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Belgarath the Sorcerer (The Belgariad & The Malloreon) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1996
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The characters are well developed and true to the various nations of which they are members. They sometimes make you cry but often you laygh out loud for the dry humor they display. When I first picked up Pawn of Prophesy I could not put it down and went right through the series of 12 books.
Although Belgarath the Sorcerer is the 2nd last book of the series it actually gives you the pre-history of the whole story, but it should not be read first. The Follow up book" Polgara the sorceress which is the last one in the series actually ends where the series begins.
Fact is when you have finished Polgara you feel a great loss. Maybe someday somebody will attempt to make a film series out of this, but that will be a major challenge.
David and Leigh Eddings created an outstanding story
No gratuitous profanity, explicit sex, or excessive violence - for those like me who think they should only be included if they advance the story in a significant way, this is a welcome relief from so much of the SF and Fantasy out there!
If you enjoyed The Belgariad & The Malloreon, you will enjoy this book as well. (You'll also enjoy the final book - Polgara the Sorceress.)
you really need to have read the Belgarion and the Mallorean series for this book to really make sense, as it fills in a lot of the background happenings and history that is only briefly touched on in the series. like the rest of the books in the series, the characters have a real depth to them, reminding me of people i know, so each time i read the books i almost feel as if i'm visiting friends and family.
every winter for the past 16 years i curl up in my chair with a blanket, a cup of tea and these wonderful stories and spend the time laughing and crying, trying to read quickly through the scary bits and lingering over the parts that are sweet, warm and and full of love.
"Belgarath the sorcerer" starts just where "The Malloreon" ended, that is the book "Seeress of Kell". And, strangely enough, it is nothing less than Belgarath's autobiography. As those who have read the series already know, Belgarath is a notoriously lazy sorcerer, probably the least likely person to feel the need to write his story. Unless someone compels him to do so, of course. But to know who or what could do that to an all-powerful sorcerer, you must read this book.
What is in it for you?. Well, lots of fun, and the opportunity to know how things really started, from the point of view of one of the main characters in the series. You get to accompany Belgarath from his birth in the small village of Gara, to the fateful day when he met Aldur and became first his pupil and then his disciple. In case you are as curious as me, you will also be grateful to know that this book will allow you to learn more about Belgarath's family, and to live wondrous adventures with him and his friends.
Personally, I found the opportunity of "living" the things I had merely read about in the previous books specially rewarding. The fact that Belgarath's memories span thousands of years gives the reader the opportunity of gaining a good perspective on all the things that happened, thus preparing him to read the previous books in the series in a different way. A warning is in order, though. If you haven't read the previously mentioned books, this book has big-time spoilers, so please don't risk ruining the surprises those series have for you. Do first things first, and read "The Belgariad" and "The Malloreon" before "Belgarath the sorcerer".
All in all, I loved reading this book, and I highly recommend it to those who aren't ready to leave the world of Belgarath and his friends. Enjoy it!