Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad #2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  31,523 ratings  ·  468 reviews
The master Sorcerer Belgarath and his daughter Polgara were on the trail of the Orb of Aldur, stolen by a priest of Torak. With them went Garion, a simple farm boy, who had never believed in sorcery and wanted no part of it. Yet as they traveled the power grew in him, forcing him to acts of wizardry he could not accept.
Paperback, 327 pages
Published 1984 by Corgi (first published October 12th 1982)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Aug 29, 2011 Christina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 :)
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.
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.
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
Queen of Sorcery continues Eddings’ The Belgariad which began in Pawn of Prophecy. In this, some points of the larger narrative are further explained as the characters go about trying to stop the major antagonist of the book/series.

I came back to this book having first read it about 13/14 years ago. I seemed to remember enjoying it and was interested to see whether how time had affected my feelings and thoughts about it. I had forgotten enough of the plot to make it closer to a fresh reading ra...more
I am really enjoying this series....it's a fun story.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I am entirely convinced that if I read this back in upper elementary or middle school, then I would love this book and the series. As an adult there are plenty of youth lit books I sincerely enjoy... this isn't necessarily one of them. I keep trekking on because I do want to like them and they are fantasy classics but I'll be honest when I say I don't know if I'll make it through this whole series. The similarities of these books to other fantasy books are cliche and even within the book there a...more
Queen of Sorcery is the second book in the Belgarath series by David Eddings (you can see my post about book 1 here). It picks up shortly after the end of book 1 and chronicles the continued adventures of Garion, Aunt Pol, Mister Wolf, and their companions on their quest to regain an item of particular importance from the one who stole it. The story focuses a great deal on young Garion finally learning certain truths about his life that had long been kept from him. And in learning about the deep...more
Ryan G
With Queen of Sorcery, the second book in The Belgariad series, the action is starting to heat up and we are starting to meet some of the world's movers and shakers. We meet Ran Borune XXIII, the Emperor of Tolnedra, and are joined on their quest by his daughter Ce'Nedra, who will play a huge part in Garion's life later on down the road. We also are introduced to Salmissra, the Queen of Nyssia. She decided to kidnap Garion in order to seduce him to her side, needless to say Polgara wasn't too ha...more
I'm beginning to feel annoyed with series novels--not this one in particular necessarily, but it's a committment and I have fifty thousand other books on my TBR shelf.

I still enjoy this story. I like it at its very basic level, and I'm still impressed with its pacing and accessibility although I'm wondering just how much longer I'll have to wait to get a few answers--which is, I imagine, how Garion feels. I don't necessarily understand why this installment is called "Queen of Sorcery" as I don't...more
David Sarkies
Maybe I should have discussed this topic under Pawn of Prophecy because the title of that book seems to be more conducive to that discussion than this book, however I wanted the discussion under Pawn of Prophecy to be a bit of an introduction to the series as a whole rather than focusing on something specific. I note that the first review here indicates that the first part of the book seems to be a series of 'meet the enemy, escape, Silk does some business' and that is pretty much it. I persona...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The Nerd Herd: Queen of Sorcery 1 3 Feb 22, 2014 01:46PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Publication date error 3 149 Jul 02, 2013 07:10PM  
  • Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2)
  • Elven Star (The Death Gate Cycle, #2)
  • The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #3)
  • The Dragon Revenant (Deverry, #4)
  • Divided Allegiance (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #2)
  • Ravenheart (The Rigante, #3)
  • Wielding a Red Sword (Incarnations of Immortality, #4)
  • Prince of Chaos (Amber Chronicles, #10)
David Eddings is 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...more
More about David Eddings...
Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3) Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5) Belgarath the Sorcerer Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4) Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)

Share This Book

“I thought you said you were the one in charge!" Ce'Nedra exclaimed.

I lied." Silk said. "It's a vice I have.”
“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.”
More quotes…