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- Publisher: Books in Motion
- Audible.com Release Date: August 13, 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000V48RCS
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
The plot is simple: a boy called Garion has started a quest into perilous lands to recover the Orb of Aldur, a very powerful magical item which was stolen by a thief. With the Orb, the thief could awaken the evil god Torak and then mount a campaign to attack and defeat the western civilizations, all of which are eternal enemies of Torak. Garion is traveling with his aunt Polgara, his grandfather Belgarath (both of which are sorcerors), and several other interesting characters as he chases down the thief to recover the Orb. All the while Garion is discovering a strange power which he has, and things are revealed about a mysterious other awareness which inhabits his thoughts occasionally.
That was just the basic plot-as basic as it gets. That was simple, but the details and twists in the book pulled me in from the first pages, and constantly I found myself caught up in it, turning the pages as fast as I could to finish and find out what happens. The thing about the plot is that it's exactly what I started reading fantasy books for in the first place. The Belgariad captures your imagination and curiosity better than so many other series, and it inevitably led to me sitting around, reading a few hundred pages a day because I just couldn't put it down.
Then, there are the characters. I can say that the characters took no small part in getting me caught up in Magician's Gambit.Read more ›
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The Belgariard and the The Mallorean series continue to be one of my most favorite of all times. I have worn out serveral books and replaced them over the years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Glenda Wood
I love this series of books, I have re-read them over and over again. An easy read, but the characters are interesting and fun. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lynne D. Parton
This series is such a smooth read and hard to put down! I can't wait to start the next bookPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read it as a young adult in paperback seems like 20 years ago or more, but wanted it as an e-book. Awesome book and series! Too bad the author is now dead...Published 4 months ago by Timerus
Another excellent book in an excellent series. I have loved Eddings work since I was a kid and I'm still riveted to every word as an adult. One of the best fantasy series ever.Published 5 months ago by Huma Dragonbane
I'm thoroughly enjoying this series, it's a typical, even generic fantasy novel but Eddings writes in a very entertaining & easy-to-read way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Montgomery