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Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  47,477 Ratings  ·  649 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)
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Aug 29, 2011 Christina rated it liked it  ·  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
Aug 05, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an improvement over the first book. While the structure of this installment is rather similar (go to this place, expose some political plot, get on the road, run into trouble, repeat), the action is much more exciting, and how should I put it - magical! Finally Eddings realized that there is more to fantasy novel than just characters that can do magic. There is more interesting lore weaved into the plot, an exciting minor villain is introduced, and some questions about Garion's powers are ...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.
The second installment of the Belgariad—and although this world certainly has some commonalities with Tolkien’s Middle Earth, there are many distinctions as well. Yes, there is a company of travellers on a quest for a powerful jewel, but they are not nearly as noble as LOTR characters. Can you imagine Gandalf getting drunk and having a hangover on the morning of an early departure? Belgarath does. How about producing sweets to attract Dryads to him and stating that Dryads will do almost anything ...more
Mar 01, 2009 H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mindy Reads
Dec 28, 2013 Mindy Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mollie Clarke
Jan 19, 2014 Mollie Clarke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 14, 2014 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
David Sarkies
Sep 23, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody really
Recommended to David by: My Auntie
Shelves: fantasy
I can think of much better prophecies
22 June 2012

Maybe I should have discussed idea of prophecy under Pawn of Prophecy because the title of that book seems to be more conducive to that discussion than this book, however I wanted my review of the 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 s
Nicolo Yu
Sep 29, 2011 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Another fun read. I love Garion being a confused and angsty teenage boy. Silk being referred to as a "bad man" in a complimentary manner does get a bit tiresome after the third time however. Overall of course I still love them and I look forward to re-reading the next one!
Oct 08, 2009 Jak rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Alan Warenski
Instead of traveling to like 5 places, this book they travel to like 8! That many more cities to blend in to my head and not be remembered. My rating is a 2.5 for this one because a few more exciting things happen in this book.
Jan 16, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2013 Indika De Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jack Iles
Nov 15, 2013 Jack Iles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
C.E. Murphy
Jan 23, 2013 C.E. Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Jun 14, 2009 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
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
Apr 30, 2014 Michael Murdoch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"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

Jul 03, 2009 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this's a fun story.
Oct 27, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come! :D
Apr 02, 2016 Katherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-2015
I continued reading the Belgariad series by David Eddings with this second book in the series, Queen of Sorcery. In my review of the first book, Pawn of Prophecy, I said that I enjoyed the book as a straightforward and traditional fantasy quest story. Unfortunately my opinion has slipped a bit with the second book in the series, which I did not enjoy nearly as much. Queen of Sorcery continues the story of farm boy Garion and his position in the quest by the sorcerer Belgarath to retrieve the sto ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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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
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
Jan 11, 2015 Vasya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans
I have a hard time distinguishing where the first book ended, where this one started, where it ended and where the third one started because I'm reading them without a pause - they are that good.

Garrion is still a boy, and one with puberty hitting him like a slap in the face. Everybody around him still considers him as a small boy, while he considers himself a man, and in trying to make them see him from his point of view, he does and says some pretty stupid stuff. He keeps everything to himself
Denae Christine
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
Harold Ogle
Apr 23, 2012 Harold Ogle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2014 Glenj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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The Belgariad (5 books)
  • Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)
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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.”
“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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