Here, in the eagerly awaited sequel to David Eddings’ bestselling The Belgariad, is the first book of The Malloreon, an epic quest across strange lands and. The Malloreon, Vol. 1 (Books ): Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda [David Eddings] on *FREE* shipping on. At the end of The Belgariad, Garion has slain the evil god Torak and believes that he may expect lasting peace. The first half of the book concentrates on the first.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Malloreon, Vol. Now the first three Malloreon books appear in a single volume, taking us on an epic quest across strange lands among gods, kings, sorcerers, eddongs ordinary men. It is a gripping tale of two ancient warring destinies fighting a battle of good against evil.
Garion has slain the evil God Torak and is now the King of Riva. The prophecy has been fulfilled—or so it seems. For there is a dire warning, as a great evil brews in the East. Now Garion once again finds himself with the fate guaridans the world resting on his shoulders. They must make their way through oc foul swamps of Nyissa, then into the lands of the Murgos.
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Guardians of the West (The Malloreon, #1) by David Eddings
To ask other readers questions about The Malloreon, Vol. See 1 question about The Rddings, Vol. Lists with This Cavid. Jul 12, Maddy Lanslots rated it it was amazing Shelves: The main argument given by Eddings readers against the Malloreon series seems to be that it is the same story as the Belgariad: On the way, they encounter and overcome a lot of different problems, meet new people some of whom join the group in their searchand learn things along the way – about sorcery, magic, politics, relationships, and any other topic you could proba The main argument given by Eddings readers against the Malloreon series seems to be that it is the same story as the Belgariad: On the way, they encounter and overcome a lot of different problems, meet new people some of whom join the group in their searchand learn things along the way – about sorcery, magic, politics, relationships, and any other topic you could probably think of.
For me, that is what I like about the Malloreon – although that could just be me. Every time I finish a good book series, I find myself sad at the fact that I won’t see these characters again in a different story and that I won’t know what happened to them after the series ended. In the Malloreon, that is exactly the information we get – with a similar, yet new adventure on top of that. I loved reading about the characters from the Belgariad at a point later in time, seeing how they grew up and in which ways they are the same, how relationships have evolved and young guarians matured.
Aside from all that, the new characters introduced are great in my opinion especially Velvet, who is a personal favourite of mine and really help the story along. The plot is interesting, even if it reminds the reader a lot of the Belgariad, and I never found it predictable despite that fact. Guareians course things can be said against these books – can’t things be said against every book one could possibly think of? Apr 01, Chris Van Dyke rated it it was ok Shelves: Even my seventh grade self found this sequal to the Belgariad wets be laughably self-derivitive, and seeing that Eddings is perhaps the poster-child for derivitive fantasy to begin with, that means this book dest about as un-original as it gets.
Its the same characters, the same setting, and this is when the snickering comes inthe same plot. The fact that the characters themself are aware of this at one point, one of them asks “If feels as if we’ve done all of this before” doesn’t help, as the Even my seventh grade self found this sequal to the Belgariad to be laughably self-derivitive, and seeing that Eddings is perhaps the poster-child for derivitive fantasy to begin with, that means this book is about as un-original as it gets.
The fact that the characters themself are aware of this at one point, one of them asks “If feels as if we’ve done all of this before” doesn’t help, as the in book explaination is just overly defensive on Eddings part some crap about an unbroken, mystical cycle, having to break some pre-historical curse of dark gods etc.
I was only 12, but I still could see bull-shit when I saw it. Dec 22, Spazfungus rated it it was ok. Sequel to the best farm-boy-saves-the-world series.
Said boy has grown up, unfortunately his wife’s guarxians hasn’t and remains an annoyance for much of the series. Luckily my favorite oily efficacious eunuch plays a much larger role and is a constant source of amusement. Sep 25, Maymuna rated it really liked it Shelves: Quite a good series so far, lots of surprises and new characters, also old characters coming back to play a more formative role in the story. The writing style has definitely improved.
I’m torn weat to whether this, or the Belgariad are better, but I guess I still have two books left to figure that out: Jan 29, Elaina rated it it was amazing. Here eddihgs a little repetition of the plot, but I loved being with all the characters again!
Guardians of the West
Dec 03, Sebastien rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Je ne sais pas si vous le saviez mais je suis un fan des suite et des crossovers. La seule chose, il est rare qu’une suite est aussi bonne que l’originale. Cependant, on est pas loin. Dans King of the Murgos on se fait introduire le nouveau continen de la Mallorae et on y rencontre le personnage que j’ai trouver le plus cool de la Belgariad mais qui fut laisser pas assez longtemps: Je voulais en savoir plus sur ce personnage et je me fait donner le tout sur un plateau d’argent.
Alors comme disait l’annonce de chip “betcha you can’t just read one”. Mar 08, Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it. Omnibus edition, books reviewed separately below: Guardians of the West: This is such an oddly structured book, and yet it’s easily my favorite of the entire ten-book series.
The whole first section is just a gentle, peaceful refresher of what all of Our Heroes have been up to since the events of the Belgariad that I find it immensely relaxing, and the middle section, covering Garion’s exploits as King, is equally soothing in a episodic sort of way. I can understand if people found this volume boring unto death, but I like it rather a lot.
King of the Murgos: The first half or so of the book tends towards the tedious – it’s a rehash of Queen of Sorcery to the point where the characters are remarking on it. It is a trifle more grown-up, though – the violence isn’t nearly as underplayed, and the villain does some pretty horrific things, if always offscreen.
The second half, involving the titular King, works much better.
If gguardians can ignore the problematic implications of the pervasive race-as-destiny assumption, Urgit’s story is unexpected and rather delightful, and while it doesn’t really undercut the core “the slanty-eyed people are bad” premise, at least they become rather more human than they were. The various adventures are entertaining fo that I was mostly able to block out some of the gender-related twitching, and while the ghouls rang particularly false – just needed to move that section along, huh?
Demon Lord giardians Karanda: Demon Lord is a rather disjointed book – there are several episodes that don’t really hang together in theme or narrative drive. None of them are bad in themselves, really, they just don’t come together to make anything that feels like a stand-alone volume. Definitely a middle book. Jan 29, Kieran rated it liked it Shelves: I read Edding’s novels with great relish when I was much younger.
His characters were easy to engage with and the plot moved with swift pace through various exciting scenarios.
Best of all was his great attention to detail in the creation of his fantastical world. It was, as one of my first introductions to fantasy a primer in how magical and strange civilizations are built off and grounded from the real world. I did however despise his characterization, while some of the minor characters were in I read Edding’s novels with great relish when I was much gjardians. I did however despise his characterization, while some of the minor characters were interesting: Silk, Mandorallen and Barak for instance, his protagonists quickly became clear stereotypes instead of effectively building upon their archetypal bases.
Belgarath as the mentor and Garion as the Child of Light are most clearly guilty of never quite guardianz more three-dimensional rather than just filling in roles to serve the overarching plot. The female characters, and in particular Polgara and Ce’Nedra were also extremely irritating, as they were to all intents and purposes identical in both speech, beliefs and customs. The only thing that would allow one to differentiate from Eddings’s irritating women was their appearances and names.
This became more and more apparent as the story slowly progressed into the later novels as neither of these characters and particularly Polgara showed absolutely no evidence of change in character, instead remaining as, vain, annoying and shallow as when they were first introduced.
As a primer or first reader in fantasy The Belgariad, and The Mallorean are excellent introductions to the genre, for their obvious use of standard tropes that make guardisns fantasy genre distinct from others, but it won’t offer readers’ much beyond that. Jan 16, Paula rated it it was amazing. An oldie, but a goodie.
This is a favorite of our household and what better to read when you are recovering from major surgery? Love, love this book. Nebbia emozionale Confermo quanto scritto per la saga savid Belgariad: Il viaggio, davic eventi, le caratterizzazioni, lotta tra male e bene, be’, mi hanno lasciato indifferente di un’indifferenza sconfortante.
Nessuno spunto di riflessione leggermente inserito neanche quando ce ne era l’occasione. Lo consiglio a chi vuole intrattenere il tempo se ne avete da gettar via. Lo sconsiglio a chi vuole viversi un viaggio. Dec 29, Berry Muhl rated it it was amazing. Everything I said about the Belgariad applies here. The story is more complex, although it follows a similar outline a fact which is addressed in-story, by way of pointing out how the Prophecies cause events to repeat until the future can resume.
The characters are as rich, and their interactions as witty, as before although some of the repeated jokes do become a mite tedious after the 20th iteration. We get much less King Rhodar here, so Prince “Silk” Kheldar takes up the slack in the comic-relief department.
Eddings’ style becomes a bit more gory in this series, and romance becomes more outre, marking this as a somewhat more adult-oriented pentology. Jan 16, Brian Grefenstette rated it it was amazing.