Thursday, August 5, 2010

Belgarath the Sorceror by David and Leigh Eddings

Belgarath the Sorcerer
For those of us who followed the Belgariad and the Malloreon religously, this will be our apocrypha. Belgarath, Garion’s “grandfather” is persuaded to tell his story after all these millennia, and the result is a whirlwind tour of Edding’s world. We finally find out about the Ashabine and Darine oracles, the true story of the splitting of the world, the recovery of the orb of Aldur after Torak stole it, the tale of the Asturian civil wars, and tons of cameo appearances by bit players through the course of the ten novels are finally explained. The only thing that was strange was the pace. After leisurely meandering through ten books to fulfill the prophecy of Pawn of Prophecy, Eddings and his wife zip through five or six thousand years in about 700 pages. This is a must read for Eddings fans, but only after you’ve read and enjoyed all ten of the others.

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Jessica - On a Pale Star said...

I have such a soft spot in my heart for Belgarath (and Polgara, too, but this post isn't about her...). He's one of my favorite fictional characters, sharing that honorable title with the likes of Fizban/Zifnab, Raistlin Majere, Legolas Greenleaf, Jean Brodie, Athur Dent, Mat Cauthon, and Anne Shirley.

I was so glad when Eddings wrote the stories of Belgarath and Polgara. The two works really added to the Begariad and Mallorean series.