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Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1985
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David Eddings [The Belgariad series] -- This is like Bonanza, or like I Love Lucy. There will be other fantasy series, but there can never be another that's so seminal, that so captures the essence of fantasy. Big Dave and Little Leigh grow their heroes from the ground up, and they grow the best.
--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor
From the Inside Flap
END OF THE QUEST
It had all begun with the theft of the Orb that had so long protected the West from the evil God Torak. Before that, Garion had been a simple farm boy. Afterward, he discovered that his aunt was really the Sorceress Polgara and his grandfather was Belgarath, the Eternal Man. Then, on the long quest to recover the Orb, Garion found to his dismay that he, too, was a sorcerer.
Now, at last, the Orb was regained and the quest was nearing its end. Of course, the questors still had to escape from this crumbling enemy fortress and flee across a desert filled with Murgo soldiers searching for them, while Grolim Hierarchs strove to destroy them with dark magic. Then, somehow, they must manage to be in Riva with the Orb by Erastide. After that, however, Garion was sure that his part in these great events would be finished.
But the Prophecy still held future surprises for Garion--and for the little princess Ce'Nedra.
This continues the magnificent epic of The Belgariad, begun in Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, and Magician's Gambit--a fantasy set against a background of the war of men, Kings, and Gods that had spanned seven thousand years--a novel of fate, strange lands, and a prophecy that must be fulfilled!
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They really should have had some of the long-time fans proofread these before they release them into the wild. There are a lot of typos caused by the digitization of the novels. It's glaring to suddenly have people's names misspelled for example.
They also release the e-books to far apart. I'd rather they take a few months, get really good proofreaders to proof them, and release them all at once instead of crappy paper-to-digital scans spread out over a year.
I do have two minor criticisms, though. First, closer attention to proofreading would be appreciated. I get a chuckle every time I read about 'Zakath and boundless "Mallorca." The Islas Baleares are lovely and definitely worth a visit, but hardly boundless. Now Mallorea, on the other hand... Second, the maps are much too small, taking up perhaps a sixth of a page each.
And, if you were waiting for that 188th review to convince you to read this wonderful series, here it is. So what's stopping you?
However, the proofreading on this release is terrible. Characters names and places are misspelled all through the kindle editions. I went back to my old paperbacks to see if the misspellings were there as well, and they were not. So please enjoy the books for the masterwork that they are and ignore the editing mistakes.