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Guardians Of The West: (Malloreon 1) (The Malloreon (TW)) Paperback – 7 Aug 1987

4.6 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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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: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first book of the Malloreon.

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A sequel to THE BELGARIAD, Garion has slain the evil God Torak, and fulfilled the prophecy. But suddenly another prophecy is foretold. Again a great evil is brewing in the East. And again Garion finds himself caught between two ancient Prophecies, with the fate of the world resting on him.... --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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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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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 read and owned the first editions of these books, until someone I thought of as a friend stole volumes 1, 3 & 4 of the Belgariad, but vehemently denied it even he was witnessed doing it. It was a real pity because I'd had them for 15 years or so, plus it's now impossible to find them. So now I have them on my Kindle and they are definitely worth reading again.... RIP David Eddington. ...
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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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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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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 read and at the same time really engaging. Would recommend this series to pretty much anyone.
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The first Book in the Mallorean series brings most the old characters back and sends them on a new quest! More of Eddings superb storytelling means another book that enthralls you and makes you read just one more paragraph.
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