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Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad #4)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  47,644 ratings  ·  372 reviews
The Orb protecting the West from the evil God Torak was regained and the quest was nearing its end. Or so Garion thought. But the Prophecy still held future surprises for Garion--and the little princess Ce'Nedra.
Paperback, 373 pages
Published 1985 by Corgi (first published 1984)
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Garion gets a shock and Ce'Nedra gets a personality.
3.5 stars. Fourth installment of the Belgariad. Not quite as good as the previous entries but still a good, solid read.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
3.5 stars. Fourth installment of the Belgariad. Not quite as good as the previous entries but still a good, solid read.

One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.
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Jack Iles
Since I departed on this journey I noticed that The Belgariad series subtly lends itself to Chess. This is evident in the titles, 'Pawn of Prophecy', 'Queen of Sorcery' and so on. However David Eddings never openly acknowledged the series' overarching theme regarding the centuries old game. He weaves a love for the game within this beautiful series in more ways than the titles. The movement of the whole series begins to unfold just like a game of chess. The first book was the game's opening, est ...more
Eh, probably the least interesting in the series. I am not a fan of the way the Ce'Nedra is treated throughout this book, and Polgara is at her meanest, in my opinion.
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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The companions have retrieved the Orb and are travelling to Riva, to return it to its rightful place. On the journey back, with both Belgarath and Polgara incapacitated, the role of leadership is thrust on Garion, which is made difficult with the Orb fascinated with him. When Garion arrives in Riva, his life changes forever, but Torak is still out there and waking up. Garion discovers he is the only one who can defe
Mar 20, 2011 Vasya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
Castle of Wizardry left me a little short on all the information I would love to have at the moment, but I guess that's just because I'm a bit greedy here.

The big culmination point that I was waiting for from the beginning of book one, Pawn of Prophecy, is here - Garion finally knows who he is, what he must do and he's got to get used to that idea really, really fast. I liked that part of the book a lot, but after that I got a little bit confused. The prophecy tells us that the Child of Light an
Lydia Presley
Just when I thought things were going to comet to some sort of conclusion.. David Eddings throws me for a spin with the ending of this book.

But I get ahead of myself -

In Castle of Wizardry Belgarion finally comes into his own - sort of. The prophecy peaks, things we, as readers, have known since the first and second book are revealed (and the characters are surprised by them? Really?). I suppose it would have helped, also, to have the prophecy revealed at the start of each book so we could see
Eric Moreno
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Wayland Smith
This was just a phenomenal series. I read it years ago, and, being honest, I can't recall which book had which events anymore, but I know I read them all, twice, I believe.

This series has epic fantasy, gods, powerful wizards, swordplay, and a great sence of humor.

Strongly recommended.
Michael T Bradley
I didn't know if I'd ever finish this series off due to a lack of interest, but I found an audio book of it, and despite the somewhat boring reading of the book (and ridiculous pronunciations of things), it flows pretty quickly.

This one is pretty rough. Garion becomes king and it's handled as if he found something he'd lost a few weeks back in the pantry. It felt as if Eddings was just like, 'Everyone got that this was the prophecy, right? OK, good, let's skip this.' Ce'Nedra gets a complete re
I am giving the review for the entire Belgariad as it is somewhat impossible to separate the different books from the story as a whole.

This, overall is a good set of quest, fantasy stories. I read and re-read them often when I was younger. As I move from place-to-place as an adult the series is one that I continue to take with me; it is a series that I still read here and there when I am looking for 'comfort food' books.

The books are what you would expect from a quest journey series - a young pr
Michael Murdoch


It had all begun with the theft of the Orb that had so long protected the West from the evil God Torak. Before that, Garion had been a simple farm boy. Afterward, he discovered that his aunt was really the Sorceress Polgara and his grandfather was Belgarath, the Eternal Man. Then, on the long quest to recover the Orb, Garion found to his dismay that he, too, was a sorcerer.

Now, at last, the Orb was regained and the quest was nearing its end. Of course, the questors still had to

***Dave Hill
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"Castle of Wizardry", the penultimate book in Eddings’ Belgariad series, is another bridge novel in the manner of "Queen of Sorcery". While the second novel in the series was really just a sequence of connected vignettes, Wizardry benefits from more developed relationship complications and some internal struggle. However, the narrative weakness of the overarching prophecy storyline (and a general lack of real momentum) hamper the book.

After retrieving the stolen Orb from the minions aligned wit
un peu foulli au début, la seconde moitié du roman rattrape le coup
Reading "The Belgariad" is like eating a bag of potato chips. It's just a lot of empty calories but it's hard to put down. This is your basic kitchen boy who finds out he's destined for something greater story. The characters are all cardboard cutouts and totally predictable. It's still very entertaining and I would recommend it whole heartedly. For something much more meaty, try Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.

East Bay J
Garion and his companions have the Orb, but they must get it to Rivan by Erastide. It won't mean anything to anyone who hasn't read the first three volumes of The Belgariad, but the bottom line is things are heating up more than ever.

Which is interesting, because this is a quieter book in the series, perhaps the most since Pawn Of Prophecy. There are still scenes of action and suspense but, again, things are being set up for what is to come. It's certainly not boring, but it is a good thing Eddi
Grace S.
Well what do you know?! I thought we were going to have to wait for book five to finally watch poor Garion realize what we've known since the beginning. But apparently we're going to turn over the whole (view spoiler) card right now. To be honest, it was probably a good time to change things up, because the long slow march towards an ending we already knew was getting a little old.

I also enjoyed the work Eddings put in to
Dopo la morte di Ctuchik in La valle di Aldur, Garion e compagnia riprendono il viaggio per dirigersi verso Riva, dove l'Occhio deve essere riportato.

Durante il viaggio, a Garion viene imposto un corso accelerato di “tenere il comando” (condito con pungenti suggerimenti da parte di Silk): nessun lettore ne sarà stupito, visto che tutti immaginiamo da molte pagine quale sarà il suo ruolo all'interno della Profezia, ma forse è un tantino brusco. Tanto che Garion non fa che ricordare i bei tempi fe
Anne Wright
Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings

A wonderful book, Belgareth has fought for possession of the Orb and won but is unconscious, Aunt Pol take control and gets everyone moving back to where Cho Hag is waiting to stop the Murgo's invading the Vale.

They now have Taiba with them a Morag woman who has been held captive by the Murgos.

Once they reach Riva Garion finds out he is not just a simple boy but that there is a destiny for him.

I love the story and lots of incidental action happens until they ge
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

The fourth and penultimate book in the Belgariad series, and things are starting to come to ahead!

Ctuchik destroyed himself when in an effort to keep possession of the Orb, making certain that Belgarath succeeded in reclaiming it. Now with Errand, the young innocent boy with only purity in his heart Zedar used to steal the Orb, under their protection, Garion and his friends make their way to Riva, picking up Ce'Nedra on the way. The Orb must be returned
Sue me, but I think that if someone lived for thousands of years, the effect would be much different form what we see here. It has too childish of a take, like reading a fairy tale. Which has a very good moral hiding under it all, same as here, but I am finding out that it does not seem to work quite as well in a work as long as this.

I am giving way too low of ratings to this series based on how much I really enjoy it, but it feels like it is between 3 and 4, but for some reason I just cannot gi
David Sarkies
The penultimate book of the Belgariad
7 July 2012

This is the penultimate book in the Belgariad and pretty much from what I can remember Garion ascends the throne and the scene is being set for the massive battle between the good and the evil nations. When I read this as a teenager, as I have previously mentioned, the books seemed to be a travelogue exploring Edding's world, and it wasn't exactly a world that I really considered to be very realistic.
My suspicions were confirmed in this book when
Álvaro Rodrigo
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Denae Christine
I started to dislike the worldviews of the books. Just a little. I didn't agree with the capitalization of "Gods". (This is the first I read that wasn't an audiobook). I was also more aware, in this book, of the immoral hints. They're not prevalent, but they are present. Belgarath has spent considerable time of the past 4000 years in whorehouses, for example. The characters did not condone these habits, but neither did they take deliberate offense or action against such behavior (except, maybe A ...more
In the fourth book of the Belgariad, The Castle of Wizardry, all the set up from the series so far finally come to fruition and the stage is set for the final book. Picking up where the story left off Garion finds himself leading the small group as Belgarath is out of it after the last show down and Polgara is maintaining a shield to protect Errand. What follows is Garion not just making the journey into adult hood but also stepping up into a position of responsibility and authority. Garion fina ...more
Garion and his friends have finally taken the orb, but now have to flee back to the Kingdom of Isles, dodging enemy armies and sorcerers, all intent on stopping them. But once there, Garion discovers that his part is far from over. The prophecy that has directed them all has some final surprises in store and Garion ascending the throne of the Riva King seems to him the greatest. With no choice in the matter, he must learn to make decisions and lead all the other Kingdoms of the West, while tryin ...more
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David Eddings was an American author who has written several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, is uncredited as co-author on many of his early books, but he has lately acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he
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Other Books in the Series

The Belgariad (5 books)
  • Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)
  • Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2)
  • Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3)
  • Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5)
Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3) Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5) Belgarath the Sorcerer Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1) Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2)

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