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Enchanters' End Game Mass Market Paperback – Aug 12 1986

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Aug. 12 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345338715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345338716
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A classic coming-of-age epic" -- Christopher Paolini --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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David Eddings [The Belgariad series] -- This is like Bonanza, or like I Love Lucy. There will be other fantasy series, but there can never be another that's so seminal, that so captures the essence of fantasy. Big Dave and Little Leigh grow their heroes from the ground up, and they grow the best.

--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor

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I stopped about page 150 or so. The truth of it is, this series is just a little too immature for me. The way Eddings steoreotypes his races- i.e. all Tolnedrans are greedy, all Arends are incredibly stupid, all Sendars are practical, etc.- is just way too unrealistic. I remember reading a scene where the Mimbrates and the Asturians are discussing their animosity, and finally figure out that they've been fighting thousands of years over nothing, and what's more ridiculous, they haven't realized this because they never once talked to each other about it. It's ludricrous for people who have been warring for millenia to all at once say, "Oh! Is that it? Wow, it's a good thing we finally spoke to each other, or no telling how long this would've lasted." No one's THAT stupid. Also, a good portion of the dialogue is JUST PLAIN SILLY. At first it was bearable, but after a while all the little dry comments began to grate more and more. All in all, these books are just too chldish and should be avoided by mature readers. Also, the characterization is not that great, and this makes for boring reading.
I finally stopped when I got to that Arend nonsense, but honestly, this book isn't any better or worse than the other books, so if you've been enjoying this series so far you shouldn't find any problems with this one. I guess it just took me this long to finally realize what I was reading. Stupid me, I suppose.
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The final duel between Garion and the maimed god Torak manages to proceed with a minimum of drama and interest, and we learn several important things:
1) The gods of this world, in the fine tradition of Greek mythology, are completely devoid of common sense - one in fact spends all his time sleeping.
2) The gods are also all male. This may explain a lot.
3) Despite this, they are color-coordinated.
Sadly, with Garion's slaying of Torak and the defeat of the 'Other Prophecy', he effectively removes free will from the universe, locking it into its original 'purpose' - a destiny so controlling you might as well not even bother getting up in the morning. When cosmic forces micromanage, you know you're in trouble.
I assume the only reason anyone would read this book is because they read the previous four, so a review seems rather besides the point. But hey, you should know what you're in for.
Allegedly, Eddings wrote another five-book series to follow this one. Read at your own peril, 'cause I'm not going there.
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'Enchanter's End Game' brings us the story of how Garion travels towards his final encounter with the god Torak, which he will have to fight in order to save the world from a grim fate. At the same time, Ce'Nedra and the others are gathering an army to meet the threat of the Murgo and Malloreon forces which are converging upon the western kingdoms. I will not give away the ending, but this book is as great as all the other books in the series, and gives a suitable ending to the tale.
This is the sequel to 'Castle of Wizardry', and the final book in the amazing series of five books known as 'the Belgariad'. The series is later followed by another five in 'the Malloreon'. The story is the classic fight between the Evil which seeks to rule the world, and the Good which wants to save it, but what really makes the book so great is the characters. They are all very distinct from each other, with their own personality and desires. Eddings manages to keep them all separate, so that they are not mixed together in a faceless group. Instead they each have their part to play in the quest to save the world.
I have read the entire series at least 20 times by now, and it remains my favorite fantasy. It is lighter than 'The Wheel of Time' series by Robert Jordan, which makes it suitable for younger readers as well, but it is great for anyone from around 12 to 112. I think many, like me, read this series as their first fantasy, and it is a great start to get interested in the world of magic and swordfights. There are other great fantasy series, but this series is still required reading for fantasy lovers.
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I'm probably one of the very few people that actually admit reading David and Leigh Edding's novels now. Especially since Tolkien has come back into fashion in a big way. But I've always been a great admirer of Eddings novels - their plots are EXACTLY the same as Tolkien's literary classic, right down to the location names ("Cthol Mishrak", anyone?). Despite all that, there are two things that keep drawing me back to their novels.
The first strength is how strongly their characters are written. It's so easy to believe that these characters COULD exist in real life, because they're so flawed...and yet so noble and heroic.
A good example is "Belgarath the Sorcerer" - Belgarath is DEFINITELY not a Gandalf clone. He's a thief, a liar, a cheat, and loves keeping the company of woman of questionable reputation. Despite all that, he's still one of the most adept masters of "The Will and the Word", and can perform heroic deeds when called upon.
The Edding's other strength is their narrative. The plotline IS a rip-off of Lord of the Rings, but it moves along at such a good pace, and is so well written, that you totally ignore that issue as soon as you read the first page. The only conclusion I can come to is that although the main plotlines are similar, their execution is totally different.
Now...onto the book review. Of all five books in the Belgariad, this is my favourite. And a large portion of that is due to the battle at Thull Mardu. The plotline in this book revolves around this single event - we see the lead-up (gathering the troops), the battle itself (which is realistically written), and the aftermath. In the lead-up, we get a much better look at some of the protaganists - especially the Alorn Kings.
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