Belgarath the Sorcerer

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Bestselling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, ...

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Overview

Bestselling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.
Then came the dark day when the Dark God Torak split the world asunder, and the God Aldur and his disciples began their monumental labor to set Destiny aright. Foremost among their number was Belgarath. His ceaseless devotion was foredoomed to cost him that which he held most dear—even as his loyal service would extend through echoing centuries of loss, of struggle, and of ultimate triumph.

Here, at last--the life story of Belgarath the Sorcerer and the great struggle that went before the Belgariad and The Malloreon. Only one man could tell of those near-forgotten times, when gods still walked the lands, giving comfort and counsel to their mortal children. Eddings joins forces with his wife, Leigh, on a journey to the awesome beginning of the desperate conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this epic fantasy, depicting thousands of years of sorcerous, noble and godly machinations, the Eddingses return to the world of their multivolume sagas, The Belgariad and The Malloreon. This prequel to the earlier books, presented as Belgarath's memoirs, offers an absorbing story line and some memorable characters as, once again, the authors touch all the right fantasy bases, with warring gods, political intrigues, supernatural creatures and appealingly human magicians involved in a titanic war over the course of seven millennia. Because of the vast scope, the sense of ages passing and of destiny unfolding is well conveyed; but that same scale confines the authors to handling some events and characters only briefly, and it mutes the story's emotional power. Nonetheless, Eddings fans will no doubt snatch this novel off the shelves, while readers new to the authors' world won't find a more appropriate place to beginning exploring it. 400,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (Aug.)
Library Journal
While relating his event-filled life, the immortal sorcerer Belgarath weaves a compelling tale of two opposing Necessities that spans 7000 years and bears witness to the rise and fall of human hopes and destinies. The latest effort by the authors of The Belgariad (Ballantine, 1986) provides a new spin on material familiar to series followers. It illuminates the mysterious past of a world cracked apart in its infancy by the jealousy of its gods. The sometimes humorous, sometimes sharply rueful voice of the narrator provides a welcome anchor in this lavishly portrayed journey through time. A welcome addition to most fantasy collections, this title can be enjoyed apart from its predecessors.
Sally Estes
Having completed the popular multivolume fantasies, The Belgariad and The Malloreon, Eddings and his wife, now acknowledged as a longtime collaborator, focus on the eons-long struggle of gods and humans that led to the epic events in those two series. Here, they tell that story from the viewpoint of the sorcerer Belgarath, who became a disciple of the god Aldur when the gods still walked the world and who was a major participant throughout the 7,000-year war. After the dark god Torak cracks the world by trying to use the powerful Orb, which he has stolen from Aldur, Aldur takes on the responsibility of preparing for the day when good and evil will meet in the final battle that decides the fate of the world. Belgarath and his fellow disciples become involved in deciphering the oblique prophecies and making sure that events that are supposed to happen indeed do. The Eddingses temper larger-than-life violence and intrigue with a healthy dose of wit, particularly in the characterizations of the often testy Belgarath and his equally sharp-tongued daughter, Polgara. This rousing precursor to two five-book sagas is probably best read after them because of Belgarath's digressions into his own present, but make no mistake--the sagas' many fans will definitely relish it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345403957
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Belgariad Prequel Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 194,847
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

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    Belgarath is beyond doubt my favorite wizard/sorcerer type chara

    Belgarath is beyond doubt my favorite wizard/sorcerer type character. Witty, crotchety, honest, human, wise, everything a ancient powerful sorcerer should be. For those of you who are sticklers for details there are some contradictions between this book and the back story and history in the 2 series. Nothing major, just little things. Normally that kind of thing annoys me, but in this case could care less. Very good book. Though obviously you should read the Belgariad and the Mallorean first. Also great stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Highly recommend if you love good writing and a good story line!

    I read this after I read the Belgarion, the Mallorean series and Polgara and still learned something about the story! Extremely well written. To prove to you how good these books are, I had to order Begarath because it wasn't in the store and found the last copy of Polgara. My son loaned me the two series. I wanted to order these for my Nook, but alas, my son didn't have one (he does now) so that I could go back and read them again and again. The writing is so good that it has spoiled some of the other fantasy series I have read! You will not regret reading these books. This book, as did the others, had me hooked and I couldn't stop reading it until I was finished! If you love fantasy - you'll love this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

    Finally A Background on Belgarath!

    I have read both the Belgariad series as well as the Mallorean series and was happy as could be to see this book when it came out. I have since had to buy another copy because my first one got worn out from being read and reread.

    It was wonderful to see how Garath became Belgarath and how he progressed along his path. The background filled in the a lot of gaps in the basic story as well as the relationships among the characters of Polgara, Belgarath, Poledra and Beldin. It is definately a book to make you smile and laugh out loud as well as cry and gives one a chance to think of the "what if's".

    There is no doubt in my mind that these books and only the books that relate to the Belgariad and the Mallorean were inspired works, because I have not been impressed by anything else Eddings had to offer since then.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2005

    Spectacular

    I have stated in another review that I hold Mr. & Mrs. Eddings in a higher regard than Tolkien. This is another great example as to why, they show their complete versatile writing with this book. It starts out written as the Mallorean was, but soon after Garion states that 'He can give perspectives on character' he does. The whole format of the book changes, following just what you think would be 'Old Wolf's' perspective on things. He's self indulgent, a heavy drinker, and has no qualms about telling you exactly what he thinks of people. A great read for those new to Eddings, and those seasoned by their terrific writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    Big Eddings Fan, Great Book

    I'm a fan of David and Leigh Eddings and I think this book is outstanding. It is amazing how the beginning fits so much better at the end. Major insight into the mind of a man who is not completely what he seems, and who has much beneath the surface. Very descriptive. I fell in love with new characters and old characters all over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2001

    My Intro To fantasy!

    OK, so my circle of friends were re-reading an old set of books and asked me if I wanted to join in. I have never been into fantasy, as far out as i got was Anne Rice, but I plowed through the Belgariad and the Mallorean all in one month. I made it to Polgara and Belgareth. There is nothing better. The characters in this series become family, and you want more. And Belgareth gives you a nice look into the quirky, quiet 7,000 yr old sorcerer to show you who he really is. This ragtag guy is not so ragtag after all, and you love him all the more. Old Wolf comes shining through in this book and any fan of the series will be happy with it's story. This was my intro to fantasy and i was a lucky one, i am hooked for life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    The Life and Times of a Typical 7,000 Year Old Sorcerer

    The magnificent storyteller Belgarath tells his most enchanting story ever. For centuries, the mysterious Old Wolf has kept his life story to himself--until now. This book will answer the many questions you probably have about the Eternal One. From the night young Garath stumbled upon the doorstep to Aldur's tower to the birth of Garion, it's all there. Well, most of it, anyway. He IS seven millenia old, so he's bound to forget SOME things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2000

    A masterful Completion to the series

    David Edding has done it again. After reading The Belgariad and The Malloreon i thought it couldn't get any better. I was proven wrong with the writing of this descriptive and detail novel of the life of the Sorceror, Belgarath. This is a book I would recommend to the most fickled reader. It's definitly a 5-star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    DAVID EDDINGS ROCKS!

    All the D. Eddings books are great, but the best ones I've read are Belgarath The Sorcerer, and Polgara The Sorceress. no contest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 1999

    Wow!

    I really cannot think of a book that tops Belgrath the Sorcerrer! The Belgraid was absolutly breaktaking and heartwarming but this novel is possibly the best novel ever written! Read it! If you liked the Belgraid or even if you haven't read it pick up this book!

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