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Enchanters' End Game

(The Belgariad #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  90,746 ratings  ·  985 reviews

The quest was over. The Orb of Aldur was restored. And once again, with the crowning of Garion, there was a descendant of Riva Iron-grip to rule as Overlord of the West.

But the Prophecy was unfulfilled. In the east, the evil God Torak was about to awaken and seek dominion. Somehow, Garion had to face the God, to kill or be killed. On the outcome of tha
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 12th 1984 by Ballantine Books (Mm)
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C.E. Murphy
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Turns out ENCHANTERS' END GAME has all kinds of POVs in it, mostly, in fact, of women. Well, no, not mostly: mostly it's Garion. But every other POV is a female, because Eddings dips in around the West and visits the queens who are holding the thrones while their husbands are off fighting the big war.

Re-reading as an adult, I found that interesting for two reasons: one, it means every POV in the Belgariad that is not Garion's is female, which--from the adult perspective--is fairly awesome. One
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
For me, this was the most enjoyable book of the whole Belgariad series, and that despite all of the “happily-ever-afters” that occur by book’s end. Those of you who know me, know that I much prefer “Lady or the Tiger?” type endings that leave things more to my imagination.

Garion finally comes into his own during this installment and his elders and the Prophecy actually help him. He and Ce’Nedra start communicating, instead of guessing what the other is thinking or feeling. And even Hettar, the i
May 29, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adults, fantasy lovers
I will let my review of this book speak for all of the Eddings books that I have read, which include four series of books (Belgariad, Mallorean, the Elenium and the Tamuli). I discovered these books in the seventh grade, and as a testament to how much I loved them: not only I, but all of my friends and I ripped through all four of these series over the course of six months to a year, sharing books and working out arrangements of who would buy the next one. I remember sitting around in a circle a ...more
Valyssia Leigh
David Eddings constant harping on traditional gender roles finally ruined my enjoyment of this story. Few of his female characters appear as more than amusing idiot children, a point belabored by piles of pejorative terms, pointless tantrums, fickle mood swings, manipulative girlish smiles, and so on... The few bold moves of significance made by these women were marginalized under the heading: 'she can get away with it because she's too ignorant to know any better.'

One living women is powerful
Jane Jago
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
All five reviewed.

This is a grand story that rattles along at a good pace.

I liked: Garion and most of his chums. The story. The writing.

I didn't like: Polgara. How sweet tempered Garion is.

But all in all I'd say read this quintet it's worth your time.
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entire series has been the literary equivalent of sitting curled up in a cozy armchair, at Christmas, with a cup of hot chocolate in your hand. I can see myself returning to this series over and over as the years go by.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I, of course, didn’t like everything about this book, like the fact that women are not equal to men (except for perhaps Pol...) and the fact that there’s quite a bit of deus ex machina at the end.

But I did find the entire series very entertaining, the tone uplifting, and the characters likeable.

I had a good time reading these books and they feel a bit like a hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day: comforting.

Recommended to all fantasy fans who want to read some of the Classics.

3.5 stars. Fairly satisfying ending the Belgariad. Overall, this was an above average epic fantasy series geared more towards the YA audience but still enjoyable for adults.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
Susan Kennedy
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
The fifth and final book in the Belgariad series is outstanding. This book is full of adventure as Belgarath, Belgarion and Silk continue their journey to the final fateful meeting of prophecy. Belgarion's princess has raised an army and that army draws attention away from what the others are doing. It is full of adventure and danger and battles. This is a great final book to this series. It takes you to a good ending, while leaving you wanting more. And the Mallorean series is just waiting in t ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Reread 2020: I have come to the end of my reread. It was highly satisfying and just what I needed during these stressful times. I am going to miss Garion and friends. Maybe I should pick up the Malloreon again soon. Review from 2013 below.


Enchanters' End Game is the final book of The Belgariad. It's a satisfying ending to the series. The book is fast paced and was a page turner for me. All loose ends are tied up nicely. The character banter in this book is in high form. The co
Deadly Knitshade
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'd write a review but I'm so grateful to have finished this book and never have to read anything in the series again that I'm just going to run away. I'M FREE! FREE I TELL YOU! ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sf, nostalgia
The fifth and final book in Edding's Belgariad series has a distinctly "Return of the King" flavour, but it is dogged by many of the same problems found in the earlier books. While the bulk of the fellowship is leading the armies of the west into battle with the assembled army of the forces of evil, a smaller part of the fellowship ventures into the dark city where the sleeping god waits to be be reawoken as an object of great and terrible power that he desires is brought ever closer. The two co ...more
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
I devoured this & the previous book in a day. I'm trying to baby a bad back & this was a perfect excuse to do so. It was a good ending to a fun series - sort of. There are some loose ends & it is clearly stated that the prophecy doesn't end here, but I can easily & will. The Mallorean, another 5 book series, picks up where this leaves off & isn't quite as good. It's more of the same - too much so - so it's a let down. The flaws in this series & Eddings' writing become more apparent. Where this o ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't intended on giving this 5 stars, but seriously, the ending was pretty cool. It was so Harry Potter-esque that I couldn't help but think Rowling must have read the series before she wrote hers. I just didn't see the battle between Torak and Garion going the way it did, and it impressed me. Plus, I was glad it tied up all the loose ends. Looking forward to reading The Mallorean series, which is an extension off this I guess. This series played it safe a bit, but nice wrap up. ...more
The classic feels a bit old and tired now. While recommended for readers new to the fantasy genre, those who have read more widely in the genre may find it rather clichéd and trope-heavy.
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think the Belgariad series is one of the best fantasy stories about a boy's coming of age. It predates this crazy onslaught of market-driven writers who hope to make a quick name, a huge splash, and a lot of money all in the name of the written word. In fact, if you compare the quality of Eddings' writing with that of many of the big names in young adult fantasy today (though I believe it's not intended for a young adult audience specifically), you'll see that the scales will tip quite heavily ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-not-ya
Meh. I like many of the characters, but they do the same things in the same way for 5 books and it just wore on me. Many things were resolved too easily, and some were not resolved at all except in a sentence. e.g. Barak's been freaking out about his bear possession for 5 books and it's resolved in one sentence in a flashback saying now he's dealt with it.

Ce'Nedra was apparently supposed to show maturity and growth, but I think she showed very little progression. It's hard to root for this obno
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Alright, this concludes my complete re-read of this series (until I start the second one...). There was a lot in this book that I didn't remember. In fact, the ending was much better than I remembered; an epic scene of the protagonist fighting a massive god-in-the-flesh in the abondoned city of his preisthood. Pretty good.

The plot structure is mixed up a bit from previous books, as the all the characters have split into two groups and are traveling in different the same goal.

As w
3.5 stars. Fairly satisfying ending the Belgariad. Overall, this was an above average epic fantasy series geared more towards the YA audience but still enjoyable for adults.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
S James Bysouth
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A Solid End to a Great standalone Novel in Five Parts

Enchanter’s End Game delivered a strong finish to the Belgariad. Not strong enough to prompt orgasmic reflexes, but strong enough to earn a respectable nod and healthy snap and sigh as I close the book on the last page.

Honourable mention to resident evil guy, Torak. Torak is a great character, one of the strongest in Edding’s arsenal, and I was sad my time with him was only brief. His delicious appearance only last a few pages and then it was
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,25 stars - Audiobook - I have dyslexia - Belgarion is on a quest to do the battle between good and evil with a God. In the company of Silk and Belagrath. Ce'nestra gets an army together to give Belgarion the chance to make it to that battle. This last book in the trilogy is a little slow for me. Some events take to long to happen. I love the characters, so that is the reason I wanted to hear this book (again) 🌹🌸🌹 ...more
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-buy
4.5 stars for the series as a whole. While I rated each at 4 stars, this is one of those cases where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Wow, it's been a couple of months of time spent with this series, listening to the audiobooks during all of my commutes. I think that's the best way to go with this series as it really reads like one very long novel rather than 5 distinct ones. And this conclusion does a great job of coming full circle in almost every way. The confrontations, the bat
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice happy "almost" ending. ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a review of the whole series, as I've read all of them recently and what I have to say pretty much applies to all the books in the series.

I almost loved these books as much as I do Robin Hobb's. The characters in these novels are rather diverse as everybody has their own strengths and failings. Moreover, almost all of the character go through some kind of transformation, either smaller changes, like the less important characters, or bigger ones, when the character is more important to t
Raquel Evans
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this series, and the wide array of characters that were woven together to make the whole adventure work.
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
First of all, I apologize to those who enjoyed this series. I didn’t grow up with this kind of story, so I put no nostalgic value in my review.

It’s not that this is a bad book or series. It’s decent. But, in the past twenty years the fantasy world has probably evolved a great deal from a relatively straightforward good versus evil plot line with static characters. And I am of the opinion that the more complicated and morally ambiguous the characters, the better. Unfortunately, due to the static
Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jan 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
It's too bad I didn't read this series as a child, for I might have liked it then. Reading it as an adult just didn't work for me, though I really wanted to like it. I liked some of the characters, and the overall storytelling; but had too many issues throughout. Worst for me was probably the characterization of women throughout this series. Sure, this setting is patriarchal, but that doesn't mean every woman has to be a fliggering idiot. They have tantrums, do stupid things so men have to rescu ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fantasy
Did it! Finished the main Belgariad series!

This was a case of starting off fun and ending up irritating. I got irritated mostly around book 4, but by then I was committed to finishing the dang thing. I won't be reading/listening to the many sequels. Enough was enough.

The story here is fine. Gods, BBEGs, war, heroes, etc. Racial hatreds abound. But, this book relies far too much on stereotypes to be enjoyable. Women are two-dimensional, manipulative, and concerned mostly with domesticity. Men ar
Scot Parker
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-fantasy
David Eddings finished strong! The conclusion of The Belgariad has it all - more of the loveable characters you've followed through the previous four books. War. Adventure. An epic quest. Enchanters' End Game brings us to the final confrontation between Garion and Torak, one which will come at great personal cost to our heroes and even to the universe itself. While the battle between Garion and Torak was the event to which the series had been building, to me the true climax of the book was the s ...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.

David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he a

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