Magician's Gambit (Belgariad Series #3)

Magician's Gambit (Belgariad Series #3)

by David Eddings

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This carries on the magnificent epic of The Belgariad, begun in Pawn of Prophecy and Queen of Sorcery, a fantasy set against a background of a war of men, Kings, and Gods that had spanned seven thousand years—a novel of fate, strange lands, and a prophecy that must be fulfilled!

Ce’Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, was confused.

Everyone knew that the tales of the Orb that protected the West from the evil God Torak were just silly legends. But here she was, forced to join a serious and dangerous quest to recover that stolen Orb. No one believed in sorcery. Yet Garion’s aunt and grandfather seemed to be the fabled sorcerers Polgara and Belgarath, who would have to be thousands of years old. Even young Garion was learning to do things that could only be sorcery.

Garion! He was nothing but a farm boy, totally unsuitable for an Imperial Princess. Then why did she have such an urge to teach him, to brush back his tangled hair, and to comfort him?

Now he was going to a strange tower in the center of all he believed evil, to face some horrible, powerful magician. And she wouldn’t be there to watch over him.

He might be killed! She’d never see him again . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345335456
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1986
Series: Belgariad Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 191,622
Product dimensions: 6.86(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Eddings (1931-2009) published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy with Pawn of Prophecy —the first book in his bestselling series, The Belgariad. With his wife Leigh, he authored several epic fantasy novel series, including The Malloreon, The Elenium, The Tamuli and The Dreamers.

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Magician's Gambit 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Eddings did it yet again. This book is really good, and displays the wonderful writing style, and story line that has made The Belgariad a truly classical fantasy masterpiece.
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Love the Belgariad since the 1980s
mpritchett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The series is gaining momentum with the third book. The second draws you in but this one delivers a nice climax as the questing group adds and loses characters in its efforts. And as it reaches its climax here it also leaves you on a cliff waiting for the next book in the series to continue the story and get everyone out of the mess.
exlibrisbitsy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s always a little difficult to review a fantasy book that is smack dab in the middle of a series and Magician¿s Gambit is no exception. Fortunately it is quite different from the two books that came before it. For one the standard plot arc of entering a new kingdom and having Garion be the only one observant enough to notice a coup or a nefarious character attempting to instigate war is not present. Instead the book opens with the story being told from the view-point of Ce¿Nedra, the Tolnedran princess who ran away from her father only to find herself mixed up in Belgarath¿s quest for the Orb. While both Garion and Ce¿Nedra have come a long way since they met, they are still very much teenagers and spend most of this book squabbling in one way or another. It is on one hand cute but on the other quickly becomes mildly annoying.The character that saves the day is Silk, the prince of Drasnia, he is witty and sly and is officially dubbed the Guide of the group by the prophecy that binds them all together. His one line zingers, clever machinations and jokes were very entertaining to read about and he was in danger of stealing the show as he quite nearly outshone our beloved main characters.The quest in this book proves to take an interesting turn as they are all headed to the Vale of Aldur, Belgarath¿s and Polgara¿s home. Along the way new countries are discovered that are again unlike any we have seen before, Maragor is a country now devoid of people as they have all been wiped out by the Tolnedrans years and years before. Now the god of those people weeps and mourns their loss and drives anyone mad who dares enter. They also discover Ulgoland, a country that entirely lives underground and worships the god UL. A new character is introduced here, the religious zealot Relg.Relg is another great character if for no other reason that the stuff he spouts out about his strict religion, his rigid beliefs, and his struggles with his attempts to be pious and prudish while at the same time being a bit of a disgusting man proves to be hilarious religious commentary.This third book is truly a twist from what has come before and has the adventure kick up another notch in the quest for the Orb with some very entertaining characters brought in along the way. Several major stand offs finally came to a head and ended with a truly stunning surprise that leaves you wondering what must yet be in store for Garion and his friends.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of Edding's Belgariad series that has earned less than a 5 star rating from me. Don't get me wrong - I'm still enjoying the world, the setting, the progression .. but the addition of some characters (Relg is just weird, folks)and the darkness of the world as the progression is happening really made it easier for me to put the book down and do other things less important, like play Bejeweled.That said, let me talk about what I did like in the book - I enjoyed finally seeing Garion start to come into his own. I enjoyed the humor - laughed out loud in several places, and I enjoyed seeing the budding relationship happening between Garion and Ce'Nedra (who is one of my favorites).But now let me talk about some other favorites of mine:1. Durnik. I love the common, peasant, strong but tenderhearted character. You know - the ones that don't need special powers or abilities to show they are special? That's what Durnik is. Add in the conflict with his emotions for a certain beautiful lady and you have a well-rounded, incredibly likeable man.2. Mandorallen. I have a feeling this is not a popular character to like - but honestly, his coping method with fear won me over. I adore this character for all his high-brow speech and noble theatrics. As much as I love Durnik for his simplicity, Mandorallen provides me with the perfect compliment in character. Some of my favorite scenes involve this knight, and I cannot wait to see how he will change in the upcoming books.I read the first three books of the Belgariad in a single volume and it took me less than 24 hours to do so. That's how engrossing this story is. If you are a fantasy lover and, like me, have not read these books in the past I urge you to give them a shot. There is something in there for everyone.
Zommbie1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the introduction of the second main narrative character. Although I can more readily identify with Garion than with Ce'Nedra I find it refreshing to hear another thought pattern. Although I am older now than when I first read these books I can remember how important Ce'Nedra's views on what she saw was. She was very different from me but at the same time many of the feelings she exhibited were feelings I had (and still have).The book continues to mix humour with the serious. The characters are further developed (although some characters remain very one dimensional) and the plot thickens.I enjoy this book (and the series as a whole) for the pure escapeism they offer. None of the books are difficult to read. The plot is intricate but not difficult to follow. The lands depicted throughout the story bear striking resemblances to countries in our world(and the stereotypes connected with them). Me and my friends would spend time trying to deduce which countries or cultures from our lives were portrayed in the books.
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Garion, or should I say Belgarion, and company are now on the scent of the famed 'Orb of Aldur' and continue on their journey through Eddings' Belgariad universe. The new player of note to enter the band of prophecy is an Ulgo zealot known as Ralg. Ralg has the unique ability of being able to pass through solid stone, which proves incredibly useful in gaining entry into the dark city of Cthol Murgos. The book concludes with an epic magical battle between Belgarath and Ctuchik (discilpe of Torak) that will not disappoint.The third book in the Belgariad focuses on Garion's growth as a sorcerer. He is reluctant to accept his new found abilities and tries to supress them, hide them, go back to being a regular boy. This is not possible. The world has greater things in store for our young hero and in this book he begins to understand that not only does he need to accept his fate, but embrace and grow in his power. On to book four, Castle of Wizardry.
nieva21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I truely loved this book the best out of all of the series so far and would have rated it five stars, if the ending had been a bit more clearer with the demise of the evil magician and the recovery of the orb. I felt like I wanted more information to be exchanged about the child before going on to book four. However, the defilement that brings to Chtuchik's death in his secret chamber, when he tries to unmake it, is truley powerful of how good triumphs over evil and all the ways of how the prophecy is ultimately protected by Belgarath at all costs are cleverly revealed to the reader.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More interesting characters and challenges as they wander the world trying to stop the evil prophecy. Definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome books!
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Highly recommended for everyone
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One if my favorite series that both ne and my hubby love
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For shame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read! I can't wait for the rest to come out on Nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good series !!!
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coffeephilosopher More than 1 year ago
Economy. I’m going to keep using that word as I read through David Eddings’ multi-volume opus. It’s economical. In a good way. Usually. Not always. Economy of writing (and therefore, economy of reading). At $7.99 pop at the bookstore (assuming you can’t find a used copy of a particular edition), it’s also economical to purchase. Now the bad. He’s starting to write about teen romance. No fantasy writer ever gets that right. Eddings, like most, understands that a fifteen year old is usually confused by their feelings and often don’t actually understand what would be perfectly obvious to an adult able to penetrate teen culture long enough to observe. What he doesn’t get, and neither do many others, is that fifteen year old are also horribly and frighteningly horny and prone to fingernail on chalkboard grating bouts of pseudo-romantic melodrama. The hero, Garion (or sometimes Belgarion) starts getting very powerful, very fast. Too fast for me. Too much economy, perhaps? And some of his uniqueness has a certain deux ex machina quality that I don’t like. Maybe it’s that we’re on the third book and too many characters seem too roughly drawn considering all the time we’ve spent with them. Again, too much economy getting in the way. The book, while not actually third person limited, does tend to focus on incidents where the young hero, Garion, is directly present. On the whole that’s fine and dandy but I did start to get a little disappointed at so much happening offstage, as it were. A lot of fun, tricksy, magical, violent stuff seems to be happening… elsewhere. I’d like to have seen some more of it. The climax was… I don’t want to call it exciting, but perhaps… intense? Certainly, Eddings is more than capable of good fantasy writing and he accomplishes some here.
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