What do you think?
Rate this book
384 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published December 1, 1984
There’s not really 5 books here. There’s no real divisions between any of them. Really, it’s a standalone book in 5 parts. We might more accurately call the Belgariad and Mallorean a Duology published in 10 volumes. The divisions in the narrative seem to have been purposely placed around the 400 page mark, and we can see evidence of manufactured subplots that assist getting to that 400 page quota. That’s not a material problem, however, as the content is reasonably interesting and entertaining, even when it has been padded. Structurally, though, this leads to a material problem with pacing.