Queen of Sorcery Mass Market Paperback – Feb 12 1986
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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.
--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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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.
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.
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Newphew was very happy with this as I purchased it as a gift. Great series!Published 2 months ago by Maple Girl
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 on Aug. 12 2014 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
Queen of Sorcery, as well as Pawn of Prophecy, are two of the most surprising books I have read. I bought them expecting to just be stuck with a few more trashy fantasy books to... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002 by Amazon Customer
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
'Queen of Sorcery' features the continued travels of Garion and his friends through several of the western kingdoms. Read morePublished on May 28 2002 by Fredrik Pettersson