The Belgariad, Volume One

The Belgariad, Volume One

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Random House, Inc.
Millions of readers have discovered the magic of David Eddings’ New York Times bestselling series The Belgariad. Now the first three books in this monumental epic appear in a single volume. Here, long-time fans can rediscover the wonder—and the uninitiated can embark upon a thrilling new journey of fantasy and adventure.

It all begins with the theft of the Orb that for so long protected the West from an evil god. As long as the Orb was at Riva, the prophecy went, its people would be safe from this corrupting power. Garion, a simple farm boy, is familiar with the legend of the Orb, but skeptical in matters of magic. Until, through a twist of fate, he learns not only that the story of the Orb is true, but that he must set out on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger to help recover it. For Garion is a child of destiny, and fate itself is leading him far from his home, sweeping him irrevocably toward a distant tower—and a cataclysmic confrontation with a master of the darkest magic.

Baker & Taylor
A two-volume compilation presents the five previously published novels in the epic saga which begins with the theft of the protective Orb from Riva.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2002
ISBN: 9780345456328
Branch Call Number: FANTASY EDD
Characteristics: 644 p. :,map ;,24 cm.


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Feb 22, 2015

An excellent series through and through. Eddings combines wit, prose, and a peculiar worldly insight and weaves it into a compelling narrative. The subtle genius is that The Belgariad somehow manages to employ every single trope, cliché, and archetype known to the genre and still manages to make itself a really good read. Worth checking out for that feat alone.

Apr 02, 2013

I read this series twice in college. It was a satisfying mysterious, and magical fantasy. I thought there was great humor and character development.

Jul 29, 2012

Where is Volume 2?

adotto Jul 26, 2012

This is one of my favourite series of all time and my go-to books when I have nothing else to read. I start reading in the middle of one of the books and end up reading the whole series.

Jan 08, 2012

It all started off so well: a good RPG-like adventure with interesting and varied characters, a grand quest, and a rich fantasy world. Then it falls apart at the end (the last two books). The main hero is nothing more than a puppet; the prophecy is all too neat; and there's no real danger or excitement at the final confrontation.

paws_des Jan 03, 2012

Well-written epic fantasy. Excellent starter for young readers interested in something beyond Harry Potter. Equally good for adults.

Librarymans Sep 03, 2010

I read this when I was in High School. It is a good adventure yarn of a young boy growing up to be a hero (and king). Belgarath the sorcerer remains one of my favourite wizards in fiction. Villains were a little "evil for the sake of evil."

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Jan 08, 2012

“In spite of everything, you still have the soul of a stone. You understand hate and loyalty and unswerving commitment, but you can't comprehend the more human feelings-- compassion, friendship, love-- love most of all, I think.”


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