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Polgara the sorceress Hardcover – 1997

3.9 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Voyager; First Edition edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0246138440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0246138446
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,846,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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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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By A Customer on Dec 10 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't really see why a lot of people didn't like this book. I thought it was really good. Polgara was really snotty in some parts of the book, but isn't everyone a little stuck up sometimes?
Some advice to people who haven't read the Belgariad: This book is really confusing if you don't know the charactures from the Belgariad. I read this one first and I was confused. It is kind of interesting if you know Polgara before you read the Belgariad, but you know a lot of stuff the reader isn't really supposed to know.
I agree with some other reviewers: the part where Polgara is with the Nadraks should have been made longer.
One of the other reviewers made a comment that the witty comments were annoying. I think they lightened up the story and made it easier to read. And the thing about the side comments Polgara makes to other charactures are important. After all, Polgara was forced to write the story, so she's probably going to add in some comments to make it more interesting for her.
I don't see why Polgara fell in love with Ontrose. He really wasn't all that wonderful, and it had nothing to do with the story, or anything else that goes on. I think it was just to show that Polgara does fall in love, and can be hurt. Otherwise she might seem a little too emotionless and boring.
Anyhow, I think that people should read this book. Even if you don't like it, it does give insite into some of Polgara's actions.
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