Enchanters' End Game

(The Belgariad #5)

English language

Published Jan. 21, 1984


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The quest was over. The Orb of Aldur was restored. And once again, with the crowning of Garion, there was a descendant of Riva Iron-grip to rule as Overlord of the West.

But the Prophecy was unfulfilled. In the east, the evil God Torak was about to awaken and seek dominion. Somehow, Garion had to face the God, to kill or be killed. On the outcome of that dread duel rested the destiny of the world. Now, accompanied by his grandfather, the ancient sorcerer Belgarath, Garion headed toward the City of Endless Night, where Torak awaited him.

To the south, his fiancée, the princess Ce'Nedra, led the armies of the West in a desperate effort to divert the forces of Torak's followers from the man she loved.

The Prophecy drove Garion on. But it gave no answer to the question that haunted him: How does a …

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The Belgariad

2 stars

So. The Belgariad is a pretty no-frills fantasy chosen one epic that spans five books. It has some unique aspects, like the world and religion/magic systems, but it's severely flawed, particularly in its depiction of women.

Women in the Belgariad have three types of interactions with men: - Nagging them into getting their way - Seducing them into getting their way - Being patronized

Incidentally, I'll be pretty happy if I never see a woman's appearance described as "lush" or "overripe" again.