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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (7 Aug. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552148024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552148023
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Eddings (1931-2009) published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy with the Belgariad, soon followed by the Malloreon. Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the US Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was both a grocery clerk and a college English teacher. He lived in Nevada until his death, at the age of 77.

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The first book of the Malloreon.

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Warned by the prophecy that a new and greater danger threatens the lands of the west, Garion, Belgarath and Polgara must begin another quest to save the lands from great evil.

Three years have passed since Garion's killing of the evil god Torak and his marriage to Ce'Nedra. He is now Overlord of the West, slowly learning how to cope with the duties of a king and to overcome the difficulties within his marriage.

When the Orb of Aldur warns Garion to 'Beware Zandramas!' the Voice of Prophecy reveals that somewhere in the unknown land of the East the Dark Prophecy still exists and that great new dangers threaten.

While Belgarath and Garion seek to uncover the nature of this threat, Garion's baby son is kidnapped. All evidence points to the loathsome Bear-cult, which has gained power once more, and Garion leads an army bent on its destruction. But there are even more sinister forces at work, and Garion and his followers must look towards the malign and mysterious evil of Zandramas. Their quest must begin again.

THUS BEGINS BOOK ONE OF THE MALLOREON


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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
After I read "The Belgariad", I longed for more about Garion, Polgara, Silk and the rest of the gang and I must say my wishes were more than granted in "The Malloreon". Garion and Ce'Nedra turned out to be even nicer as adults than as adolescents and the plot is once again very gripping. You really know the characters now and reading "Guardians of the West" was like a family reunion. I loved all those nice character scenes in it and it was very exciting, as well. I read the other four books of "The Malloreon" in very short time and I was very sorry to have finished them. When you really want to finish a story yet feel sorry when you've finished it, you know it's good. And when it comes to that, Eddings is the best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sal Conners on 25 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading the Belgariad series by David Eddings, so I went straight on to read the Mallorean. It starts well. The characters from the Belgariad being older and there is a new generation on the scene. But as I read on through this series of books, my sense of De-Ja-Vous increased. While I did actually go on to finish the series (mainly because I hate leaving things unfinshed) I felt myself resenting each word because the Mallorean is exactly the same story as the Belgariad with the names changed. I felt quite cheated and concluded that David Eddings is a one-trick-pony.
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By C. M. Millar on 26 Jan. 2013
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This is actually one of my favourite fantasy series (together with the Belgariad). The book itself, as it was written and published in paperback form, is wonderfully written and compelling to read.
However, this Kindle e-book version has at least 10 mistakes in the first quarter of the book! This includes dropped and mashed up sentences, as well as simple typos and dropped words.
I bought this book almost 15 years ago in paperback form and have read it at least three times. I don't remember noticing any mistakes. I just repurchased it as I gave my copy to my younger brother and don't currently have a lot of space for books. I am very disappointed in the quality so far - for the price (only marginally cheaper than the paperback) I would expect a text with no, or minimal, mistakes, similar to any paperback. I will definitely hesitate to buy any more of these for Kindle, preferring to spend the extra pence for a paperback. I do hope that the price paid for a Kindle book includes updates to the text that correct mistakes. If changes are made in a timely manner then I can change my recommendation to 5 stars, as it is really an excellent book!
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By M. Williams on 23 Mar. 2014
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It would be so easy for this to become a tired 'Belgariad' No. 6, but I believe Eddings anticipates this. This is more like welcoming an old friend than chewing spent gum; the characters themselves are tired at the start of the novel, feeling like they all deserve a well-earned rest, but gradually become aware that there is more yet to be done. This could prove dangerous with a less-skilled author, but with Eddings we welcome the continuation and are quickly drawn into the new Prophecies and join the journey with our heroes to fulfil them. Looking forward to another four (or more) novels before our work is done.
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I go back and re-read the Belgariad and the Malloreon series every couple of years, I have done this for the last twenty years and have now bought them for kindle due to them falling apart. Every person I have recommended them to has also fallen in love with them. David Eddings was one of the most gifted fantasy writers of the 20th century, these books are his legacy to the world and I can think of no better way to remember a great man.
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By miab on 17 Jan. 2013
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Davis Eddungs continues to weave this tale of mystery and emotion and racial tension. The world is well crafted and the characters are consistent in theor behaviours and interactions. I have found it too easy to become absorbed in the Alorn KIngdoms. As always, Eddings is my favourite waste of time.
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By Debbie Brown on 29 July 2013
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Read all of these when they were first published and had not read them for years (despite still owning the hard copies). Downloaded them for holiday reading when I first bought my kindle, together with Polgara, Belgarath & the Rivan Codex which I had not read before. Still fantastic reading!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jack Chakotay VINE VOICE on 27 April 2010
Format: Paperback
David and Leigh Eddings aim to revisit the characters from the original series but abuses our affection for them by

1) using identical plot devices and settings from the Belgariad (and then explaining almost word for word in the tale why they can justify this).
2) developing a rambling style which was limited and tolerable in the original Belgariad but widespread and almost insufferable here.

Don't get me wrong. This whole series is satisfactory. It adds to the original universe. But whereas the feel of original Belgariad was earnest and charming, The Malloreon is almost smug.

The first book is forgivable in this regard because it feels the that you are catching up with the folks you haven't seen in a while.

But because I do not plan to review the others, and by reading the first of five a dedicated reader will mean to go on to read the rest, I will share the comment of a reviewer of "Gone with the Wind":-

A labour of love or a love of labour.

Trust me, you'll feel like it when you finish this series.

(FYI the whole series is a two and a half and the latter books range from 2 to 3 stars.)
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