Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2)
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Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad #2)

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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."
PIERS ANTHONY
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
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published November 1982 by Del Rey (first published October 12th 1982)
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Christina
Aug 29, 2011 Christina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina by: Ruth Warner
Shelves: 2011, library
For the first half of this book, I was slightly bored and felt that it was an echo of the first one ("they travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away, travel, run into enemies and Silk does business, get away..."). I wasn't sure that I would continue reading the series after this book because I thought the book was "just okay." However, something changed about halfway or more into the book and now I look forward to reading the next one. The routine pattern finally changed and the...more
Amanda
I really really like the David Eddings books, and they were where I properly started out reading in the fantasy genre, back when I was thirteen or so. I adore them and have read them time and again. However, Queen of Sorcery is far from the strongest entry in the Belgariad, and this time during my re-read it was very hard to prevent myself seeing the many faults. I still love the whole series, but struggle with this particular book.

One problem I have is the character of Garion. With all the (man...more
Stephen
4.0 stars. Good sequel to Pawn of Prophecy. I find myself liking the supporting cast more than the main character, but this is still a fun read.
Mindy Reads
Okay, so I really was excited to jump back into the Belgariad series and I was not disappointed. At the very beginning of Queen of Sorcery you are reminded of how young and naive Gairon still is and during the course of this book you start to finally see him start to grow up a little, a though not fully. I'm betting this series will be a great journey in order for Gairon to grow up and discover his power. This book was a little slower in the middle than Pawn of Prophecy, but it picked back up an...more
Jesse
I'm really enjoying rereading this series. This was one of the first fantasy series I had ever read, and it paved the way for a long life of love for the genre. These books are a lot of fun.

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
H
The fun continues. I only have two complaints with the series, really. 1. The emotions are pretty nonexistent. Like, Eddings mentions how someone feels, but he only mentions it once, so I forget about how characters are feeling a lot. Like I remember at one point in this book it mentioned Garion feeling consumed with hatred for his parents' murderer, and I was like, "Really? Oh yeah." And 2. Garion is really, really, really oblivious. Maybe I'm just thinking so because I knew who he really is fr...more
Jak
Endings was my first foray into High Fantasy which would probably explain why none of the clichés riled me. I’ve now read plenty of stories about nameless orphans etc who turn out to be the missing bloodline to the throne who then go on to battle unimaginable (except that of many a fantasy writer) evil to save the world.

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
Amber
I thought this book really took the series to another level. The first book, Pawn of Prophecy, was good, though predictable and at time childish in my opinion. Queen of Sorcery took you deeper into the magic of the world and gave you more insight into the characters. You also start to get subplots in this novel. The first novel really seemed to have a singular plot that wasn't really clear until half way through the novel, where as this book stays true to that plot, but expands into other side a...more
Indika De Silva
The second book of the Belgariad series has much more magic, character development and adventure when compared with the first novel.

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
Jack Iles
David Eddings had such a rich imagination. This instalment of arguably his greatest work is effortlessly captivating. It takes the reader into a completely alien world. A world packed with snake people, restless gods and children of the forest. I wish I had read this as a child, because it really is one of those stories that will stay with you forever. To compare an author to J.K. Rowling or J.R.R Tolkien is a very dangerous thing to do. But David Eddings belongs firmly up there as one of the gr...more
Susan
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
Mollie Clarke
While thinking of what I would write for a review of this book, I realised that whatever I wrote wouldn't do it justice. The adventures of Garion are continued in this book, with him exploring many new lands and hinting at what is too become of everyone in terms of the prophecy. Its rare that a book, genuinely engages me for long periods of time but this book has certainly done so, I could quite happily spend all day ready this book.
C.E. Murphy
There's nothing like re-reading old favorites and finding out they still hold up. QUEEN OF SORCERY made me laugh out loud more than once, and honestly, I'm astonished at the depth of description in these books--I didn't remember the scenery at all, but the descriptions are really quite beautiful.

And I still love Silk. <3 :)
Hannah
Just as good as Pawn of Prophecy; draws you in and makes it impossible for you to tear your eyes away with the amount of action and surprises it has in store. The existing characters all grow on you, one by one, and it is particularly nice to watch the growth of the main character and the appearance of new ones.
Michael Murdoch

"BELGARIAD is exactly the kind of fantasy I like. It has magic, adventure, humor, mystery, and a certain delightful human insight."
PIERS ANTHONY
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

...more
Penny Taylor-jones
These sets of books are my best friends. I have been reading them since I was 15 years old and when I want some comfort I can loose myself in another world, following the adventures and the discoveries that Reveal who Garion truly is.
Maria
I am really enjoying this series....it's a fun story.
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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
Denae
There was something very repetitious about this book. They're traveling throughout the whole thing, always after the same thief. Bandits attack, robbers attack, some strange creatures attack, soldiers attack, and so forth. And that's the main part of the book. Yes, the whole party stops 3 times, meeting old friends and old enemies and having vital discussions and learning vital information. All of it felt very simliar.
Except that Garion does learn more about himself. Not the whole truth about hi...more
Nicolo Yu
Queen of Sorcery continues the Belgariad of David Eddings with this volume, the second of the series. It picks where the first book, Pawn of Prophecy ended, with the group journeying to the southern kingdoms on the trail of the thief of the most important artifact of their world.

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
Harold Ogle
Queen of Sorcery continues the story begun in Pawn of Prophecy in two respects: the plot picks up exactly where the previous book stopped, and it also has a title that is really unrelated to the story itself. United States audiences like to lampoon modern Japanese culture for its frequent combination of two completely unrelated words to make a title, such as "Metal Gear Solid," "Fullmetal Alchemist," or "Sailor Moon," but this book's title is just as nonsensical. We do hear a little bit more abo...more
Glenj
If you are craving simply a Tolkien-esque epic fantasy series that hits all the standard genre sweet-notes hen do yourself a favor and check this series out. I'm so glad that I did as sometimes you just need the basics. The second book of the Belgariad series is not without its flaws. New characters are introduced while core characters from the first book are still hardly fleshed out at all. Durnik for instance seems to serve no purpose really for going on the journey and is given no development...more
Sam
This is the second installment of the Belgariad series and I must say I think I enjoyed it more than the first, although I did find Garion's complaining and self-pity a little tedious at times (I live in hope that he will get a grip soon). This story finds our slightly unorthodox group continuing their quest for the Orb while trying to protect and teach a rather unwilling Garion. Eddings has a superb way with words that brings the world he has created to life, bringing the sights, sounds and sme...more
Andrew O
This was kinda entertaining for about the first 1/4 of the book. Then feeling that I've already read this book several times over just started to bore me.

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.
Tim
Yes, reader, I did what I said I wouldn't, and read volume two of the Belgariad, Queen of Sorcery. I felt furtive and slightly ashamed, but still, I checked it out of the library.

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
M.J.
Queen of Sorcery is the second book in Edding's epic fantasy series from the early 1980s and is weaker than its predecessor. Events seem to move forward in the book, but not much actually happens until the final chapters.

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
***Dave Hill
A lot of my criticisms from my review of the first volume in this series, Pawn of Prophecy, remain in effect (see https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... for the full laundry list). There's lots of "travel to the next completely different kingdom, encounter Murgo treachery, offer some warnings, leave under cover of darkness, travel to next ..." bits and bobs here, and for most of the book Garion remains stubbornly oblivious to all the things that are manipulating him (events, prophecy, his guar...more
Vincent Wood
This is a book series I greatly enjoyed in my youth and part of my attempt to see what my adult brain thinks of books my younger brain loved. In many circumstances I am enjoying these books, but they do not seem to hold up quite so well as I thought. Even so, I did enjoy this book well enough, even if the fate of the world is in the hands of a teenager who has a voice in his head that tells him what to do. I honestly am not sure I would feel comfortable if I knew the only person that could stop...more
Yashima
Kind of unclear what to rate this. It certainly wasn't spectacular. But for some reason I want to read the next book.

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
Grace S.
Largely, Queen of Sorcery felt more like "Pawn of Prophecy Part 2" than its own distinct book. It picked up the quest storyline more or less exactly where the first book left off, and on we went as though there were no seam between books one and two. That's not a big deal for me, I enjoyed the first book and so I was pretty content to go through more of the same. But I can see where the continuation would bother people who want a little more motion in their plots.

A few more cards re:sorcery and...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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“I thought you said you were the one in charge!" Ce'Nedra exclaimed.

I lied." Silk said. "It's a vice I have.”
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“Exaggerating?" Silk sounded shocked. "You don't mean to say that horses can actually lie, do you?
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.”
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