Belgarath the Sorcerer

Bestselling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to this time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

When he world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to examin thi world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a woma, and a man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.
Then came the dark day when the Dark God Torak split the world asunder, and God Aldur and his disciples began their monumental labor to set Destiny aright. Foremost among their number was Belgarath. His ceaseless devotion was foredoomed to cost him that which he held most dear -- even as his loyal service would extend through echoing centuries of loss, of oppressio, and of ultimate triumph.
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Belgarath the Sorcerer
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Published December 21st 1997 by Del Rey Books (first published 1995

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Belgarath the Sorcerer is best read after both the Belgariad and the Mallorean.

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But the expansion and deepening of the man realms as well as the fantastically spiky, fun characters who continued to populate the Eddings' universe made the growing tedium of its cyclical, woefully deterministic view of history and magic easier to bear.Belgarath ( the ook), I 'm fraid, has ll of the eaknesses of both series drawn out over an almost interminable 700-plus pages.

Which, as he reader ca discover, does not make for very lively reading.Much of this novel consists of Belgarath wandering through the centuries, setting up his back story as he prepares for and participates in the numerous Events ( please note the capital E) that repetitively bring the history of his universe to a head in The Belgariad.

The cyclical, tightly predetermined nature of th universe was beginning to annoy me in The Mallorean, but told here from the first-person perspective, it gets even more troubling.

It ca n't help but loo like lazy writing when Belgarath continually says that he ( and every single character in he series, eally, including all the gods) suddenly knows what he has to do and where he has to go because the Necessity has deemed it the right time for him to have this knowledge.

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A world is, once again, clear, fun and simple, Manichean in a fascinating and fantastical way.

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If you 've read his books, you think his story.

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Now none of these books I would put on my " I do n't care if you do n't like he genre, I highly advis you read these books " list, but I would tak them on my " If you enjoy fantasy books and inten to enjoy some of the books which made this genre something special towards the beginnin of the 13t century " list.This book was written as if it was ritten by one of the major characters of the Belgariad and the Mallorean, Belgarath the Sorcerer.

Especially our most ancient of civilizations such as China and Egypt are nothing like they were towards the en of their existence, onl in this book many countries and people change little from their inception to the " modern day ".

Of course in a nove like this in which prophecies play an important role, many of the protagonists and events are fated to occur.

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Tha memoir is about those first seven thousand years.The concept of a haracter that has seen humanity drag itself up from the mud, and been at the forefront of every mythical and historical event in memory, never fails to fascinate me.

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