A Warning: This review review might containeth spoilers as I am a bit pissed off with it. For those that look at this as a personal affront or attack on what they like, I asure you, the fualt is mine… Oh and swearing, I did mention I was pissed of right?
Legends tell of how Belgarath the sorcerer and his daughter Polgara defeated the evil God Torak, imprisoning him in an endless sleep. But now a priest of Torak is racing to his God with the Orb of Aldur- racing to reawaken him
Belggarath and Polgara are on his trail. With them is Garion, a simple farm boy only months before. And with each league the group travel- Through Arendia and Tolnedra and on to Nyissa, the land of the Serpent Queen- the power of sorcery is growing in Garion…
I write this letter to you on behalf of Dave, he has locked himself in his room and will not be coming out until he has found a way to cope with, acording to him, how much time he wasted on actualy finishing this novel. What I can see from the get go is that he was already so frustrated with the previous novel and was not looking forward to picking up number two, or maybe he had too high expectations of it setting right what number had done wrong for him.
Whatever the case, Dave is angry, Dave is like little Garion, frustrated as fuck that he knows he is special, but his family carry on with this “secret” that is so obvious and could’ve avoided so much tension and unesasary bickering and inward conflict, that if dick head Belgarath or bitchy Polgara could’ve just been open and honest with him (that last sentance is what I got from Dave).
Apparently nothing was important enough to tell Garion through the whole story, yet when he set a person on fire for the first time and was reluctant to kill him, aunt Pol thought it was the right time to tell him this was the guy that killed his parents, WTF? They could’ve told him in the first fkn book already! (Dave…👆) The party travel and travel pretty much the same as in the first book, trying to be as inconspicous as possible, but fail every time. It was boring and dreadfull to read acording to Dave, he hated every second of it.
Then there was all the nakedness and sexual tension between whomever was in the presance of Garion or the others of the party, why blush when you see tits? Was this supposed to be a YA novel? Do tits and naked chicks all have to be beautifull and naked in YA novels? That part I heard through the door as Dave was throwing his toys out of the cot, I feel sorry for the guy…
The story picked up about the last 40 pages of the book but fell flat as everything that should’ve been important and relevant to mention to Garion, happened while he was drugged (WTF!!!). He now has some dry voice in his head that can do magic tricks all of a sudden. Friends I must confess, that I heard more than once that Dave was threatening to “DNF this piece of shit“, but he is a stubborn lad, so he got to the end at last.
Dave has mentioned that he liked the idea of the story in general, but it could’ve been done waaaay better. He does not understand why half of what happened happened, nor why stupid things happend that was not relevant to the story, yet what should’ve been relevant was seen or described as not important. He distinctly remembers a scenario where Garion wanted to know what a Dryad was, to which Belgarath replied “I quite like them, they are not human, but thats not important right now….” (fuuuuuuckoooooooof😡)
I will end this review by saying Dave gave it a 2 out of 5 stars over on GR (it should’nt have gotten any fkn stars!!!). He doesnt believe he will continue this series and I believe he won’t be recommending it to anyone, apart from true followers of Eddings. Dave read this novel for his OWLs in Transfiguration.
I hope this letter finds you all in good health. Signed with love,