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Guardians of the West

(The Malloreon #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  43,670 ratings  ·  495 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 1985)
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MrsJoseph
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.
Eric
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
⚡ molly ⚡
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
4.5 stars


NON SPOILER TERRITORY !!

AMAZING

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
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Emily
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
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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?
Férial
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.
Jonel
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
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Werehare
Jul 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
2/10

[Recensione dell'intera serie]
Non è attivamente demente come tanti altri suoi colleghi, e questa è la fine dei suoi pregi. Solito polpettone rimasticato fino alla nausea, straripante di dei e mostri puzzoni e palle di fuoco ed eroi maschi bianchi etero cis come neanche una partita di D&D, tenuto insieme da una prosa goffa e inforigurgitosa (pur se non mancano momenti ironici), zeppa di virgole tra soggetto e verbo. Garion è il classico Gary Stue che insegna a tutti a fare tutto, Ce'Nedra
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Narilka
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
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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
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Sam
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
Lel
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
Gav451
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
Cheruv
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
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Bicky
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.
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.
Llamageddon
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
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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
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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
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Matt Braymiller
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-reread
The second set of books detailing the adventures of Garion are both a bit deeper and a bit darker than the first set. Eddings came into his own with this pentalogy. The story we're presented with details the final confrontation between the child of light and the child of dark. Like the first set, we see the child of light's side of the story for the most part. the friendships from the first series are carried over and grow deeper in these books. I think this series and the one that followed, nam ...more
Slobodan
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
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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
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Jared
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
Alejandro Orradre
Inicio de otra saga fantástica, secuela directa del gran éxito -también escrito por David Eddings- que supuso la pentalogía Crónicas de Belgarath; en ella encontramos a los mismos protagonistas tras unos cuantos años, un nuevo enemigo y los mismos tintes de aventuras de antaño.

Sin embargo, Los guardianes del oeste adolece de ser un claro producto literario que intenta aprovechar el éxito de su predecesora, repitiendo la fórmula y por ende resultando ser una novela demasiado previsible y que no a
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Mollie Clarke
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the Balgariad series, I was certainly excited to start reading this book! Unfortunately the fist half of this book stops it from being 5 stars. It takes a while to get going but once it does, well I just couldn't put the book down. The ending to this book was both heart breaking and exciting. If you loved reading the adventures of everyone together in the Balgariad as much as I did, then what is too come will certainly be very sad. However I am looking forward to partaking in the j ...more
Tony Hisgett
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, review
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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Ed
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
Michael
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I really love Eddings' writing and these characters. However, this plot isn't particularly compelling, and it felt like the entire last half of the book was administrivia interspersed with really over-prepared battles. There wasn't the intrigue or danger of the first series. There were definitely some interesting moments, but for the most part I didn't enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the various installments of the Belgariad.
Allison Hurd
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, man-author
If you liked The Belgariad, you'll like the Mallorean, too because it's the same story!

I was told at least Eddings said to his publisher "great! that world is done." And they said "No, it isn't. We want to buy a whole other series with this cast." And when Eddings said he didn't have another story, he was quoted a price and then re-wrote the Belgariad in a slightly different context. So, it's another skin for the same story, but I liked the first one! And so I liked the second one.
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