Story Rating: ****
Cover Rating: B
In the second volume of The Malloreon, we see a greater sense of urgency to fulfill the prophecy, which is relayed perfectly. Eddings has written the story so that steadily, it becomes evident all the characters slowly begin panicking they won’t make it on time as the series continues – and it offers small bits of information on that prophecy throughout the book.
The story is action-packed, although I found The Malloreon to be a little less amazing than The Belgariad in general (which is the series coming before this one). The characters, however, are still true to the personality we’ve come to love, although we’re slowly seeing dynamic shifts in that personality (which I love).
The cover is moderately eye-catching and gives an accurate depiction of what readers should expect from the story. (Note: The cover being reviewed is from the mass market paperback version I own. There are other covers and other formats available.)