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. And yet 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 heads toward the City of Endless Night, where Torak awaits him.
To the south, his young fiancée, the Imperial Princess Ce'Nedra, leads the armies of the West in a desperate effort to divert the forces of Torak's horde away from the man she loved. The prophecy drives Garion on, but it gives no answer to the question that haunts him. How does a man kill an immortal god? He must answer that question in this resolution of the epic war between men, kings and gods that has spanned 7,000 years.
"Absorbing. Touches all the right Fantasy bases. Warring gods, political intrigues, supernatural creatures, and appealingly human magicians." (
"Fabulous! Eddings has a marvelous storyteller style. Exceedingly well portrayed." (Anne McCaffrey)
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Spoiled By Narrator.
For the audio version, Ruined, By, Narrator. For the printed version, Simply, Enjoyable, Fun.
In the Printed version its between Silk, Barak and Mandorallen. In this audio version they were all so badly performed its impossible to say.
I could almost have cried at how how totally this book was ruined by Cameron Beierle's dreadful narration. His mispronunciation of words, the names of characters and places was infuriating. When I first read the printed version of this series it made me laugh and cry, as it was so beautifully written, and the various scenes were so well described.
I can understand that narrators want to give the characters in books, accents and dialects, to make them seem more individual. Mr Beierle's attempts at this however, were painful to listen to. Half the time he seemed to forget which accent he had assigned to which character and sometimes the accent was so thick that it made his speech unintelligible. His interpretation of the character of Sir Mandorallen was utterly ridiculous. He sounded like a bad caricature of a cartoon pirate, instead of a noble knight. And that was only one of the many, many faults in this narration. His mispronunciation of names and places was cringe worthy and extremely annoying. This was one of the very first fantasy series I ever read, when they were first published, along with Anne McCaffrey's brilliant Pern series. When I saw they were available as audio books I was delighted. I feel very let down however, as they have been totally ruined by an awful narrator. Perhaps if someone like Derek Perkins had narrated this series it might have been less painful to listen to.
- CeNedra Red
Never go back