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Description - King of the Murgos by David Eddings

In this second book of The Malloreon, Garion and Ce'nedra continue the quest begun in Guardians of the West. In their party travel the immortal Belgarath the Sorcerer, his daughter Polgara the Sorceress, and the little Drasnian, Silk. Garion knows that it is the mysterious figure Zandramas who is responsible for the abduction of his infant son, and he and his companions journey many miles and encounter many strange beings in their search for him. Their way leads through the foul swamps of Nyissa, ruled over by the Snake-Queen, and on into the dark kingdom of the Murgos, where human sacrifices are still made to the dead god Torak. Further on, however, even beyond those forbidding lands, they must face the ultimate danger - not only to themselves but to all mankind...THUS CONTINUES BOOK TWO OF THE MALLOREON.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552148030
ISBN-10: 0552148032
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 106mm x 27mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - King of the Murgos by David Eddings

US Kirkus Review » Of Eddings' projected five-book epic, The Malloreon, this is book - or, better, chunk - two. It is independently intelligible in that you can follow what's going on, but nothing of significance happens and there's not even a token resolution. After a pompous recap, in case you forgot all about Guardians of the West (1987), the story picks up again as our heroes - various immortals, sorcerers, kings, etc. - pursue the evil sorcerer Zandramas, who has abducted Garion's infant son for the usual dire and bloodcurdling reasons (it has to do with the final showdown between the powers of the Dark and the Light). The trail leads through the swampy land of Nyissa and to a confrontation with its snaky queen, where our heroes learn that Zandramas is a woman, and probably a dragon as well (!). King Murgos joins the party; he turns out to be a jolly fellow. In Rak Urga, the young, pure-hearted sorcerer Errand, now called Eriond, permanently puts out the human-sacrificial fires. Our heroes deal with a demon. On and on they go, with Sandramas always a step ahead. The recipe as before, in sum: thick padding, lots of darkly significant prophesies, an abundance of adolescent ho-ho-ho-ing, and of real thought or craft not a gleam. Baffling that anyone would choose to read such unmitigated drivel, but there it is: look for Eddings fans to show up in droves. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - David Eddings

David Eddings (1931-2009) published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy with the Belgariad, soon followed by the Malloreon. Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the US Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was both a grocery clerk and a college English teacher. He lived in Nevada until his death, at the age of 77.

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