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Enchanters' End Game: Book Five Of The Belgariad (The Belgariad (TW) 5) by [Eddings, David]
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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: 1545 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (February 23, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ARUTRY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on March 31, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read everything I can find by Tolkein. I have read all I can of Tad Williams. I have read hundreds of books in this genre and I can say this series is excellent. This genre is popular because it requires an imagination, and it is there for the readers to have a good time, not to make literary students of all of us. I don't give a damn for character development and plot - I want something that is going to take me away and let my imagination go on a ride. Eddings did brilliantly with this. The last few books were so fast paced, I couldn't put them down. I can't wait to begin reading the Mallorean. If a person wants to do some seriouse literary reviewing then try a different Genre.
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Enchanters' End Game chronicles the climax to Garion's long quest to bring two conflicting prophecies back into synch. As Child of Light, he and his friends have wandered across the Alorn kingdoms, ventured into Tolnedra and Nyissa, and now Garion, Belgarath, and Silk are in the Angarak side of the continent heading for the final confrontation with Torak.

Pacing Garion is C'Nedra, who has rallied the armies of the West to provide what amounts to a distraction so that Garion, thousands of miles away can slip into Cthol Mishrak without the entire Murgo population trying to put an end to them. For all the sarcasm and wit that the characters display, this is a grim struggle, and C'Nedra's forces will be caught between the massive armies of the Mallorean Emperor Zakath and Taur Urgas the insane king of the Murgos. Levity or not many will die in the confrontation.

Of the two story arcs, C'nedra's is the more interestingly told. Garion's adventures are mostly hiding and running at a very forced pace. His challenge is to keep his fear in check as he prepared for a duel that will kill one of the participants. On the other hand, the Alorn kings and many friends surround C'nedra. The preparations for the final battle are extensive, and many of the characters show unexpected sides.

In retrospect, once this series slows down in Castle of Wizardry, it never quite regains its pace. Eddings hadn't quite learned to control his efforts in this series, and his early rush left him lacking a bit of plot in the fourth volume of this series. Enchanters' End Game recovers (nothing like a massive battle to perk things up) but Edding's will always be noted more for characterization and detail than for action.
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The Belgariad is a must read for any true Sci/fi Fantasy reader. The story is well written and the characters are engaging. Some of the characters are a bit cliche (some horribly so) and there are a few parts that are a bit thin, but overall it is a very entertaining story. I read this series many years ago and re-ordered the digital copy to read the story again.

Once you have read this series you want to try the Mallorean series by the same author. The Mallorean's first book is OK as you get reacquainted with your favorite characters. But, after book one of the series it is a complete repeat of the Belgariad. I would give that series a 2-3 stars as it became painful to read the same ideas over and over. Even the character mention repeatedly how they have done this all before. The Polgara character becomes annoying in the fact she knows everything or is the only person with any sense. It is clear David's wife had far too much influence over this series as the story becomes very childish.
The next series the Ellorian gets even worse. There are most of the same characters, but now they have new names. (But, you aren't supposed to notice that.) The new Polgara character is almost exact the same person. The series is horribly written and the story is terrible. I could not go on reading anything else published by this author(s).

The Belgariad is worth the read. The other series drop drastically in quality and intelligence as they progress.
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Some spoilers...

The last of the series and most of the questions I had were answered clearly although most were answered indirectly in the previous books. Most characters get the happily ever after ending - except Garion, IMO when he has to marry a spoiled little brat that likes to see him suffer. If anything, his wife is more evil than Torak. It's too bad, really, I was hoping to see growth in her. Instead, she "stores away" information and methods to be able to manipulate Garion and causes him grief. And Garion, being all innocent and unawares is just rediculious. "Yeah, I'm a little tired" is what he says to his wife when she suggests they retire after their wedding. LMAO, yeah right! I don't know of any teenage boy that would be thinking of that.... I still liked the story though, but it could have been so much better.
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I love this book, but the Kindle edition is riddled with typos, which is true of all the Belgariad digital editions. I have started the Malloreon, and while I'm only about a quarter of the way through the first book, it seems to be a cleaner copy. I'm not sure why the Belgariad seems to be typeset from a bad OCR scan and the Malloreon got a clean digital copy, but there you are.

Kindle difficulties aside, this is a fun read. I like this book best out of the series, because it's where the characters all seem to come into their own, and the conclusion of the story is a satisfactory end to a fun series. This isn't a heavy or complex series, but it's enjoyable all the same.
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