Queen of Sorcery

Queen of Sorcery is the second book of David Eddings Belgariad.  I enjoyed the first book but was a little upset that there really wasn’t much of an ending to it, it was more or less an appropriate stopping point in the series before you started the next book.  Fortunately I didn’t have to wait very long before starting the second book, I just had to turn the page and there I was.  Anyway, on with the review.

Book Stats

238 pages

Fantasy

Book 2 of the Belgariad (sequel to Pawn of Prophecy)

Characters

This book follows all of the same characters from the first book while also having a couple new characters join the party that is journeying to recover the Orb of Aldur.  I’ve really enjoyed reading about all of the characters in the series, and they all have very cheery dispositions throughout the books.  However, I have to mention how much I loved reading about Polgara and Belgarath in this book.  Belgarath is about 7000 years old at the time of this book, and Polgara is about 3000 years old, and it’s fun to watch them fight throughout the book.  Eddings does a fantastic job of having them fight by having them each take different sides on various issues that come up throughout the book.  For example, Polgara is more stringent about the appearance of the party, whereas Belgarath doesn’t seem to care what kind of impression they make on the kings and other people that they are visiting.  Belgarath also pushes for certain things that Polgara argues with throughout the book.  It would have been easy to make one character very prudish and the other more lenient, but by having the two characters argue back and forth over different issues Eddings does a better job of making them both very believable as characters.  It was wonderful to read about their bickering throughout the entirety of the book.

Setting

While the first book took place in Sendaria and Cherok, this book takes place in Arendia, Tolnedran, and Nyissa.  Even though the characters are never in one area for a very long time, there is still enough information in the books to give you a good idea of what the country is like.  As Garion knows very little of these countries, he is constantly asking questions of the other characters about what is going on in each country.  Since his traveling companions are from a variety of countries themselves, you get a very well rounded view of every country in the story.  All in all the worldbuilding in these books is very solid.

Plot

The plot of this book continues on where the first book left off, with Garion and company chasing after the missing Orb of Aldur.  By the end of this book, we also see Garion coming into some of his power and see him start to struggle with the realization that he has a power.  All in all it’s very well done and my only complaint is the same that I had for the first book, although the ending of this book does seem to have a better cutoff point than the ending of the first book had.

Enjoyment

The characters were wonderful to read about, the worldbuilding is very solid, and while the plot is unremarkable, it is very well executed.  One of the oddities of these books is that the prologue of each of the first two books has dealt a lot with the lore of the world and the prophecies that we are watching the characters fulfill as we read the books.  This is as big a reason as anything else that I haven’t been surprised by anything that has gone on in the books.  Even though you know pretty much everything that is going to happen, the writing is so strong that everything just works.  In the first two books, about 430 pages, there hasn’t been a single moment that has even slightly knocked me out of the story.  I believe I said this in my review of the first book, but Eddings was a truly remarkable writer, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Overall Grade

The ending to this book was a better stopping point than the ending of the first book, but is still not the strongest ending I’ve seen in a series.  Fortunately I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out.

8/10

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  1. Sounds like a cool book, I’ll have to check it and the first one out.

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