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Castle of Wizardry: Book Four of the Belgariad School & Library Binding – 12 Dec 1985

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  • School & Library Binding: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (12 Dec. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613925289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613925280
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 3.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,385,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A classic coming-of-age epic" (Christopher Paolini) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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BOOK 4 OF THE BELGARIAD, the original bestselling fantasy series by the famed master storyteller. In the same tradition as Terry Goodkind, Raymond Feist and David Gemmell. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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My husband bought the whole Belgariad (kindle edition) for me for Christmas, as I'm no longer able to read my paperback copies. I absolutely LOVE Eddings' worlds, and this one was the first we came into contact with, 20 years ago, and I STILL get the same amount of pleasure reading them! Try the Belgariad, you really WON'T be disappointed!
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This must be the 4th or 5th time I've read this series, I love it every time.

Eddings has a beautiful eloquent style, vibrant characters and a non waffly descriptive talent that really takes you into the story. It's easy to follow and thoroughly satisfying read.

Would heartily recommend this series to anyone who loves a ruddy good fantasy.
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Both Garion and Ce'Nedra are forced to face up to who they are and responsibilities far beyond their years. Yet again Eddings gives us great adventure (I flew through this just as fast as the previous books) coupled with wonderful insights into people, relationships and how we develop the balance between our inner world and our self-centred view of the world with the outer world and our interactions with others.
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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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At the beginning of time, something went wrong. It caused a splitting in fate-everybody and everything had two completely opposite destinies which could be fulfilled. Over millions of years, two opposite prophecies were formed, each predicting a certain fate for the world. Through the years they moved closer and closer together. Finally, the Child of Light and the Child of Dark, the instruments of the prophecies, were almost ready to face each other in a battle to the death. The winner would determine the fate of the world.
Castle of Wizardry follows the story of a boy called Garion, the Child of Light. It starts as he runs from the city of Rak Cthol where he and his companions reclaimed the Orb of Aldur, an ancient magical stone. The Orb had been stolen by a thief so that he could use it to awaken his evil god Torak from his sleep. After recovering the Orb, Garion and his companions traveled to Riva where shocking events occurred. Nothing could have possibly prepared him for the revelations which explain his past and reveal his future.
This wasn't really a bad book. I've written reviews for the first three, and I said pretty much the same things in each of them: the plot's amazing, as are the characters, but the quality of writing isn't anything special. I really won't change any of what I said for this one.
Really, the quality of the writing is the only problem. I think that there are a few parts which could have been worked on and would have made the book a whole lot better. It's sort of like a first draft. You get the idea put down, have some detail, all of that, but you still have to go over it, make it sound better, make more sense, add some detail, add some parts, take some out. I think that Eddings really didn't put as much effort into the final copy as he really could.
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The Belgariad is one of the greatest fantasy sagas ever. Shame the author passed away, as I think he improved so much from his earlier writings. Attention to minor details throughout this series made the whole story believable.
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David Eddings never disappoints the story is building up and if ,like me,u love this series u can't wait to read what happens to the character's next.U r saddened when someone dies.Great writing thanks.
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