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Castle of Wizardry

(The Belgariad #4)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  74,500 ratings  ·  790 reviews
A magnificent epic set against a history of seven thousand years of the struggles of Gods and Kings and men - of strange lands and events - of fate and a prophecy that must be fulfilled!


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
Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published May 1984 by Del Rey (first published 1984)
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Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Garion gets a shock and Ce'Nedra gets a personality. ...more
Jul 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My least favourite, just to much boring political stuff in the end and Ce'nedra is realy realy annoying😬🙄

Jack Iles
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Less good than the previous ones; this entire book feels a bit: been there done that.

However, I like the evolution of the characters. I enjoy Garion and Ce'Nedra, and I'm looking forward to the conclusion. (But I don’t think I’ll read the Malloreon.)

This is still like sipping hot chocolate on a cold winter day, only I feel like really this is one book in five parts, and the abrupt endings dampen my enjoyment somewhat.

The entire series is a delight, and perfect for any young fantasy fan.
Susan Kennedy
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
I love this series and I am enjoying the reread very much. This is a true epic journey. With that said, I find this book a bit slower than the previous three.It is mostly a setting up of the Rivan King and his betrothed. The journey is put on hold as they come to claim the crown. After all is said and done, Belgarion, Belgarath and Silk steal away to begin another journey.

After the trio leaves you follow them for a bit. Then you are back with the others as they begin to gather an army. You foll
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
5 stars - Audiobook - if I don't hurry up their will be no more Murgo's to kill-Belgarion goes on a journey to meet up with the Child of Dark and Ce'nedra raises an army. I do so love the charaters of David Eddings books. Their hero's with some issues 😀🌸🌸 ...more
Jane Jago
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
You have to wait until I've done number five, then I'm gonna review the lot as a set.

Until then. Polgara still annoys me, and I do wish Garion would punch somebody
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Onwards to the final book!
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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.
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
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May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-buy
While this was not my favorite of the series as a whole, it had some of my favorite moments. Everything is coming together, and actions from previous books are beginning to show their consequences. The lead up to the throne room at Riva was particularly well done, as is the development of Ce'nedra in the later half. Polgara is still kind of irritating me. She's so abrasive and condescending so much of the time. It would be nice to see another side of her. Ready to conclude with book 5! ...more
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-read
The fourth installment of The Belgariad Series By David Eddings. The characters have me totally immersed in this fantasy world, and Eddings writing and story telling has improved with each book.

This book is the set-up for the finale in book 5, so it was not as action-packed as the first three. The series is old school fantasy, good vs. evil and all the elements/people have come together for the final battle. A good fun read
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.
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Scot Parker
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-fantasy
This was an enjoyable continuation of the series. The armies of the west have begun to assemble to do battle with, wait, I got confused again. Armies are assembling though as we march towards the ultimate confrontation between Garion and Torak. If you've been enjoying the series so far, this book won't disappoint. ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, fantasy
More of the same. Classic fantasy.

Yet: I am beginning to tire of the horrible way David Eddings writes women. They're all shrill, half of them are empty-headed, and they all enjoy cooking and sewing.

How lazy is that kind of writing?
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A reread of this fun series.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
First of all, everything about these books - from the shallow characterization to the wtf cover art to the painfully obvious and clumsy chess theme - is like...couldn't you have tried just a little harder? Like, you had an idea, now develop it.
So, if you're out to raise a boy to become the king and leader of the known world, don't you think it might be important to give him ANY experiences or tuition toward that goal? Garion had never been allowed to make a single decision for himself his entire
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
April 2020 reread: Ahh yes, the slowest book in the series. Still an enjoyable read. And Ce'Nedra's still annoying though I think she has grown as a character by the end. Only one book to go! Review from 2013 below.


Castle of Wizardry is the fourth book of The Belgariad. The story picks up immediately after events in Castle of Wizardry. While a few events do happen to move the story along, this book focuses more on the characters than what we've seen previously. It is also the set up fo
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Becky Hoftiezer
Oct 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
I first read this book around a decade ago, so I had forgotten how bad it was. Besides the standard problems of simplistic morality, flat characters, and predictable plot, the fourth book of The Belgariad delves into and embraces horrible female stereotypes. I put up with it in the first three books, but the amount of time spent following Ce'Nedra as she throws tantrums, giggles at men, and flutters her eyelashes was disgusting. This is supposed to be a display of feminine power? Good job, David ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fantasy
As I've stated before, I love this series. This book has a lot of good thing happen in it that will unfortunately be balanced out somewhat by the price of war in the last book. I find Ce'Nedra's dilemma interesting although I'm not in love with the idea that our destiny is decided before we are born, which seems to have been a theme that is really brought home in this chapter.

Now the companions have rescued the orb and need to return it to Riva, where Garion will finally come into his birthright
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars.

Not as good as the previous books. But still a good read nonetheless.

It almost felt like the book should have been broken up into two, there was a climax, and then everything slowed down for a long time. I do appreciate that some of the characters are filled out more.
There also is a definite building up in the last 2/3ds of the book leading up to the last installment.
I hope it ends well.
Eric Smith
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
This is my favorite book in the first series. I like the pacing and the character moments and pretty much everything that happens. Everything really gets moving towards the big climax in the next book in this book as some plot threads get tied up and pieces start moving into place for the final confrontation. Just an excellent continuation of the story.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man, Ce'Nedra is a delight to read. She's so Tsundere it hurts. She's the OG Tsundere. I love her so very much.

And Silk. My cynical, sarcastic bb.

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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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