Synopsis: Legends told of how the evil God Torak had coveted the power of the Orb of Aldur, until defeated in a final battle. But prophecy spoke of a time when he would awake and again seek dominance over the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time was at hand.
The master Sorcerer Belgarath and his daughter Polgara the arch-Sorceress were on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster. And with them went Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle. He has never believed in sorcery and wanted no part of it. Yet with every league they traveled, the power grew in him, forcing him to acts of wizardry he could not accept.
“As long as I know that my motives are good, however, I’m seldom very concerned with the opinions of others.”
Queen of Sorcery is the second book in The Belgariad series, preceded by Pawn of Prophecy. I began my Belgariad journey almost three years ago & dug it a lot! I didn’t intend to just drop the series for years before continuing on, but alas.. here we are!
Epic fantasy is like climbing under a comfort blanket for me. I have such a soft spot for (good) old-school SFF! I was craving something lighter to go with my current mindset, so I turned to The Belgariad.
I ended up devouring it in a day!
Turns out, I needed the distraction.
“Despite the promise of the brief sunset, the next day dawned cold and murky with a chill drizzle that wreathed down among the trees and made the entire forest sodden and gloomy. They left the inn early and soon entered a part of the wood that seemed more darkly foreboding than even the ominous stretches through which they had previously passed. The trees here were enormous, and many vast, gnarled oaks lifted their bare limbs among the dark firs and spruces. The forest floor was covered with a kind of gray moss that looked diseased and unwholesome.”
Queen of Sorcery picks up after Pawn of Prophecy. It’s essentially a coming-of-age story about Garion, the “Luke Skywalker” farm boy character. His journey through various countries to track down the stolen Orb of Aldur, his growing powers & the people who join him along the way.
This was such a fun sword & sorcery adventure!
I love the sarcasm, banter & comradery throughout. Silk is funny as fuck & POLGARA IS QUEEN! With this sequel, Eddings focused more on the sprawling cast of characters & expanding the world. Things start to pick up in pace, plus it’s more violent than the first book. Which is clearly right up my alley! Is it perfect? Hell no. There are a few issues with gender & race, unfortunately entirely too common for older SFF. But it’s a series that I hope will just keep getting better. I am looking forward to continuing with the collection at some point. This is one that I feel like I could easily dip in & out of. However, let’s hope it won’t take me another three years to pick up the next installment!