The Malloreon, Volume 1: Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda

The Malloreon, Volume 1: Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda

by David Eddings

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Overview

The first three Malloreon books appear in a single volume, taking us on an epic quest across strange lands among gods, kings, sorcerers, and ordinary men. It is a gripping tale of two ancient warring destinies fighting a battle of good against evil.

Garion has slain the evil God Torak and is now the King of Riva. The prophecy has been fulfilled—or so it seems. For there is a dire warning, as a great evil brews in the East. Now Garion once again finds himself with the fate of the world resting on his shoulders. When Garion’s infant son is kidnapped by Zandramas, the Child of Dark, a great quest begins to rescue the child. Among those on the dangerous mission are Garion and his wife, Queen Ce’ Nedra, and the immortal Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara. They must make their way through the foul swamps of Nyissa, then into the lands of the Murgos. Along the way, they will face grave dangers—captivity, a horde of demons, a fatal plague—while Zandramas plots to use Garion’s son in a chilling ritual that will make the Dark Prophecy supreme. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345483867
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2005
Series: Malloreon Series , #1
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 88,807
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.44(d)

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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The Malloreon, Volume 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
cgandersen More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Malloreon... after reading the first set (The Belgariad), I really looked forward to reading this series, and really ate up the book(s)... after finishing the two volume set, I want to go back and re-read the Belagariad... unfortunately, "Belgarath" and "Polgara" are in the mail and will be read first!
bplteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review by: Bookman I have always loved this book. It has a great depth of story, and you must re-read it several times to see everything of this story. It has a very detailed set of cultures, almost all of them loosely based on societies from our world. I believe this to be one of the greatest books of its genre. And it's funny too!
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
They say that familiarity breeds contempt. I must say that this is true with my relationship with the late David Eddings. The more I read him, the less I like him.I received The Belagariad and The Malloreon (each in two-volume sets) for Christmas, unprompted, and managed to get through the Belgariad with no problems, other than my distaste for the very strong racist themes in the book.In the Malloreon, at least, the first three books, the racist themes are still present, but so are even more sexist themes. It doesn't matter that the party, the same cast as the Belgariad, consists of the worlds greatest sorceress, the most powerful Queen in the West, and one of the greatest female spies known, when it comes to making dinner or doing laundry or other stereotypical activities, guess who does it.The plot is effectively a rehash of the plot of the Belgariad. Garion must travel some place, and defeat the Child of Dark. Been there, done that.Likewise, much like its predecessor, it relies HEAVILY on this mysterious author's outline called "the Prophecy." "Why are we waiting around in this place when we're in a hurry to kill the evil dudes? Oh, prophecy." "Why did you act atypically and out of character just now? Oh, prophecy."It's a very, very weak way to "plot" a story, I think. If prophecies exist, well, that's fine. But don't make the characters total slaves to it, and acknowledge it every other page. It makes me feel like I'm reading a fantasy novel written by John Calvin.Additionally, the writing in the Malloreon is much weaker than that of the Belgarion. In one scene, after the Murgo King leaves his kingdom on a boat to roll with the adventures (for various reasons), once the ship comes aground, the helpful Murgo sailors decide to cease being helpful, and try to KILL the party, including their King, to whom they're LOYAL. So, I guess the king helped kill his own people, or something. Eddings wasn't clear.On that topic, the characters were more like characters in one of those RPGs where you have roughly seven billion different playable characters, but when they're not actually DOING anything, they disappear into the main character. It felt like that. While the party went on, one character or another would emerge from the character mass, say something in character, and then disappear until they were needed again to fulfill some aspect of the prophecy.And another thing! Eddings tries to cleverly disguise some character as another, in which a major fail-whale beaches itself from the first introduction. I imagine that nobody else was surprised to find out who the mysterious juggler was. Or maybe I'm just sharper than most Eddings' readers.To top it off, it's more of the same Tolkienoid fantasy, with pretty much the same cast, doing pretty much the same thing.If you've read the Belgariad, you don't REALLY need to read the Malloreon. And if you've read Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, you don't really need to read anything written by Eddings.
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Bookgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Love this series and the characters! The characters are easy to love and I have a hard time putting the book down because I want to know what is happening next.
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