November 13, 2004

The Belgariad


The Famous Five-Book Series by Eddings.
(Thanks to the Unofficial David Eddings Page for the image.)

This is basically really, really long mind candy. The driving force of this fantasy is a famous prophecy, and it predicts great things for a young farm boy named Garion who doesn't know enough about his own background. The series begins with "Pawn of Prophecy" and goes on for another four books after that. The role of Gandalf here is split between Polgara and Belgarath, two ancient wizards who set Garion's feet along the proper path when he needs it.

As a kid, I really liked this series. It wasn't really dark and foreboding so much as the "Cheysuli" series I just talked about, and it was very easy to read. I probably should loan this to my kids and see what they think, because I'll bet they like it a lot. It's a good "starter set" for fantasy readers, and the quality of the epics that I own goes steadily upwards from here (with a couple of exceptions). Looking back, of course, dims the quality of this series for me greatly, because I can now see just how astonishingly unoriginal so many of the characters and plot devices are.

There is a sequel five-book set called "The Malloreon", and even as a kid, I thought it totally sucked. There was very little original about it (compared to the first series), and what *was* new was boring and/or pointless. I felt the whole time that I was baiscally reading the same series over again, and since I was young, I was too stupid to stop reading until I was done. I guess it is the "J" in my INFJ personality coming out. I have a need to finish things I start.

Posted by Observer at November 13, 2004 11:10 AM
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I could never quite get into that series. I tried several times to read it but never was able to get into the series. I did immensely enjoy the Elenium series. Sparhawk was just my kind of lead character, there were so many funny moments that I could not wait till the next book came out.

Posted by: Kirk on November 15, 2004 04:36 PM

I dont know what you people are talking about the Belgariad is one of the best series i have read i even think it is better than Tolkien's lord of the rings. The Pawn of Prophecy was a little shaky but the other 4 are awesome only now i have to get the sequel. period.

Posted by: tyso on June 6, 2005 05:49 PM

The whole Belgariad series was pretty good I thought. The Mallorean definately did repeat the fisrt series, just with a few new characters instead. One bad thing about both series is the excess of lame jokes and gimmicks that the characters constantly spin off. It just takes up reading time and prolong the actual plot for people who want to get into it. Other than that, the Belgariad has some fresh ideas with developed characters and depth to support it.

Posted by: Will on October 23, 2005 10:27 PM

I already read both series often, and I loved both. I think that i`'s good to have some repition beacause it's easier to predict what they will do in certain situation and when they do something unexpected, it's truly surprising. Watching Garion grow though all the books, watching his hardships and success and the deeper definition of older characters absolutley attract me. I'm currently re-reading the series and it's interesting to see the link between the ''Belgariad'' and the ''Malloreon'' as well as ''Belgarath'', ''Polgara'' and the ''Rivian Codex''. I'm considered a ''young one'' but this is one of the best, in my opignion, in fantasy series.

Posted by: Angélique on September 11, 2006 11:38 AM