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Belgarath the Sorcerer (edition 1995)

by David Eddings, Leigh Eddings

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Title:Belgarath the Sorcerer
Authors:David Eddings
Other authors:Leigh Eddings
Info:Del Rey (1995), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 644 pages
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Belgarath the Sorcerer by David Eddings

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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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    Guardians of the West by David Eddings (Sundry)
    Sundry: First book of the Malloreon, a related five book series that follows the Belgariad.
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When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.
Then came the dark day when the Dark God Torak split the world asunder, and the God Aldur and his disciples began their monumental labor to set Destiny aright. Foremost among their number was Belgarath. His ceaseless devotion was foredoomed to cost him that which he held most dear--even as his loyal service would extend through echoing centuries of loss, of struggle, and of ultimate triumph. ( )
  MiaSquires | Feb 21, 2014 |
Belgarath the Sorcerer is another one of those Del Rey series-padding specials - there were a whole bunch of these in the early 90s, where authors rewrote their successful work from the point of view of another character. I adored the Garion books, and I was quite fond of this one, but its charm has worn off - even more than the original series.

Part of the problem is that Eddings's worldbuilding is just sloppy. He doesn't seem to care all that much for consistency, and alters things in later books with no apparent regard for the earlier ones. Belgarath is a particularly dense example of this, and the result is that the reader either has to either take it as canon and assume the narration of the original series is unreliable, or throw it out as barely-true blather. Neither make it an asset to the series.

The other part of the problem is that when the writing isn't a tedious rehash of expostion from the first ten books, it's gimmicky fourth-wall-breaking stunt writing. And that's charming for about a minute, and then you realize that the narrator is really kind of a self-satisfied asshole. There are some parts - the first few sections in particular - that really are new material and hold up reasonably well, but once we get to the oft-retold recovery of the Orb, it's downhill from there.

A disappointing revisit to a book I remembered liking, certainly. ( )
1 vote JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
BELGARIAD
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
Excellent as a stand alone, even better after having read the other books in the series.
  Onefrowningredhead | Nov 17, 2010 |
I am wondering if this book should have stopped in the four-hundred page cut-off. It just seemed to drag on and didn't go anywhere. It was one sided too (all in the perspective of Belgarath) and more could have been heard and learned from the other critical characters. It took me forever to read. I am disappointed. I am not going to read it's companion. ( )
  nieva21 | Mar 18, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Eddings, Davidprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eddings, Leighmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Avers, RoyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gatti, GraziaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Linton, J. P.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwinger, LaurenceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, GeoffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345403959, Mass Market Paperback)

Bestselling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.
Then came the dark day when the Dark God Torak split the world asunder, and the God Aldur and his disciples began their monumental labor to set Destiny aright. Foremost among their number was Belgarath. His ceaseless devotion was foredoomed to cost him that which he held most dear--even as his loyal service would extend through echoing centuries of loss, of struggle, and of ultimate triumph.

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Belgarath the Sorcerer presents his life story and chronicles the ancient struggles between the gods, which divided the world and brought the hostilities of war to humankind.

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