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Old 2nd July 2006, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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new to the world

gday all,

i just found out bout david eddings novels about 2 years ago and have finished the belgariad and the mallorean series..

and as garion said bout going to miss the excitement of picking up and leaving to save the world... i think i will feel the same..

these characters have grown on me and i dont want to move on to other books by david eddings..

ive started reading polgara the soceress then ill move on to belgarath the socerer (i was only able to get my hangs on polgara first lol)

but after ive finished them im thinking bout moving on to the next series in line.. but im scared that the character wont grow on me like the others...

just wondering if i would also love the new characters in the next series?? lol

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Old 2nd July 2006, 09:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: new to the world

His Elenium series (Ruby Knight, Diamond Throne, Sapphire Rose) is ok and you'll see a lot of similarities between those characters and the ones in the Belgariad & Mallorean.
Give the Ruby Knight a try & see what you think. If you liked Garion, you'll probably like Sparhawk and his companions too.
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And the characters in his last series, The Elder Gods, are virtually the same as well.
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Old 14th November 2006, 10:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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But where as elenium and tamuli is great books the elder gods fall out of the bus completely
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Old 14th November 2006, 10:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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After the Belgariad and Malloreon which I loved, I borrowed Ruby Night and Saphire Rose from friend. Ruby Night was good, but somehow seemed a bit samey to Eddings's earlier works. Saphire Rose (I think that was next) I never bothered with. Also read Polgara and Belgarath books, liked those too.
I went back to Raymond E Fiest after this. I'd already read Magician, Silverthorn and Darkness over Sethanon. You could give Mr. Fiest a go, Magician is first and it is best to read his books in the right order.
A whole new world of characters for you to follow across many books which I think you might like as much as Belgarion and Co.
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After the Belgariad, Mallorean and the two prequels I read the Ellenium series. I liked those books and Sparhawk who is rather similar to Garion and perhaps Errand as well. I believe you'd like these books as well and be able to bond with the characters as you did with those in the Belgariad & Mallorean.

The Tamuli set of books comes after with the same set of characters and I did like them as well. However, I can't seem to get into the Elder Gods books at all. The all started to become quite formulaic. Perhaps reading them several months apart might help though it might not if you really liked his books to begin with as you'd then remember the plot lines and find them repeated.

I'll second Beaker on moving on to Feist. The
Riftwar-Series comprising Magician; Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon were where I started and got absolutely hooked though my favourites turned out to be the Empire-Sequence comprising Daughter of the Empire; Servant of the Empire and Mistress of the Empire, which he wrote with Janny Wurts.
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.... though my favourites turned out to be the Empire-Sequence comprising Daughter of the Empire; Servant of the Empire and Mistress of the Empire, which he wrote with Janny Wurts.
Ah yes, Fiests finest hour in my opinion and possibly Janny's too. I had a go at some of Janny Wurts other work on the strength of this, but I didn't take to it. The whole was greater than the sum of their parts if you take my meaning.
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Ah yes, Fiests finest hour in my opinion and possibly Janny's too. I had a go at some of Janny Wurts other work on the strength of this, but I didn't take to it. The whole was greater than the sum of their parts if you take my meaning.
I third the opinion! Feit is a bit like 'grown-up' Eddings; not saying anything bad about Mr E because he's the first fantasy author I ever really got into, but the plots are nicely straightforward. With a Feist book, it;s more of a brain workout. The 'Empire' books are great, really well written.

I tried 'Curse of the MIstwraith' on the back of 'Empire' and it took me 3 MONTHS to read! I can usually do a 600-page book in 3 days! It was really heavy going.

However, The Redemption of Althalus is a nice standalone, and reasonably similar to the Malloreon. Eliar IS Garion!
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