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Le Gambit du magicien (The Belgariad #3)

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Puis le soleil sombra dans les bancs de nuages, et baigna d'une lueur malsaine la sinistre forteresse. Ce fut comme si les murs saignaient, comme si tout le sang versé sur les autels de Torak depuis le commencement des âges éclaboussait d'un coup la cité de la peur. Tous les océans du monde n'auraient pas suffi à la laver. Un cri d'agonie emplit l'espace. Garion épouvanté ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Pocket (first published June 1983)
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Jessica You will be missing a lot of character growth and story progression. Each book picks up right after the last page of the previous one, so I'd caution…moreYou will be missing a lot of character growth and story progression. Each book picks up right after the last page of the previous one, so I'd caution against starting with #3. (less)
Vern Wilder yes, book #3 of the Belgariad 3 of five in the series
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Sarah
Oct 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a comfort read: predictable, but entertaining
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Somewhere in the middle of book three is when I start to wonder: does anyone out there actually read a standard heroic journey myth with most of their attention on the main character? After all, one knows exactly what's in store for Garion. It's hardly a spoiler if I tell you he's going to tromp in and out of every kingdom on the continent before heading off to fight the final battle.

No, it's not the hero who's the key player in the heroic journey. The real action's off on the sidelines, where y
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Wanda
I would rate this installment of the Belgariad at 3.5 stars.

The pace has picked up from the first two books and things are moving along quite well. Belgarath and Polgara have actually started to give Garion some information (which would have been more useful to him earlier, truth be told). But, better late than never, and his sorcerer training has finally begun.

One writing tic that Eddings displays—Belgarath scratches his beard about every second page! The poor old sorcerer either has anxiety is
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C.E. Murphy
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
!

I had forgotten there were scenes and sections in MAGICIAN'S GAMBIT that were entirely from Ce'Nedra's point of view. I knew there were in CASTLE OF WIZARDRY, but I had no recollection of it in MG.

This endears the book(s) to me as an adult even more than as a teen. I was not one of those female readers who as a child felt left out because all the stories were about boys and I wasn't a boy so therefore couldn't relate. Yes, well, there wasn't a magical passageway in my closet that led to Narnia,
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Jim
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I flew through this & enjoyed every minute. A few more characters are added, a couple are subtracted. They really needed to be & I enjoyed those moments immensely. Eddings might not write horses as well as some authors, but he occasionally pays attention to them, which is nice. They're not just cars with hooves, although I certainly wish we could clear up our lameness issues as fast as he can!

On to the next!
Jane Jago
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review will come after book five
Dan
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
The Belgariad has been beloved by me since I was a kid, but having read many more books of as many genres and authors since then, I've realized that Mr. Eddings authorship leaves much to be desired. I still love the story, characters, mythology, and magic, but there are a number of glaring problems. Mr. Eddings omits tactical and practical details. If it really takes Garion and friends weeks and months to travel around, then why don't Polgara and Belgarath use the time to teach Garion about sorc ...more
Nicolo Yu
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If there is one thing that I like about David Eddings’ fantasy work, its his ability to add humor to the mix. It is almost his signature, and none of his characters personify that more than the quick wit and dry humor of the weasel faced Drasnian spy and thief, and occasional businessman Silk. He is probably the most important non-lead character and has the most interactions with the three leads of the Belgariad so far. He gets the best lines and his sarcastic wit gets under the skin of Belgarat ...more
Andrea
1. Too many allusions to facts unknown to the reader. I understand that it should all come together in the finally book, but I will forget most of these details by the time I get there.
2. The skill of magic comes to Garion way too easy. Belgarath and Aunt Pol constantly walk around with their mouths agape at how amazing this guys is.
3. The ending was too much of Deus ex machina for my liking.
4. Not bad, but not great. I still have hope that in the end I will have an Aha! moment
Stephen
3.5 stars. Another good installment in the Belgariad. The plot continues to move forward at a nice clip without much slowing.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
Katarina Vujicic
Sve manje mi se sviđa ovaj serijal. Stalno očekujem nešto da se desi, neki preokret, ali ništa. Nastavlja kao i dve prethodne knjige, niti se poboljšava niti pogoršava. Družina putuje iz zemlje u zemlju, sve im polazi za rukom, svaki plan koji smisle se ostvari. Vrlo retko mi se desi da mi je potpuno svejedno šta će se desiti likovima, kao što je slučaj sa ovom knjigom. Samo jedan lik mi s vremena na vreme izvuče situaciju. I taman kad se desi nešto uzbudljivo (doduše u ovoj knjizi se desilo jed ...more
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David Eddings was an American author who wrote several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, was an uncredited co-author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

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“What was that?" Belgarath asked, coming back around the corner.
"Brill," Silk replied blandly, pulling his Murgo robe back on.
"Again?" Belgarath demanded with exasperation. "What was he doing this time?"
"Trying to fly, last time I saw him." Silk smirked.
The old man looked puzzled.
"He wasn't doing it very well," Silk added.
Belgarath shrugged. "Maybe it'll come to him in time."
"He doesn't really have all that much time." Silk glanced out over the edge.
"From far below - terribly far below - there came a faint, muffled crash; then, after several seconds, another. "Does bouncing count?" Silk asked.
Belgarath made a wry face. "Not really."
"Then I'd say he didn't learn in time." Silk said blithely.”
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