Castle of Wizardry: Book Four of the Belgariad School & Library Binding – 12 Dec 1985
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"A classic coming-of-age epic" (Christopher Paolini) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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.See all Product Description
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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
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this on kindle with the rest of the series to re-read on holiday as I had read the series in my twenties. It has not lost its charm.Published 2 months ago by Librarygirl
Such a flowing style and engaging story David Eddings was a great writer as the Belgariad proves I look forward to reading the next in the series.Published 3 months ago by Richard
Bought for my husband, he read the entire series within a month so they must be good :)Published 3 months ago by AmyMichelle