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Guardians of the West

(The Malloreon #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  49,992 ratings  ·  574 reviews
Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy was fulfilled—or so it seemed. While the strange child Errand was growing up in the Vale of Aldur with Polgara and Durnik, showing only occasional flashes of inexplicable knowledge and power, Garion was learning to rule and to be the husband of his fiery little Queen Ce’Nedra. Eleven years pass ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published March 1988 by Del Rey Books (first published 1987)
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
*** 4.55 ***

I can't help it! have this soft spot for the Fantasy of that time and its vibe hits just the right spot in my heart... Is it really deserving of almost 5 stars or is it sentimentality speaking? I have no idea. I only know, that if I had kids, I would totally start them off on this sort of Fantasy. It helps create idealistic dreamers, but without them, what good is life after all???
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
This is really a 3.5 star read.

And it's mostly a lot of milling around before the quest actually gets started.

As per usual, I have to ignore the implications of the casual (and mildish) misogyny.

No matter the issues I have with this series - THIS is the series (and the Belgariad) that get my reading mojo going every time.
May 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those that liked the Belgariad
Shelves: fantasy
Like most sequels, The Mallorean is not as good as its predecessor. But, also like most sequels, it is nice to catch up with the familiar characters you fell in love with in the original.

Although the story-line is similar to the first series (to the point that the protagonist points it out at one point in conversation), the adventure is still just as much fun.

Anyone that loved the first series (The Belgariad) will find this series a worthwhile read.
Sotiris Karaiskos
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
After the pentalogy of Belgariad David Eddings returns to his imaginary world for the beginning of another epic story. The question I was worried about when I started reading is, of course, what is left to be done from here in our story. In this cases there is always the fear that the author will look for the easy solution of repetition and recycling of the same ideas, unable to find original. Initially it seemed that fear to be confirmed since the beginning of this story is much like the begini ...more
Emily A. Clifford
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: THE BELGARIAD was the first adult fantasy series I read, in grade 5. I loved it so much I read them probably every couple years until 2 of the books literally fell apart. I wholeheartedly recommend them as an easy, fun intro-to-high-fantasy series. I only picked up the MALLOREAN at age 31--GUARDIANS OF THE WEST is #1 of that series.

Pros: same great characters, same great land, same great sorcery premise!!! And Eddings still has some of the funny left.

Cons: same great characters...g
 molly ♡
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
4.5 stars



The Mallorean is the sequel to the Belgariad, David Eddings most popular fantasy series.

It was so fun to be back in this world, to see all the characters we knew and loved, all grown up. It was so cool to see the friendships rekindle, years after the events in the Belgariad. This instalment seemed more lighthearted and fluffy than the original series, and over all more simple to follow, especially since we now know more about the world and the different
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
How does one describe fantasy? Hints of the medieval with a dash of something magical and an epic adventure that will take you to the ends of the earth. Eddings definitely embodies that with this series launch. He had me captivated from cover to cover.

The variety of different lands that we visit and peoples we meet are all equally well developed and easy to get to know. These lands come to life in a vivid manner that is the perfect backdrop for this epic tale. This novel is character intensive t
Jane Jago
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
You'll have to wait until I'm at the end for a proper review.

Just two things.

Why is Garion so nice?

Why do I want to slap Polgara?
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
As someone who tends to try and finish entire series, I have to give David Eddings this much: His books are readable, if only borderline so.

If you want just the summary, here it is: Shallow characters, misoginy, nondescript environments, plot twists semaphored volumes ahead, not one unimportant element of the books, same jokes repeated over and over, and the author never lets anything go wrong, and thus my final rating for the series is 2.5 - if one doesn't mind the listed flaws, the books have
Mark K
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I find David Eddings an exceptional author. His stories are vivid, lifelike, and the characters are superb. He lives up to the reputation of being named 'America's version of Tolkien.' I've read his work for years and am rarely disappointed. The Malloreon Series is an excellent place to introduce yourself to Eddings if you're a first time reader of his work.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read-favorite
I loved it. The way I loved the Belgariad. But there are 4 books to go so I'll comment when I'm done with the series.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the start of this series reread. I sure have missed these characters.

Guardians of the West is the first book in The Malloreon by David Eddings. This is the sequel series to The Belgariad so as long as you've read that, you'll know all the players involved and basically what to expect from the series since the story follows the same formula.

Several years have passed since the Child of Light and Child of Dark met to decide the fate of the world. A time of peace and prosperity
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second series of these books is the ‘unloved series’ it feels like to me. As a teenager I had consumed the first series voraciously and I loved every moment. The premise was cool, I liked the mix of characters and the magical system developed by the author just plain worked. It was all great. I thought and still think (and I am slowly re-reading the series again) that it is superbly written. Not in terms of a classic literary style but because it flows so smoothly. The pace is wonderful and ...more
Hilmi Isa
This is not a first book of David Eddings which I have read. The first book was actually Domes of Fire (The Tamuli Book 1), part of Sparhawk Universe. Ironically, both books are sequels of the respective original series. The Domes was successful to persuade me to like Edding’s writing. So does Guardians of the West. In fact, I like this book/series more than the Sparhawk Universe, as far as things go.
If someone says I should read The Belgarion series first, I would agree of it. Better to read Be
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the follow on series from the Belgariad that returns to Garion, Polgara and friends finding them enjoying a quiet peace following the defeat of Torak. A peace that is not to last it seems as a new prophecy indicates that their battles are far from over. Once again Eddings characters jump off the page in a slow burning story that pushes each character to their limits. Apart from Aunt Pol of course, who is her usual stoic and practical self and Belgarath who is as calm and collected as eve ...more
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The gang are back! I Was so glad that there was more from the characters in the Belgariad series. These series seems to carry on straight from the last book and again the child of dark and the child of light are destined to meet to decide the fate of the world. You would think that this would be boring and just a re hash of the first series but you know what? I don't care. The world that Eddings creates and the characters that he fills it with are just amazing. I find the books really easy to re ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
The most useless continuation of a great series - The Belgariad, which had come to a perfect end.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a 3.5 Stars for me.

It was nice reading about the familiar characters of the first series, and it actually covers a couple of years. (view spoiler)

I read the first series and figured that some of the things that bugged me in that one may hav
John Randall
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Have not read any of the previous books so perhaps that was the problem but this book was extremely slow, started with one character as primary then shifted to another for no apparent reason, and never grabbed my interest. Finished to see what happened hence 2 stars. Won’t read any further stories.
Matt Braymiller
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-reread
I have reviewed this book and series under a different edition. This is one of many re-reads, this time with the audiobooks.
Jeff Kinney
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed it. There were a few laugh out loud moments.
David Sarkies
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Recommended to David by: Initially my Auntie
Shelves: fantasy
The heroes are back for another grand adventure
15 July 2012

Well when I was younger and had finished the Belgariad I was thrilled to see that Eddings had decided to continue the story of Garion and his friends in a brand new adventure. However as I look back now I sort of ask myself what is the point. The evil god Torak had been slain, Garion (now Belgarion as he is a sorcerer) has been crowned king of the west, and he has married Ce'nedra, imperial princess and destined wife. They have also had
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feels dated. Read the first books as a kid. I think I'm done.
Alamin Islam
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Childish but amusing. Want give up but......
Vinay Keerthi
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a fantasy fiction novel in over a year. I thought I'd lost interest in the genre, a sad thing because I want to be a fantasy fiction novelist.
I'm glad I decided to give this a go on my Kindle Touch.

I generally forget characters from books I've read. Even if I've enjoyed the books, I forget characters soon unless it's an exception such as the Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.
I'm surprised that I recognised the names in this book despite having read about them last
Mark Austin
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
With Lord of the Rings under my belt, I was hungry for more of this 'fantasy' thing I'd discovered. Enter the Belgariad. I consumed the two five-book series in a few months, getting in trouble in school for reading when I should have been paying attention (I either didn't care or had already done the homework for whatever it was they were teaching while they were teaching how to do it).

When complete, I read the whole series again in half the time. Then again in half that. The half-lives continue
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Guardians of the West by David Eddings takes place 3 years after the anti-climatic ending to the Belgariad series. The first half of the book follows Errand as he moves to the Vale to live with Polgara, Durnik and the legendary but mischievous sorcerer Belgarath. The characters are fleshed out here much more so than in the second half where the action picks up and the story seems to be heading towards a retelling of 'The Belgariad'.

The old prophecy that everyone had been waiting for and had las
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
So the Malloreon, like the Belgariad, Is pretty eh over all. I find Eddings is too indulgent in his characters which makes them seem fake. They are more like a drawing of a character. It is almost as if the characters themselves KNOW they are characters in a book and act in ways that say HEY READER! IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THE LAST 30 TIMES THIS IS WHO I AM. Eddings is redundant with their behaviors and brow beats you with it over and over and over. On top of that, most of the characters do not gr ...more
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
With the publication of the Malloreon, we learned an important fact about David Eddings: He only has one story in him. The plot of the Malloreon is essentially identical to that of the Belgariad, and the books suffer from all the same weaknesses. That said, the characters are now old friends, and Eddings knows and writes them better. The likable characters were the chief charm of the first series, and if you enjoyed the first series for that, then the characters may be enough to get you through ...more
Tony Hisgett
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, fantasy
This was an enjoyable story, the book is easy to read and moves along at a decent pace.
However, there were a few times when I thought it felt a bit contrived and it again became apparent that the author isn’t consistent in the way the characters are able to use ‘magic’. There were several occasions when sorcery would have solved a problem but the author didn’t do this because it didn’t fit with the way he wanted the story to develop.
Having just re-read the Begariad it is clear that this book isn
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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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