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Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings
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Jun 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fun-characters

Fun, fun characterization makes this a much faster read than the previous novel I'd read, even though Castle of Wizardry is considerably longer. Like each of the other Belgariad novels, this one picks up right where the previous one ended. Eddings has sketched his characters broadly but distinctly, so that each character has a distinctive voice. This is important, because there are a LOT of characters after so many books. In his foreword, Eddings admits that his approach to the novels was to present a typical fantasy epic in the personal style of Faulkner or Steinbeck. I'd say he's done pretty well; most of each book including this one is taken up with dialogue between the characters, along with internal monologue and, rarely, soliloquy.

This book focuses on the characters even more than the others, in some regards. Broadly speaking, three plot events actually occur in the book, but for those things to happen, the characters (primarily the teenagers Garion and Ce'Nedra) need to develop, grow and realize what they need to do. So the majority of the book is spent on the growth of those characters.

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