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Demon Lord of Karanda (The Malloreon #3)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  28,202 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
In an adventurous sequel to THE MALLOREAN, David Eddings tells the story of King Garion's abducted infant son and his efforts to save him. Unfortunately, he and his friends are detained by the friendly, but determined Zakath, who refuses to let them leave. As a horde of demons ravage the Cities and a plague lets loose its terrors, Garion has little time left to reach his d ...more
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Published 1989 by Corgi (first published January 1st 1988)
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Brecht Denijs
Jan 26, 2014 Brecht Denijs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another great addition to the series, not much new to report though that isn't necessarily a bad thing! I will say this: it is incredible how Eddings can surprise you with his characters. You finally meet characters they've been talking about since The Belgariad and they turn out to be nothing like you imagined them. A very enjoyable twist. You have this idea of a fairly standard villain in mind and the next thing you know your hypothesis is completely and unexpectedly blown out of the water. A ...more
Amanda
Sep 06, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eddings. Enough said.

Questing, snarking between male and female characters, adequate fight scenes, full to the brim of nostalgia.
Sarah
Nov 11, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
And then we have the book where Our Heroes tromp all over the (eastern) continent, killing time until book four.

Just enjoy the witty banter along the way.
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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Mollie Clarke
The start of this book leads to more shocking changes in characters, however this change appears less genuine. The book then leads away from said character into yet more interesting developments. The ending of this book has to be one the best so far, with a much talked about character making a very exciting entrance. I look forward to reading what is too come with all the new characters firmly met in this book.
Andrew Leon
Mar 26, 2011 Andrew Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vinay Keerthi
This was rather slow. Or it could be the fact that. I've been busy. I like the fact that I guessed Beldin was in the book. I like guessing things in fantasy novels. That's why they're fun. Yet, this was rather boring.
Sam
Jul 03, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
As the third in the Malloreon series this one is packed with action, from one on one fights to all out battles with an added dose of desperation as Zandramas uses Garion's son to control both him and Ce'nedra making their actions unpredictable and dangerous. If this isn't enough there is of course the bigger story that all the world could be destroyed if the wrong decisions are made and the wrong action taken. But worry not, Polgara, Belgarath and Silk are on hand to lighten the mood with their ...more
Hannah
Jun 14, 2009 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
Amazing, fast-paced read that you just can't bring yourself to put down. Hands down my favourite in the wonderful Malloreon series. The supporting cast are, as usual, absolutely hilarious, and the rush to save Geran becomes increasingly tense and gripping with the threat posed by the demons and the plague. Zakath, despite his flaws, is irresistably charming, and the grudging respect and friendship developing between him and Garion is one of the biggest highlights of the novel.
Sven Mysterioso
Here we are in the middle of the second five-book epic by Eddings about Belgarion, the Rat, the Bear, and all the rest.

It's a great series, from start to finish, I freely and happily admit. This one gets a bit bogged down though.

Its almost as if the writer and publisher discussed the Mallorean... "well, the first series was five books. So this one is too, a no brainer." "yeah, but I am not sure this story is five books long." "hmm, well, lets pad out the middle with some side quests and some int
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Nathan
Jan 05, 2014 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In which Garion and the others are made guests of the Emperor of Mallorea, decide to casually call him by his first name, get caught up in a plague situation and ddeal with an outbreak of demons.

It seems that Eddings is trying to convey a more adult environment in this book. There is a sort of romance (with an adult scene no less!), a fairly well-written prelude to the plague sequence and then some nasty goings on when the demons show up on the stage. The characters are said to be "grim faced" f
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Gabriel Salter
For the first time in the Malloreon series, Eddings brings something new to the table: Demons. Everything else is stuff we already saw in the Belgariad done several times better, but the demons bring something new to the table. Granted it's a more violent and creepy addition, but at least it shows some creativity.

Unfortunately, it's becoming pretty obvious at this point in the series that Eddings is simply rehashing ideas and retconning the conclusion to the Belgariad (which undermines the much
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Dr M
Aug 02, 2007 Dr M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For notes and review, see Guardians of the West (The Malloreon, Book 1).
Christopher
If your son was kidnapped by a demon-invoking, prophecy-fulfilling evil sorceress, you'd think that'd be enough to generate SOME incentive to keep moving, right? Regrettably, that doesn't seem to be the case in Eddings' third volume in his Malloreon quintet. Garion and crew are still trying to track down his kidnapped infant son, they're just doing it VERY VERY SLOWLY.

And his overreliance on an annoying "voice of Necessity" in characters heads telling them what they need to in a given situation
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Werehare
Mar 21, 2015 Werehare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantatrash
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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Strangerealms
Jul 09, 2010 Strangerealms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 24, 2014 David Sarkies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy the series
Recommended to David by: My auntie
Shelves: fantasy
The series is beginning to slow down here
31 July 2012

In a way it seems that certain series get to a point where they simply have ground to a halt and cannot continue. From what I gathered from reading the reviews of this book it seems that Eddings have reached that point with this book. One of the comments involves them spending something like 200 odd pages simply talking about religion and philosophy and the rest of the book has them fighting, and defeating, a horde of demons. It is funny that
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Eric Moreno
Nov 29, 2010 Eric Moreno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Andrew Wilson
Nov 17, 2013 Andrew Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In an adventurous sequel to THE MALLOREAN, David Eddings tells the story of King Garion's abducted infant son and his efforts to save him. Unfortunately, he and his friends are detained by the friendly, but determined Zakath, who refuses to let them leave. As a horde of demons ravage the Cities and a plague lets loose its terrors, Garion has little time left to reach his destination, or the kidnapper wins by default.


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The trial of the sorceress Zandramas leads Garion and

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Dark-Draco
Apr 02, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Garion, Belgarath and assorted companions race across Mallorea looking for Garion's son, they get caught up in the general push for power that is splitting the continent. However, they find friends - and relations - in unlikely places and even being caught in a plague ridden city doesn't stop them for long. But as they get closer, Zandramas starts to fight back, setting traps and trying to delay them. The pull of the Sardion also starts to play a part, as the will of the Orb wavers between it ...more
Brian
Jun 26, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
This book is the third 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
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Cristie
Eddings tries to write strong female characters, but he has a tendency to give them each *one* strong trait, and then conform the rest of their personalities to very stereotypical categories. The one person who gets squeamish after a fight is the one woman who he allows to actually participate in a fight. And after she gets squeamish, one of his other characters says, "she's only a girl." Really??? And after all these years of adventuring, nobody has ever thought (including Ce'Nedra herself) tha ...more
Scott Marley
I'm not especially fond of politics and the first half of this book deal with it quite a bit. The whole deadly plague ridden city they were in was neatly thought of but it wasn't threatening because no one even became ill by it. The use of 'will' has become uneven. The sorcerers can turn into birds, at least Garion, Polgara & Beldin but none of them fly after Zandramas? Beldin flies all over the world except to her? There are many more inconsistencies of this nature that have really began to ...more
Marilag
It's clear that The Mallorean takes a more serious tone when it comes to the subject of religion, but Eddings also seems to drench much of it within philosophy. His characters, at least, represent at least one different set of philosophical ideals (though I have now decided that Silk is largely a quaintly sarcastic misanthrope).

Philosophy and religion take too much out of Demon Lord of Karanda, I think, since most of the time the novel was filled with the characters just sitting there discussing
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Amber
Apr 16, 2013 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I like this series. It's a bit drawn out for the overall story arc and this specific book just seemed very random and all over the place which is too bad, definitely not the best editing. They probably could have made this into a trilogy and it would have been a better story. At one point I thought I was getting a replay of Terry Goodkind's The Temple of the Winds - but Edding's managed to do it (view spoiler) ...more
Mirta Martin
Feb 02, 2014 Mirta Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was glad to get all of the books in this series as a Christmas present, because I at the moment I finished one book I had to start the next one. And I recommend to all of you who still havent read these: buy them all before starting to read, or you will regret it the moment you finish one book and realize you dont have the next one yet.

These books can make anyone fall in love with fantasy.
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Dan
Apr 10, 2015 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
I'm disappointed in Mr. Eddings. The characters aren't who they're supposed to be and are acting very contrary to their natures and personalities set up in The Belgariad. It's as if I don't know them anymore. The trend seems to be that most of the characters are becoming more and more like Silk, sarcastic, sardonic, and annoying. Also, the plot seems to be moving so slowly. There are things happening which aren't necessary and just serve as distractions and wastes of time. It seems like there is ...more
Tracy
Aug 02, 2011 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable book. I am getting very anxious to see the outcome of this adventure filled journey that Garion is once again faced with.
Great characters in this book. The further development we see with our old favorites (Silk, Polgara, Durnik and Belgarath) and the introduction of new characters that is adding a great deal of enjoyment to the story. I think that Velvet and Sadi are great additions to the questing team. I am still not sure what to think of Eriond. Most of the time I forget h
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Erin
Feb 03, 2015 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prose remains eminently readable, but I continue to be annoyed at the sidelining and flattening of Ce'Nedra's character. Just because Velvet is here doesn't mean you have to shove the other young female character into the wings. Also, certain plot elements were extremely predictable. The sequel series just isn't as good as the first, it seems.
Dharyin
Nov 02, 2011 Dharyin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyable book. I am getting very anxious to see the outcome of this adventure filled journey that Garion is once again faced with.
Great characters in this book. The further development we see with our old favorites (Silk, Polgara, Durnik and Belgarath) and the introduction of new characters that is adding a great deal of enjoyment to the story. I think that Velvet and Sadi are great additions to the questing team. I am still not sure what to think of Eriond. Most of the time I forget he is eve
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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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The Malloreon (5 books)
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