The Elder Gods: Book One of the Dreamers by David EddingsThe Elder Gods: Book One of the Dreamers by David Eddings

The Elder Gods: Book One of the Dreamers

byDavid Eddings, Leigh Eddings

Mass Market Paperback | October 1, 2004

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While most continents float freely on the face of Mother Sea, the Land of Dhrall survives anchored by the will of the Gods. All Gods, Elder and Younger, share the people and the land of Dhrall equally. But the one place they never enter is The Wasteland: a barren and hideous wilderness ruled by the Vlagh--a god-like creature whose young are evil spawn. Now, as the Elder Gods are about to transfer their power to the Younger Gods, the Vlagh plans to take advantage of their weakened state and neutralize them, eventually conquering the world. To do so, it is breeding a terrible force borne of monsters and demons. But one ray of hope shines through the darkness: four children called the Dreamers. They alone hold the power to change the course of history...and stop the Vlagh in its quest for total world domination.
David Eddings is a writer and educator. He was born in 1931 in Spokane, Washington. Eddings attended Reed College in Portland and earned a B.A. in 1954. In 1961, he earned his M.A. from the University of Washington, writing part of a novel as his Master's thesis. After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, Eddings began working as a gro...
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Title:The Elder Gods: Book One of the DreamersFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.25 inPublished:October 1, 2004Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446613339

ISBN - 13:9780446613330

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Elder Gods - Book 1 I read David Eddings' earlier works (The Belgariad, The Mallorean) years ago and enjoyed them very much. I was hoping this book might be similar but I was disappointed. The Elder Gods Book One read like a cheap rehash of Eddings' earlier works - same characters, same dialogue - without the careful development of peoples and places that made The Belgariad such a page-turner. This book felt like a loose collection of leftovers from earlier works mashed together to try to make a cohesive story. Missed the mark, in my opinion.
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Elder Gods Just as bad as the first two in this series. So bad. Such a shame to see an author that I've loved and respected for years put out this schlock. Think that I will go back to the Belgariad-Mallorean and Elenium-Tamuli and pretend like these four books never happened.
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DO NOT BUY!!! HORIBBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE book and and EVEN WORSE series! I have never been so appalled by a writers degradation of talent. I started out reading his books such as bulgariad, belgarath, etc. Although they wern't amazing they were fairly interesting and i was willing to buy the books to read and add them to my collection. I had finally exhausted his series when i decided to finish off his books by reading this series. I started out by only buying this first one, it was boring and not that interesting. The story was incredibly 1 dimensional, the characters wern't interesting, by the end the characters were taking each other's mannerisms, and to begin with the story wasn't that exciting. But I finished reading it and i though to myself, "hmm. well this wasn't a very good book, but im sure they will get better." So i stupidly went out and bought the last 3 books of the series. Worst mistake of my life! I can summarize each book for you (don'y worry, this will not spoil anything). - The god goes out, finds some people to defend there area - the god comes back with their warriors and they talk about how evil this enemy is - they spend the next 250 pages preparing a defence against the enemy (usually a wall if i remember correctly) - the characters make the same jokes, observations and comments over and over and over - by the end of the second book the characters have lost their idividuality and david eddings actually starts making them talk the same and make the same jokes and statements - Finnaly the long awaited climax comes and the enemy is upon them. Except the enemy is dumb and dirt, and they just amble up towards the wall the good good guys are standing on. Once the bad guys reach the wall they just stand around puzzled as to what the wall is. - It is at that point that you think the good guys will do some creative thing to outwit and destroy the enemy, but instead all the bad guys are wiped out by a natural disaster created by one of the gods. I do not lie to you, this is the summary for EVERY SINGLE BOOK, they are all idetical! The most infuriating thing is that there is no action, no adventure or even a decent plot. The characters are never challenged, they are in less danger than someone walking down the hall in an old folks home! Worst of all, when the battle do ensue, usually David Eddings doesn't even describe it at all because the main characters are basically generals, so they never go near the fighting, ergo, no mention of the combat other than a couple pages. Oh, and i forgot, they also talk about how much they are getting paid ALOT. Anyways, Im an avid reader, i have probably spend over $7000 on books. I have read hundreds of books and i have almost never found a book i didn't like. However, this series was so horrific was wasn't even able to read the last book, it actually turned me off books for about 3 months! If i hadn't read any of David Edding's previous books i would have called him a talentless hack who would better serve society by holding up a sign for booty bonanza rather than write more books. As it is, i just think he should retire and not write any more fantasy books. SUMMARY: I apologize, i realize most people don't have time to read a small essay in a review, but if you take nothing else away from this review this is my word of warning, don't buy this book and certainly DON"T BUY ANY OF IT'S SEQUELS!!! PS. Far better fantasy series are: The wheel of Time series, Rune Lord, The Sword of Truth Novels, and anything by brandon sanderson
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from insipid tripe From a great beginning, Eddings' writings have slowly gone downhill. I didn't think things could get worse after The Redemption of Althalmus. I was kind of right; this isn't worse, but it's as bad... and promises to be as bad over three more books. It's sad that a once-great author finished his career on such a low note.
Date published: 2011-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dreadful I own many of Eddings older works, but I won't be buying any more books by this author. Even if you can manage to work your way through the insipid dialog, the characters are ridiculous and the plot is sketchy at best. The most amazing thing about this work is that it was allowed to stretch for four tedious volumes. If you enjoy clever, well-written fantasy, take this a pass on this series.
Date published: 2008-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I would have to agree...too repetitious The title says it..The dialogue, characters and characterizations are really very reminiscent of Elenium, Tamuli and the Belgariad.It can get tiresome, Im afraid. If you would like to start Eddings, though, I'd recommend Elenium instead. I really can't get past the bugs. But I love Eddings still
Date published: 2008-04-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Eddings Ever! I don't know why I continued to read The Dreamers series after the second book, perhaps I was hoping it would get better. It was far too repetitious of past events as seen from the perspective of different characters (especially in the last 50 pages of the last book) and far too much use of stressed words in character speech (who really talks like that anyway?). Phrases like "smiled faintly" and "wouldn't you say" were far overused in the series and the stupidity of the characters who "didn't even think of that" was beyond believable. The series doesn't even compare to The Belgariad and as far as I'm concerned a waste of time to start reading if you've read his other works. That said, I'll think twice before picking up any new Eddings novels; The Dreamers was too much of a turn-off for me.
Date published: 2007-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i find just as good i find that this series is as good as all his others you just have to be smart enough to understand it unlike some people who have wrote other reveiws!!!
Date published: 2006-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This series is GARBAGE I think that you should send a message to the author(s) that this is a poor effort indeed compared to his prior works. It is like a story outline on steriods. If you read the same sentence 15 times it does not make the book worth reading and that is what you will get if you start this series. It is crap compared to The Belgariad. I recommend you not waste your time. I would have given it zero or negative stars (ok they look like leaves) but that does not seem to be an option so I rated it 1 of 5..
Date published: 2006-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Seen it before On its own, it's not a bad bit of fantasy fiction, but fans of Eddings will find that there's not much new here. It's the same old charatcters from his other series rehashed again and again. It reminds me of Redemption of Athalus, except this time it's dragged out into a trilogy. So, if you've never read any of Eddings' material before, it's not a bad place to start, but if you've been following his work, you'll find yourself disappointed.
Date published: 2004-11-11