Demon Lord of Karanda
Zandramas had stolen King Garion's infant son and fled to use the child in some ritual that would make the Dark Destiny supreme. Garion and his friends had followed, but now they were captives of Zakath, Emperor of Mallorea, who, while friendly, stubbornly refused to let them leave.
Meanwhile, a horde of demons was ravaging the cities thr ...more
I've read this series so many times that writing reviews for it is beyond "difficult."
I've already mentioned that this series (and the Belgariad before it) has sexism issues.
Demon Lord of Karanda has those issues plus a very basic plot concern that flows through to the rest of the series (and some later books): The Belgarath/Rivan King lineage.
Polgara and Belgarion are descended from Belgarath and his wife, Poledra. When reading The Belgariad and The Malloreon the r ...more
David Eddings' Malloreon series gets even more exciting in the third book, Demon Lord of Karanda. This book involves a lot more intrigue and manoeuvring in order for Garion and his companions to get away from Zakath. Zakath and Garion have become friends, and although he's not exactly keeping them prisoner, he's adamant that no-one leave Mal Zeth - as he intends to accompany them - until his armies arrive from Cthol Murgos to deal with the troubles in ...more
I enjoyed how Eddings lets you get to know each of the separate peoples and cultures of this world. The in depth introductio ...more
This book gives us a lot of exposure to Beldin, another of my favorite Eddings characters. His own self-deprecating manner and the snark with which he treats the others hides a sea of emotion deep as can be, as shown in the relationship between he and Belgarath. The love thos ...more
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.
The author deserved credit for the way he has imbued these characters with so much life and how is had trapped me as a reader into caring about them.
Hats off to the man, on an emotiona ...more
Time to continue on with the adventure!
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 ...more
Zakath has always had an appeal for me, even as the dead eyed bad guy in the Belgarion. Getting to know him in the this book was very appealing to me. He had Garion & company taken prisoner & brought to him in Cthol Murgos. They convince him he needs to return to Mallorea and deal with the demons overrunning his country & he takes them with him.
He and Garion get to know one another & become a bit chummy on the trip. They spend some time in M ...more
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
When complete, I read the whole series again in half the time. Then again in half that. The half-lives continue ...more
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 ...more
David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he achie ...more