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Guardians of the West (original 1987; edition 1987)

by David Eddings

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Title:Guardians of the West
Authors:David Eddings
Info:Del Rey (1987), Edition: Book Club Edition, Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Fantasy

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Guardians of the West by David Eddings (1987)

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    Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings (Sundry)
    Sundry: First book of the Belgariad, a related five book series that precedes the Malloreon.
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    Polgara the Sorceress by David Eddings (Sundry)
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    Belgarath the Sorcerer by David Eddings (Sundry)
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With the publication of the Malloreon, we learned an important fact about David Eddings: He only has one story in him. The plot of the Malloreon is essentially identical to that of the Belgariad, and the books suffer from all the same weaknesses. That said, the characters are now old friends, and Eddings knows and writes them better. The likable characters were the chief charm of the first series, and if you enjoyed the first series for that, then the characters may be enough to get you through the second series. Otherwise, don't bother. ( )
  nurfherder | Jan 15, 2017 |
light and typical ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This is the first book in Eddings' second bite at the cherry of this particular world and is an answer, sort of, to that question 'what next...' that you really should have at the end of a series unless it's one where everyone dies.

Garion is still the Overlord of the West and guardian of the Orb of Aldur. He and Ce'Nedra have a baby son, Geran, who has several attempts on his life as someone meddles with Ce'Nedra's mind, then gets taken by somebody pretending to be a member of the Bear Cult of Belar.

This is a good start to a new series, but the earlier parts of the book, where we see Errand growing up with Polgara and Durnik in the Vale grated a bit as the young Errand didn't quite ring true. ( )
  JohnFair | Nov 27, 2016 |
This was a re-read for me from my teenage years. This book is as humorous and well written as all of the other stories. This one doesn't have as much action in it as the other books in the series. It serves more as a bridge between the Belgariad series and the action that will occur later in this series. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
The Saga continues. I just can't get enough of a good thing here. Garion is all grown up. New characters are introduced and the Prophecy continues to plague our hero.

A highly recommended read, if you are into the fantasy genre. ( )
  DVerdecia | Jan 29, 2016 |
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David Eddingsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gatti, GraziaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haarala, TarmoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herder, EdwinCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shapiro, ShellyCartographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spångberg, YlvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tenny, HalNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Being an Account of those Events whereby Belgarion came to the Throne of Riva and how he slew the Accursed God Torak.
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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....

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Garion, the King of Riva, finds himself caught between the Dark Prophecy and the Prophecy of Light when he searches a previously obscure part of the Mrin Codex to identify someone or something called Zandramas.

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