Review: Guardians of the West by David Eddings

The evil God Torak is slain, and Garion, the long-awaited King of Riva, hopes for peace. And for a while he gets his wish.

But then a darker prophecy is revealed, and new and more insidious forces gather. As danger mounts from all quarters, and his son is kidnapped, Garion has no choice but to follow his fate, wherever it might lead…

The last few weeks have found me at a bit of a reading slump so I pulled out one of my old favourites to read alongside the new books I have.

Guardians of the West is the start of The Malloreon series, the second series featuring Garion and his companions in their quest to save the world.

Eddings writing for me is a warm place, his style now so familiar after many years of reading his books it’s like cuddling up under a soft blanket.

I love the characters and how the younger ones have grown up by the time we meet them again here.

A traditional full on ‘swords and sorcery’ series this book certainly features plenty of both as well as catching us up on the lives of all our favourites from The Belgariad.

We also start to see the introduction of some new people here, a new nemesis, the hint of new companions to come and a new quest to be undertaken.

Although some of Eddings views on women may be a little old fashioned by today’s standards he still has plenty of strong female characters. Polgara, Ce’Nedra, Liselle and the marvellous Queen Porenn to name a few.

If you want a good old school quest fantasy you can’t go far wrong with Eddings.

2 thoughts on “Review: Guardians of the West by David Eddings

  1. I only discovered Eddings late last year but now adore his writing. I’ve read his first series but then found all of his second ones in a charity shop so have them waiting for me. Reading your review is making me really excited for them – I love the warm, fuzzy feelings that Eddings writing gives me because it’s such a classic Swords and sorcerery style, I love it. Awesome review!

  2. Nice to find a fellow Eddings fan! In my opinion The Malloreon holds up to The Belgariad nicely. The Garion series are definitely my favourites although I enjoy the Sparhawk ones as well.
    There just isn’t as much classic Swords and Sorcery around at the moment so dipping into the old classic ones is nice sometimes.

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