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Polgara the sorceress [Hardcover]

David Eddings
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 22 2013
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I love this book, it ties up loose ends from the other series. It completes them nicely, especially if you hate to see a good series end
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4.0 out of 5 stars at times slow paced but great read for the fans March 23 2004
By arto
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I read this book at same time with Belgarath the Sorcerer, chapter by chapter, event by event, and it was a great deal of fun but the differences were also easier to perceive. while Belgarath the Sorcerer is at times very humorous, the strength of this book is delving to the realm of less known events and a more mysterious character. Belgarath always felt like a good old friend but Polgara, while homely had retained her mysteries which are unveiled here.
For me the book is clearly separated in two parts. Most of it proves what we already know: Belgarath spent most of his time recovering from his life's great tragedy and was greatly involved in the grand story but had no strength nor desire to dedicate his time for problems smaller than the fate of the universe. Polgara is involved with the subplots and generally doing her best keeping the western world out of trouble until the final showdown.
The second part starts when Polgara accepts her new role and leading a more normal life, which is when the book gets boring, but the climax is worth is and if Belgarath's story got the most laughs, Polgara laughs last and hardest. ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am SO wowed Feb. 18 2004
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I was completely engrossed from start to finish- the whole 700 some pages. Polgara's autobiography filled in many of the gaps left by Belgarath's. This book has all of the classic elements of a book written by David Eddings- humor, realistic emotions, and the most believable characters you'll ever come across. I think the Eddings have outdone themselves writing this spectacular literary work and would recommend it to anyone who has already the Belgariad and the Mallorean. If you haven't read those, go read them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 3 2003
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Great ending to a wonderful series that I will always remember.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever March 31 2003
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I've read all 10 of the Belgariad type novels. All of them deserve 5 stars, but Polgara should get 6! Simply the best book ever, especially for those who love being among well loved characters. A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polgara The Sorceress. March 14 2003
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polgara's Turn To Tell-All...... Feb. 16 2003
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Polgara. The other half of the legendary duo that brought-up Garion/Belgarion to become the King of Riva. In this book, Polgara gets her chance to tell the story of how she raised and cared for generation after generation after generation of the Rivan-line and protected them from the dark-forces that wanted to change the prophecy that was passed down. Polgara leaves very few stones unturned in this novel. She discusses what it was like to be raised by her uncles and her "adventurous" father. The death of her sister, the Vale, her time on the run, the time spent at her `Rose-Chateau' and the decripting of the prophecy are all described in wonderful detail. Pol's conflictive relationship with her father is a strong part of the book too. Her comments about Belgarath and little things in general help the book to flow and provide a bit of humour at the same time. Over the centuries Pol was given many opportunities to show off her lighter side and her manipulative side as well, and her tales of these are truly enjoyable. This book has the Eddings pair at their finest and I highly recommend it. If you have read "The Belgariad" and "The Mallorean" this is a definite must-read. As a stand-alone novel there might be a few questions, but I think the book is still a nice and easy read. Overall, "Polgara the Sorceress" is a great read and a nice insight into `the other side of the story.' All that we have left is to wait to hear Torak's side of the adventure! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable... Dec 15 2002
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I guess I don't understand why so many people review books based on their political correctness. Some have called this book "sexist", because Polgara would rather con someone into doing what she wants, instead of turning them into a toad. Makes sense to me. Women have been "gently pointing men in the right direction" for all of recorded history. So what?
This is an excellant book that fills in many of the gaps that were glossed over in the original serie's. I found it very enjoyable and have added it to my collection of "Keepers". I don't think Eddings was attempting to make any political comments, they were just writing a good book to entertain their fans. I would and do reccommend this book to all who enjoy good sword and sorcery.
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