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Magician's Gambit: Book Three Of The Belgariad (The Belgariad (TW)) [Paperback]

David Eddings
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25 May 1984 The Belgariad (TW) (Book 3)

A magnificent epic set against a history of seven thousand years of the struggles of Gods and Kings and men - of strange lands and events - of fate and a prophecy that must be fulfilled!


Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, was confused.

Everyone knew that the tales of the Orb that protected the West from the evil God Torak were just silly legends. But here she was, forced to join a serious and dangerous quest to recover that stolen Orb. No one believed in sorcery. Yet Garion's aunt and grandfather seemed to be the fabled sorcerers Polgara and Belgarath, who would have to be thousands of years old. Even young Garion was learning to do things that could only be sorcery.

Garion! He was nothing but a farm boy, totally unsuitable for an Imperial Princess. Then why did she have such an urge to teach him, to brush his tangled hair, and to comfort him?

Now he was going to a strange tower in the centre of all he believed evil, to face some horrible, powerful magician. And she wouldn't be there to watch over him. He might be killed! She'd never see him again...


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (25 May 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552148091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552148092
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A classic coming-of-age epic . . . The Belgariad will always have a place of honor on my bookshelves" (Christopher Paolini)

"Fabulous" (Anne McCaffrey)

"Fun, exciting, intriguing fantasy in which the characters are as important as the quest and magical elements . . . immerse yourself and enjoy!" (Darren Shan)

"Filled with action and trepidation on each turn of the page . . . So those of you who love grouchy gremlins and flying fairies, I would give this book my fullest recommendation" (Irish News) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The third book of the Belgariad.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Magician's Gambit 9 July 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars spot on 5 July 2014
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spot on
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Jun 2014
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I LOVE IT. See Enchanters' End Game for full review
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5.0 out of 5 stars great reading. 17 Jun 2014
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This book carries the story on and is building the tail into a masterpiece. A truly great read. But don't take my word for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Eddings 11 Jun 2014
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I have the series in paperback and have read them a number of times. Now I have a kindle I wanted to get them again and introduce my grandchildren to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great reading 26 May 2014
By G Pod
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Develops the plot really well, the characters are starting to get real depth. Can't wait to read the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! 1 May 2014
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The whole series is just awesome :) I love reading them, and have just really enjoyed the story. Really recommend them
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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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