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    POLGARA THE SORCERESS by David and Leigh Eddings

    Ballantine Books, Del Rey, 1997

    Polgara, daughter of Belgarath, has lived for thousands of years on a holy mission to protect her nephews, one of whom is fated to become the Godslayer. In this prequel to the Belgariad series, Polgara tells her own story, outlining the entire history of her long life.

    POLGARA THE SORCERESS is a large book (643 pages in the hardback edition), but is hard to put down nevertheless. Polgara moves from one adventure to the next, trying to force reluctant nations to peace, facing the incredible power of an evil god who wishes to make her his wife, and dealing with a frustrating father and long-vanished but very much present mother.

    As always, David and Leigh Eddings (see more reviews of novels by these authors) tell a fascinating story. The story, however, will be most compelling for those who have already read the Belgarian series (beginning with Pawn of Prophecy (Buy it)). Spanning a much shorter time, the Belgarian provides both an introduction to Eddings' world, its peoples, and its mythology--a mythology made powerfully real by the very present Will of the gods and the prophecy which even the gods cannot avoid, but which they hope to subvert and influence. Polgara is a fascinating 'person' in her own right. This novel discusses both her adventures and her loves (remarkably few for a woman who lived for thousands of years). It is a compelling read that offers a more complete view of the world of Garion and Ce'Nedra. One question, am I the only one who finds Ce'Nedra a little annoying?

    Four Stars

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