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on 13 March 2002
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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on 27 March 2005
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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on 11 May 2017
As the advert says, this is Eddings Simarillion. And like the simarillion it isn't that good. Anhegs Journals are amusing as are the Micene parts. The rest of it is filler. You are basically buying David Eddings notes he made so that he had a background for the Belgiriad. Dedicated fans will love it.
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on 23 January 2001
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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on 24 April 1999
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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on 22 January 2001
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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on 2 December 1998
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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on 7 July 2000
This book sets out some of the material used in the production of David and Leigh Eddings' eariler series "The Belgariad" and "Malloreon". It is of a lot of interest to fans of these works but of only limited interest to others. (The introductory section being the exception since that is reasonably general).
The book gives an insight into the process of creation of the worlds of Eddings but since it was prelimnary material which was modified for the actual novels it fails to add as much to the reader's understanding of the novels.
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on 18 November 2013
I have really enjoyed the Belgariad since it was given to me by a concerned aunt after the death of my father when I was 24, many moons ago - she knew I was looking for a way out of the real world for a while. And I have reread it many times.

But this, alas, is no addition and exposes a towering self-regard. "Papa" Tolkien? Really? And as for the comments on SF writers - "we write better stories than they do" - I'm afraid Heinlein on his worst day (and there were some bad ones) was a better writer of better stories.

Give it a miss.
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on 16 December 1998
This book is like a treasure trove. Every page shows a new jewel, it's amazing how much work Eddings had to put in, before he even began to write the story of Garion and all the others. When you've read this book, it makes you want to go back and read the other 12 books all over again. If you do just that, you find all kinds of hidden jokes and twists, that you never saw before. This book is a fantasy reader's Holy Grail!!!
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