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Magician's Gambit: Book Three Of The Belgariad (The Belgariad (TW)) [Kindle Edition]

David Eddings
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Book Description

BOOK 3 OF THE BELGARIAD, the worldwide bestselling fantasy series by master storyteller David Eddings. Discover the epic story that inspired thousands - from Raymond Feist's The Riftwar Cycle series to George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.



Fate leads on...


To stranger lands and darker magic...



Travelling through ever more dangerous realms, Garion and his companions pursue the stolen Orb. Among them Ce’Nedra, the Imperial Princess – one whose fate seems bound to his.



As they get closer to their goal and battle looms, Garion’s powers of sorcery – and his spirit – are tested to their limits.




Editorial Reviews

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"Absorbing. Touches all the right Fantasy bases. Warring gods, political intrigues, supernatural creatures, and appealingly human magicians." -- Publishers Weekly

"Exactly the kind of fantasy I like. It has magic, adventure, humor, mystery, and a certain delightful human insight." -- Piers Anthony

"Fabulous! Eddings has a marvelous storyteller style. Exceedingly well portrayed." -- Anne McCaffrey

From the Publisher

David Eddings [The Belgariad series] -- This is like Bonanza, or like I Love Lucy. There will be other fantasy series, but there can never be another that's so seminal, that so captures the essence of fantasy. Big Dave and Little Leigh grow their heroes from the ground up, and they grow the best.

--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor


Product Details

  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552148091
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038AUYMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walls Were Made For Walking Through June 23, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Volume three of the Belgariad brings the first story arc, the quest for the orb, to closure. It also complete the grand tour of the West that Eddings has been taking the reader through. With Nyissan interference out of the way, Belgarath and Silk rejoin the rest of the party and reveal that the Orb has fallen into Murgo hands. Ctuchik, an old enemy of Belgarath is guarding the Orb in Cthol Murgos, and the wizard is willing to let him have for the moment. There are more important things to do before fetching it back.

Taking a shortcut through Maragor, where a lonely god weeps for his lost people, the party heads for the Vale, where Belgarath first learned to be a wizard, and Polgara grew up. It's time for Belgarion to meet Aldur and even experiment with his new found (and uncomfortable) powers. It's also time to start developing C'Nedra into something other than a very spoiled and dubious imperial princess.

The next stop is the land (make that caves) of the Ulgos. When gods were choosing out peoples, the Ulgos got left out. After what is probably the world's most effective guilt trip they managed to get Ulgo to be their god. As a result, they have become a very serious people about their religion - in a good way. Belgarath is looking for a special Ulgo guide who can deal with solid stone walls, and he's quite willing to interfere in a religious rebellion to get what he needs. C'Nedra is left safely behind, and the trek to Cthol Murgos to retrieve the orb is under way.

In Magician's Gambit, Eddings' style crystallizes. He will spend a lot of time on side adventures, details, and character interaction, only advancing the plot when he has to do so.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the fun May 12, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Magician's Gambit steps up the actual quality and stakes in this ongoing series. Princess CeNedra is a wonderful creation, definitely one of the more colorful and vivid characters in the series. She adds a new element to the story, and readers take a sly pleasure in knowing exactly what Garion and CeNedra's destiny is while the two unwitting youths stumble closer to each other. Eddings masterfully weaves this semi-subplot into the ongoing saga of Garion, Belgarath and Polgara.

The story telling is crisp and without frills again, causing the action to move swiftly and the reader to be drawn in immediately. Description and setting are done well, but not overdone to the point of stagnating the story. Subplots move along swiftly--unlike the plodding of Robert Jordan.

All in all, an excellent episode in the ongoing saga of the Belgariad.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning to Kindle Buyers August 10, 2014
By emyln
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First off, I love the Belgariad series and had read it over 20 years ago. Recently I decided to get the entire series on the kindle. So I've been having an absolute blast up till.... Book 3.

Castle of Wizardry (Book 4) & Enchanters' End Game (Book 5) are NOT available on kindle. And Magician's Gambit (book 3) was released in Oct 2012.

I don't care if it's David Enddings fault or the publishers. Bottomline is I paid for 3 books and can't get the other 2. I've not bought a physical novel in over 3 years and don't plan to start. Please get this fixed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Enticing! December 20, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Garion and his new found friends continue on their search for the Orb of Aldur. Now that Asharak is dead, our focus turns back to Brill, the rank smelling, evil looking "farm hand" who seems to be attempting with all of his power to kill Garion. We then add another evil character to the story, the magician Ctuchik. In the caves of Ulgo, the party gains one more member, that being the Ulgo fanatic Relg. Relg is a diviner, meaning that he can walk through stone. Our crooked friend comes to be very useful once he gets over the fact that he sins, and he becomes a staple character in the story. Silk spends his time being devious as usual, Barak now has an overwhelming urge to turn into a bear every time Garion is in trouble, Mandorallen swears himself the protector of Ce'Nedra, Lelldorin gets over his hate for Mimbrates and he and Mandorallen become close friends. Ce'Nedra is starting to have certain feelings for Garion that she knows she can't have because she is a princess and he is a scullion. When Ce'Nedra is left in the caves of Ulgo, her feelings for this sandy haired farm boy grow and intensify. Belgarath finally confronts Ctuchik, and we meet the little boy who carries the Orb around like it's his favorite toy, and then he tries to hand it off to people saying "Errand?". Errand seems to be the only word the little boy can say. I fully recommend that you continue to read this book, and do whatever you have to do to get you hands on it. Borrow it, steal it, hey, you can even buy it if you want to, but whatever you do...Read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books in the series June 18, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this midpoint book quite a lot. It has a lot of action in it to make up for Eddings' few flaws. Garion, in this installment, goes with his aunt and grandfather to fetch what he now knows to be a talisman of great power, and to kill the talisman's thief. Garion's power continues to grow, and his affection for the little princess Ce'Nedra continues to confuse him (and her).
The characterization of the relationship between Ce'Nedra and Garion is masterful, if a little stereotypical (do ANY real teenagers argue that way? I argued a lot, but I recall being a bit more quiet about it), but that doesn't detract from its fun. There are numerous other good scenes in the book, culminating in a classic wizard's duel. Probably the only real bad point in the book (and in the series as a whole) is the introduction of the angelic child Errand (I didn't like Flute, either, so there). But overall, I found the book enjoyable.
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