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The Elder Gods is the first novel in The Dreamers, a projected four-book fantasy saga that also happens to be David and Leigh Eddings's first new series in a decade.
Four sibling gods -- Dahlaine, Zelana, Aracia, and Veltan -- rule over the realm known as Dhrall, and every 25,000 years the exhausted elders pass their duties on to four younger gods. As time approaches for another "changing of the gods," Dahlaine glimpses the future and sees That-Called-the-Vlagh -- the ruler of the Wasteland in the center of Dhrall's four domains -- conquering the realm with its armies of insect-snake-human hybrids. Dahlaine decides to reawaken the younger gods early in the form of the Dreamers -- four children with the power to change reality through their dreams but who are unaware of their true identity. But even with the Dreamers' help, the elder gods will have to somehow find an army of warriors strong enough to defeat the evil hordes.
Although the legions of longtime fans of the Eddingses' previous bestselling series (The Belgariad, The Malloreon, etc.) will surely put The Elder Gods on the charts as well, fans may be somewhat disappointed with the ending, which is really just a respite between battles. The Eddingses do, however, set the table for some potentially fantastic storytelling in the volumes to come. And because their writing style is so clean, this novel -- and, by extension, the series -- may find a broader audience with much younger readers, as well as hard-core fans. Paul Goat Allen