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Queen of Sorcery Mass Market Paperback – Feb 12 1986

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Feb. 12 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345335651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345335654
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

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.

--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor

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"BELGARIAD is exactly the kind of fantasy I like. It has magic, adventure, humor, mystery, and a certain delightful human insight."
The master Sorcerer Belgarath and his daughter Polgara the arch-Sorceress were on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain its saving power before the final disaster prophesized by the legends. And with them went Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle. He had 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.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Surprise surprise, this is the second book of the Belgariad. Here is where the plot starts to get going, and we get a little extra back story on Polgara and Belgarath.
First things first, what really annoys me about this series is Garion's scepticism about magic and sorcery. Let's be serious, here...there are people today who believe in magic, and on Garion's world it really *does* exist. Who ever told him that it doesn't?
This book introduces the Arends in general, and Mandorallen and Lelldorin in particular. Lelldorin, I have to admit, annoys me. Okay, he's a likeable enough kid, but he doesn't stick around long enough for the relationship that apparently develops between him and Garion to grow. It's annoying to say the least. Madorallan is also annoying, but at least his actions are in keeping with his characterisation.
Moving on through Arendia, the Murgo plot is believable - just the sort of thing Arends would fall for. Then we come to Tolnedra, which is different, to say the least.
I have a little trouble believing two so radically different cultures could exist side by side for so long, but hey, it's Eddings' world, let's play it by his rules. The best part about Tolnedra is Ce'Nedra. She's a fun character, and the interaction between her and Garion. Makes you think those two might have a future together....
The burning of Chamdar in the wood of the Dryads is very effective, especially Garion's emotional reaction to the whole thing. It's very believable, and helps his character no end.
Then to Nyissa. This is....well...I've gotta be honest, I find most of Nyissa a waste of time. It seems to have been inserted into the story simply to visit all the races and countries in the world. Okay, I'm not sure how it should've been done, but that doesn't mean I like it.
A pretty good second part, but marred by the ending.
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Queen of Sorcery is second in The Belgrariad series, following Pawn of Prophecy. This series takes the reader into an entire world of fantasy and sorcery all its own. The characterization was outstanding. The vividness with which the author described the characters was remarkable. Eddings has a way in which he gives you front row seats inside each character's mind. Throughout the book I could always tell how each character would respond in a situation. Also, David Eddings introduces so many characters in this book. There is Garion, an average scullery boy just months before and now the center of the struggle. Belgarath, the ancient but mischevious sorcerer. Polgara, the perfectly beautiful and sorceress and daughter of Belgarath. Durnik, the sensible Sendarian smith. Barak, the hulking bear of a man from Cherek. Silk, the small rat-faced mna from Drasnia who often disgueses as a Drasnian merchant. Lelldorin, the brave and rebellios young Arend who proves to be an extrememly skilled archer. Hettar, the stern-faced Algar with the ability to talk to horses. And Mandorallen, the extrememly strong and noble Mimbrate kinght. The plot is fantasitc. The story line revolves around Garion. Garion has to overcome many conflicts, both mentally and physically. Throughout the book I felt involved in Garion's struggle with the self-resented fsct that he is a sorcerer. In conclusion, Queen of Sorcery is a wonderfully written piece of literature. Its world is indepth and complete. Every addoloscent can relate with Garion as he conflicts with his ability. I think this book should be read by every young adult who has ever asked "Why me?" in times of crisis.
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By A Customer on Aug. 9 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Queen of Sorcery, the second book of David Eddings' Belgariad series, picks up exactly where Pawn of Prophecy, the first of the series, leaves off. It's the same cast of characters - the sorceress Polgaria, her sorcerer father, Belgarath, and a young boy named Garion.
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.
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I found this second book to be far more enjoyable than the first, though of course it doesn't make a lot of sense to read this one without reading the first one (I don't think they'd stand alone all that well). In this one, Garion discovers during the flight to recover whatever that thing is his aunt and grandfather are chasing that he is, in fact, a powerful sorcerer. He tangles with a bunch of bad guys, including a fascinating snake-queen, and wreaks a little magical havoc on people.
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.
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