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Guardians of the West by David Eddings

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
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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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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 |
i've never before realised just how boring this book is, also how ridiculous. after spending the entire belgariad convincing us that belgarath and polgara et al have been working for thousands of years to get everything in place according to the prophecies for one event, starting a whole new series predicated on completely new! and unsuspected! prophecies that were apparently in the mrin codex all along is pretty ludicrous.

i will, however, persevere for the 2010 reread. and then i might just get rid of these books altogether, since they're taking up valuable shelf space i could be using for something else more worthwhile. ( )
  lumpish | Apr 25, 2013 |
The Mallorean series starts where the Belgariad series left off. On a surprising note, this series starts with a few mysteries that need to be solved along with the misdirection that every good mystery has.

In this first book, we spend a lot of time exploring the character and mystery that is Errand. And although nothing is every fully revealed, we are getting tidbits of information that lead us to want to know more.

Of course with the mysteries comes some court intrigue that end up with a few kingdom wars. Overall a more satisfying start to a series than I found in the first novel of the Belgariad. ( )
  mpritchett | Dec 21, 2011 |
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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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