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The Belgariad, Vol. 2 (Books 4 & 5): Castle of Wizardry, Enchanters' End Game Paperback – August 27, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: The Belgariad (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Volume 2 edition (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345456319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345456311
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Fabulous . . . Eddings has a marvelous storyteller style . . . exceedingly well portrayed and complex people. . . . More! More! More!”
–ANNE MCCAFFREY

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David Eddings? acclaimed series, The Belgariad, reaches its stunning conclusion in these final two gripping novels. Continue on this magnificent journey and be entranced by a saga of strange lands and peoples, of prophecy and strife set against the background of a seven-thousand-year war of men, Kings, and Gods.

The quest may be nearing its end, but the danger continues. After discovering a shocking secret about himself he never could have imagined?all in pursuit of the legendary Orb?Garion and his fellow adventurers must escape a crumbling enemy fortress and flee across a vast desert filled with ruthless soldiers whose only aim is to destroy them. But even when the quest is complete, Garion?s destiny is far from fulfilled. For the evil God Torak is about to awaken and seek dominion. Somehow, Garion has to face the God, to kill or be killed. On the outcome of this dread duel rests the future of the world. But how can one man destroy an immortal God?

?Fabulous . . . Eddings has a marvelous storyteller style . . . exceedingly well portrayed and complex people. . . . More! More! More!?
?ANNE MCCAFFREY

More About the Author

David Eddings was born in Washington State in 1931 and grew up near Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington and went on to serve in the US Army. Subsequently, he worked as a buyer for the Boeing Aircraft Company and taught college-level English. His career as a fantasy writer, with his wife Leigh, has been spectacular.

Customer Reviews

I recommend all of these books to anyone who likes high fantasy.
penneyn
Eddings does an amazing job fleshing out the characters in the Novel.
Derrick Schommer
Over the last 15 years I have read all these books at least 20 times.
Steven Martinez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R.Parklane on April 23, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read The Belgariad over 10 years ago and has just finished reading the series the second time. I find myself enjoying it even more. The story maybe too familiar, good versus evil with a happy ending but I have a weakness for this kind of story. The strength of the series is the development of the wonderful characters, the smooth plot and of course the dry humour. The Belgariad is simply a timeless fantasy to be treasured.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael N. Talley on September 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
This series started it all for me. It was the first fantasy series I ever read, and I have to say, it's as good a read now, some 15 years later, as it was the first time I picked it up. Hard to believe it's been 20 years in print!!
I can't recommend this series (as well as the Malloreon, to follow) enough. Truly, IMHO it ranks second ONLY to the original Dragonlance Chronicles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pearlite on March 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Belgarad is one of the, if not the, best work of fantasy out there today. I highly recomend it if you like High Fantasy. There are smiles and laughts around every page.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Schommer on January 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
The story (beginning in Vol 1) is your classic good vs. evil. For those who have read the Belgaraid Vol 1. this is a must have. For those that are reading the review, but have not read Vol 1. (or the three books that it comprises) then stop, find it, and buy them both!
Why? Learn how a young immature boy, and a young spoiled girl grow up "the hard way" with conflicts, battles, and hard lessons learned. They grow up fast, and become very memorable characters. Eddings does an amazing job fleshing out the characters in the Novel. Everyone has a personality, everyone has a reason to be there. Even the story itself seems to speak to you as if it is a stand-alone character.
If you like fantasy novels like The Lord of the Rings (JRR), Icewind Dale (Salvatore), The Magician (Feist), etc. then you'll love these books.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By newyork2dallas on August 23, 2006
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The Belgariad is Eddings' first and best fantasy series. First published in the mid-1980s, the Belgariad differed from other fantasy fiction because: (1) it was not based on the elf-dwarf-human creature structure like Lord of the Rings and its various copycats (Terry Brooks, Weis/Hickman, Dennis McKeirnan, etc.); (2) it had mature and defined political systems (including a country that popularly elected its king), international relations and ethnic patterns, unlike even the more mature fantasy offerings of Donaldson (Thomas Covenant) and LeGuin (Earthsea); (3) it had a unique formulation of magic -- the will and the word; and (4) it inverted the purpose of the fantasy quest -- the EVIL ONE sleeps and the heroes seek to prevent his awakening BEFORE he begins his attempt to take over the world (again).

Eddings narrative is sly and occasionally slick -- the characters balance seriousness with humor and the dialogue is often very funny. His world is believable because the political and religious interactions make sense. The best feature of the Belgariad is its relative tonal change -- from reflecting the innocent wide-eyed view of young Garion (the hero, farmboy, of course) in Pawn of Prophecy, the next two books become darker and more serious as Garion begins to realize who he is and what is at stake, and he comes to grips with who his "Aunt Pol" and his "Grandfather" really are.

By the time book four, Castle of Wizardry, starts the hero is acting and thinking proactively instead of merely reacting to events or bobbing along with the tide (like in Queen of Sorcery, volume 2). He's grown independent and a good deal wiser. By the end of Book 5, his emotional range includes earned sympathy for his enemy -- a rare trait in the standard fantasy fare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Isaiah R. Tucker on August 20, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Why is 'volume 2' the only part of the series available on Kindle? What about part one and what about the sequel, 'the Mallorean'? We fans need to make sure they become available-on the regular amazon website there is an icon on the product page of every book that is not available on kindle: 'would you like to read this on Kindle?' Please visit Eddings' books and click on this link to show them how eager we are to read these books on our kindles!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tyler J. Prow on May 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
The romance we see in the other books look like puppy love to these. The fighting we see in the others look like little skrimishes. These are the best book in the series. And in my opinion the best books in the world. It is brimming with amazing drama. There aren't words to describe it is so good. READ THESE BOOKS!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I was sad when I finiashed reading this book. After loving the first volume with books 1,2, and 3, I loved even more, this volume, contain the final 2 books of the Belgariad series, and as great as the first 3 are, the final 2 are much better, no comparison. Obviously the book became much more exciting here. Garion learns who he is, the final battle and the final duel, and an interesting twist at the end. So I just finished reading one of if not the greatest fantasy series ever, so why was I sad...it was over.
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