Queen of Sorcery Mass Market Paperback – Feb 12 1986
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Legends tell how Belgarath the sorcerer and his daughter Polgara defeated the evil God Torak, imprisoning him in an endless sleep. But now a priest of Torak is racing to his God with the Orb of Aldur and is racing to reawaken him. Belgarath and Polgara are on his trail. With them is Garion, a simple farm boy only months before. And with each league the group travel, the power of sorcery is growing in Garon . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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David Eddings [The Belgariad series] -- This is like Bonanza, or like I Love Lucy. There will be other fantasy series, but there can never be another that's so seminal, that so captures the essence of fantasy. Big Dave and Little Leigh grow their heroes from the ground up, and they grow the best.
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The plot really seems very simple: It's about a boy called Garion, who is travelling with his aunt Polgara, his grandfather Belgarath, and several other extremely interesting characters. They are on a quest to catch a thief who stole the Orb of Aldur, a very powerful magical artifact, before the thief can escape and use the Orb to awaken his god, Torak. Torak lies in sleep somewhere, and if he is awakened, he will bring war upon the peacful countries of the west.
That may not sound like anything special, but that is a completely simplified version, stripped down to the basics of the plot. The thing about it which really appeals to me is that this type of plot is exactly why I started reading fantasy books in the first place. It's simple when you get down to the basics, yet it still gets you wrapped up in it and captures your imagination.
I suppose that the plot really wouldn't make the book very good by itself. The writing was much better than in Pawn of Prophecy, and the characters were just as excellent as before. The witing of book one took away from the whole thing quite a bit, but it seems now that Eddings figured out how to write a bit better in this book. The characters are exactly what I expected: well thought out, realistic, and they develope very realisticly aswell. These two factors help hold the book together and add to the intrigue which kept me reading it for hours at a time.
This is certainly an exceptional book. I think that anybody would like it. It's easy and highly enjoyable, and overall a good read...
The three, along with their entourage of other exciting characters, continue their quest to stop the evil God Torak from getting hold of the Orb of Aldur, that will allow him to take over the world. So far, this plot is cliched, but there are many interesting mysteries and sub-plots Eddings introduces in this book. Torak, though the main villain, is never actually introduced in this book - only in the prologue. There are plenty of other bad guys, however, to keep a reader entertained.
Many mysteries from the last book ar resolved. What is Asharak up to? Who has the Orb? But new myseteries are introduced. What does the serpent queen want? What are Garion's new powers for?
Overall, this one's very satisfying and could stand on its own. It makes me eager to read the next installment too.
Garion's a well-drawn character -- a realistic, pouty young man who would vastly prefer that his cup had gone to another. His aunt is a force of nature (the description of her pounding through the halls of one of the bad guys looking for him are not to be missed, or forgotten), and his grandfather is an affable enough mix between Talen and Gandalf. This book adds the temperamental Princess Ce'Nedra to the cast -- and she's fun to watch as well, a complex and mercurial personality. For my money, the best part of the book takes place in Nyissa -- it is a fascinating place, and Eddings lavishes the best of his art on it and its denizens. Overall, a good book.
This is the sequel to 'Pawn of Prophecy', and the second book in the amazing series of five books known as 'the Belgariad'. The series is later followed by another five in 'the Malloreon'. The story is the classic fight between the Evil which seeks to rule the world, and the Good which wants to save it, but what really makes the book so great is the characters. They are all very distinct from each other, with their own personality and desires. Eddings manages to keep them all separate, so that they are not mixed together in a faceless group. Instead they each have their part to play in the quest to save the world. If I had to pick a favorite among the five books of 'the Belgariad', this would be it.
I have read the entire series at least 20 times by now, and it remains my favorite fantasy. It is lighter than 'The Wheel of Time' series by Robert Jordan, which makes it suitable for younger readers as well, but it is great for anyone from around 12 to 112. I think many, like me, read this series as their first fantasy, and it is a great start to get intrested in the world of magic and swordfights. By now Harry Potter is probably a more common start, but this series is still required reading for fantasy lovers.
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Belgarion starts to come into his powers and struggles with the knowledge of who he is and what his role in the quest will be.Published 18 months ago by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
Eddings seems to make this book a little longer. If I remember correctly it was around 350 pages compared to the 247 of the first book. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by R. Reinhart
"Queen of Sorcery" is another fast-paced, well-written, and wonderfully detailed fantasy adventure story. Read morePublished on March 7 2003 by not4prophet
This is Book the Second in Series the First, in which the young ex-scullery boy Garion discovers that there's Something About Him, though people won't say exactly what that is. Read morePublished on June 10 2002
Don't look to David Eddings for literature. This is commercial pulp fantasy to the core. It rips off Tolkien and a slew of other authors, and the long, drawn out series often... Read morePublished on April 26 2002 by Steven Dennis
This is probably the third time I've read through this series since I first stumbled across it in my teenage years and this time, it just doesn't seem as good as I remember... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2002