Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad #2)
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 fa...more
One problem I have is the character of Garion. With all the (man...more
I do have to say, for adult readers, I can see how these books could be a bit grulling. For one thing, the plot is cliche. Farm boy is proficised to save the world from a great and growing evil. But first, he has to travel and learn from a group of awesome companions. I'm sure this sounds familiar.
But the plo...more
Personally I absolutely loved the Belgariad series of books and found them to be enthralling and exciting. In particular I loved the characters and thought them to be some of th...more
Several more interesting characters are introduced in this book and they are quite refreshing and amusing. The author has created wonderful dialogues and interactions between the main characters in such enjoyable fashion. Therefore the reader feels closely related them.
In my honest opinion; this book is a well written sequel. However I would rather spend less time w...more
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
And I still love Silk. <3 :)
"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
Belgarath and Polgara are on the trail of the Orb, hoping to retrieve it before it wakes up Torak. Garion is still tagging along with them, confused as his life has changed a lot is a small space of time, and everybody seems to be focusing on him for some unknown reason. He has never believed in sorcery but as the journey continues there is a power inside him that seems to be growing. Will Garion be able to accept a...more
Except that Garion does learn more about himself. Not the whole truth about hi...more
The cast here increases as the group travels more characters join them, apparently in fulfillment of the prophecy that is one of the themes of the Belgariad that spans the series. Eddings continues to develop his charact...more
It's a 1.5 star book, which can only be enjoyed by people between that ages of 8-13 or by people that have not read any other fantasy.
The pros and cons, weaknesses and strengths are still the same.
One thing that really must be mentioned is that holy freaking goodness. I feel so sorry for Garion. He can do nothing right. I don't agree with the stance in the book that tries to appeal to Aunt Pol's love for him that lets her get away with so many sharp words. I don't see how this can be a coming-of-age book when he's constantly shut down and told to do...more
Other than admiring Eddings' chutzpah in using the same 'plot to overthrow the king' plot three times in two books, QoS reminded me of another one of the key ingredients of his success - introducing new stock characters to the party in each book. So we meet the archer, the knight champion, all sketched out with customar...more
Picking up not long after the abrupt end of Pawn of Prophecy, the second book of David Eddings' epic fantasy feels more like a bridge to the later novels. It is a road story, taking the questing party of noble lineage through various scenes and establishing the world that is ost...more
I think I find this series too full of clichés. Also while the major conflict threatens all the world, the minor conflicts seem so very tame and our hero Garion seems a bit too safe. All in all it reminds quite a lot of a D&D campaign.
It all goes like this: Some bad guy steels the "MacGuffin" and wants to wake the "Evil One" who will do unspeakable things. Our hero leaves th...more
David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he...more
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I lied." Silk said. "It's a vice I have.”
Hettar shrugged. "Of course. They lie all the time. They're very good at it."
For a moment Silk looked outraged at the thought, and then he suddenly laughed. "Somehow that restores my faith in the order of the universe," he declared.
Wolf looked pained. "Silk," he said pointedly, "you're a very evil man. Did you know that?"
"One does one's best," Silk replied mockingly.”