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Queen of Sorcery - Belgariad 2 Book Review Summary

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Not long ago, Garion was just a boy living in a farm, together with his Aunt Pol. Every now and then they would have a visit from an old man, Mister Wolf, who would come and talk to Pol. Garion felt happy and safe in the farm, and enjoyed listening to Mister Wolf's stories about the world.

All that changed when Mister Wolf showed up with disturbing news about a theft, Pol and Belgarath decide to leave the farm, taking Garion with them. Durnik, the blacksmith in the farm, who is in love with Pol, is also joining them, despite their attempts to stop him. They are later joined by Silk, a Drasnian prince and thief, and Barak, a Cherek warrior. They then follow the trail the thief left behind him in order to find the stolen artefact.

In the second book in the series, Queen of Sorcery, Garion and his group continue their search after the artifact, which is the Orb of Aldur, one of the gods in the book. They travel to Arendia, a country torn in a civil war, and manage to stop an assassination of the king. When they realize it was planned by a Murgo, Pol, who turns out to be the 4000 years old sorcerer Polgara, and Mister Wolf, who turns out to be her father, 7000 years old Belgarath, attempt to get all Murgo, their enemies, out of the country.

From Arendia the group rides to Tolnedra, where they find more Murgos. Once again, Polgara and Belgarath demand the Empror will get rid of them, and he complies, even though he doesn't like it, since trading with them brings a lot of money into the kingdom.
On their way out of Tolnedra they run into Ce'Nedra, the princess of Tolnedra, who ran away from the palace. Having no other choice, they decide to take her with them. According to a pact signed years beforehand, the Tolnedrian princess must go to the island Riva and wait for the missing prince if he shows up when she is sixteen. In order to avoid that, Ce'Nedra ran away, not wanting to wait for the prince of Riva.
They continue their journey to Nyissa. After using his magical powers, Garion has a fight with Polgara and he leaves, only to be caught by the Queen. He is drugged, but a voice in his head, which is the voice of the Prophecy, helps him alert Polgara of his location. Polgara and Barak manage to rescue him and the group continues its journey.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked the book because it was interesting and well written. The characters are realistic and they develop beautifully, and the culture described is interesting.

Best scene in story: I didn't have a specific favorite scene.

Opinion about the main character: I like that Garion does what he believes to be right. He doesn't quite think about what he's doing, but he acts on his beliefs, such as the one the slaves need better treatment, and that's honorable.

The review of this Book prepared by Shir B. a Level 2 American Robin scholar





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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   magical artifact Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   a teen

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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