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The Younger Gods (The Dreamers #4)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  4,614 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
The four elder gods Dahlaine, Zelana, Aracia, and Veltan have ruled over Dhrall for eons. Every 25,000 years, the siblings pass on their duties to a quartet of young gods so that they can rest. But as the next changing of the gods approaches, the elder gods are faced with a potential catastrophe: an enemy has arisen from the vast wasteland in the center of Dhrall and is be ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2006)
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ms bookjunkie
Jan 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, fantasy, reread
Three books of awesome buildup, and…meh! Lame. Not glorious, thrilling and inventive like the first three books, no real development. Same old, same old, and the good parts aren't enough to boost the rest. It's fine enough for the first three quarters or so of the book, but then it all pretty much goes to hell. >:(

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Oct 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was set to give this book three stars, as up until the "Epilogue," this was the best book of the series. And then, Worst. Ending. Possible.

If you are a complete-ist, and are finishing the series because you feel you have to (and I include myself in that,) the good news is that this is the best book of the four. Sure, all the characters blend together, and yes, there is a ton of repetition; but there are plot twists that make it worth while, (though they aren't foreshadowed as much as anvil-tos
Geoffery Crescent
Aug 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
No-one could accuse the Dreamers series of being classic fantasy literature, the first book is so-so, the second is decent and the third pretty pants, but this final book in the series takes awfulness to whole new levels. After four whole books of build-up, characterisation and world-building one character decides to instigate a deus ex machina, reverse time and destroy the main enemy in the past so that the entire story never happened. It makes absolutely no sense and completely ruins the serie ...more
Jan 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Ok, I am sorry. But this book was horrible. It felt like it was written for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's. The climax of the story was written no less than four times, supposedly from different peoples' points of view, except the reactions of the people were worded differently every time (it had Rabbit having at least 3 different reactions to the form of the Vlagh). The characterization felt especially caricature-like, like they were all shy children who'd never had sex, or were asha ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ah, the wasted hours of my life. I could have recommended this series as the weakest offerings of an aging great author couple if not for the ending that reversed, in just a few short pages, all character development that had occurred in four books on the whim of a spoiled child.

I cannot say more without revealing too much, but I will say this: if you feel compelled to read this book, this not allow yourself to become invested in any character's growth, especially minor characters wh
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm on the fence about that ending.
First things first though the last books in series have the enormous job of 'tying all the ends together'. This book seemed to open up more.
For me there were a lot of things left unexplained. Also a lot of the characters seemed to have knowledge of things they'd had no chance to investigate beforehand. I also didn't like how undeveloped the characters were in the end... Literally.
That ending man, just... Ugh.
Not the worst read but not the best, probably gonna b
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-books-read
I'm really disappointed that this wasn't a better written series; the characters are fantastic and the storyline is great, but there was just too much repetition and I wondered if that was done to stretch it into four books. As I said in my review of book 3, I think the author had good intentions in presenting different parts from different characters viewpoints, but it was just very repetitious and could've been done in a much better way. I really wish these has been better.
Nov 08, 2007 marked it as abandoned
This is not typical Eddings. And yet, I trudged through the first three because I wanted to know what was going to happen. I like the concept of the characters. It's not a typical adventure quest like his other series, which is refreshing. However, the banter is a little trite at times. And yet, I'm still reading because I need to finish the series and find closure.
Sunnie Levine
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
These books became a little hard to get through. The first one was pretty good, but then it started feeling like Eddings was just trying to add filler to make each book longer. He started having chapters in the second book that told each of the main characters' backstory, which I liked. However, once we learned about each character, he kept jumping back in time to get a perspective from a different character, but it felt like the story was going two steps forward, one step back with each chapter ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
It isn't very hard for me to explain why I don't like this book, no, this series, very much. First of all, the ending was just stupid.(view spoiler) ...more
Scot Eaton
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I plowed through this book just to finally be done with this series. It wasn't worth it. I should have stopped halfway through book one. When an author gets famous enough, they get to a point where they could sneeze onto a napkin and somebody would publish it. I would have rather read the sneeze. I have seriously read high schoolers with a better writing style than Eddings.

The funny part is, the first half of this book is the best that the series gets. Sorgan and crew have to pull off a fake war
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dreamers

This is for all four books in the 'Dreamers' series. The Elder Gods, The Treasured One, The Crystal Gorge & The Younger Gods.

3.5 stars. I enjoyed it!

This was a different prospect from the usual fantasy tales as the enemy wasn't your dragon or orc or sorcerer. But she was no less hell bent on taking over the world.

A lot of reviews for this book are negative, mostly because they are complaining that the book repeats itself. Thats actually kind of the point. The repeats are from t
Jun 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This is honestly the only book I have never finished to date. The entire series was so long winded-far longer than it needed to be and the ending of this was the cherry on the top. I was approximately 1/3 of the way through this last book and the 500-odd pages per book were starting to drag me down. So I decided to skip to the end to see if I could convince myself to keep going based on the ending. Once I'd done that, I threw the book across the floor and never looked back - and I do anything no ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody.
This is probably the worst series I have read in a long while. Where was the quality control? What even more unbelievable is, is that this series has been translated and reprinted!

Should come with the following warning label; "Danger! Can cause serious damage to your own and your unborn child's intellect."
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I love Eddings writings and I truly enjoyed this series, I feel that the ending presented in this book was a rip off. A true and great loss when David died
Andry Chang
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-novels
Well, I beg to differ.

"The Gods Must Be Crazy".
It's an obvious notion Vadis, the Pilgrim From Everna got while exploring the nameless World of the Dreamers. And that notion escalated to a climax in this final episode of The Dreamers Saga.

In this last work, the late David Eddings tried so hard to bring out the "climax of all climaxes". While altogether sliced the story between lots of main characters' point-of-views and balancing between dialogue, narration (story) and action.

The result is, the P
Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book ... oh, the ending of this book....
THIS is the reason I now have no compunction about looking up a book on Wikipedia and reading the plot synopsis just to see if the end is even worth the effort of getting there!
This was only the second David Eddings series I've read. After finishing this series, I sold all four books and set aside all things Eddings for about five years. I just recently started re-reading the Belgariad, and that has reignited my interest in Eddings as an author. The
Kristy Halseth
Sep 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I realized that it had been several years since I read book three and I went out to find a copy of book four. I picked it up and hated it. Perhaps the worst book I ever read. I went so far as to look up to see if they had gotten sick or if one of them had died. I had heard rumors that Leigh had passed away and thought maybe this happened before this book. But no, that didn't happen until after this book was released.

The book was very repetitive. It told the same event from every character's poi
Sean O'Reilly
Nov 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bookcrossing
According to the front cover - "Nobody writes modern fantasy like Eddings"

Well thank heavens for small mercies say I!

Before I become too scathing I suppose that I should admit to having come to this book with pre-conceptions. Many years ago I read another book by David Eddings and really didn't enjoy it. I saw this on the sale shelf at my local library and decided to give him another go. I won't be doing that again.

I read the preface and the first two chapters before giving up. In those 32 pages
Oct 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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Nov 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review is for whole "The Dreamers" series
In sort: all four books are terrible. The characters are plain and easily forgotten (one which I can remember is a guy who was good at shooting a bow, his name was Longbow or probably something along the lines), there is cheating around every corner (Eddings was cheating a little bit more and more with every book, but in this one it's just too much), the writing style is terrible and feels like listening to two idiots talking between themselves. The
Neal Simmons
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
It is very hard for me to do a negative review of a series by Eddings, but The Dreamers quartet has got to be his worst fantasy series. It in no way compares to the Garion or Sparhawk books, yet one of the main characters is a complete lift from the Elenium/Tamuli.

Why is it so bad? First and foremost is that it could have been way better. Each book in the series is worth reading, but the plots are almost identical. This "series" would probably have turned out much better as a one volume work lik
May 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: really dense people who don't get it the first time round
Shelves: fantasy
...This is bad, but this book is so awful I had a hard time finishing it. The same problems abound as the third book in the series (my review of that one is here), but it's even worse./i>
In brief, the entire book is an exploration of recycled lines and characters that repeats itself annoyingly and constantly. I read about the defeat of the final bad guy (girl) from the perspective of three different people, and didn't get anything new out of the second two times. But this book even goes so fa
Sep 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Oct 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy

Once again the repetitions were completely annoying, every character doesn't have to repeat the scene for me I GET IT!!!

The ending is simply stupid... plus didn't he already use the "cease to exist" more effectively in the Belgariad?? I am totally annoyed by this series, I slogged through it simply hoping that he would pull out a good ending, but alas no ... all the friendships, etc. formed in the series
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jan 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: david-eddings
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Phil Jones
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
A sad end as this is the last book from an author I have read for as long as I can remember.

The four book series follows the same pattern involving a lot of characters repeating the same information between them over and over again.

Any plot set up that is prepared is then thrown away in the space of a few pages with a silly resolution from out of nowhere.

The same is true of the finale with an over simple ending then made even worse with a final chapter undoing everything and making you wonder wh
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: david-eddings
The downfall of this series was the repetitiveness throughout but it didn't bother me until this book. Unlike in previous books in which it did repeat but not as often, in this one it happened every time anybody did anything especially as the book wrapped up in a sloppy manner. I really liked the idea of this series as well as the characters but the execution in bringing it all together falls short which is disappointing considering I've enjoyed Eddings work in other series. It's still fun to re ...more
Jul 20, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I've been a fan of Eddings for years, but this series has been turgid. I honestly can't believe how bad they are. The characters are mostly one dimensional, the dialogue is just simplistic and repeated over and over, and sections of the plot just get retold by different characters. This could be ok, if the characters added anything to any of the retelling, ( to be fair this did happen once in The Treasured One with Jalkan), but usually you find yourself just skipping through the text, because it ...more
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
For those who are curious to read David and Leigh Eddings' works, I'd suggest you go with Belgariad and Malloreon instead, at least from the beginning. For me, they're superior to their later works, including this latest series. I can't really say that I hated "The Dreamers", but I've read better (and from the same authors too).

The ending of the series for me was just a disappointment, in all honesty. I practically had question marks floating over my head after I've put down the novel because I
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