I’ve decided to begin something new here in the hopes that it will keep me interested enough in WordPress that I will continue with this blog, as with everything else I have going on at the moment, I don’t tend to use it that much.
Recently someone asked me would I be interested in being a reviewer on Reedsy Discovery, and I decided that it would be a fantastic idea, because it would not only tackle coming to the blog in order to update on a regular basis, but also it would motivate me into reading more.
I mean who ever heard of a writer who doesn’t read, especially in her own genre. I’ve been threatening to read the books I got from dad’s library when he passed, and haven’t even made a dent in them yet, so that would be good.
Wish me well folks, we’re going in….
POLGARA by Leigh and David Eddings – Book Review
Polgara is the last in the series of the Belgariad and the Malloreon, it comes after the story of Belgarath the Sorcerer and depicts the life of Polgara the Sorceress and daughter of Belgarath.
I loved the Belgariad and Malloreon by David Eddings when I was younger. I read them cover to cover, and inside out. Devouring the entire prophecy series as one would an excellently prepared meal. This book, Polgara the Sorceress is the second of the two pre-equals (the first one being Belgarath the Sorcerer), and as you would expect is about the life of the Sorceress depicted in both of the above series’.
I had been wanting to get my hands on this book for quite some time, having read all the others including Belgarath quite some time ago. Then I found it in my dad’s library and borrowed it (it is now in my library, as I got it when he passed) and devoured it as well.
A lot of other reviewers bemoan the sexism and racism within these books and especially this one as it’s told from the Sorceress point of view. It is a brilliant book, which covers the entire history of Polgara’s history. I did skip a few pages that I had found a little boring or long winded (it does happen) nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the rest of the book and my senses with the sexism and racism weren’t triggered. But it’s been a few years now, so I might have to give it a reread.
Reading this brought back some lovely memories of sitting with the series when I was much younger and reading book after book as I could get them. It really was fun as was getting to know all the characters once again (including the secret spy hand language). I am glad that I finally got to read it. I would indeed recommend it to all and any fans of the series, read it last, after the series and Belgarath, and read it knowing that it has reported undertones of sexism and racism, but do judge for yourself, plus it does fill in a lot of the series’ holes.