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Magician's Gambit PDF, ePub eBook Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, is confused. Everyone knows the tales of the Orb protecting the West from the evil god Torak are just silly legends. But here she is, forced to join a dangerous quest to recover that stolen Orb. No one believes in sorcery, but Garion's aunt and grandfather seem to be the fabled sorcerers Polgara and Belgarath, who would have to be t Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, is confused. Everyone knows the tales of the Orb protecting the West from the evil god Torak are just silly legends. But here she is, forced to join a dangerous quest to recover that stolen Orb. No one believes in sorcery, but Garion's aunt and grandfather seem to be the fabled sorcerers Polgara and Belgarath, who would have to be thousands of years old. Even young Garion is learning to do sorcery. He's just a farm boy, totally unsuitable for an Imperial Princess. Yet for some reason, she has the urge to teach him, brush back his tangled hair, and comfort him. But he is going to a strange tower in the center of all he believes evil, to face some horrible, powerful magician, and she can't be there to watch over him. She may never see him again! Thus continues The Belgariad, an epic prophecy still unfolding.

30 review for Magician's Gambit

  1. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I flew through Magician's Gambit, and it was a very enjoyable read, though it's more a set-up for the next book. The climax is where it ends, quite abruptly in fact. Possibly in the middle of the sente- Yup, that's how abruptly this book ends. The characters are super likeable, and I'm enjoying the mythology and the centuries of history Eddings so meticulously created. It's a classic hero's journey, and it doesn't deviate from the usual tropes, at least not so far, but it's a comforting one, light- I flew through Magician's Gambit, and it was a very enjoyable read, though it's more a set-up for the next book. The climax is where it ends, quite abruptly in fact. Possibly in the middle of the sente- Yup, that's how abruptly this book ends. The characters are super likeable, and I'm enjoying the mythology and the centuries of history Eddings so meticulously created. It's a classic hero's journey, and it doesn't deviate from the usual tropes, at least not so far, but it's a comforting one, light-hearted and hopeful. Don't expect anything groundbreaking, and you'll have a great time with this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Somewhere in the middle of book three is when I start to wonder: does anyone out there actually read a standard heroic journey myth with most of their attention on the main character? After all, one knows exactly what's in store for Garion. It's hardly a spoiler if I tell you he's going to tromp in and out of every kingdom on the continent before heading off to fight the final battle. No, it's not the hero who's the key player in the heroic journey. The real action's off on the sidelines, where y Somewhere in the middle of book three is when I start to wonder: does anyone out there actually read a standard heroic journey myth with most of their attention on the main character? After all, one knows exactly what's in store for Garion. It's hardly a spoiler if I tell you he's going to tromp in and out of every kingdom on the continent before heading off to fight the final battle. No, it's not the hero who's the key player in the heroic journey. The real action's off on the sidelines, where your cranky old sage and your bitter, sardonic guide are engaged in a game of one-upmanship via one-liners. (I will not write Belgarath/Silk slash. I will not write Belgarath/Silk slash. I will not write....)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Markus

    And so this is how long it took for the derivative nature of the series overwhelmed me. At first it was quite an exciting series, but at this point I can no longer ignore the fact that there is not a single original aspect of this, nor even any suspense. Strangely (or perhaps not?) it also seems to have made an impact that I read this book as en ebook, and the previous two as physical copies. Holding a physical book in your hand is always a superior experience. All that being said, I will continue And so this is how long it took for the derivative nature of the series overwhelmed me. At first it was quite an exciting series, but at this point I can no longer ignore the fact that there is not a single original aspect of this, nor even any suspense. Strangely (or perhaps not?) it also seems to have made an impact that I read this book as en ebook, and the previous two as physical copies. Holding a physical book in your hand is always a superior experience. All that being said, I will continue and try to finish the series. Hopefully there is something to care about in the last two books. Full review to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan Kennedy

    Another great book in this amazing series. You continue to follow the group as they are in search of the orb that was stolen. This is a huge, world changing event. They travel through many different areas of this continent and are constantly pursued by one danger or another. It is such an epic adventure story that I truly love more the second time around. I can't say enough how much I love these characters and how you get to know them more each book that you read. The little group is brought toge Another great book in this amazing series. You continue to follow the group as they are in search of the orb that was stolen. This is a huge, world changing event. They travel through many different areas of this continent and are constantly pursued by one danger or another. It is such an epic adventure story that I truly love more the second time around. I can't say enough how much I love these characters and how you get to know them more each book that you read. The little group is brought together by prophecy and they each have their skills that they add. They each have their own personalities and I love reading about them and getting to know them. Eddings writes these books so that I feel like I'm part of this group. I urge them on and am pulling for them every step of the way. Cameron Beierle is such a great narrator and I can't imaging anyone else. He is amazing at how each character has its own voice and personality and he brings that out. I am REALLY enjoying this the second time around as an audiobook. If you love fantasy I highly recommend this series. Each book leaves me wanting more. The story is so well written and so enjoyable. It is full of magic and intrigue and creatures; what more could you want in an epic adventure story with characters so well written!

  5. 5 out of 5

    C.E. Murphy

    ! I had forgotten there were scenes and sections in MAGICIAN'S GAMBIT that were entirely from Ce'Nedra's point of view. I knew there were in CASTLE OF WIZARDRY, but I had no recollection of it in MG. This endears the book(s) to me as an adult even more than as a teen. I was not one of those female readers who as a child felt left out because all the stories were about boys and I wasn't a boy so therefore couldn't relate. Yes, well, there wasn't a magical passageway in my closet that led to Narnia, ! I had forgotten there were scenes and sections in MAGICIAN'S GAMBIT that were entirely from Ce'Nedra's point of view. I knew there were in CASTLE OF WIZARDRY, but I had no recollection of it in MG. This endears the book(s) to me as an adult even more than as a teen. I was not one of those female readers who as a child felt left out because all the stories were about boys and I wasn't a boy so therefore couldn't relate. Yes, well, there wasn't a magical passageway in my closet that led to Narnia, either, but somehow I soldiered on and managed to love and accept it anyway, you know? So I didn't notice a lack of female protagonists in books I read, because none of these people were like me anyway. As an adult, however, I'm more aware of the imbalance, so I was completely delighted to (re)discover that Ce'Nedra's status as a POV character--one of only two in the Belgariad, if I'm not mistaken--begins in book 3. That's wonderful. One of the things I'm really enjoying in these re-reads is being reintroduced to a character and suddenly remembering their whole story. It's a completely different kind of joy than discovering those stories for the first time: that's pure adreneline-based adventure. This is the resurrection of old friendships, the reawakening of memories based not on scent or touch, but the shape of words on a page. I laughed out loud at poor Garion's experiments with the Word and the Will in the Vale, having completely forgotten what he'd done to himself in that scene, and Relg's appearance came as a splendid shock of oh!, because so much of his story came back to me in that moment. It was wonderful. Also, this book has one of my favorite lines in the history of ever: "Does bouncing count?"

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    I would rate this installment of the Belgariad at 3.5 stars. The pace has picked up from the first two books and things are moving along quite well. Belgarath and Polgara have actually started to give Garion some information (which would have been more useful to him earlier, truth be told). But, better late than never, and his sorcerer training has finally begun. One writing tic that Eddings displays—Belgarath scratches his beard about every second page! The poor old sorcerer either has anxiety is I would rate this installment of the Belgariad at 3.5 stars. The pace has picked up from the first two books and things are moving along quite well. Belgarath and Polgara have actually started to give Garion some information (which would have been more useful to him earlier, truth be told). But, better late than never, and his sorcerer training has finally begun. One writing tic that Eddings displays—Belgarath scratches his beard about every second page! The poor old sorcerer either has anxiety issues or fleas! I’m amazed that no editor caught that irritating repetition. While trying not to give away the ending, I was disappointed that a feared opponent (whom Belgarath has been working against for centuries) was defeated when he made a beginner-type mistake. Evil bad guys usually don’t just eliminate themselves. That was a bit anti-climactic. Also, Princess Ce’Nedra seems to have been abandoned and I will have to wait for the next book to get a clue about how she is doing. I thought a little check-in with her would have helped to maintain the continuity of the series. However, I know that she is not abandoned permanently, as Eddings has very obviously telegraphed her role as future love-interest for Garion. Love the religious fanatic who is actually confronted by his god and told in no uncertain terms to quit judging others and get on with making himself a better person. Eddings takes some pointed jabs at fanaticism which endears him to me. I will be interested in seeing where that particular story line goes! Onwards! I hope to read the fourth book at some point this summer!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jane Jago

    Review will come after book five

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I flew through this & enjoyed every minute. A few more characters are added, a couple are subtracted. They really needed to be & I enjoyed those moments immensely. Eddings might not write horses as well as some authors, but he occasionally pays attention to them, which is nice. They're not just cars with hooves, although I certainly wish we could clear up our lameness issues as fast as he can! On to the next!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    The Belgariad has been beloved by me since I was a kid, but having read many more books of as many genres and authors since then, I've realized that Mr. Eddings authorship leaves much to be desired. I still love the story, characters, mythology, and magic, but there are a number of glaring problems. Mr. Eddings omits tactical and practical details. If it really takes Garion and friends weeks and months to travel around, then why don't Polgara and Belgarath use the time to teach Garion about sorc The Belgariad has been beloved by me since I was a kid, but having read many more books of as many genres and authors since then, I've realized that Mr. Eddings authorship leaves much to be desired. I still love the story, characters, mythology, and magic, but there are a number of glaring problems. Mr. Eddings omits tactical and practical details. If it really takes Garion and friends weeks and months to travel around, then why don't Polgara and Belgarath use the time to teach Garion about sorcery? Why don't Barak and Mandorallen teach Garion and Durnik how to fight? Why is all this time being senselessly wasted? Garion should be going through some serious character development and education, but he's still just a dull and ignorant boy. For that matter, when do they re-supply? How do they feed their horses as they travel through the desert? Questions and problems like these have really been bothering me in this read through. Also, if their task is so urgent, why does it take them so long to get from place to place. Seems to me that Mr. Eddings could have sped things up by shortening distances and reducing interminable treks through mountains and wastelands and making a shooter, but faster paced book. Anyway, despite all these problems, The Belgariad remains one of my all time favorite series. I just wish someone more skilled would re-record a better audio version of the books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo Yu

    If there is one thing that I like about David Eddings’ fantasy work, its his ability to add humor to the mix. It is almost his signature, and none of his characters personify that more than the quick wit and dry humor of the weasel faced Drasnian spy and thief, and occasional businessman Silk. He is probably the most important non-lead character and has the most interactions with the three leads of the Belgariad so far. He gets the best lines and his sarcastic wit gets under the skin of Belgarat If there is one thing that I like about David Eddings’ fantasy work, its his ability to add humor to the mix. It is almost his signature, and none of his characters personify that more than the quick wit and dry humor of the weasel faced Drasnian spy and thief, and occasional businessman Silk. He is probably the most important non-lead character and has the most interactions with the three leads of the Belgariad so far. He gets the best lines and his sarcastic wit gets under the skin of Belgarath and Polgara. This book, the third volume of the Belgariad, Silk gets to have a showdown with his nemesis, the Dagashi agent known to Garion as Brill. The third book picks up immediately where the second ended. I’d say that the first three books can fit into one tome seamlessly. All the traveling of the first three books leads them to the object of their now at hand. We’ll see two duels here, the first I mentioned earlier, with Silk and Brill and another one with Belgarath and a disciple of Torak that ends with devastating results. No spoilers here, but all combatants were tested to the limit of their endurance. Another exciting read, with the stakes already high and it is still the third part of a five book epic. One could hope that the last two books be as good as the first three.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Scot Parker

    In this book, our heroes continue on their quest to unite the races of men and cast the Ring of Power into the fires of-wait, wrong book. Although it's an easy enough mistake to make. In Magician's Gambit, we see Garion begin to gain some control over his power. We watch the continued juvenile interactions between him and Ce'Nedra (but they are young teenagers, so why not? The other central characters continue to do their thing, none of them seem to change much as this series evolves, but they a In this book, our heroes continue on their quest to unite the races of men and cast the Ring of Power into the fires of-wait, wrong book. Although it's an easy enough mistake to make. In Magician's Gambit, we see Garion begin to gain some control over his power. We watch the continued juvenile interactions between him and Ce'Nedra (but they are young teenagers, so why not? The other central characters continue to do their thing, none of them seem to change much as this series evolves, but they are fun characters so this also doesn't bother me. We do meet two more characters in this book. Relg joins the party and displays a remarkable ability that leads to one of the most disturbing deaths I've encountered in fantasy. The party also briefly meets a woman named Taiba towards the end. She doesn't really play a role in this book, but it's strongly implied that she too will join the party before too long. The writing remains weak in places, and there are some minor plot contradictions and disconnects, mostly towards the beginning of the book. I have come to expect this after the first couple books of the series, and I was able to mostly overlook it. The bottom line: if you've read the first two books of the series, keep going, it stays fun and interesting!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    1. Too many allusions to facts unknown to the reader. I understand that it should all come together in the finally book, but I will forget most of these details by the time I get there. 2. The skill of magic comes to Garion way too easy. Belgarath and Aunt Pol constantly walk around with their mouths agape at how amazing this guys is. 3. The ending was too much of Deus ex machina for my liking. 4. Not bad, but not great. I still have hope that in the end I will have an Aha! moment

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    3.5 stars. Another good installment in the Belgariad. The plot continues to move forward at a nice clip without much slowing. One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David

    A meandering middle volume with much too little plot and overly simple and small advancement of the same group of adventurers endlessly traveling to dull locations. Only the final 30 pages were interesting. I hope to find the next volume of more interest.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    3.5 stars. Another good installment in the Belgariad. The plot continues to move forward at a nice clip without much slowing. One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    If possible, even better than the first two books in the series. Things are speeding up, now that Garion's gotten past the initial shock and denial, and it's fascinating as the party of travellers grow to include some more crucial (and extremely fun) new characters. The only downside is Ce'Nedra, who is an absolute pain, but even she can be charming when she wishes to be. It's exciting to watch as Garion begins to realize his talent and potential.

  17. 5 out of 5

    bella ϟ [ bella farren ]

    currently adding all my family favourites to my GR, a well loved series in my house hold ✨

  18. 4 out of 5

    James

    I'm still enjoying this series and I think book 3 might've been my favorite so far. But for god's sake, can we just say what the whole prophecy is? And why each piece? It's constantly alluded to but nobody ever questions it. You'd think if not Garion, someone in the party would ask for explanation, but no...they just keep letting the references slide. At least we're getting closer now. Seems like they're done collecting pieces for the party. Time to put everything together starting in book 4?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love David Edding's voice in these stories. Fall in love with it every time I read one of these books and I'm now reminding myself I need to finish this series sooner than put it off for later. It's classic story telling that might come off a little dry for others, especially since the characters all have an archaic feel to them. As far as the series goes I don't think the quality of the story has diminished. Normally I would hate on authors for finishing books in the way that these end (becau I love David Edding's voice in these stories. Fall in love with it every time I read one of these books and I'm now reminding myself I need to finish this series sooner than put it off for later. It's classic story telling that might come off a little dry for others, especially since the characters all have an archaic feel to them. As far as the series goes I don't think the quality of the story has diminished. Normally I would hate on authors for finishing books in the way that these end (because I'm not so sure said hypothetical story needs two or three books to unfold), but I cannot use that same judgemental attitude when I know the story will not complete until book five. Basically I'm trusting in the author to fulfill everything in this story, neatly tying all the loose ends, so that I can then say, "damn that was epic." I was a little scared when I realized that there are going to be more characters joining/leaving. I feel like that can really throw a wrench in the whole scheme of things if the writer is not careful. Everything worked out fine. Relg fits in his own little way. The way Edding writes woman and how his male characters might come off with the standard machosim (macho-ism, maybe?) might irritate some readers, however I think he is just going along with what he decided with. It fits for the story he has chosen to tell and at least he stays true to those characters, so I'm not going to burn him for it. I do notice that, other than Polgara, the woman here have been, for lack of a better word, useless. I am hoping that the others step up, but I'm not so sure that's what will happen. Speaking of masculinity, Mandorallen killed a lion with good ole hand-to-paw. While that's bad ass, I think he could have simply run it off. I got a little sad for the lion, so young, so foolish. I think it's hysterical that Mandorallen now laughs when riding into battle. I'm in love with all the characters to a fault. Silk, Mandorallen and Barak better make it to the end. I knew Silk was going to make it out, but I still feel tense when they are in dire situations, I'm just not sure how bold Eddings is going to be. With that being said, I almost felt as though he was leading us to the point where we were going to lose Belgarath. He really pushed those vibes on ( at least I felt that way) and I realized immediately that it wasn't going to happen once they started conversing with Ctuchik. I really do love the characters, but I can't help feel as though our little troupe is easing through their journey. Honestly their roughest battle so far was with the fight with Grul, I forget what they call the giants, eldraken? So far as incurring losses. Meaning someone broke some ribs. It still is entertaining for them when they do battle, such as Silk versus Brill. I like that they are short and to the point. The fights linger for the duration of the book in an artful way. Small clashes even if it's only words. We know Belgarath is going to duke it out with Ctuchik, we know Silk is going to dispatch Brill (Or Kordoch if you like the Dagashi). I didn't think these were all that disappointing, but now that I'm looking back, Chamdar's demise was a bit anti-climatic. Maybe he wasn't all he was cracked up to be, but he was the most central villain for the first two novels. Ah, well. On the bright-side we get to see more into how magic works in this world. I enjoy the way Edding's works his magic, It's vague enough that you cannot pin it down to concrete limitations and I like that. There's always room for surprise and it's not overly difficult to follow, because at its core I think it's purely imaginative. All of that also plays into the fact that I'm in love with the way the author describes the other Gods and how things are related to the reader through Garion's eyes. I think that the eloquent story-telling is a magic of its own breed. Maybe I'm hyping these books up too much. If you enjoyed them as much as I did you are probably nodding in agreement. If you consider this epic-fantasy, then I should warn you it's my first sojourn into the genre. I'm thoroughly enjoying the Belgariad and can't wait to start on other epics, such as the Wheel of Time. I still have two books to go, though. No time to waste, on the the next!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I’ve nothing bad to say about this book; I just didn’t feel like continuing. The narrator has been annoying me ever since I started listening to Pawn of Prophecy and once Ce’Nedra stayed at Prolgu and I had to listen to Relg ranting at Garion, rather than Ce’Nedra and Garion squabbling, I found I’d simply had enough. It was all travel, the occasional fight and more travel, and it was getting rather boring. I know the story picks up, and if I continued I’m sure I would have started enjoying it ag I’ve nothing bad to say about this book; I just didn’t feel like continuing. The narrator has been annoying me ever since I started listening to Pawn of Prophecy and once Ce’Nedra stayed at Prolgu and I had to listen to Relg ranting at Garion, rather than Ce’Nedra and Garion squabbling, I found I’d simply had enough. It was all travel, the occasional fight and more travel, and it was getting rather boring. I know the story picks up, and if I continued I’m sure I would have started enjoying it again. However, my health is currently bad, I’m very tired and have started listening to The Grey King as a read along with a couple of other bloggers, so this one has kind of been squeezed out. Magician’s Gambit David Eddings The Belgariad, Book 3 Audiobook DNF The Belgariad: 1.Pawn of Prophecy 2.Queen of Sorcery 3.Magician’s Gambit 4.Castle of Wizardry 5.Enchanters’ End Game

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Tomasino

    This was the weakest of the Belgariad books so far. Most of the book seemed like a rambling Dungeons and Dragons game filled with random encounters and new, made-up monsters described on the spot and forgotten about just as quickly. There was a smattering of character development, the introduction of a few new party members, and a short but satisfying showdown. I'm not really sure why the book was titled Magician's Gambit. There wasn't much of a gambit at all. Perhaps David Eddings should have n This was the weakest of the Belgariad books so far. Most of the book seemed like a rambling Dungeons and Dragons game filled with random encounters and new, made-up monsters described on the spot and forgotten about just as quickly. There was a smattering of character development, the introduction of a few new party members, and a short but satisfying showdown. I'm not really sure why the book was titled Magician's Gambit. There wasn't much of a gambit at all. Perhaps David Eddings should have named this book, "A Chorus Line of Gods and Random Monsters." At least then I'd know what I was going to run into. The series still has life in it, though, and I'll press on. Here's to hoping book 4 is better than book 3.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jak

    Endings was my first foray into High Fantasy which would probably explain why none of the clichés riled me. I’ve now read plenty of stories about nameless orphans etc who turn out to be the missing bloodline to the throne who then go on to battle unimaginable (except that of many a fantasy writer) evil to save the world. Personally I absolutely loved the Belgariad series of books and found them to be enthralling and exciting. In particular I loved the characters and thought them to be some of th Endings was my first foray into High Fantasy which would probably explain why none of the clichés riled me. I’ve now read plenty of stories about nameless orphans etc who turn out to be the missing bloodline to the throne who then go on to battle unimaginable (except that of many a fantasy writer) evil to save the world. Personally I absolutely loved the Belgariad series of books and found them to be enthralling and exciting. In particular I loved the characters and thought them to be some of the most well rounded and clearly defined I’d ever read. But given that Eddings had five books to do this I would have expected nothing less (mind you some authors can’t even manage that!)

  23. 5 out of 5

    H

    Once more I feel the need to ask, "Is Garion an idiot? How can he possibly have no clue about who he is and what his mission will be?" I mean, for goodness' sake. That's my only real complaint, though. Also, since Eddings doesn't really do emotions at all, I got kind of irritated with Ce'Nedra and her random outbursts of crying or whatever, because I was like, why the heck are you crying? But they're fun, fun books to read, and I really like the characters. I feel like Eddings did a good job in Once more I feel the need to ask, "Is Garion an idiot? How can he possibly have no clue about who he is and what his mission will be?" I mean, for goodness' sake. That's my only real complaint, though. Also, since Eddings doesn't really do emotions at all, I got kind of irritated with Ce'Nedra and her random outbursts of crying or whatever, because I was like, why the heck are you crying? But they're fun, fun books to read, and I really like the characters. I feel like Eddings did a good job in keeping them separate and making them all recognizable and unique from each other.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shaitarn

    A high three stars rounded up to four. It's showing its age a bit, but this is still a fantasy classic.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Enjoyable reread of the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Negar Bolboli

    It keeps getting better and better.... Ended right where you can't stop!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Izzy

    Haven't gotten around to writing a review yet so I'll do it now, looking back on the last three books in general. It's a great series all in all, the first book got me hooked immediately. I loved following Garion's story, so much that I'd finished the first book without really noticing. I was literally staring at my Kindle screen as it said "You've finished the first book" and I was like, no way! The second one was good as well, although it had more flaws than the first one. I disliked both Belga Haven't gotten around to writing a review yet so I'll do it now, looking back on the last three books in general. It's a great series all in all, the first book got me hooked immediately. I loved following Garion's story, so much that I'd finished the first book without really noticing. I was literally staring at my Kindle screen as it said "You've finished the first book" and I was like, no way! The second one was good as well, although it had more flaws than the first one. I disliked both Belgarath and Pol's constant condescending behaviour in regard to Garion. There was a constant chorus of "Don't, Garion." "Stop, Garion." "You should know this and that, Garion." "Don't be a child, Garion." when both Pol and Belgarath where actually the ones behaving quite childishly and irresponsibly with their constant unexplained scolding. You don't just tell someone, especially a teenager, to instinctly know something and then be exasperated when they don't, and you don't forbid things without explaining why, especially not people who're supposed to be as old and wise as both of them. The whole "We won't tell you but we're kinda expecting you to know" attitude was a bit aggravating. Apart from that, it was very enjoyable and I finished it quickly as well. Garion's talent to be at the right place at the right time was great, it made me look forward to reading more. This one, the third book, was also great but it introduced another major flaw, at least for me. It may not be for others but it's a huge squick of mine. It's when in books there's another character introduced and you can kinda guess this person is supposed to be the love interest of the protagonist but that character is A) annoying as hell and/or B) when it's the author telling us it's the love interest and but the story itself speaks differently. I'm only starting with the fourth one now, so I don't know if she's really the love interest or not, but so far Ce'Nedra is already driving me up the wall. She's constantly annoying, condescending and looking down on Garion and no, I don't find it cute. I'm also not a fan of the "pulling pigtails" trope, I think that's an unhealthy way of looking at things. Also, it seems that Garion, from one moment to the next, suddenly has feelings for her. She's been annoying him for ages and she insults him all the time and brings out all that anger in Garion, but suddenly he realizes he's missing her? No, sorry, that's just the author wanting to TELL us Garion is in love with her but Garion is not telling us. We didn't see it in Ce'Nedra's actions and neither in his, so how should they know? Of course, for some reason all the other people seem to expect it or find it cute, "smiling in a knowing way" *groan* It's not cute to expect two people to end up together who bicker and fight constantly, only because there's something (like a prophecy) that says so. It's a major flaw for me and a mistake many authors make when they can't make a love interest lovable to us, the readers. It also happened in Name of the Wind, where we watch Kvothe become infuriated with Denna but Denna herself is elusive, aloof and arrogant to the point of making me want to shake Kvothe for only describing her as beautiful in every sentence. I'd just like it if authors made an effort to make US fall in love with them as well, like I did in the Riyria Series for example. Gwen is a wonderful woman and love interest. I hope for Ce'Nedra's sake that there's some major character development because right now she's horrendous. Now, this sounds all very negative but I'm a person that needs to get the negative things out of the way, tell someone about it, and then I can concentrate on the great, lovely things again. This series is great, I look forward to the next books and can't wait to see how the adventure and prophecy unfolds! Yes I know, I'm a picky reader, don't be discouraged by anything in this review if you think about reading the series, so far it's truly great!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Thompson

    Re-reading the Belgariad that I read as a youth continues to be very enjoyable. This one (Book 3 in the series) continues to build upon the other two, but was a better narrative and is more enjoyable as the characters continue to develop.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Will Farrar

    Those of you that are familiar with the "Hero's Journey" will definitely recognize the plot of this series. However, it is wonderfully written. The characters are interesting and humorous. I have enjoyed each book so far, and I highly recommend it to my fellow Fantasy fans. They are relatively short books. So those of you that are intimidated my Big Fat Fantasy books won't be frightened by their length. Three down and two more to go!

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