As I’ve mentioned many times before, David Eddings does not have separate climaxes and endings to each book in his series’, including the Belgariad series which I previously reviewed. So I’ve decided to lump the final four books of the Malloreon series in one review. The books in the Malloreon series are as follows,
Book 1: Guardians of the West
Book 2: King of the Murgos
Book 3: Demon Lord of Karanda
Book 4: Sorceress of Darshiva
Book 5: The Seeress of Kell
Belgarion and company continue on their quest to find Zandramas and rescue Belgarion and Cel’Nedra’s son. They have to travel through all of Mallorea to find the sorceress (of Darshiva) which ends up being all for not as they all ended up in the exact place and time written down in prophecy anyways.
This series, and The Belgariad were great. Every book in the series’ were short so even though there ended up being 10 in total, it probably would have been about 3-4 of the “normal” sized adult fantasy books.
The books were well written and easy to follow. The characters were witty and all had their unique style. The story line was wonderful. Still a little too straight forward for me to call epic though.
I had a few issues with the books. The will and the word seems to have no limits. If you could simply will something to happen, how could you not do anything? Sure you can’t use the will and the word to unmake something, but just as Beldin did with a certain set of ownership papers, you could simply burn the thing you want destroyed or even translocate it to another place. One reason that is constantly given for why the will and the word aren’t used to accomplish things is that it would “make too much noise”. So what? So what if every golem knows where our heroes are? They’d easily be able to dispose of them anyways with their superior sorcery.
I completely missed the whole point of the choice the Seeres had to make. Why did she have to make a choice? It seemed to just suddenly pop up during the last book.
A little minor issue I’d say is with politics. There were SO many races and cultures in the series that I couldn’t even keep track of them all. That wasn’t the issue though. The issue is that the politics of the world wasn’t flushed out very well. Compare the people in The Belgariad and The Malloreon with say The Seanchen or The Aiel in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time (yup, another shameless plug) and you will know what I mean.
All in all I’m going to have to say this is a must read series. I know there is a new age of fantasy, but these traditional sword and sorcery fantasies are still great.