Thursday, February 09, 2006
Polgara, The Sorceress
I finished reading this few days back. But couldn’t write about it because of the unbelievable workload. This is basically a prequel. It tells the story which leads to the events of The Belgariad. But this is the first time I read a book of this series & it didn’t stop me enjoying the book at all. Polgara is the daughter of Belgarath. She narrates the story which spans thousands of years. Her father tells his view point in the book “Belgarath the Sorcerer”. But Polgara claims that her father didn’t know the whole picture & he embellished some facts. Anyway since I haven’t read “Belgarath the Sorcerer” or any of the The Belgariad and The Malloreon series I have no idea.
The story mainly explains how Polgara influenced the politics of Arendia and Sendaria. And how she becomes Duchess of Erat. Eventually she becomes the protector of the line Rivan Kings who are descendants of her sister Beldaran. Where one of them will be the ‘Godslayer’. Since she is virtually immortal she has to deal with loss of loved ones quite often. The gentle & some times not gentle rivalries which exists between Polgara & other characters ( specially her father) is quite enjoyable.
Although it does make a few assumptions about the reader's knowledge of events in previous books “ Polgara, The Sorceress” can be enjoyed as a separate book. Since it doesn’t exactly finishes in the end, but begins the main story it left me wanting to find the other books of the series. Sure hope they are available here.
Her hair streaked white by her father's first touch, her mind guided by a mother she will not see again for centuries, Polgara begins life in her Uncle Beldin's tower, and in the prehistorical, magical Tree that stands in the middle of the Vale. There, she first learns the reaches of her powers. There she assumes the bird shapes that will serve her on her adventures. And there she starts on the path toward her destiny as Duchess of Erat, shepherdess of the cause of good, adversary of Torak the One-Eyed Dragon God, and guardian of the world's last, best hope: the heir to the Rivan throne.
Here is the legendary life story of a woman of wit, passion, and complex emotions, a woman born of two majestic parents who could not have been more unlike one another. Ordained to make peace and make war, to gain love and lose love, Polgara lives out her family's rich prophecy in the ceaseless struggle between the Light and the Dark.
Polgara is the epic culmination of a magnificent saga, and a fitting farewell to a world which, once experienced, will never be forgotten.