Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4)
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Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad #4)

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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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Eric Moreno
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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...more
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...more
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.

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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Álvaro Rodrigo
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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
The least satisfying of Eddings' Belgariad saga as the party returns to where the whole adventure started for some fairly uninteresting reuinions and then lots of court-life/bureaucratic wrangling as Garion beings to assume his more prominent and prophesied role.

The book doesn't really get going until about 2/3 of the way through when Garion, Silk, and Belgarath break off and start their own independent journey to fight the Big Bad Guy on their own so Garion can assume his Destiny(tm). Leaving...more
Castle of Wizardry is the fourth book of the 'Belgariad' series, and chronicles the continued adventure of Garion and his companions through the richly detailed world created by David Eddings (with uncredited help from his wife).

Eddings once again makes use of the 'in media reas' literary device, picking up the story only moments after events in Magician's Gambit. With the stolen magical artefact recovered the travelling party strives to return it to its 'rightful home' before a certain time so...more
Like all the other books in The Belgariad series, Castle of Wizardry left off from where the previous book ended. I think this book may be my most favourite book in the series but I refuse to choose just yet, seeing as I haven't finished the whole series yet. When I read the other books, I couldn't help but get irritated over Garion's lack of involvement in the action although he is the protagonist. Of course in this book he developed much more, meaning he was more involved with the action. Beca...more
Nicolo Yu
Castle of Wizardry sets up the last book of the Belgariad perfectly. We still have the continued character growth of Garion. He is no longer the sullen and whiny child. He matures, especially once he realizes his role in the Prophecy that guided their journeys so far, and decides that he may be the only one who can do it.

Ce’Nedra has also grown, especially once she realizes her title as an Imperial Princess means little among her companions. To get what she wants, he uses her smarts and charm to...more
Harold Ogle
Fun, fun characterization makes this a much faster read than the previous novel I'd read, even though Castle of Wizardry is considerably longer. Like each of the other Belgariad novels, this one picks up right where the previous one ended. Eddings has sketched his characters broadly but distinctly, so that each character has a distinctive voice. This is important, because there are a LOT of characters after so many books. In his foreword, Eddings admits that his approach to the novels was to pre...more
An epic adventures that feels so thoroughly plotted out that you just have to jump on and hang on for a delightful ride. The main band of characters are people you have come to love by now if you managed to make it to book 4 of a 5 book series. Garion does still annoy slightly with his antics but then you have to understand how young a boy he really is and how his background (that he knew of) would totally leave him unprepared for how things have turned out. We also see his courage and self sacr...more
Leo Walsh
This book, and a lot of Fantasy, is to reading what chips are to eating. Even though you know that they have almost zero nutritional value, you cannot eat just one. And you'll have to get to the end of the series come hell of high water....

That said, Eddings' plot is pretty predictable. And the travel log pretty much standard fare for Fantasy. I like some of Edding's characters -- especially Silk. And found Garion to be a super likable protagonist. Sort of like a medieval Luke Skywalker. And Edd...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.

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