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Het was allemaal begonnen met de roof van de Orbus die het Westen tot dan toe had beschemd tegen de kwade god Torak. Tot die tijd was Garion een eenvoudige boerenjongen, maar nadien ontdekt hij dat zijn tante werkelijk de tovenares Polgara is, en zijn grootvader Belgarath de Eeuwige Mens. En vervolgen, tijdens hun speurtocht naar de Orbus, ontdekt Garion tot zijn ontstelte Het was allemaal begonnen met de roof van de Orbus die het Westen tot dan toe had beschemd tegen de kwade god Torak. Tot die tijd was Garion een eenvoudige boerenjongen, maar nadien ontdekt hij dat zijn tante werkelijk de tovenares Polgara is, en zijn grootvader Belgarath de Eeuwige Mens. En vervolgen, tijdens hun speurtocht naar de Orbus, ontdekt Garion tot zijn ontsteltenis dat ook hijzelf een tovenaar is. NU de Orbus herwonnen is, neemt Garion aan dat zijn rol is uitgespeeld. Maar de voorspelling heeft nog vele verassingen voor Garion in petto - en ook voor de prinses van Tolnedra...


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Het was allemaal begonnen met de roof van de Orbus die het Westen tot dan toe had beschemd tegen de kwade god Torak. Tot die tijd was Garion een eenvoudige boerenjongen, maar nadien ontdekt hij dat zijn tante werkelijk de tovenares Polgara is, en zijn grootvader Belgarath de Eeuwige Mens. En vervolgen, tijdens hun speurtocht naar de Orbus, ontdekt Garion tot zijn ontstelte Het was allemaal begonnen met de roof van de Orbus die het Westen tot dan toe had beschemd tegen de kwade god Torak. Tot die tijd was Garion een eenvoudige boerenjongen, maar nadien ontdekt hij dat zijn tante werkelijk de tovenares Polgara is, en zijn grootvader Belgarath de Eeuwige Mens. En vervolgen, tijdens hun speurtocht naar de Orbus, ontdekt Garion tot zijn ontsteltenis dat ook hijzelf een tovenaar is. NU de Orbus herwonnen is, neemt Garion aan dat zijn rol is uitgespeeld. Maar de voorspelling heeft nog vele verassingen voor Garion in petto - en ook voor de prinses van Tolnedra...

30 review for Het lied van de Orbus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Minh

    Garion gets a shock and Ce'Nedra gets a personality. Garion gets a shock and Ce'Nedra gets a personality.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    My least favourite, just to much boring political stuff in the end and Ce'nedra is realy realy annoying😬🙄 3⭐⭐⭐ My least favourite, just to much boring political stuff in the end and Ce'nedra is realy realy annoying😬🙄 3⭐⭐⭐

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jack Iles

    Since I departed on this journey I noticed that The Belgariad series subtly lends itself to Chess. This is evident in the titles, 'Pawn of Prophecy', 'Queen of Sorcery' and so on. However David Eddings never openly acknowledged the series' overarching theme regarding the centuries old game. He weaves a love for the game within this beautiful series in more ways than the titles. The movement of the whole series begins to unfold just like a game of chess. The first book was the game's opening, est Since I departed on this journey I noticed that The Belgariad series subtly lends itself to Chess. This is evident in the titles, 'Pawn of Prophecy', 'Queen of Sorcery' and so on. However David Eddings never openly acknowledged the series' overarching theme regarding the centuries old game. He weaves a love for the game within this beautiful series in more ways than the titles. The movement of the whole series begins to unfold just like a game of chess. The first book was the game's opening, establishing Garion as a simple pawn moving inexorably towards the far side of the board. The second book explained the importance of Mandorallen and Hettar, the Knights. And further comparisons can be made at the reader's discretion towards other characters, and even who can be considered as players. The third book establishes the centre of the battle, the pivotal moment in a chess game where both sides have an equal chance of winning and losing. And now, the fourth book, 'Castle of Wizardry' shows Garion's promotion from pawn to... not a pawn. Castle of Wizardry was too beautiful and complex for a small review to do it justice. The pieces on the board are rallying towards the conclusion of the game, and the White Queen (Ce'Nedra) begins her final attack against the forces of darkness. The endgame is in sight. Oh, and look at the title of the last book...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    Less good than the previous ones; this entire book feels a bit: been there done that. However, I like the evolution of the characters. I enjoy Garion and Ce'Nedra, and I'm looking forward to the conclusion. (But I don’t think I’ll read the Malloreon.) This is still like sipping hot chocolate on a cold winter day, only I feel like really this is one book in five parts, and the abrupt endings dampen my enjoyment somewhat. The entire series is a delight, and perfect for any young fantasy fan. Less good than the previous ones; this entire book feels a bit: been there done that. However, I like the evolution of the characters. I enjoy Garion and Ce'Nedra, and I'm looking forward to the conclusion. (But I don’t think I’ll read the Malloreon.) This is still like sipping hot chocolate on a cold winter day, only I feel like really this is one book in five parts, and the abrupt endings dampen my enjoyment somewhat. The entire series is a delight, and perfect for any young fantasy fan.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan Kennedy

    I love this series and I am enjoying the reread very much. This is a true epic journey. With that said, I find this book a bit slower than the previous three.It is mostly a setting up of the Rivan King and his betrothed. The journey is put on hold as they come to claim the crown. After all is said and done, Belgarion, Belgarath and Silk steal away to begin another journey. After the trio leaves you follow them for a bit. Then you are back with the others as they begin to gather an army. You foll I love this series and I am enjoying the reread very much. This is a true epic journey. With that said, I find this book a bit slower than the previous three.It is mostly a setting up of the Rivan King and his betrothed. The journey is put on hold as they come to claim the crown. After all is said and done, Belgarion, Belgarath and Silk steal away to begin another journey. After the trio leaves you follow them for a bit. Then you are back with the others as they begin to gather an army. You follow Ce'Nedra as she gives her speeches and gathers her huge army for Belgarion. They are on one journey as the trio is on another. It is not full of mystery and adventure as much as the other three, but the story is well under way and you need to reach here to continue. Don't get me wrong, it is still an amazing story, just not as full on as the other three. But hold on, the adventure continues.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    This fourth installment of the Belgariad series plunges in exactly where the previous volume left off—there is no exposition, no reminding the reader gently what came before. Fortunately, everything is simplistic enough that even my menopausally-challenged memory was able to fish out the necessary details within the first chapter, the circumstances slowly coming back to me. I have to say that Belgarion is a frustrating hero. He never seems to catch on to what is happening in his own life and he e This fourth installment of the Belgariad series plunges in exactly where the previous volume left off—there is no exposition, no reminding the reader gently what came before. Fortunately, everything is simplistic enough that even my menopausally-challenged memory was able to fish out the necessary details within the first chapter, the circumstances slowly coming back to me. I have to say that Belgarion is a frustrating hero. He never seems to catch on to what is happening in his own life and he ends up surprised by things that the not-necessarily-astute reader has seen coming since book one. I found myself a bit offended on his behalf at several points, however, as the adults in his life kept shoving him into situations that they should have been preparing him for. They all could see that he was struggling and not understanding his role in things and I felt they should have been more forthcoming with information and support. I do appreciate that Eddings didn’t go all “Lord of the Rings” in this series—there are no elves or orcs and the sought-after Orb doesn’t need to be destroyed. In fact, there is another “Sword in the Stone” moment as Garion accepts the Orb and it acknowledges his status as heir. Eddings does create a moderately interesting world, albeit a fairly shallow one. When reading Tolkien, I always appreciate the fact that he knew Middle Earth inside out, had created a complex history for it and designed authentic feeling languages for all of its peoples. There isn’t that same feeling of depth to Edding’s world, but how many people would go to the extremes of world-building that Tolkien did? Even the main characters are a little wooden in the Belgariad, but a few are quite entertaining. I am always fond of Silk and his spying, conniving ways. It was also lovely to see Lord Barak settle into a more comfortable family situation. Lady Polgara and Princess Ce’Nedra provide some female main characters, but they rarely talk about anything except Garion & Ce’Nedra’s relationship, such as it is. Bechdel test fail. One more book to go, and I hope to read it before the end of this year! Book number 190 of my science fiction and fantasy reading project.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    5 stars - Audiobook - if I don't hurry up their will be no more Murgo's to kill-Belgarion goes on a journey to meet up with the Child of Dark and Ce'nedra raises an army. I do so love the charaters of David Eddings books. Their hero's with some issues 😀🌸🌸 5 stars - Audiobook - if I don't hurry up their will be no more Murgo's to kill-Belgarion goes on a journey to meet up with the Child of Dark and Ce'nedra raises an army. I do so love the charaters of David Eddings books. Their hero's with some issues 😀🌸🌸

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane Jago

    You have to wait until I've done number five, then I'm gonna review the lot as a set. Until then. Polgara still annoys me, and I do wish Garion would punch somebody You have to wait until I've done number five, then I'm gonna review the lot as a set. Until then. Polgara still annoys me, and I do wish Garion would punch somebody

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

    Onwards to the final book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Savantfool

    It does not often happen that I put a book away midway. I have read the past 3 installments in a matter of weeks. But with each book my annoyance has grown. It is painfully obvious since book one who Garion is. To everyone but him and C'Nedra. +That is not even the problem with the book. It is the blatant dislike the reader has to form to two major charcters. Whereas Pol started as the good Aunt protecting Garion it has become more and more clear that Garion means only a prophecy to her. She car It does not often happen that I put a book away midway. I have read the past 3 installments in a matter of weeks. But with each book my annoyance has grown. It is painfully obvious since book one who Garion is. To everyone but him and C'Nedra. +That is not even the problem with the book. It is the blatant dislike the reader has to form to two major charcters. Whereas Pol started as the good Aunt protecting Garion it has become more and more clear that Garion means only a prophecy to her. She cares for him as long as he follows her orders, uncaring to his feelings. The same is she towards Ce'Nedra and in this book the reader understands just how far this scheming goes. Not one of the Friends and family explain a thing to Garion. He blunders his way through politics and no one helps. But everyone is rather vocal afterwards, chastising a boy who was a scullery boy for not behaving kingly. As they complain about his simple mind no one realizes that they have kind of forgotten to raise him as something but a farm hand. Especially nobody complains that Pol has not raised the boy as anyone but a pot scrubber. The thing is: she could not have raised him differently as it becomes painfully clear she just needs him to fulfill a prophecy and cares no further for the boy. That is the twisted truth of her affection. It is only showing when Garion does as she says, precisely. It makes you want to tear out your hair. As the dislike for Pol and Ce'nedra grows in the third book, it explodes in the fourth. These are the supposedly two strong females that have been written as poor stereotypes. They lack everything a strong female character needs and make a sick joke of women in ruling positions, drawing them as power hungry schemers that use affection and partly their body to silence justified anger. I could not read further as each scene with them simply kept me shaking my head in despair. Besides that the story is as so many fantasy stories the first book had been promising a good read, the second made you cringe in fear for future installments, the third sadly made you realize it would get worse and in the fourth it did. I can not get over my dislike for Aunt Pol and Ce'nedra and as these are mains I can not continue rading sadly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    The characters are all there & are coming into their own, but otherwise there's not much to say. These books must be read in order & as a set of 5. I was happy that this book kept up the pace & I blew through it quickly. On to the final one. The characters are all there & are coming into their own, but otherwise there's not much to say. These books must be read in order & as a set of 5. I was happy that this book kept up the pace & I blew through it quickly. On to the final one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    3.5 stars. Fourth installment of the Belgariad. Not quite as good as the previous entries but still a good, solid read. One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book 4 of the Belgariad, I must admit, is a slog. We start off with a bit of action as Garion & friends escape from Cthul Murgos and back to the west. About halfway through the book comes the moment we've all been waiting for since the prologue of book 1: Garion is crowned the Rivan King. After that, unfortunately, the book slows way down as Garion has to deal with Politics (tm) and come to terms with life as a king. About two-thirds of the way through, Garion secretly escapes from Riva with his Book 4 of the Belgariad, I must admit, is a slog. We start off with a bit of action as Garion & friends escape from Cthul Murgos and back to the west. About halfway through the book comes the moment we've all been waiting for since the prologue of book 1: Garion is crowned the Rivan King. After that, unfortunately, the book slows way down as Garion has to deal with Politics (tm) and come to terms with life as a king. About two-thirds of the way through, Garion secretly escapes from Riva with his "grandfather" Belgarath and everybody's favourite spy Silk (probably the most entertaining character in the series). They're off to Mallorea so that Garion can face the god Torak in one-on-one battle and decide the fate of the world. They travel for a bit, but nowhere more interesting than the swamps of Drasnia. (I can just hear Eddings now: "Look, it's another country I invented! Isn't it neat? Don't you like the little animals I created? Aren't they clever?") With our main point-of-view character gone, the last 75 pages of the book are told from the perspective of Princess Ce'Nedra, Garion's betrothed. At first, those slog too, as Ce'Nedra must also deal with Politics (tm). There's a bit of a bright point at the end as Ce'Nedra -- helped by the usual cast of characters, who don't have anything better to do now that Garion's gone -- musters an army. She's off to fight a hopeless battle against the evil Asharaks to give Garion time to kill Torak. If Book 1 felt like an extended prologue, book 4 feels like a capstone to the first three books and a setup to book 5. It doesn't really have much of a story in-and-of itself. Here's hoping that book 5 will give us a decent climax, because otherwise book 4 will have been mostly wasted.

  14. 4 out of 5

    James

    While this was not my favorite of the series as a whole, it had some of my favorite moments. Everything is coming together, and actions from previous books are beginning to show their consequences. The lead up to the throne room at Riva was particularly well done, as is the development of Ce'nedra in the later half. Polgara is still kind of irritating me. She's so abrasive and condescending so much of the time. It would be nice to see another side of her. Ready to conclude with book 5! While this was not my favorite of the series as a whole, it had some of my favorite moments. Everything is coming together, and actions from previous books are beginning to show their consequences. The lead up to the throne room at Riva was particularly well done, as is the development of Ce'nedra in the later half. Polgara is still kind of irritating me. She's so abrasive and condescending so much of the time. It would be nice to see another side of her. Ready to conclude with book 5!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    The fourth installment of The Belgariad Series By David Eddings. The characters have me totally immersed in this fantasy world, and Eddings writing and story telling has improved with each book. This book is the set-up for the finale in book 5, so it was not as action-packed as the first three. The series is old school fantasy, good vs. evil and all the elements/people have come together for the final battle. A good fun read

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    3.5 stars. Fourth installment of the Belgariad. Not quite as good as the previous entries but still a good, solid read. One final note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and he did an excellent job with the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    Eh, probably the least interesting in the series. I am not a fan of the way the Ce'Nedra is treated throughout this book, and Polgara is at her meanest, in my opinion. Eh, probably the least interesting in the series. I am not a fan of the way the Ce'Nedra is treated throughout this book, and Polgara is at her meanest, in my opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scot Parker

    This was an enjoyable continuation of the series. The armies of the west have begun to assemble to do battle with Mordor....er, wait, I got confused again. Armies are assembling though as we march towards the ultimate confrontation between Garion and Torak. If you've been enjoying the series so far, this book won't disappoint. This was an enjoyable continuation of the series. The armies of the west have begun to assemble to do battle with Mordor....er, wait, I got confused again. Armies are assembling though as we march towards the ultimate confrontation between Garion and Torak. If you've been enjoying the series so far, this book won't disappoint.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    More of the same. Classic fantasy. Yet: I am beginning to tire of the horrible way David Eddings writes women. They're all shrill, half of them are empty-headed, and they all enjoy cooking and sewing. How lazy is that kind of writing? More of the same. Classic fantasy. Yet: I am beginning to tire of the horrible way David Eddings writes women. They're all shrill, half of them are empty-headed, and they all enjoy cooking and sewing. How lazy is that kind of writing?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    A reread of this fun series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    First of all, everything about these books - from the shallow characterization to the wtf cover art to the painfully obvious and clumsy chess theme - is like...couldn't you have tried just a little harder? Like, you had an idea, now develop it. So, if you're out to raise a boy to become the king and leader of the known world, don't you think it might be important to give him ANY experiences or tuition toward that goal? Garion had never been allowed to make a single decision for himself his entire First of all, everything about these books - from the shallow characterization to the wtf cover art to the painfully obvious and clumsy chess theme - is like...couldn't you have tried just a little harder? Like, you had an idea, now develop it. So, if you're out to raise a boy to become the king and leader of the known world, don't you think it might be important to give him ANY experiences or tuition toward that goal? Garion had never been allowed to make a single decision for himself his entire life. Polgara keeps him under her thumb and demands that he merely obey. Garion is, as I've said in previous reviews, Inexcusably stupid, but Polgara keeps him that way on purpose. She doesn't even teach him to read! But then he's got to decide whether or not to sign important documents relating to matters of state. She clearly cares for the boy, underneath it all, but she's spent so much time worrying about the prophesy that she's forgotten he's a real person who she's supposed to be raising. Chief among my nitpicks of little things in this book - wth is up with Silk's big tragic scene? His mom used to be pretty, but now she's ugly and blind. When he's told he has to go talk to her, he turns white and starts shaking. Then after their meeting, he gets drunk and sobs about it. Oh no, we're all real sorry for you, you had to talk to an ugly lady, you poor thing, must be rough. The only female in the book who's not staggeringly beautiful, so sad. She's blind, so she doesn't even know she's ugly, so what is the problem, exactly? I have plenty of other problems with this book, but it's mostly a bridge, so I'm just going to power on through to the next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Narilka

    April 2020 reread: Ahh yes, the slowest book in the series. Still an enjoyable read. And Ce'Nedra's still annoying though I think she has grown as a character by the end. Only one book to go! Review from 2013 below. ---------- Castle of Wizardry is the fourth book of The Belgariad. The story picks up immediately after events in Castle of Wizardry. While a few events do happen to move the story along, this book focuses more on the characters than what we've seen previously. It is also the set up fo April 2020 reread: Ahh yes, the slowest book in the series. Still an enjoyable read. And Ce'Nedra's still annoying though I think she has grown as a character by the end. Only one book to go! Review from 2013 below. ---------- Castle of Wizardry is the fourth book of The Belgariad. The story picks up immediately after events in Castle of Wizardry. While a few events do happen to move the story along, this book focuses more on the characters than what we've seen previously. It is also the set up for the final book so reads more as the middle book in a series to me than the previous two. As we have less events happening, the book is a slightly slower read than those previous as well. This is also the point when Eddings has more characters than the story needs. A few get focused on while the rest fade into the background. Two characters we were briefly introduced to in the last book become members of the party: Errand, an innocent child and unlikely thief, and Taiba, a slave woman the party rescues. While he plays a larger role in the second series, here Errand is primarily used as a plot device. He is the only true innocent on the planet and therefor able to touch the Orb. His name comes from "errand" being the only word he says as he tries to give the Orb to anyone he sees. His innocence is also used occasionally as a distraction to get others to do the right thing. Taiba seems primarily to be a foil to Relg. Being a slave her entire life, she has had a hard life and is unused to the outside world. She also represents the ultimate temptation for Relg: sin. It is through her that Relg starts to have a small character arc as he realizes that the world is not as black and white as he would like. Ironically, after the party gets to Riva, these characters pretty much fade into the background. Garion continues to grow, transitioning from a typical teen to the beginnings of maturity. After his true heritage is announced to the world, Garion has no choice but to accept the role the Prophecy has laid out for him. It is with a mixture of relief and trepidation that he looks full on his destiny and choose the path that will save the most lives. Ce'Nedra also begins her character arc. For the first time in her life she realizes that she is not the center of the universe and cares more for another than for herself. It is through this strength that she is able to complete the tasks set out for her by the Prophecy. It is good to see her as something more than a spoiled princess. One of the downsides to The Belgariad is that Eddings sets up little side stories and then they don't go anywhere. It's a shame really as some of those stories could have been interesting. It is probably to keep things focused as many of those asides don't have much bearing on the overall story, but it still would've been neat as a way to revisit other areas of the world.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vasya

    Castle of Wizardry left me a little short on all the information I would love to have at the moment, but I guess that's just because I'm a bit greedy here. The big culmination point that I was waiting for from the beginning of book one, Pawn of Prophecy, is here - Garion finally knows who he is, what he must do and he's got to get used to that idea really, really fast. I liked that part of the book a lot, but after that I got a little bit confused. The prophecy tells us that the Child of Light an Castle of Wizardry left me a little short on all the information I would love to have at the moment, but I guess that's just because I'm a bit greedy here. The big culmination point that I was waiting for from the beginning of book one, Pawn of Prophecy, is here - Garion finally knows who he is, what he must do and he's got to get used to that idea really, really fast. I liked that part of the book a lot, but after that I got a little bit confused. The prophecy tells us that the Child of Light and the Child of Dark must meet, but the fact that the companions are mentioned (you'll figure that one out when you come to it) and that their role was pretty much over with the whole "returning the thing back to where it belongs ceremony" was a bit disappointing. It also reminds me a lot of the ending of The Fellowship of the Ring, the last scene where the fellowship breaks apart and every character has it's own way to cross. It surprised me most, I believe, was because I wasn't expecting it at all and because it happened very quickly. What I do like in this book is the way Ce'Nedra got into her role. She still has one tantrum or another, but she really grows up. What surprised me about it was how awesome a character she is now - I really didn't like her as a spoiled little girl. It was also about time for her and Garion. They haven't resolved much, but the way they acted around each other really put a smile on my face.It wasn't really all that hard to figure what's happening between them, but it's refreshing that at least they got somthing out there in the open. Now the great finale begins, and if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go and read some more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo

    Castle of Wizardry sets up the last book of the Belgariad perfectly. We still have the continued character growth of Garion. He is no longer the sullen and whiny child. He matures, especially once he realizes his role in the Prophecy that guided their journeys so far, and decides that he may be the only one who can do it. Ce’Nedra has also grown, especially once she realizes her title as an Imperial Princess means little among her companions. To get what she wants, he uses her smarts and charm to Castle of Wizardry sets up the last book of the Belgariad perfectly. We still have the continued character growth of Garion. He is no longer the sullen and whiny child. He matures, especially once he realizes his role in the Prophecy that guided their journeys so far, and decides that he may be the only one who can do it. Ce’Nedra has also grown, especially once she realizes her title as an Imperial Princess means little among her companions. To get what she wants, he uses her smarts and charm to get into the good side of her friends. Except for Garion, though she may have feelings for him, she still intends him to suffer. The two needed to mature, as the final book approaches; they need to step into larger than life roles. The final book would still revolve around the triumvirate of Garion, Polgara and Belgarath, now joined by Ce’Nedra. This volume is thicker than the preceding books but you still end up wanting more. Fortunately this is my third re-read, the last book is on hand and I could instantly fulfil the need to turn to the next page. But if you have to wait, you will find that unbearable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dayna

    The fourth book in the Belgariad series and another instance in a long line of rereads over the years. This has long been my favorite book in the series, because this is where a heap of the action lies, prophecy comes to fruition, and everything starts to coalesce. One of my favourite things about this book is Relg and Taiba. They’re a fascinating, lovely couple and it’s great to see them begin to establish their profound relationship. One of my all time favorite quotes from this series comes fr The fourth book in the Belgariad series and another instance in a long line of rereads over the years. This has long been my favorite book in the series, because this is where a heap of the action lies, prophecy comes to fruition, and everything starts to coalesce. One of my favourite things about this book is Relg and Taiba. They’re a fascinating, lovely couple and it’s great to see them begin to establish their profound relationship. One of my all time favorite quotes from this series comes from this book: “Relg's face was twisted into an agony. Tears of anguish streamed openly from his eyes, and his teeth were clenched as if he were in the grip of intolerable pain. His arms, however, cradled the ternfied slave woman protectively, almost gently, and even when they were free of the rock, he held her closely against him as if he intended to hold her thus forever.” No matter how many times I’ve read this series, this paragraph gets me every time and I shed a tear. It’s beautiful, it’s emotional and it’s such a pivotal moment for both of these characters. Reading this paragraph in all of its beauty makes me happy. Love this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky Hoftiezer

    I first read this book around a decade ago, so I had forgotten how bad it was. Besides the standard problems of simplistic morality, flat characters, and predictable plot, the fourth book of The Belgariad delves into and embraces horrible female stereotypes. I put up with it in the first three books, but the amount of time spent following Ce'Nedra as she throws tantrums, giggles at men, and flutters her eyelashes was disgusting. This is supposed to be a display of feminine power? Good job, David I first read this book around a decade ago, so I had forgotten how bad it was. Besides the standard problems of simplistic morality, flat characters, and predictable plot, the fourth book of The Belgariad delves into and embraces horrible female stereotypes. I put up with it in the first three books, but the amount of time spent following Ce'Nedra as she throws tantrums, giggles at men, and flutters her eyelashes was disgusting. This is supposed to be a display of feminine power? Good job, David Eddings, you've successfully revealed yourself to be a moron who doesn't understand that women are PEOPLE, not giggly creatures who throw tantrums and inexplicably delight in confusing men for the sake of being "mysterious".

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    As I've stated before, I love this series. This book has a lot of good thing happen in it that will unfortunately be balanced out somewhat by the price of war in the last book. I find Ce'Nedra's dilemma interesting although I'm not in love with the idea that our destiny is decided before we are born, which seems to have been a theme that is really brought home in this chapter. Now the companions have rescued the orb and need to return it to Riva, where Garion will finally come into his birthright As I've stated before, I love this series. This book has a lot of good thing happen in it that will unfortunately be balanced out somewhat by the price of war in the last book. I find Ce'Nedra's dilemma interesting although I'm not in love with the idea that our destiny is decided before we are born, which seems to have been a theme that is really brought home in this chapter. Now the companions have rescued the orb and need to return it to Riva, where Garion will finally come into his birthright (which will surprise him and Ce'Nedra). Garion learns what he is suppose to do and sets off with just Silk and Belgarath. And the kings head to war with Ce'Nedra as the figurehead.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cheruv

    3.5 Stars. Not as good as the previous books. But still a good read nonetheless. It almost felt like the book should have been broken up into two, there was a climax, and then everything slowed down for a long time. I do appreciate that some of the characters are filled out more. There also is a definite building up in the last 2/3ds of the book leading up to the last installment. I hope it ends well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eric Smith

    This is my favorite book in the first series. I like the pacing and the character moments and pretty much everything that happens. Everything really gets moving towards the big climax in the next book in this book as some plot threads get tied up and pieces start moving into place for the final confrontation. Just an excellent continuation of the story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Glaiza

    Man, Ce'Nedra is a delight to read. She's so Tsundere it hurts. She's the OG Tsundere. I love her so very much. And Silk. My cynical, sarcastic bb. Moar. Man, Ce'Nedra is a delight to read. She's so Tsundere it hurts. She's the OG Tsundere. I love her so very much. And Silk. My cynical, sarcastic bb. Moar.

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