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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Leigh Eddings. 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 While most continents float freely on the face of Mother Sea, the Land of Dhrall survives anchored by the will of the Gods. 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. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. The Dreamers 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Elder Gods , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 31, Jackie rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy.
OK at best. Sloppy writing style, thin, unstimulating plot. Unimaginative characters, 2 dimensional, I couldn't form a bond with any of them, try as I might. And the gods themselves were dull and not that bright.
The gratitutous usage of the word 'on' directly after verbs was just plain irksome; again, sloppy and distracted me in my annoyance. A few times OK, but all the time, it becomes intolerable rather quickly. I find it hard to believe Eddings is touted as a great Fantasy Master. Maybe if he OK at best. Maybe if he were a 12 year old writing for 12 year olds, sure, but for a grown man with a grown audience, no. I was so excited to read this series, but after this first one, I won't be picking up the rest.
I am so disappointed and I can't stand when that happens. I have heard that his solo writing is much better. I have Pawn of Prophecy which I will read at a future date, but this will be his only chance to redeem himself in my eyes. View all 4 comments. Apr 05, laureen rated it did not like it. Redundancy is the name of the game in this book.
Every time a new character is added we get to read a recap of what we've read so far. Its a lot like listening to a 3 year old tell you about the trip to the zoo you just took. Over and over and over again.
I think I'd have enjoyed the story otherwise. It's not a great literary work but could have been enjoyed as a nice fluffy diversion of a read Jul 04, Jared rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy , a-z-authors , never-going-to-finish. Very disappointing. David Eddings seems to have given up on creating anything new.
He puts the same characters in slightly different worlds. The Belgariad was phenomenal. The Malloreon was a rehash of the Belgariad, but good. The Elenium was quite good. With the Tamuli everything started to fall apart: the quality of his writing worsened and it became evident that his creativity had gone with it. In this one, all of the supposedly strong-willed characters fall right into line. The little goddess Very disappointing. The little goddess is exactly the same as Danae from the Elenium.
The plot isn't very interesting, and the writing is completely flat. Jan 13, Tina rated it did not like it Shelves: sff-fantasy. There is an evil entity in the Wastelands. It is creating minions to overrun the land of Dhrall. The four elder Gods of Dhrall attempt to combat this by creating young children known as dreamers although these people aren't really young children and this is revealed fairly early on it the book. But the dreamers aren't enough and there aren't enough people in the land of the Dhrall to combat all the minions of the Vlagh.
So the Elder Gods go out to recruit mercenaries from other lands and thus There is an evil entity in the Wastelands. So the Elder Gods go out to recruit mercenaries from other lands and thus the beginnings of an epic is born. I probably shouldn't be writing a review of a book I haven't finished, but I must preface this by saying that I've read and adored the Belgariad and The Elenium. So I was happy to see that Eddings has put out the beginning of a new book.
However, I was quickly overcome with disappointment. The writing seemed overly simplistic and I the characters are boring. The good guys so very intuitive with good ideas and great skills and they all become the bestest of best friends. They are simply too good to be true.
I've gotten very used to reading fantasy series where the characters are flawed and emotional and aren't always "good". I found myself disinterestedly flipping the pages.
I simply wasn't engaged in the story. And I was just fed up with the character of Eleria who was just too, too precious for words. She seemed to embody the worst characteristics of Flute, one of Edding's earlier characters.
If I want to read a story that includes the character of Flute I'll go back and re-read the much better written and more interesting Elenium. Apr 08, Jeffrey Rice rated it did not like it. David Eddings is one of my favorite authors with the Belgariad and the Malloreon being at the top of my fantasy list.
This series however was terrible. The characters had the same personality throughout most of the series, being almost indistinguishable through books 2 and 3. Only through the beginning of book 1 and the end of book 4 was there any real difference between them. The books also followed the same plot format so by book 3 it was easy to know exactly what was going to happen.
It was t David Eddings is one of my favorite authors with the Belgariad and the Malloreon being at the top of my fantasy list. It was the same story just in a different location. A good ending could have made things a little better but unfortunately he failed there as well.
The Dreamers Series
Only die-hard fans of the bestselling Eddings duo The Belgariad series will enjoy this slow-moving, low-tension epic fantasy, the first in a projected four-book series. The Land of Dhrall dwells under the stewardship of four gods, each oriented with one of the four compass directions. Dahlaine and his brother, Veltan, rule the North and South, while their sisters, Zelana and Aracia, rule the West and the East, respectively. Dhrall's center is a wasteland under the control of That-Called-the-Vlagh, a dark, inhuman thing of vast patience, power and ambition. Prophesy speaks of the Dreamers, children whose dreams will defeat the Vlagh by controlling the natural forces of Mother Sea and Father Earth. Dahlaine and his siblings each raise a baby Dreamer; only after the precocious children start to dream does he reveal that they are actually fellow gods in the world's life cycle, reborn with no memory of their previous lives.
Regarding the COV virus and its effects: Things are frustrating, and confusing, and scary. People dream up conspiracy theories to help make sense of things. They're not helpful, though, and only serve to make the world more confusing and scarier. We're not going to have that here.
The Elder Gods (Dreamers Series #1)
They must recruit the help of outlanders to destroy the fiendish Vlagh and prevent its attempt at world conquest. The Vlagh is a creature whose more remarkable power is the ability to consciously direct the evolution of its minions, adapting them to the situation as required the evolution is not instantaneous, but it takes months or even just days, as it is seen in the second book, The Treasured One. Most of Vlagh's creations are vaguely insect-like, venomous and violent, although some creatures have been bred human-like enough to pass as humans and are used as spies. The creatures also share an Overmind, through which each of them knows and sees what the others do. Despite these major advantages, the Vlagh and the creatures of the Vlagh are not intelligent. They can't even understand the meaning of death which causes many defeats early on but as they fight more they begin to avoid simple traps like arrows and poisoned spikes that the protagonists use. As the Vlagh realizes this, the heroes have already designed new traps and strategies to confuse their enemy.
THE ELDER GODS: Book One of the Dreamers