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on 6 December 1999
My mum bought me the first in the Belgariad series when I was 13 in 1983. I didn't start reading the book until a year later, but by then was completely hooked on the expanding story line.
I bought the next four books in one go and read them all in a matter of weeks.
I've just returned to the series in order to buy them for my nephew who is about to turn 13, about the age I started reading the series and the age of the main character in the series, Garian.
I would recommend these books (this series, mind you, not those that came after) for anyone who is a fan of the genre or whoever enjoyed Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings'.
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on 9 July 2014
With the Orb now in Cthol Murgos, the group go to the Vale of Aldur so that Garion can learn more about sorcery from Belgarath and Pol and to talk to Aldur. However, the group has to still retrieve the Orb which will mean travelling into enemy territory. With people both leaving and joining the travellers, they may not all survive and if they do they will not be the same. With the prophecies starting to come true will they be able to regain the Orb?

Magician's Gambit is the third book in the Belgariad series and I enjoyed it more than the last two books. This book has more action, was faster paced and I found it easier to get into the plot as we are getting nearer to the end of the quest.

While I like and sympathise with Garion, it is not that hard to figure out the big secret that Belgarath and Polgara are keeping from him and he should have guessed it ages ago. I liked Ce'Nedra more in this book, mostly because we got to see how she thinks.

Magician's Gambit is really good and I would recommend it to people who enjoy classic swords and sorcery fantasy books.
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on 5 February 2014
If you've never read David Eddings, get it now. If you have, you'll know that he needs no recommendation: one volume of this calibre would be luck, two - coincidence, but the third confirms his writing as masterful and engaging. The novels are deceptively simple in style, but it is an elegant and skillful simplicity that reads quickly and yet conveys a powerful saga of myths and magic, heroes, heroines and all the other elements you could wish for in this genre.
This volume moves Garion further forward through his adventure, and the read is so quick I have already forgotten the detail of this section of the plot, being on Volume 5 currently. If you can afford it, get all five in one go, as I find I am halfway through each book before I know it, and the next arrives just before I finish the last, despite most seller's prompt service. The good news is, there are another series (The Malloreon) after that, as well as other supplementary novels and more, so I won't be lost for something to read for a while.
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The mission for the Orb continues with the motely crew entering the enemy stronghold.

I truely enjoy this epic story (outlined well by other commentaries), yet also have to agree with other reviewers in terms of the language used. Compared to Fiest and especially Wurts is seems almost simplistic. However the prose flows spectacularly, never impeeding the unfolding tale.

Sparks of geneious for me are the characters and inter-play. Mandorallen is just a complete nutter, Silk and Barak play off each other and Polgara and Belgarath are portrayed in a very humanistic way (not all powerful sorcerers as in other novels).

As with the other parts of the Belgariad this book is intersperesed with many a humourous moment with me laughing out loud more than once.

Hope this review is helpful.

Also if you are looking for a recommendation Janny Wurts "Wars of Light and Shadow" tale is a truely Gripping masterpiece.
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on 22 April 2014
David Eddings’ Belgariad is simply brilliant (of which this is one book of five; first one is 'Pawn of Prophecy'). The characters are well drawn and engaging; you instantly want to know them better. The world they inhabit is a fantastic place, brilliantly conceived and beautifully transcribed into text, for you to imagine; with each book revealing a whole new arena.

The story concept is truly an epic; it has everything from impossible odds, gods, cryptic prophesies and characters of legendary proportions. I’ve followed Garion and his friends and family for a long time; revisiting them occasionally is like going on holiday to a familiar hide-away. Once you’ve finished the Belgariad (I’m sure you will), pick up the ‘Guardians of the West’ first title in the long awaited (at the time it was written) sequel, the Mallorian.

Happy reading!
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The third book of The Belgariad.
In this book, the somewhat nebulous quest of the first two becomes far more focused. Also the author begins to introduce wider issues than simply what dangers face the characters on the road.
I enjoyed reading Garion's reactions to the three gods he encounters here and we begin to get a deeper sense of the practicalities of sorcery. I like that Eddings examines sorcery from a cause-and-effect point of view as it means his characters have to give surprisingly deep thought to their actions, unlike some other fantasy stories where magic is all lighning bolts from the fingers with no explanation.
This book resolves the quest for the Orb of Aldur too, meaning it is a much more rounded story than any of the previous ones.
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on 4 May 2012
My Dad went on at me for ages about reading this series and I kept putting it off as I had loads of books "in the queue".
When I finally got around to reading them I couldn't put them down. I have read 8 of the series in 3 weeks (it normally takes me 1-2 weeks per book) and can't wait to read the next one.
As everyone else has put, Eddings writing has a great flow and the characters really grow on you as they are so realistic and not "holier than thou" like a lot of fantasy books.
I don't think it has that same epic sense that I got from Lord of the Rings but at the same time, I didn't have to grind through page after page of Frodo and Sam like I did in those books!
Overall, an excellent series!
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on 18 February 2013
The third book in the series, I have swallowed these up in quick succession. the writing is great, really allows you to immerse yourself in this world without dragging you under with long descriptive paragraphs.

I think it is with particular skill that Eddings was able to discuss religions, Gods (as well s meeting a couple) without stating this is right and that is wrong. I feel it would be hard for this to cause offence or tension.

I cant wait to read the next book and watch all of our characters evolve and emerge
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on 11 August 2014
Ok theirs overarching plot here is excellent Eddings lets you know just a bit more than Garion and C'Nedra; just enough to frustrate and excite you, keeping you on your toes. The writing was splendid yet I did feel that the crossing of Cthol Murgos the descriptions of Ulgoland were a bit vague requiring you to re-read them occasionally so you knew exactly what the environment was like. Despite this it is a great high fantasy book and I am itching to read book four as I write this so slán.
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on 3 March 2014
I have read the complete Belgariad series more times than I can remember so when I purchased a Kindle I just had to download the series to read on holiday. I love the way the characters are developed and grow up during the five books and the story telling although somewhat predictable is really good. I would definitely recommend the Belgariad series and the follow up series the Malloreon.
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