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The Rivan Codex: Ancient Texts of the "Belgariad" and the "Malloreon" Paperback – Illustrated, 5 Oct 2010

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (5 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006483496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435233211
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David and Leigh Eddings take readers on a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the extensive background material they compiled before writing their epic fantasy The Belgariad and the Malloreon and the two companion volumes, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress

The tour stretches from the wealthy Empire of Tolnedra to the remote Isle of the Winds, from the mysterious mountains of Ulgoland to the forbidding reaches of darkest Mallorea. Readers visit the time before Time when two opposing Destinies began the cataclysmic struggle for supremacy that would involve Gods and men alike, crack a world asunder, and threaten to unravel the fabric of the universe itself. One also gets to see the origin of the Orb of Aldur and glimpse the final act upon the Sardion Stone. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘The Rivan Codex is the definitive handbook to his fantasy domains by Eddings and his wife Leigh’
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Format: Paperback
This is not the book to read if you are expecting another Belgarion et all story. It quite clearly states that it is not about that. What this book gives you is some idea of the details that the Eddings applied to create their world. In it you will find such mundane things as countries economic base, ruling structure and coinage - but if you keep going you will also be able to read the histories of all the countries you read about in the books as well as all their major texts (the prayer of Issa is particularly interesting). Eddings is at pains to point out in this book that this was just his approach to writing, and in no way should you attempt to recreate it as it may not work for you.
And valuable insight in the amount of detail required to bring to life a fantasy world.
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Having been a fan of this series for many years - indeed waiting impatiently for him to publish the ongoing books as he was finishing them, and having enjoyed the post-series prequel accounts (figure that one out), Belgarath and Polgara, I had to have this book when it came out. The amount of sheer hard work that has gone into constructing the world where we have followed the whole saga unfolding is extremely impressive and the origins of the different races, cultures and conflicts are well laid out, filling in a number of gaps left by the books themselves. Other reviewers have outlined the content of the book very well so I would like to make a slightly different point. The book was spoiled for me to a degree by Eddings's arrogant (I thought) dismissal of Tolkien right at the start. I doubt there is anybody alive who has read The Belgariad et al who has not read the Lord of the Rings. You must decide for yourself which you prefer or if you feel they both have equal merit but this element of 'one-upmanship', implying almost a contemptuous deisregard for the man who did it first altered my perception of Eddings. Having said that, the whole series, culminating in this detail-laden crowning work still stands as a landmark in fantasy fiction and will remain so for a long time to come.
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This is definately a book for those readers who want to know how the ideas behind the stories were formulated. It is really just a comprehensive list about each of the different gods and their people, but to the avid fan such as myself, I would reccommend it whole heartedly.
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I can understand people being disappointed in this book if they were expecting it to be another standalone prequel telling a single coherent story, but as long as you know what you're in for (and have a certain level of interest in the Belgariad/Malloreon in the first place), then you'll have a whale of a time. There's enough stuff here to make its publication more than a cynical cash-in, and though it's by necessity old news to anyone who's read the books it refers to, there are more details than you could ever want on the people and countries you've come to know and love (and it's heartening to see just how much planning goes into some of these epics). After the painful tedium of re-reading exactly the same story for the third time in Polgara the Sorceress, it's a breath of fresh air to finally see things from such a wide range of different angles. The only thing that really brings it down is the patronising commentary from Eddings himself...
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I had not read this before, despite having owned the Belgariad and Mallorean books for many years. I found it less interesting than the Polgara and Belgarath prequels - somewhat repetitive and hard-going. If I hadn't been on holiday I am not sure I would have bothered to finish it.
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Format: Hardcover
What you have to understand is that this is not a Novel, this sets the scene for the Belgariad and the Mallorean. Strange that as it has come out after the others.
It is really for die hard fans only, especially as most of the content is covered in the prologues throughout the twelve books already published (which were excellent).
Overall I think this is just a way to make more money for the Authors
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Useful to complete the set of Belgariad and Malloreon books - but it does seem a bit like cashing in on a success by printing you background workings, without putting in the effort to bring them up to a good standard. Too many of the bits seemd incomplete and unpolished.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm an Eddings addict, so i'm slightly biased,. But I find this insight into David and Leigh's world is great. This the autographed, specially bound limited edition copy is probably only for real addicts. The book shows how the world developed, the book goes into a lot of detail about how each of the races on the planet developed. I found myself laughing as bits you read from the books click into place. A great read, but unless you are an Eddings addict or a collector then I suggest you go for the normal hardback version which has the same content. Or like myself you have one of each ;)
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