Book Review: The Belgariad by David Eddings

Perhaps one of the most interesting fantasies I have ever read is the Belgariad series and also its sister series the Malloreon by David Eddings.

It is the story of Belgarath the sorcerer, a very smart young boy who makes the acquaintance of a god and becomes his disciple, thereby acquiring great power and immortality. The story is set in a world shaped by seven gods, one of which is Belgarath’s master Aldur who creates an orb that acquires life and power of its own. However, this orb was seized by Torak, another god who wanted its power. However, when he attempts to use it, the orb destroys part of Torak’s face. Later, the orb is retrieved by Belgarath and a group of his friends, one of whom is discovered to be able to wield the stone unharmed and becomes it protector.

The story develops on from there with a huge variety of story lines and includes a great collection of more and more interesting characters including Polgara, Belgarath’s daughter and many other ch aracters. One of the most beautiful things about the Belgariad and the Malloreon is how Eddings is able to connect events thousands of years and miles apart in addition to excellently developed characters and superbly described events.

In conclusion, the Belgariad and the Malloreon are more than just an epic fantasy series, they are more like a trip through time, space and a whole different universe in the shoes of a variety of people. It is full of interesting surprises and beautiful descriptions of people and places.

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