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~ Iben
Bibliotekar, bogblogger & boganmelder

31/03/2012

The Malloreon by David Eddings

I've just finished reading The Malloreon- a 5 book fantasy series by David Eddings which picks up where The Belgariad ends. Like the first 5 books, I've first read these numerous times and I still love them

This series consist of

  1. Guardians of the West
  2. King of the Murgos
  3. Demon Lord of Karanda
  4. Sorceress of Darshiva
  5. Seeress of Kell

Like the first series, I still love this one, but now perhaps a lot of it is for sentimental reasons. It's definitely flawed and they're basically just on a long long long long journey around a continent which was conveniently more or less non existent in the previous series and they're very much just repeating what happened in the first series. However, the characters still appeal to me and I get a childish satisfaction from rereading my childhood's favourite series - moreover I do think many of the characters evolve a bit (some only a sliver), but it's just one of those series, where I can more or less forgive anything. Eddings' biggest downside really is all the convenient happenings and characters - the MCs pretty much only bump into random strangers who just happen to be able to explain absolutely everything and know even the smallest detail, ensuring it's constantly spelled out for even the most clueless reader, and as Lan commented on my review of the Belgariad, by now you know nothing will happen - they're never in any real danger, these people can handle just about anything you throw at them. Thus, the tension is a bit lacking.

If you haven't read either series ever before, I do urge you to give it a try, despite all my negative remarks. If nothing else there's a fair bit of light vs. dark philosophy in both series, but particular the last one, and I found many of Edding's musings about good and evil quite interesting.





  5 paperbacks each of around 350-450 pages / first published in 1987-91
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012

14/03/2012

The Belgariad by David Eddings

I've spent the last couple of weeks reading The Belgariad - a 5 book fantasy series by David Eddings. I first read these back when I was 12-13 or so and I have loved and reread them numerous times ever since.

The series consist of
  1. Pawn of Prophecy
  2. Queen of Sorcery
  3. Magician's End Game
  4. Castle of Wizard
  5. Enchanter's End Game

They are still some of the best books on my shelves, but this time around I did notice a thing or two that bugged me. Mostly I dislike Polgara being such a bully in her way of raising Garion - there are so many times where I wish someone would just tell her off properly and not leave Garion feeling guilty for making her angry or upset. However I very easily ignore her and some of the other's faults, because beyond this series I have read also the next 5 books (The Malloreon) as well as the two most amazing books ever - Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress -  these two though written and meant to be read after all the others, tells the story of the thousands of years that came before, and they paint a far more real and intense picture of the two. I'm almost only reading the first 10 books, so that I can get to those two final books!

But to return to The Belgariad - it tells the story of young boy Garion, raised on a farm by his aunt Pol, when suddenly the mysterious old story teller Wolf arrives and Garion's whisked away with his aunt on what will become one of the biggest adventures of his life. I can't say much beyond that as telling anything about, say, the third book, will spoil you for what happens in the second. It is however a very straightforward fantasy adventure and you won't have any trouble keeping track or seeing through what's really happening and who's really who. Though simple and flawed I love these books. I recommend them to all children/young adults and those of us with a childish nature.

As mentioned in my review of Edding's other series (The Elenium) the story line is extremely similar, but this is still the best of them - mainly because the characters are more likeable and even relate-able. I would love to see this particular series brought to the big screen, but it would demand an immense budget and a director who wouldn't just cut half of it away, I don't think I could stand it if they changed too much - particular the feel of the story and the innocence of it all.







  5 paperbacks each of around 300-350 pages / first published in 1982-4
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2012

11/03/2012

Still alive

Oh my God, it's nearly been a month since I last posted here??

Okay, I'm still alive, and I'm actually also still reading! Currently I'm about halfway through Soren Paul Petrek's Angels Don't Die as well as almost done with the 5 books of the Belgariad by David Eddings. Reviews will be posted!

There are a couple of books I want to get my hands on (Tamora Pierce's Mastiff amongst others as well as the upcoming latest True Blood book). After my bout of really bad books (mostly YA) I'm still struggling to read a lot of stuff, but I'm slowly making progress!