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That said, on to the review!
Castle of Wizardry is the fourth book in the Belgariad. It seemed as though the quest for the Orb of Aldur was over, but it won't be over until the Orb is back where it belongs: in the Hall of the Rivan King. Which means, of course, that there's going to be a lot of action taking place between Garion's narrow escape from the crumbling Rak Cthol and their arrival in Riva. So you needn't worry about becoming bored, just because it seems as though the story is nearly ended.
One of the most interesting parts of this book is Garion's return to the farm in Sendaria where he grew up. After watching him grow and mature there, it is slightly disconcerting but very touching to see him go back to his roots and see the difference that the year or so since his departure has made in him and his childhood friends. And even more touching--and slightly amusing--is the way the author describes Polgara's return: "Her polite suggestions remained so for almost a minute and a half before they became commands, and then everything was back to normal again." Can you just picture this scene? Remember, while Garion was growing up Polgara was the central figure and queen of the kitchen. And although a lot has changed in all of them--Durnik's killed a man, Garion's become a sorceror, and Polgara is once more the legendary sorceress born over three thousand years before--something's just haven't. Isn't that the way it should be?
Castle of Wizardry continues the rapid, exciting pace of an impressive series of books. There are spans of time where the reader can sit back and relax to enjoy the quieter experiences of the characters, but also hordes of places where you just can't wait to see what happens next. Excellent writing in every case, so go get the book and read it!
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