I enjoyed this book immenseley! Much of the story is supplemental to Belgarath The Sorcerer, told from Polgara's viewpoint, but it is much more than a rehash of the same tale. The section covering Polgara's elevation to Duchess of Erat is my favourite part, and the Wacite Arends (Irishmen to their charming core) are a likeable people. Polgara's life-long sorrow at their demise is understandable and very moving. Many readers might find Polgara maddeningly decorous and a little arrogant, but her human, loving side is well portrayed - I rather admired her! The book can seem a little pedestrian at times, but reading Polgara's story is well worth the effort. We do catch hints that the destiny of the world is now back on track, and that Polgara, Belgarath and all are now mortal - Geran will succeed Belgarion as Rivan king, for example. Nothing is said about the future of Polgara's children, although the reader feels the need to know what lies in store for them - are they too sorcerers? The impression given is that their birth is to fulfil Polgara's greatest wish - children of her own, after centuries of caring for the sons of the Rivan line. We will never know! An enjoyable, well written book, full of many fascinating characters. I would recommend it without reserve.