The Belgaraid

by David Eddings

4.14 avg rating
Book 22 of 37 in the Worst Fantasy Books Ever
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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.

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jonesy | 2012-10-25 09:23:44
i beg to differ what was not to like about belgareth
Anonymous | 2012-11-04 07:10:40
That you for putting this book on this list. Read it years ago after finding it on a best of science fantasy list and couldnt get past the first book. It reads like a watered down version of LOTR and acouple other books.
Anonymous | 2012-11-04 08:40:06
Besides the fact that it should be The Belgariad, not "The Belgaraid," I also beg to differ. For me, it was a fantastic series making fun of high fantasy stereotypes.
Anonymous | 2012-11-23 08:10:05
How the heck is this amazing book series on this list?!
Anonymous | 2012-11-26 08:03:20
David Eddings is (to me) a master of satire and allegory. It mocks high fantasy with its characters, plot and overall descriptions. Really amusing, if you can't see teh subtle remarks and ideas, I feel sorry for you. You've probably read the series the wrong way
Caro | 2012-12-04 08:45:29
I was only a kid when I came to read Eddings the first time, but still sometime I like rereading books of him. I love his humour, especially when the "hero-characters" start mocking each other. We can't all like the same stuff - i tried a few of your "best of books" - some are really good, but with some I didn't get very far before putting them aside as junk...
BenC | 2013-01-07 01:34:11
Caro is spot on. Further, I'm not actually sure why you put 'Good when you were young' category in the worst books list. Books that are accessible to younger readers, that engage and excite them putting them on the path to richer and more sophisticated adult reading shouldn't be sneered at. I think you're being a dreadful snob about Edding's Belgariad for this reason.
Anonymous | 2013-02-15 09:37:15
I guess everyone is entitled to their opinions even if they are wrong. I have been reading fantasy books for over 35 years since I picked up "The Hobbit" and "Narnia" in the third grade. I've read Martin, Erickson, and Rothfuss, and I consider Eddings to be one of the best High Fantasy series of all time, your lists on this site are a joke.
Anonymous | 2013-07-20 05:02:46
I started reading these books in grade 6 and I couldn't put them down. Sure they aren't as complex or engaging as some of the books I've read since then, but I'll always remember them fondly. I sincerely hope I get the chance to introduce these books to my children some day.
Anonymous | 2013-10-06 04:57:18
I think you dislike widely popular writers. Sorry.
Bob D. | 2013-12-10 04:20:41
I disagree with this completely. The Belgariad are fantastic books. It's really a shame to give it a poor review. There is a good reason this series is so popular. Because it is great!
Anonymous | 2015-01-05 01:49:18
Great series, I read lots of fantasy and the Belgaraid and Malloreon are some of the best books out there. The Belgaraid especially is more for younger readers, however I still like to re-read both series.
Anonymous | 2016-09-06 06:16:20
The Eddings got it right with the Belgariad. The characters are both likable and memorable and the dialogue is fun and both hold up over the years. Is it Tolstoy? Checkov? Chaucer? No. But its a fun read, which is why one picks these books up in the first place.
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