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The Malloreon by David Eddings

Review by Mike

Spoilers for The Belgariad

The series consist of five books:
Guardians of the West (1987)
King of the Murgos (1988)
Demon Lord of Karanda (1988)
Sorceress Of Darshiva (1989)
Seeress of Kell (1991)

The Malloreon is the sequel to The Belgariad, set in the same world, but a few years later. There are some new characters, but mainly we meet the same cast as in the first five books. Once again they have to embark on a quest to save the world, but this time it is not as obvious what they have to do.

The main problem with this series is that The Belgariad ended with the final confrontation between Good and Evil. How do you continue from "and they all lived happily ever after"? Eddings solves this by suddenly adding another chapter to the prophesies. The final showdown between the Child of Light and the Child of Dark was not the single combat between Garion and Torak as we thought. The dark prophesy is still out there somewhere, preparing for another round in the eternal battle.

I have heard people say that Eddings wrote this sequel series because The Belgariad was such a success, and he (or his publisher) wanted to squeeze more money out of the concept. Just like Hollywood always goes for at least one follow-up to a popular action movie. This may just be slander from people who are jealous of his success. There are actually some things in the first series that makes little sense at the time, but get an explanation now, so maybe he had it planned all along. Still, the plot is rather weak and the ending a true anticlimax.

If you enjoyed The Belgariad and do not mind repetition, or if you have nothing better to do, then The Malloreon might be just the thing for you. I was still studying at the time I read it, so I obviously had lots of time to kill. Nowadays I would never waste important reading time on something as lame as this. 2 out of 5 amulets is all it gets, and then I'm being very nice to David Eddings.

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