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Sorceress of Darshiva

The Malloreon, Book 4
Written by: David Eddings
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".

©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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Love these series

I could listen to these books all day long theses were the stories I grew up on #Audible1

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  • Brenna
  • 2020-01-14

Heartbreaking

This series gets more and more heartbreaking. Garon is to be sacrificed and turned into a horrible God. Its completely horrible. All the times Belgarion and Ce'Nedra are lured with images of their son. And it's getting closer and closer.

I do wonder though if Belgarion will ever be a disciple of Aldur. If he and Ce'Nedra will live for thousands of years.

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  • Christopher
  • 2019-12-07

Excellent story and performance

Cameron Beierle is the best narrator on audible! David Eddings does it again. 10/10

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  • Dee
  • 2019-08-17

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
  • 2019-07-12

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
  • 2019-06-30

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
  • 2019-03-03

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
  • 2018-11-13

good listen

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

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  • Shelob
  • 2018-08-07

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
  • 2018-06-26

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
  • 2018-02-12

Awesome

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