupo, la Zia Pol e Silk bastano a tener su una trama che, ancora una volta, è di un scontato che rasenta l'assurdo.
Stavolta però, l'assurdo lo supera: Sono disposto a tollerare le banialità che fin'ora avevo...more
05CjP
This book if for who ever is a fantasy fanatic. In the book the characters seem real. They seem to just jump out of the book at you. I got so much into this book that I started to pretend what it would be like to be in the story with the characters. I compared and contrasted my friends and myself from the characters. I started to think about the decisions the characters made and if i would make the same choice.
The main character in this book is about a boy named Garion. He is the Overlord of...more
Amber
I gave it the "it was okay" rating. I almost bumped it back to three stars, since I did like the ending where (view spoiler)
But the whole Poledra thing bothered me way to much throughout the whole latter third of this novel. It just didn't parse with what happened with her spirit in the Belgariad. It lost me, and made the world make less sense in my opinion.
It really seemed like maybe Leigh, David's wife, might have thrown this aspect in at the last minute w...more
Andrew Wilson

THE FINAL RECKONING



Time was running out for Garion and his companions in their quest to recover Garion's infant son and heir. If they could not locate the Place Which Is No More, then Zandramas, the Child of Dark, would use Garion's son in a rite that would raise the Dark Prophecy to eternal dominion over the universe!



Only the Seeress of Kell could reveal the site of that mysterious place--and that she could do only once Garion and Polgara had fulfilled an ancient prophecy in the mountain f

...more
Meg
Apr 11, 2012 Meg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Belgariad, epic fantasy lovers
So I finished the Belgariad and the Mallorean! I have this immense sense of accomplishment. I feel like I've run a ten-book-long marathon.
This book was:
1) Absorbing
2) Boring
3) Earth-shattering
4) Bewildering
I know there are quite a few contradictions in there, but it's ALL TRUE. I had originally rated this book 3 stars, because that was when I had come to a part that was so numbingly boring that I could barely continue. And then I came to the climax and all was forgiven. As far as epic action seq...more
Brian
This book is the ffith (and final) in '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 Groli...more
Peter
A fitting end to an eduring epic: I found this book a fitting end to both the series which chart the progress of Garion from boyhood to his destiny. In response to the adverse comments I have heard / read, I would like to point out that by the time you reached the start of this book, you have already read 9 books, so something genuine must have kept you reading till the end.

If you read the first book of the Belgariad, you have a pretty good idea of the style and content of the other 9 books. Thi

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Ward Bond
SUMMARY:
Here is the epic conclusion of David Eddings’s enthralling series The Malloreon–two magnificent novels in one volume. This monumental fantasy follows the story of two age-old opposing destinies locked in a seven-thousand-year war for control of the world, its gods, and its men. Indeed the victor will determine nothing less than the fate of all creation.Troubles mount as King Garion, Belgarath, and Polgara pursue Zandramas, the Child of Dark, across the known world. The wicked creature ha...more
Nick
The Seeress of Kell concludes Eddings' epic fantasy, The Malloreon. In the fifth book, the heroes are drawn to 'The Place that is no More' and Cyradis finally makes her choice that will determine the fate of the world. [return][return]The events that take place in the fifth book are quite predictable, but there was a sense of satisfaction in knowing that everything is as it should be. In this readers opinion, the Malloreon was probably about two books two long. The story wandered, there was a wh...more
Lizza11
En dit was dus het allerlaatste deel van die epische serie. Dit is eigenlijk ook een van de eerste series die ik van begin tot eind echt leuk vond. In al die 10 boeken niet een keer iets gehad wat ik echt vervelend vond of saai (en in de meeste series heb ik dat wel op een bepaald moment) Ja ergens in boek 2/3 dat ik het dialect van die Mimbraten/Goden lichtelijk overdreven was, maar als je er eenmaal aan gewend ben merk je het niet eens meer.
De serie is easy-ro-read, misschien niet heel hoogst...more
Rey Mysterioso
We've made it here together. The end of the Eddings' epic cycle of Belgarion.

Its a good ending, strong and worthwhile. Of course, you've seen books 7, 8, and 9 just about stretch things as far as they can go, but this one puts a bow on it.

A little too perfect of an ending, but you really do love these characters, and you want to see them end up well, so that's okay.

For a new young reader of fantasy, this series is so, so worth it. For an older, mature experienced reader, its a nice warm homecomi...more
Dark-Draco
In the final book, everything comes together in the final showdown between light and dark. After journeying through Mallorea, Garion and his companions end up posing as knights, kidnapping Zaketh and finding a long lost relative. Finally, they end up at the Place Which Is No More and Garion, Zandramas and Cyradris have to make their choices, decisions that will change the universe forever.

As usual, a great, fast paced story, with a good sense of humour and excellent characters. Yes, the actual a...more
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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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