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Sorceress of Darshiva

The Malloreon, Book 4
Narrated by: Cameron Beierle
Series: Malloreon, Book 4
Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
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Troubles and delays continue to mount as King Garion, Belgarath, Polgara, and the company pursue Zandramas across the known world. Possessed by the Dark Destiny, Zandramas has kidnapped Garion's infant son and plans to use him in a ritual that would destroy all that men value. Always one step ahead, taunting and spying on Garion and his party in the form of a great flying dragon, Zandramas races to beat them to the "Place Which Is No More".

Desperate to arrive at the ancient ritual site at the same time, or face disaster, Garion and his friends must defend themselves against Zandramas' armies, led by the Demon Lord on one side of them, and the forces of Emperor Zakath on the other side. To make matters worse, they have no idea where to find the "Place Which Is No More".

Fantasy fan? Listen to more in the Malloreon series, which is a sequel to David Eddings' Belgariad series.
©2005 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated and David Eddings. (P)2005 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with the Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Incorporated and David Eddings.

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"Eddings depicts a complex, believable and colorful society filled with nobles, rogues and common people." ( Publishers Weekly)

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My childhood favourite

All in all, this is a beautiful book and the narration is *generally* ok. Certain words, it seems that Cameron doesn't know what the word means so he guesses the pronunciation - take 'quay' for example. Every time he came out with 'kwaaay' it made my teeth ache.

Eddings, however, is a true powerhouse and this 4th instalment of the Mallorean continues a journey 9 books in the making. Fantastic audiobook or paper / e-book. Highly recommend.

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This reader is a disaster.

I love books; I love to read; getting old means it’s difficult to hold heavy books; so, I love to listen to someone else reading my favourite books ; but, this reader is an absolute disaster. I will not be keeping these David Eddings stories for Re-Reading because this reader, Cameron Beierle , is not just terr, he is dreadful. Too many faults to enumerate.

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great

just as good in audible as well as written only can do more while listening

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  • Dee
  • 17-08-2019

Mallorean

This novel sets the stage for the climactic ending! And in today's society of inclusiveness, Eddings was ahead of his time. I have The Belgariad and The Mallorean on repeat.

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  • Linda Mathes
  • 12-07-2019

Wonderful story

I love this series..the story and characters are so we'll written that you can escape the ordinary world.

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  • astaats2
  • 30-06-2019

Annoying background noise

Narration is the same as the other books except that it was recorded next to a window air conditioner or old refrigerator. There is a constant background machine noise. I would start to get used to it. Then you get to a part where they inserted a pause between lines and its silent. Then the noise is back. It's not horrible just anoying.

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  • hujraadjohaansen
  • 03-03-2019

Best one so far!

Narrator is fantastic and does a lot of voices. The kings os Mallorea and The Murgos are AWESOME.

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  • Alma Goehner
  • 13-11-2018

good listen

love it, narrator intonation made it interesting and lept the story going and captivating too.

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  • Shelob
  • 07-08-2018

Eddings at his best

This title shows Eddings at his finest in this five book series with a perfect balance of character development, action, tension, drama, action, and his characteristic snarky dialogue. This is my favorite book with these characters since we first met them in the Belgariad! Wonderful job, but don't stop here! It's definitely a series worth finishing!

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  • RJ Reviews
  • 26-06-2018

A great fantasy novel!

The fourth book of the Mallorean brings Garion, CeNedra, and their companions closer to stopping Zandramas from sacrificing their infant son to cause the rebirth of the Dark God of Angerak. Their journey has taken them across the vast continent of Mallorea to the ancient, island nation of Melecene. Here they may finally lean some clues to aid them on their quest.

Because not only do they have to track down Zandramas, but they have to find out where she is going and beat her there. They have to follow a trail scattered through prophecies and esoteric tales. Once they have their trail, they will have to plunge into war-torn Darshiva.

The home of Zandramas herself.

The penultimate novel of the Mallorean continues the journey through the lands of Mallorea. No longer are they truly hunting Zandramas any more. Destiny is ensuring that both groups will arrive at the fateful meeting. It's just a matter of which of Garion's friends and companions will survive the encounter now. Things only grow more complicated as all the story-lines Eddings has been spinning—Zandramas's bid to power, Emperor Zakath seeking to restore order, and Urvon's alliance with the demons—are colliding together in Darshiva.

The stakes are high as they companions creep across Darshiva.

While I enjoy the Sorceress of Darshiva, it is my least favorite of the ten books of the Belgariad/Mallorean saga. While the characters are great, and there are some great writing and events, the pacing is a little wonky. While the first series had a sense of immediacy about it, with this series it's clear that they won't get the upper hand on Zandramas until they get to “The Place Which is No More.” Putting Destiny, which has always played such a big role in the series, so much in control is really showing the lack of agency on our heroes as they come to accept this reality. Not even CeNedra is getting frustrated any longer.

Still, it is a great book, and it leads us into the final volume in the Saga! Next up, The Seeres of Kell and the end of Garion's story!

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  • Joshua desmond
  • 12-02-2018

Awesome

cameron beierle continues to be fantastic. these books continue to help me in tough times.

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  • jeff
  • 10-11-2017

Book 4

love it , this book took me on an emotional rollercoaster. the reader really nailed it!

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  • pappuleas
  • 22-09-2017

excellent book

this is an excellent continuation of the series, I think the reader does a good job as well.

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  • Peter Bradley
  • 06-07-2015

Love the story

Love the story.
Cameron Beierle reading is fine apart from his mispronunciation of quays , which sets my teeth on edge , and he occasionally seems to be confused with the different voices . Other than that bring on the next instalment.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-05-2019

good overall

good story, keeps you hooked. The narrator was okay once you get used to the style. My only gripe is the female characters are irritating. They are either out and out patronising, or downright Barbie. The less clichéd females start out great until they succumb to the well behaved, obedient, cook the food, do as they're told, avoid the fights, take lots of baths etc. in fact, I hated the obey your elders, don't answer back, don't ask questions, be polite mode that flowed through the books. apart from that, admittedly minor, gripe, the books were well plotted and enjoyable, and I kept going which says it all really. I'd recommend the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-2017

Lobe eddings

love it eddings puts you right there besides the characters and you journey with them.

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  • D. Catterall
  • 15-07-2017

Darshiva

Another great re read, keep coming back to all of David Eddings masterpieces. Bring on the nrext book

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  • Barnybear
  • 02-11-2016

Sheer brilliance

Endings does it once again. The story is building to what I expect to be an exciting crescendo.

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  • Chiaracuddle
  • 21-04-2015

Sack Cameron Breierly!

Will somebody please teach Mr Breierly the purpose of punctuation, especially when appertaining to the spoken word? He needs it!

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  • Kimberly
  • 08-11-2013

Cameron Beierle Does Eddings Justice

If you could sum up Sorceress of Darshiva in three words, what would they be?

Pretty damn awesome

Which character – as performed by Cameron Beierle – was your favourite?

He always voices Silk or Belgarath so very, very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, split into two halves.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-01-2009

Sorceress Of Darshiva by David Eddings

In this penultimate part of the "Malorian" Garion and his friends are desparate to find the ancient ritual site, where the fate of the world, and of the prince Garan will be decided. However, they are caught between two oposing armies and must escape, in order to continue their quest. More surprises are in store as an unlikely addition to their company arrives, and they must save yet more people from the fate and terror of the dark, dragons and demons. A must read for all Eddings fans.

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  • lance
  • 07-11-2008

The start

Excellent, great