Friday, April 22, 2016

Guardians of the West & King of the Murgos by David Eddings

Title:  Guardians of the West
Series:  The Malloreon #1
Author:  David Eddings
Publication Date:  March 1988  by Del Rey
Length:  438pgs
Genre:  fantasy
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating: ★★★★
Book Links:  Goodreads - - - B&N - Indigo

Back Cover Blurb:

A sequel to THE BELGARIAD, Garion has slain the evil God Torak, and fulfilled the prophecy. But suddenly another prophecy is foretold. Again a great evil is brewing in the East. And again Garion finds himself caught between two ancient Prophecies, with the fate of the world resting on him....

My Review:

How does one describe fantasy? Hints of the medieval with a dash of something magical and an epic adventure that will take you to the ends of the earth. Eddings definitely embodies that with this series launch. He had me captivated from cover to cover.

The variety of different lands that we visit and peoples we meet are all equally well developed and easy to get to know. These lands come to life in a vivid manner that is the perfect backdrop for this epic tale. This novel is character intensive throughout, especially at the beginning as we get into the story proper. The plot is still action and adventure intensive and we get to know the characters as they’re being themselves.

The characters in this novel are a lot of fun. They had me laughing left, right and centre while taking me on an epic adventure. I love how vivid each of these individuals was. I enjoyed my time with each of them, well, most of them anyways. Ce’Nedra’s was childish and annoying throughout. Her whininess kind of ruined the story for me at times. Conversely, Silk was absolutely priceless. Every time that he walked onto the page I knew that something amazing was going to happen. I absolutely loved getting back with the characters from the Belgariad, yet this novel is set up so that readers can easily dive into this spin off from here.

Title:  King of the Murgos
Series:  The Malloreon #2
Author:  David Eddings
Publication Date:  February 13/89 by Del Rey
Length:  403pgs
Genre:  Fantasy
Shelf:  Borrowed
Rating: ★★★★
Book Links:  GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N - Indigo - Audible

Back Cover Blurb:

Beginning of the Quest...

The infant son of Garion and Ce'Nedra had been foully kidnapped. Now they began the great quest to rescue the child, with the immortal Belgarath the Sorcerer, his daughter Polgara the Sorceress, and inevitably the little Drasnian, Silk.

Guided by the Orb of the God Aldur, their way led through the foul swamps of Nyissa, then into the lands of the Murgos. And at the end, they must face a horrible danger-to themselves and to all mankind.

For the Dark Prophecy had not vanished when Garion slew the evil God Torak. Instead, it had fled to Zandramas, who was now the Child of Dark, Dark and Light still contended for mastery, and Zandramas planned to use the child in some rite at the Sardion Stone to ensure that the Dark would triumph.

If they could not be at that impossible place when Zandramas arrived, they would lose-forever.

Here David Eddings' bestselling The Mallorean continues as the epic quest begins, across new lands and among strange peoples. A magnificent fantasy of men, Kings, Sorcerers and Gods caught up in a death struggle between two ancient warring Destinies-the culmination of a seven-thousand-year war of Good and Evil.

My Review:

Action, adventure, magic, and danger all make their way into this unforgettable addition to Eddings’ series. Phenomenal descriptions and world building combine throughout as I was drawn fully into the plot that wouldn’t let go.

I love the way that this cast of characters grows and changes throughout. Ce’Nedra’s less whiney attitude made her easier to swallow here, yet she does still seem quite childish for a queen. Eddings makes the change in personality easy to understand based on circumstance.

Eddings has done an amazing job with this tale and I definitely can’t wait to see where this series goes from here.

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