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Castle Of Wizardry: Book Four Of The Belgariad (The Belgariad (TW) 4) [Kindle Edition]

David Eddings
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Book Description

BOOK 4 OF THE BELGARIAD, the worldwide bestselling fantasy series by master storyteller David Eddings. Discover the epic story that inspired thousands - from Raymond Feist's The Riftwar Cycle series to George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.

Fate gives no choice...

Slay or be slain...

The Orb is regained, the quest near its end. Garion and his companions have only to reach Riva and return the Orb, to allow peace to reign once more.

But fate still has a card to play for Garion. And it is his life that must be gambled...

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    "A classic coming-of-age epic . . . The Belgariad will always have a place of honor on my bookshelves" (Christopher Paolini)

    "Fabulous" (Anne McCaffrey)

    "Fun, exciting, intriguing fantasy in which the characters are as important as the quest and magical elements . . . immerse yourself and enjoy!" (Darren Shan)

    Book Description

    The fourth title in a magnificent fantasy epic, now reissued in a special new edition for the YA market

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1546 KB
    • Print Length: 386 pages
    • Publisher: Transworld Digital (19 Jan. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00352B482
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    David Eddings (1931-2009) published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy with the Belgariad, soon followed by the Malloreon. Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the US Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was both a grocery clerk and a college English teacher. He lived in Nevada until his death, at the age of 77.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Humourous, Light-Hearted Fantasy 29 Aug. 2011
    By Col
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The Belgariad series has been one of my favourite reads. I first completed the series in paperback as a teenager when the idea of a boy growing in to an inheritance and going on a quest was very appealing.

    I recently re-read the series as Kindle books and found most of the appeal still there. I say "most" as there were some areas that did not flow the way I had remembered them. For instance the Princess C'Nedra deciding to lead an army in the latter books of the series seemed a little far-fetched given that this character was portrayed as a spoilt child earlier in the series. The motivations of some of the characters also seemed a little single-minded.

    One of the main enjoyment factors of the series though was the humour of the narration. This coupled with an easy flow to the story still make it a favourite.

    For those wanting a gritty, adult, action fantasy you will be disappointed, but if you like a light, humourous fantasy then this is well recommended.

    I have posted this review on all the books in the series as I cannot distinguish between any one of them
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Tying up some of the loose ends. 15 Nov. 2008
    This is the fourth book in the Belgariad (after Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery and Magician's Gambit, and before Enchanter's End Game).

    After Ctuchik accidentally destroyed himself in Rak Cthol, the rock pinnacle upon which the city is built has started crumbling on itself and our heroes have to flee through the caves, taking the small boy Errand and the Marag slave woman Taiba with them.

    Back on solid ground, they make for Algaria where Hettar is waiting with reinforcements. For that they have to cross the Eastern Escarpment, go down its deep ravines, and the entire Murgo nation is now pursuing them. After his ordeal in Rak Cthol, and protecting his crew from rocks thrown at them for several days, Belgarath collapses.

    Yet there is no time to lose, as all protagonists must now converge to the island of Riva, to be there before Erastide in order to fulfill the Prophecy. There both Garion and Ce'Nedra will finally understand their role and embrace their heritage.

    But when Garion touches the Orb, the slumbering evil god Torak awakes, and the Prophecy says that Garion is the only one who can confront him, alone. He has no choice but to secretly leave, with just Silk and a recovering Belgarath as company. Meanwhile, Ce' Nedra eavesdrops on the Alorn Kings' discussions and realizes she's the only one who can unite the armies of the West in the oncoming war with the invading Angaraks.

    There isn't much to say about this volume which would differ from the previous ones, but it was nice to see some loose ends finally tied up. I enjoyed the flight through the caves of Rak Cthol and the meeting in boggy Sendaria with Vordai and her cute otter-like creatures, the Fenlings. I am now looking forward to reading what lies in store for Garion in the final volume, and also to seeing which hints will be dropped about the sequel, the Malloreon.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Castle of Wizardry 12 July 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The companions have retrieved the Orb and are travelling to Riva, to return it to its rightful place. On the journey back, with both Belgarath and Polgara incapacitated, the role of leadership is thrust on Garion, which is made difficult with the Orb fascinated with him. When Garion arrives in Riva, his life changes forever, but Torak is still out there and waking up. Garion discovers he is the only one who can defeat him. With war brewing between the West and the East, Ce'Nedra and Polgara must gather an army to hopefully protect Garion.

    Whilst I still really like Castle of Wizardry, I did miss the quest as it was the main plot in the first 3 books, however, it makes up for it with more politics and character growth. The big twist, which I knew from the first book, is revealed, and it really changes the characters and the dynamic of the story.

    Garion is more responsible in this book and has to learn how to deal with power and people with different opinions than him, and it is nice to see him change, but I do miss the farm boy a bit. I still like Silk as after everything they have been through during the quest and at Riva he has never treated Garion any differently.

    Castle of Wizardry is really good book and I would recommend it to people who enjoyed the first 3 books.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A good mix of fun and fantasy 17 Jan. 2013
    By miab
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The story continues in dramatic form with the continued journey of Garion and his unusual family. The characters have developed and grown into mature people who the reader feels they have come to know. The clear and relxed writing style gives the reader the impression that they are part of this band of travellers.
    Eddings drawsthe reader into the story, entangling them with the lives and emotions of his characters so that you find yourself wishing them goodluck as you read as if you have some influence over the outcome of their latest trials.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars How does he do it? 7 Feb. 2014
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Rather than being the fourth novel, this reads like the fourth part in a HUGE novel split in to five: although, out of necessity, it has to stand on its own and has a preface with further expansion on the background to the plot, this volume continues our hero's adventures without a pause. As I said about the previous volume it is a very fast read: I am now on number five, and have ordered Volume 1 of the Mallorean, which is the next series set in the same World, hopefully with the same characters. Highly recommended.
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