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The Malloreon begins three years after Garion defeated the evil Torak, a story told in the five books comprising The Belgariad. The Dark Prophecy still exists. The Belgariad was a prefect fantasy series for young adults but I must admit that there was nothing too original in there and the characters were basic stereotypes.

But all in all the five books were great fun and very enjoyable.

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Eddings gets a bad press from many long-time fantasy readers but I think that they have missed the point; the books should be read when you are a young adult, not when you are older and more cynical. Staring to read The Malloreon is a very easy experience, especially if you have read the Belgariad already. The characters are all there again and a great feeling of nostalgia creeps over the reader as they settle down for what they know will be a good solid read.

This is highly addictive stuff; if it draws you in then there is a big chance that you will end up reading every single book that Eddings has written. The Malloreon is ideal for those who enjoyed The Belgariad, solid, even if sometimes by numbers fantasy from an accomplished author. Eleven years have passed since the time of the Belgariad. Garion is Overlord of the West, coping with being a king and husband. When it is revealed the Dark Prophesy still We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them.

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At the end of The Belgariad , Garion has slain the evil god Torak and expects lasting peace. The first half of the book concentrates on the first eight years of Belgarion 's reign, describing minor problems including Queen Ce'Nedra 's seeming infertility and a civil war in Arendia. All of these problems are resolved without much trouble, their resolutions providing some comic relief. The book also depicts the life of Errand, Polgara's ward. During his years under her care, Errand displays near- omniscience ; this puzzles Polgara and Belgarath. During the same years, Errand encounters a lesson learned telepathically from an ancient tree and two contacts with people important to his destiny.

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The inciting action of the story occurs when Garion and Errand are both summoned by the Orb of Aldur, and the Voice of Prophecy warns them "Beware Zandramas! Thereafter Garion and Belgarath seek to discover the identity and purpose of Zandramas through records of ancient, dubious prophecies. Ultimately, Garion learns that he is still a figure of prophecy and bears the responsibility of defeating Torak's successor, the "Child of Dark". Subsequent to Garion's discovery, his regent Brand is murdered by assassins sent to kill Ce'Nedra and her newborn son Geran.

The assassins are traced to the Bear-Cult, a legion of ethnocentric fanatics dedicated to reunification of the empire divided among the sons of Garion's ancestor King Cherek. In response, Garion and other descendants of Cherek destroy the Bear-Cult, but are unable to prevent the abduction of Prince Geran.

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Harakan escapes shortly after the revelation of his true identity. With these companions he must travel to the Place Which Is No More for the final meeting between Light and Dark that will decide the fate of the world. When all objections are overcome, the company assembles and departs.

In this book, Belgarion and his fellow travelers learn more about the murderous woman Zandramas and of her minion, a white-eyed Angarak named Naradas.

During their stay in Nyissa they recruit Sadi, a eunuch expelled from Queen Salmissra's court. Sadi convinces the group to pose as slavers searching for escaped runaways as the Mallorean army ravages Cthol Murgos. When they enter the wastelands of Cthol Murgos, they are captured by the desert-dwelling Dagashi and given the task of secreting an assassin through the Mallorean army lines.

Eventually, they arrive in the palace of the King of the Murgos, Urgit, and discover, to Kheldar's surprise, that his father had sired the Murgo King while on a diplomatic mission many years before. Urgit, upon learning that Kheldar is his half-brother, arranges for the group to travel south to the Isle of Verkat.

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Before they leave the city, they find that the Dagashi assassin is in fact Harakan. Garion and Harakan duel with swords until Harakan realizes he is about to lose and resorts to sorcery to save himself.

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The group then sails south. En route, their ship wrecks and they must travel to the coast on foot. On the coast, Toth tells them that Cyradis has arranged a boat to take them to the island. On the island, they are directed to Ashaba, Torak's ruined castle. Before they can leave the island, Mallorean soldiers come looking for them, and Cyradis, who must abet both Necessities equally, tells Toth to alert the guards to their presence.

The book ends with the company being sent to Emperor Zakath's Imperial Stronghold. At the beginning of this chapter, Belgarion and his fellow travellers are brought to Mallorea. Gradually, Zakath and Garion become friends. When a sudden plague spreads, necessitating quarantine, the questing party escape the city so as to continue their journey. In escape, they are joined by the jester Feldegast actually Belgarath's 'brother' Beldin in disguise , with whom they approach Ashaba. Problems arise when they confirm the report of demons under the Demon Lord Nahaz, who has turned the sorcerer Urvon insane.

Reaching Ashaba, Garion is tricked into believing that he sees Zandramas and his son meeting with Urvon and charges into the throne room. Beldin, on seeing Urvon and his man Harakan, assumes his true form; this starts a battle with Urvon's forces, which ultimately results in Harakan's death. Nahaz faces the group of sorcerers and the Orb, ready to fight; but when Eriond comes to stand with Garion, the Demon Lord flees, carrying Urvon with him.

The group then continues east. Travelling through the demon-infested countryside, and seeing horrors such as women impregnated by demons the births usually resulting in the mother's death , the group encounters Zandramas, who attempts to coerce Ce'Nedra within killing distance, until Poledra, Polgara's mother and Belgarath's wife, forces Zandramas to retreat. The party enters the Melcene Empire , where they discover that the Sardion, the moral opposite of the Orb of Aldur, was once kept in an undersea cave where traces of its power still resonate.

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Upon reaching the University at Melcena, Belgarath finds an unmutilated copy of the Ashabine Oracles, which he has sought, and decides that the party must go to Kell to learn of the location of "The Place That Is No More". Garion, in the same book, sees that in his sole moment of sanity , Torak specifically addressed Belgarion, demanding that if need be he should destroy the world, even kill his own son, rather than let Zandramas complete her plans. This reflects a similar warning made by Cyradis in Guardians of the West. Having achieved this knowledge, the group return to Mallorea and travel overland.

At some point thereafter, a suggestion is made that Torak's existence was an aberration and that another God shall appear to take his place.