Magician's Gambit (Belgariad Series #3)

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Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, had joined a dangerous mission to recover the stolen Orb that supposedly protected the West from the evil God Torak. And somehow, she found herself feeling quite tender for Garion, the innocent farm boy, who would be forced into the strange tower in the center of all evil to retrieve the Orb by himself.
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Overview

Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, had joined a dangerous mission to recover the stolen Orb that supposedly protected the West from the evil God Torak. And somehow, she found herself feeling quite tender for Garion, the innocent farm boy, who would be forced into the strange tower in the center of all evil to retrieve the Orb by himself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345335456
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1986
  • Series: Belgariad Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 279,814
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    Let's be honest, if you read the first two books in the series, you're going to read this one, no matter what I say. But it's not bad.

    Economy. I’m going to keep using that word as I read through David Eddings’ multi-volume opus. It’s economical. In a good way. Usually. Not always. Economy of writing (and therefore, economy of reading). At $7.99 pop at the bookstore (assuming you can’t find a used copy of a particular edition), it’s also economical to purchase.

    Now the bad. He’s starting to write about teen romance. No fantasy writer ever gets that right. Eddings, like most, understands that a fifteen year old is usually confused by their feelings and often don’t actually understand what would be perfectly obvious to an adult able to penetrate teen culture long enough to observe. What he doesn’t get, and neither do many others, is that fifteen year old are also horribly and frighteningly horny and prone to fingernail on chalkboard grating bouts of pseudo-romantic melodrama.

    The hero, Garion (or sometimes Belgarion) starts getting very powerful, very fast. Too fast for me. Too much economy, perhaps? And some of his uniqueness has a certain deux ex machina quality that I don’t like. Maybe it’s that we’re on the third book and too many characters seem too roughly drawn considering all the time we’ve spent with them. Again, too much economy getting in the way.

    The book, while not actually third person limited, does tend to focus on incidents where the young hero, Garion, is directly present. On the whole that’s fine and dandy but I did start to get a little disappointed at so much happening offstage, as it were. A lot of fun, tricksy, magical, violent stuff seems to be happening… elsewhere. I’d like to have seen some more of it.

    The climax was… I don’t want to call it exciting, but perhaps… intense? Certainly, Eddings is more than capable of good fantasy writing and he accomplishes some here.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Still not very good, but getting better

    I truly had to force myself to read the third book of this series and it started off as I expected, crappy. It does at the end start to pick up and goes from unbearable to bearable to read. I mean who is giving these books 4 or 5 stars, I've read better sh*t in my college novel writing class. Still it isn't all that bad and does pick up near the end.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Possibly my favorite book in my favorite series.

    Magician's Gambit has everything that is wonderful in this series - it is quirky, engaging, exciting and well written. David Eddings had this way of making a story flow along that was exemplified in Magician's Gambit. You feel yourself carried along by the plot, not wanting to put the book down until you know how things are going to work out for the characters. Everyone has a character that they can relate to in the book and that they are personally invested in seeing go forward in the story - and it doesn't even have to be the hero for you to get a little "screen time" with them. While Garion is very obviously the main driving force in this series, every character is given their due with memorable scenes that bring forth the essence of their personalities without being some kind of laundry list of attributes.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Great novel

    I liked this book just as much as the second one. Its captivating and a great read. i was enjoying it so much that i read it within 48 hours. you like this series i grantee it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2003

    I just finished this one...the first two were better.

    Although this is a great book, I thought it had a much slower pace than the first two, which is why I gave this one 4 instead of 5 stars. I think the best thing about this book is how Eddings put in some humor with Ce'Nedra and Garion, and also how Garion messes up every once in a while trying to perfect his sorcery skills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    Incredible

    Garion was a teenager who started journeying a long time ago with his aunt and grandfather for a strange orb he had never heard of. Soon he was bombarded with ideas of sorcery and magic, and found that he too, was a sorcerer. With the Orb of Aldur back in place, Garion thought his quest would be over, but the prophecy has yet to be fulfilled¿ All in all, this book was really great. Definitely better than the first in the series, Pawn of Prophecy, and about equal to the second, Queen of Sorcery. David Eddings did a great job describing all the details of this fantasy world (as he always does), and made sure that every abnormality of his fantasy world had a reasonable and believable explanation. For example, when Eddings is explaining how sorcery works, he explains that first; someone must gather their will, and next say the word. He explains that many sorcerers can¿t control their will, making them very weak. When Eddings is talking about a character, he pays close attention to their movements, and lets the reader quite easily picture the story. While the book was excellent, there was a lot of information in some parts. Much of this information is important to the ever-complex plot line, so don¿t hesitate to re-read a paragraph or even a page if necessary. Another good idea is to always try to keep track of who is talking. There is a large party, and many times, I skipped over who was talking to who. I found that the dialogue only made sense to me after the speaker was known. The Lost Years of Merlin series by T. A. Barron is very similar to the Belgariad. Both books have main characters who travel around a fairly small world, and when it seems like they have been everywhere in the world, there is more adventure waiting somewhere. Both are good, but I think that this series is better, if one needs to choose which to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    Eddings, magnificent!

    There's a reason this book sold over 11,000 copies. It's a damn good book with a phenomenal ending. Very gripping and enthralling. You absolutley must read this and the other 4 books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    If you like fantacy...

    This is a must read. But remember, this is the third book in the series and is not complete with out reading the first two or the last two books. Although, this book can stand alone, it is much richer and more colorful when read in series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    What an Amazing book!

    The book Magian's Gambit was an outstanding book! Very intreging, and always interesting. I completely loved thid book.

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