Queen of Sorcery PDF/EPUB Ð Queen of Kindle -

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Queen of Sorcery ❰KINDLE❯ ❄ Queen of Sorcery Author David Eddings – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The Trail of ProphecyLegends told of how the evil God Torak had coveted the power of the Orb of Aldur, until defeated in a final battle But prophecy spoke of a time when he would awake and again seek The Trail of ProphecyLegends told of how the evil God Torak had coveted the power of the Orb of Aldur, until defeated in a final Queen of Kindle - battle But prophecy spoke of a time when he would awake and again seek dominance over the world Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time was at hand The master Sorcerer Belgarath and his daughter Polgara the arch Sorceress were on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster And with them went Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle He has never believed in sorcery and wanted no part of it Yet with every league they traveled, the power grew in him, forcing him to acts of wizardry he could not accept This continues the magnificent epic of The Belgariad, began in Pawn of Prophecy, set among strange lands against a background of a war of men, Kings, and Gods that had spanned seven thousand years a novel of strange fate and a prophecy that must come true.


About the Author: David Eddings

David Eddings was an American author who wrote several best selling series of epic fantasy novels David Eddings wife, Leigh Eddings , was an uncredited Queen of Kindle - co author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them allDavid Eddings first books which were general fiction sold moderately well He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he achieved great success In a recent interview with sffworld, he said I don t take orders from readers On January , it was reported that Eddings accidentally burned about a quarter of his office, next door to his house, along with his Excalibur sports car, and the original manuscripts for most of his novels He was flushing the fuel tank of the car with water when he lit a piece of paper and threw into the puddle to test if it was still flammableOn February , , David Eddings wife, Leigh Eddings born Judith Leigh Schall , died following a series of strokes She was David Eddings died on June , at the age of .



10 thoughts on “Queen of Sorcery

  1. Olivia Olivia says:

    A solid second book in this classic epic high fantasy series.This series is like sipping hot chocolate on a cold winter day It s straightforward, simple, but the foreshadowing is excellent, and it managed to surprise me a few times Of course, I should have seen it all coming, but I was so entranced by the story and the characters that I didn t.It s a relaxing and pleasant read with familiar characters, and a fast moving plot Overall, I found it less entertaining than the first book, but I wil A solid second book in this classic epic high fantasy series.This series is like sipping hot chocolate on a cold winter day It s straightforward, simple, but the foreshadowing is excellent, and it managed to surprise me a few times Of course, I should have seen it all coming, but I was so entranced by the story and the characters that I didn t.It s a relaxing and pleasant read with familiar characters, and a fast moving plot Overall, I found it less entertaining than the first book, but I will continue with the series, and I ve grown very fond of many characters


  2. Christina Christina says:

    For the first half of this book, I was slightly bored and felt that it was an echo of the first one they travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away, travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away I wasn t sure that I would continue reading the series after this book because I thought the book was just okay However, something changed about halfway orinto the book and now I look forward to reading the next one The routine pattern finally changed and the For the first half of this book, I was slightly bored and felt that it was an echo of the first one they travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away, travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away I wasn t sure that I would continue reading the series after this book because I thought the book was just okay However, something changed about halfway orinto the book and now I look forward to reading the next one The routine pattern finally changed and the plot becameinteresting as new information about Garion was revealed.Although my interest in the book was increased greatly by the end, I have three remaining criticisms 1 The main character, Garion, seems to have very little self insight The book is clearly from his perspective, but the lack of complex thought or emotion makes him seem one dimensional, unintelligent, or both 2 I know this is fantasy, but I really hate how all the people who belong to a certain race or country have the same personalities, tendencies, weaknesses, etc Stereotyping is encouraged because the author made all members of a group essentially the same 3 I hate fate and prophecies But that s just my own pet peeve On a positive side, the dialogue is a definite strength of the book Many authors are terrible at dialogue or minimize it, perhaps because it s so difficult to do well.Overall, I ended the book enjoying it and looking forward to the next one


  3. Markus Markus says:

    Queen of Sorcery, after another somewhat slow opening, is eveninteresting than its predecessor Pawn of Prophecy The world keeps revealing new and interesting elements, the characters actually develop in realistic and natural ways, and the story keeps maintaining suspense.Particularly the parts about the succession crisis in the Imperial Court of Tolnedra and the darker conspiracies of the snake ridden swamp kingdom of Nyissa were fascinating I am thoroughly impressed by how much Eddings Queen of Sorcery, after another somewhat slow opening, is eveninteresting than its predecessor Pawn of Prophecy The world keeps revealing new and interesting elements, the characters actually develop in realistic and natural ways, and the story keeps maintaining suspense.Particularly the parts about the succession crisis in the Imperial Court of Tolnedra and the darker conspiracies of the snake ridden swamp kingdom of Nyissa were fascinating I am thoroughly impressed by how much Eddings can squeeze into a mere three hundred pages per book The only strange thing, perhaps, is how the storyline seemingly has to take the reader on a journey through every single country there is I feel like I am on a tour alongside the characters But in the end, that does not hinder any enjoyment.My academic interest also grows in the characters of Belgarath and Polgara arguably my favourites so far , as they seem strongly inspired by well known character archetypes deriving from the Old Norse world that I love to research I might ponderabout this in future reviews if the trend continues.Overall, I am tremendously excited to keep going The Belgariad has so far been positively surprising and has challenged my preconceptions and expectations


  4. Nicole Nicole says:

    I ll keep this short and spoiler free.This is very enjoyable Classic fantasy can either be a complete bore or manage to deliver a fun and gripping story The plot in this book is rather simple, the company is still pursuing their mission from book 1 and so we follow their journey through several lands and cultures The characters are well developed and their interactions often made me smile I love them I understand that some people would struggle with the first half as the story did not progr I ll keep this short and spoiler free.This is very enjoyable Classic fantasy can either be a complete bore or manage to deliver a fun and gripping story The plot in this book is rather simple, the company is still pursuing their mission from book 1 and so we follow their journey through several lands and cultures The characters are well developed and their interactions often made me smile I love them I understand that some people would struggle with the first half as the story did not progress much I wouldn t say it s a one sitting kind of read Nonetheless, I finished it fairly quickly all things considered If you re looking for a story full of mindblowing twists, this series isn t for you It has strong old school feels and the plot is not complex I m pretty sure some important revelations will come up but this one follows the traditional prophecy and a chosen one trope and the reader know from the start I do not mind this trope at all, especially if done well The story here is beautiful because of its simplicity and straight forwardness Keep in mind that it isn t original but I do not know the state of the fantasy genre is the 80s My only complaint is that I wish we hadaction sometimes


  5. Susan Kennedy Susan Kennedy says:

    This is still such a great story It has been over 20 years since I had initially read this series To pick it up again and relive it has been so enjoyable It is such a masterpiece so well written with fantastic characters and an epic story.This picks up right where book one ends The characters are so great It s like being a part of this group immersed into their party as they are on their epic journey I love learningabout each one of them and how they fit into the story There are q This is still such a great story It has been over 20 years since I had initially read this series To pick it up again and relive it has been so enjoyable It is such a masterpiece so well written with fantastic characters and an epic story.This picks up right where book one ends The characters are so great It s like being a part of this group immersed into their party as they are on their epic journey I love learningabout each one of them and how they fit into the story There are questions that are touched on but yet still unanswered They do not catch up with the orb they are after, butis learned of it and who they are after New characters are brought in and it is so fun to see how everyone interacts and what part they play in the story.I love this series. it is as good if not better the second time around I am older and probably just appreciate itEddings was an amazing writer and The Belgariad is an epic tale with amazing character development The story is outstanding and the world that he creates is so in depth that I can easily immerse myself into it


  6. Jim Jim says:

    I really enjoyed this reread Wonderfully fun story that expands the characters of the first book in a masterful way They re caricatures, but good ones Eddings doesn t take them too seriously There s a ragged old sorcerer who gives orders to the drunken king through a pirate, money grubbing spies, knights so noble brainless that they kill each other in droves for reasons they can t recall I like the humor the tragedies This is a simple epic story No high falutin language or imagery, I really enjoyed this reread Wonderfully fun story that expands the characters of the first book in a masterful way They re caricatures, but good ones Eddings doesn t take them too seriously There s a ragged old sorcerer who gives orders to the drunken king through a pirate, money grubbing spies, knights so noble brainless that they kill each other in droves for reasons they can t recall I like the humor the tragedies This is a simple epic story No high falutin language or imagery, just a simple boy his friends on an epic quest.If I have any complaint about this series it s that it resembles eating potato chips It s awfully difficult to stop until all the books in the arc are read On to Magician s Gambit


  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    Books 1 and 2 really should have been published as one volume This is the one where their companions are almost complete and we get a lotinfo about what exactly is going on I ve always loved the characters in this series


  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    I really really like the David Eddings books, and they were where I properly started out reading in the fantasy genre, back when I was thirteen or so I adore them and have read them time and again However, Queen of Sorcery is far from the strongest entry in the Belgariad, and this time during my re read it was very hard to prevent myself seeing the many faults I still love the whole series, but struggle with this particular book.One problem I have is the character of Garion With all the man I really really like the David Eddings books, and they were where I properly started out reading in the fantasy genre, back when I was thirteen or so I adore them and have read them time and again However, Queen of Sorcery is far from the strongest entry in the Belgariad, and this time during my re read it was very hard to prevent myself seeing the many faults I still love the whole series, but struggle with this particular book.One problem I have is the character of Garion With all the many, many, many clues that are dropped we know already that he is destined for greatness Even if it wasn t prophesied, the fact that he is distantly related to Polgara and Belgarath should mean that he is something out of the ordinary And yet this clever boy it is pointed out a number of times in the text that he has a great deal of intelligence is completely oblivious to what might be coming to pass I really struggle to comprehend how this could be.Sticking with Garion for now, Eddings in this book employs the tactic of tell, don t show We are told that Garion is seeking vengeance for the murder of his parents And then the matter is dropped entirely until he meets said murderer and then Eddings reminds us that Garion is mightily annoyed at this person That sense of hatred should have been carried through the novel in a better manner and shown through Garion s actions.Other than Garion, the other characters irritated methan pleased me in this outing Barak and Silk are very interesting and entertaining characters Silk, in particular, is a complicated little fellow and I could have stood to see muchcharacter development, and motivations for their following Belgarath apart from being told to Instead we are introduced to yetcharacters who seem to have absolutely no reason to be on page at all, such as Lelldorin He turns up, he shoots a few arrows, he tells Garion about a plot to kill the king, and then he is left behind with a near fatal injury Why And the trip across Arendia seemed futile, including a scene in the Arendish throne room that felt incredibly repetitive after a very similar scene in book one of the series, in the Cherek throne room.Speaking of Arendia and Cherek isn t it useful for the reader that you can completely recognise where a character is from by their appearances and foibles Chereks all have bristling beards, drink ale and hold grudges dwarves, anyone , while the Algar are all brilliant horsemen, with flowing scalp locks And so it continues across every race of man This just seemed far too lazy on the part of the world builder it makes a novel farinteresting when race is not so heavily defined.The story itself suffers somewhat from middle book syndrome we are still gathering characters together, and discovering the overall arc of the plot There is a lot of travelogue style fiction namely, wandering around from place to place and having episodic adventures.And we have the PROPHECY and the VOICE Neither of these plot points were in Pawn of Prophecy at all despite the title and it feels as though Eddings felt they would be good additions to the overall story I know this isn t so, thanks to reading The Rivan Codex, a novel where Eddings describes how long it took him to develop the world and story, but it reads as such Suddenly we hear about the prophecy about Torak rising again, and the Tolnedran princess who will marry the returned Rivan King.As a personal preference I find prophecy to be a very tired device maybe it wasn t when the Belgariad was written, but it just creates such innate plot problems It takes away all freewill from the characters and is essentially one big deus ex machina if the author gets into any problems oh, that happened because the prophecy said it needed to Add to this the dry voice that speaks in Garion s mind don t mind me, I ve always been here, I can show you how to use the magic you never knew you had etc etc Again, a very cliched manner of moving the plot along need to explain to a dense boy what is going on Use the mysterious internal voice that is never adequately explained.So, rather scathing all round The thing is, this book is essential reading in the quintology that makes up The Belgariad You can t really skip it, unless you ve read these books before And, well, it s Eddings the prose is still smooth and very readable, the dialogue is still amusing and sometimes very touching I LOVE Eddings But this one, I m afraid, was a wee bit of a struggle


  9. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    This was my gateway fantasy series, and while I have happily read hundreds of fantasy books since, the Belgariad will always have a special place in my heart.


  10. Holly (The Grimdragon) Holly (The Grimdragon) says:

    As long as I know that my motives are good, however, I m seldom very concerned with the opinions of others Queen of Sorcery is the second book in The Belgariad series, preceded by Pawn of Prophecy I began my Belgariad journey almost three years ago and dug it a lot I didn t intend to just drop the series for years before continuing on, but alas. here we are Epic fantasy is like climbing under a comfort blanket for me I have such a soft spot for good old school SFF I was craving somethin As long as I know that my motives are good, however, I m seldom very concerned with the opinions of others Queen of Sorcery is the second book in The Belgariad series, preceded by Pawn of Prophecy I began my Belgariad journey almost three years ago and dug it a lot I didn t intend to just drop the series for years before continuing on, but alas. here we are Epic fantasy is like climbing under a comfort blanket for me I have such a soft spot for good old school SFF I was craving something lighter to go with my current mindset, so I turned to The Belgariad.I ended up devouring it in a day Turns out, I needed the distraction Despite the promise of the brief sunset, the next day dawned cold and murky with a chill drizzle that wreathed down among the trees and made the entire forest sodden and gloomy They left the inn early and soon entered a part of the wood that seemeddarkly foreboding than even the ominous stretches through which they had previously passed The trees here were enormous, and many vast, gnarled oaks lifted their bare limbs among the dark firs and spruces The forest floor was covered with a kind of gray moss that looked diseased and unwholesome Queen of Sorcery picks up after Pawn of Prophecy It s essentially a coming of age story about Garion, the Luke Skywalker farm boy character His journey through various countries to track down the stolen Orb of Aldur, his growing powers and the people who join him along the way.This was such a fun sword and sorcery adventure I love the sarcasm, banter and comradery throughout Silk is funny as fuck and POLGARA IS QUEEN With this sequel, Eddings focusedon the sprawling cast of characters and expanding the world Things start to pick up in pace, plus it sviolent than the first book Which is clearly right up my alley Is it perfect Hell no There are a few issues with gender and race, unfortunately entirely too common for older SFF But it s a series that I hope will just keep getting better I am looking forward to continuing with the collection at some point This is one that I feel like I could easily dip in and out of However, let s hope it won t take me another three years to pick up the next installment


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10 thoughts on “Queen of Sorcery

  1. Olivia Olivia says:

    A solid second book in this classic epic high fantasy series.This series is like sipping hot chocolate on a cold winter day It s straightforward, simple, but the foreshadowing is excellent, and it managed to surprise me a few times Of course, I should have seen it all coming, but I was so entranced by the story and the characters that I didn t.It s a relaxing and pleasant read with familiar characters, and a fast moving plot Overall, I found it less entertaining than the first book, but I wil A solid second book in this classic epic high fantasy series.This series is like sipping hot chocolate on a cold winter day It s straightforward, simple, but the foreshadowing is excellent, and it managed to surprise me a few times Of course, I should have seen it all coming, but I was so entranced by the story and the characters that I didn t.It s a relaxing and pleasant read with familiar characters, and a fast moving plot Overall, I found it less entertaining than the first book, but I will continue with the series, and I ve grown very fond of many characters

  2. Christina Christina says:

    For the first half of this book, I was slightly bored and felt that it was an echo of the first one they travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away, travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away I wasn t sure that I would continue reading the series after this book because I thought the book was just okay However, something changed about halfway orinto the book and now I look forward to reading the next one The routine pattern finally changed and the For the first half of this book, I was slightly bored and felt that it was an echo of the first one they travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away, travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away I wasn t sure that I would continue reading the series after this book because I thought the book was just okay However, something changed about halfway orinto the book and now I look forward to reading the next one The routine pattern finally changed and the plot becameinteresting as new information about Garion was revealed.Although my interest in the book was increased greatly by the end, I have three remaining criticisms 1 The main character, Garion, seems to have very little self insight The book is clearly from his perspective, but the lack of complex thought or emotion makes him seem one dimensional, unintelligent, or both 2 I know this is fantasy, but I really hate how all the people who belong to a certain race or country have the same personalities, tendencies, weaknesses, etc Stereotyping is encouraged because the author made all members of a group essentially the same 3 I hate fate and prophecies But that s just my own pet peeve On a positive side, the dialogue is a definite strength of the book Many authors are terrible at dialogue or minimize it, perhaps because it s so difficult to do well.Overall, I ended the book enjoying it and looking forward to the next one

  3. Markus Markus says:

    Queen of Sorcery, after another somewhat slow opening, is eveninteresting than its predecessor Pawn of Prophecy The world keeps revealing new and interesting elements, the characters actually develop in realistic and natural ways, and the story keeps maintaining suspense.Particularly the parts about the succession crisis in the Imperial Court of Tolnedra and the darker conspiracies of the snake ridden swamp kingdom of Nyissa were fascinating I am thoroughly impressed by how much Eddings Queen of Sorcery, after another somewhat slow opening, is eveninteresting than its predecessor Pawn of Prophecy The world keeps revealing new and interesting elements, the characters actually develop in realistic and natural ways, and the story keeps maintaining suspense.Particularly the parts about the succession crisis in the Imperial Court of Tolnedra and the darker conspiracies of the snake ridden swamp kingdom of Nyissa were fascinating I am thoroughly impressed by how much Eddings can squeeze into a mere three hundred pages per book The only strange thing, perhaps, is how the storyline seemingly has to take the reader on a journey through every single country there is I feel like I am on a tour alongside the characters But in the end, that does not hinder any enjoyment.My academic interest also grows in the characters of Belgarath and Polgara arguably my favourites so far , as they seem strongly inspired by well known character archetypes deriving from the Old Norse world that I love to research I might ponderabout this in future reviews if the trend continues.Overall, I am tremendously excited to keep going The Belgariad has so far been positively surprising and has challenged my preconceptions and expectations

  4. Nicole Nicole says:

    I ll keep this short and spoiler free.This is very enjoyable Classic fantasy can either be a complete bore or manage to deliver a fun and gripping story The plot in this book is rather simple, the company is still pursuing their mission from book 1 and so we follow their journey through several lands and cultures The characters are well developed and their interactions often made me smile I love them I understand that some people would struggle with the first half as the story did not progr I ll keep this short and spoiler free.This is very enjoyable Classic fantasy can either be a complete bore or manage to deliver a fun and gripping story The plot in this book is rather simple, the company is still pursuing their mission from book 1 and so we follow their journey through several lands and cultures The characters are well developed and their interactions often made me smile I love them I understand that some people would struggle with the first half as the story did not progress much I wouldn t say it s a one sitting kind of read Nonetheless, I finished it fairly quickly all things considered If you re looking for a story full of mindblowing twists, this series isn t for you It has strong old school feels and the plot is not complex I m pretty sure some important revelations will come up but this one follows the traditional prophecy and a chosen one trope and the reader know from the start I do not mind this trope at all, especially if done well The story here is beautiful because of its simplicity and straight forwardness Keep in mind that it isn t original but I do not know the state of the fantasy genre is the 80s My only complaint is that I wish we hadaction sometimes

  5. Susan Kennedy Susan Kennedy says:

    This is still such a great story It has been over 20 years since I had initially read this series To pick it up again and relive it has been so enjoyable It is such a masterpiece so well written with fantastic characters and an epic story.This picks up right where book one ends The characters are so great It s like being a part of this group immersed into their party as they are on their epic journey I love learningabout each one of them and how they fit into the story There are q This is still such a great story It has been over 20 years since I had initially read this series To pick it up again and relive it has been so enjoyable It is such a masterpiece so well written with fantastic characters and an epic story.This picks up right where book one ends The characters are so great It s like being a part of this group immersed into their party as they are on their epic journey I love learningabout each one of them and how they fit into the story There are questions that are touched on but yet still unanswered They do not catch up with the orb they are after, butis learned of it and who they are after New characters are brought in and it is so fun to see how everyone interacts and what part they play in the story.I love this series. it is as good if not better the second time around I am older and probably just appreciate itEddings was an amazing writer and The Belgariad is an epic tale with amazing character development The story is outstanding and the world that he creates is so in depth that I can easily immerse myself into it

  6. Jim Jim says:

    I really enjoyed this reread Wonderfully fun story that expands the characters of the first book in a masterful way They re caricatures, but good ones Eddings doesn t take them too seriously There s a ragged old sorcerer who gives orders to the drunken king through a pirate, money grubbing spies, knights so noble brainless that they kill each other in droves for reasons they can t recall I like the humor the tragedies This is a simple epic story No high falutin language or imagery, I really enjoyed this reread Wonderfully fun story that expands the characters of the first book in a masterful way They re caricatures, but good ones Eddings doesn t take them too seriously There s a ragged old sorcerer who gives orders to the drunken king through a pirate, money grubbing spies, knights so noble brainless that they kill each other in droves for reasons they can t recall I like the humor the tragedies This is a simple epic story No high falutin language or imagery, just a simple boy his friends on an epic quest.If I have any complaint about this series it s that it resembles eating potato chips It s awfully difficult to stop until all the books in the arc are read On to Magician s Gambit

  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    Books 1 and 2 really should have been published as one volume This is the one where their companions are almost complete and we get a lotinfo about what exactly is going on I ve always loved the characters in this series

  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    I really really like the David Eddings books, and they were where I properly started out reading in the fantasy genre, back when I was thirteen or so I adore them and have read them time and again However, Queen of Sorcery is far from the strongest entry in the Belgariad, and this time during my re read it was very hard to prevent myself seeing the many faults I still love the whole series, but struggle with this particular book.One problem I have is the character of Garion With all the man I really really like the David Eddings books, and they were where I properly started out reading in the fantasy genre, back when I was thirteen or so I adore them and have read them time and again However, Queen of Sorcery is far from the strongest entry in the Belgariad, and this time during my re read it was very hard to prevent myself seeing the many faults I still love the whole series, but struggle with this particular book.One problem I have is the character of Garion With all the many, many, many clues that are dropped we know already that he is destined for greatness Even if it wasn t prophesied, the fact that he is distantly related to Polgara and Belgarath should mean that he is something out of the ordinary And yet this clever boy it is pointed out a number of times in the text that he has a great deal of intelligence is completely oblivious to what might be coming to pass I really struggle to comprehend how this could be.Sticking with Garion for now, Eddings in this book employs the tactic of tell, don t show We are told that Garion is seeking vengeance for the murder of his parents And then the matter is dropped entirely until he meets said murderer and then Eddings reminds us that Garion is mightily annoyed at this person That sense of hatred should have been carried through the novel in a better manner and shown through Garion s actions.Other than Garion, the other characters irritated methan pleased me in this outing Barak and Silk are very interesting and entertaining characters Silk, in particular, is a complicated little fellow and I could have stood to see muchcharacter development, and motivations for their following Belgarath apart from being told to Instead we are introduced to yetcharacters who seem to have absolutely no reason to be on page at all, such as Lelldorin He turns up, he shoots a few arrows, he tells Garion about a plot to kill the king, and then he is left behind with a near fatal injury Why And the trip across Arendia seemed futile, including a scene in the Arendish throne room that felt incredibly repetitive after a very similar scene in book one of the series, in the Cherek throne room.Speaking of Arendia and Cherek isn t it useful for the reader that you can completely recognise where a character is from by their appearances and foibles Chereks all have bristling beards, drink ale and hold grudges dwarves, anyone , while the Algar are all brilliant horsemen, with flowing scalp locks And so it continues across every race of man This just seemed far too lazy on the part of the world builder it makes a novel farinteresting when race is not so heavily defined.The story itself suffers somewhat from middle book syndrome we are still gathering characters together, and discovering the overall arc of the plot There is a lot of travelogue style fiction namely, wandering around from place to place and having episodic adventures.And we have the PROPHECY and the VOICE Neither of these plot points were in Pawn of Prophecy at all despite the title and it feels as though Eddings felt they would be good additions to the overall story I know this isn t so, thanks to reading The Rivan Codex, a novel where Eddings describes how long it took him to develop the world and story, but it reads as such Suddenly we hear about the prophecy about Torak rising again, and the Tolnedran princess who will marry the returned Rivan King.As a personal preference I find prophecy to be a very tired device maybe it wasn t when the Belgariad was written, but it just creates such innate plot problems It takes away all freewill from the characters and is essentially one big deus ex machina if the author gets into any problems oh, that happened because the prophecy said it needed to Add to this the dry voice that speaks in Garion s mind don t mind me, I ve always been here, I can show you how to use the magic you never knew you had etc etc Again, a very cliched manner of moving the plot along need to explain to a dense boy what is going on Use the mysterious internal voice that is never adequately explained.So, rather scathing all round The thing is, this book is essential reading in the quintology that makes up The Belgariad You can t really skip it, unless you ve read these books before And, well, it s Eddings the prose is still smooth and very readable, the dialogue is still amusing and sometimes very touching I LOVE Eddings But this one, I m afraid, was a wee bit of a struggle

  9. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    This was my gateway fantasy series, and while I have happily read hundreds of fantasy books since, the Belgariad will always have a special place in my heart.

  10. Holly (The Grimdragon) Holly (The Grimdragon) says:

    As long as I know that my motives are good, however, I m seldom very concerned with the opinions of others Queen of Sorcery is the second book in The Belgariad series, preceded by Pawn of Prophecy I began my Belgariad journey almost three years ago and dug it a lot I didn t intend to just drop the series for years before continuing on, but alas. here we are Epic fantasy is like climbing under a comfort blanket for me I have such a soft spot for good old school SFF I was craving somethin As long as I know that my motives are good, however, I m seldom very concerned with the opinions of others Queen of Sorcery is the second book in The Belgariad series, preceded by Pawn of Prophecy I began my Belgariad journey almost three years ago and dug it a lot I didn t intend to just drop the series for years before continuing on, but alas. here we are Epic fantasy is like climbing under a comfort blanket for me I have such a soft spot for good old school SFF I was craving something lighter to go with my current mindset, so I turned to The Belgariad.I ended up devouring it in a day Turns out, I needed the distraction Despite the promise of the brief sunset, the next day dawned cold and murky with a chill drizzle that wreathed down among the trees and made the entire forest sodden and gloomy They left the inn early and soon entered a part of the wood that seemeddarkly foreboding than even the ominous stretches through which they had previously passed The trees here were enormous, and many vast, gnarled oaks lifted their bare limbs among the dark firs and spruces The forest floor was covered with a kind of gray moss that looked diseased and unwholesome Queen of Sorcery picks up after Pawn of Prophecy It s essentially a coming of age story about Garion, the Luke Skywalker farm boy character His journey through various countries to track down the stolen Orb of Aldur, his growing powers and the people who join him along the way.This was such a fun sword and sorcery adventure I love the sarcasm, banter and comradery throughout Silk is funny as fuck and POLGARA IS QUEEN With this sequel, Eddings focusedon the sprawling cast of characters and expanding the world Things start to pick up in pace, plus it sviolent than the first book Which is clearly right up my alley Is it perfect Hell no There are a few issues with gender and race, unfortunately entirely too common for older SFF But it s a series that I hope will just keep getting better I am looking forward to continuing with the collection at some point This is one that I feel like I could easily dip in and out of However, let s hope it won t take me another three years to pick up the next installment

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