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Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  53,989 Ratings  ·  444 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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Minh
Jun 24, 2011 Minh rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Garion gets a shock and Ce'Nedra gets a personality.
Wanda
This fourth installment of the Belgariad series plunges in exactly where the previous volume left off—there is no exposition, no reminding the reader gently what came before. Fortunately, everything is simplistic enough that even my menopausally-challenged memory was able to fish out the necessary details within the first chapter, the circumstances slowly coming back to me.

I have to say that Belgarion is a frustrating hero. He never seems to catch on to what is happening in his own life and he e
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Jack Iles
Dec 27, 2013 Jack Iles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephen
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.
Jim
Jul 24, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters are all there & are coming into their own, but otherwise there's not much to say. These books must be read in order & as a set of 5. I was happy that this book kept up the pace & I blew through it quickly. On to the final one.
Stephen
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.
Julie
Jul 14, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
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Ariana
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.
Savantfool
Aug 16, 2015 Savantfool rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
It does not often happen that I put a book away midway.

I have read the past 3 installments in a matter of weeks.

But with each book my annoyance has grown.

It is painfully obvious since book one who Garion is. To everyone but him and C'Nedra.
+That is not even the problem with the book.

It is the blatant dislike the reader has to form to two major charcters. Whereas Pol started as the good Aunt protecting Garion it has become more and more clear that Garion means only a prophecy to her. She car
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Daniel Millard
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Dayna
Dec 30, 2015 Dayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fourth book in the Belgariad series and another instance in a long line of rereads over the years. This has long been my favorite book in the series, because this is where a heap of the action lies, prophecy comes to fruition, and everything starts to coalesce.
One of my favourite things about this book is Relg and Taiba. They’re a fascinating, lovely couple and it’s great to see them begin to establish their profound relationship. One of my all time favorite quotes from this series comes fr
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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
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M.J.
Feb 20, 2014 M.J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sf, nostalgia
"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
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Phleghm
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
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Vasya
Mar 20, 2011 Vasya rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Lydia Presley
May 23, 2012 Lydia Presley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicolo Yu
Oct 16, 2011 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Eric Moreno
Nov 15, 2010 Eric Moreno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Wayland Smith
Feb 18, 2015 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lornian
3'5.
Sigue siendo un libro bueno, pero me ha gustado algo menos que los tres anteriores. No me gusta cómo está siendo tratada Ce'Nedra ni el tema del libre albedrío.
Harrison
Oct 29, 2015 Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is where this series has really taken off. Maybe I've been just listening to too much Writing Excuses, but in thinking about it (and all these books are really blending together now) I think it's because in this one Garion really starts to become a more active protagonist. In the other books he was more or less going along with what Polgara and Belgarath wanted. But now he presented with a choice. And he decides to be more proactive and go towards his own goal. Well, I guess it ...more
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
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Michael Murdoch
Apr 30, 2014 Michael Murdoch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

END OF THE QUEST

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

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***Dave Hill
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Max
Jun 08, 2016 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rousing. In that one word this book can be summed up. The whole novel is a build up to the final show down and doesn't disapoint. More and more the subject of the two prophecies is explored - should they meet in battle, the victor of Garion and Torak fight to undo the other's universe.
Following immediately after the epic Sorcery battle at the end of the last novel, Old Wolf is unconscious and Pol is looking after the Orb-bearer Errand, Garion is forced to reluctantly assume leadership of the gro
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Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a story you can just pick up with this book. You should read the first three books, Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery and Magician's Gambit first to understand what is going on in this book. This series is actually one large book split up into five manageable-sized books.

Like the other books in this series, I loved this book. The initial quest finally ends in this book, but a new one also begins, a quest that will conclude in the Enchanter's End Game. I was anticipating what was go
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Joseph Jeffery
Jun 04, 2016 Joseph Jeffery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting off my one gripe, and this may be something that gets fixed in the final book and will be better in hindsight - Adara. There seems at this point little to her other than an object of jealousy for a few dozen pages. I know this was written many years ago and my irritation at what is now a trope is likely misplaced, but it seems a waste to just make Ce'nedra seem more whiny.

That out of the way:

This was much better. This is again a walking book BUT there's character development. Every jour
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Kalthea
Nov 13, 2014 Kalthea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un peu foulli au début, la seconde moitié du roman rattrape le coup
Hien
Sep 03, 2008 Hien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.

Chelsea Gouin
Jul 15, 2015 Chelsea Gouin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
So the fourth books wraps up with the quest being over and the prophecy taking effect. The Fellowship has been broken and yet both parties start their own mini-quests to fulfill the prophecy. The similarities of LOTR were strong in this one, I'm afraid. so the plot...
The heroes have discovered and obtained the orb and Garion thinks he can rest and pat himself on the back for a quest well-done. However, everyone laughs at this childish notion and surprises him with a throne. Belgarion
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David Eddings was an American author who wrote several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, was an uncredited co-author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

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The Belgariad (5 books)
  • Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)
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