|Submitted by James Walker |
(Aug 16, 2007)
The fourth book of the Belgariad was a big disappointment for me. In contrast to the fine crafting of the first few books, Eddings seems to be just going through the motions to meet his quota for the publisher. As a result, he has produced something that is mundane and formulaic. He relies heavily on devices created in previous books, such as "the prophecy", and the predictability of the plot is not balanced by particularly captivating writing. All the characters have gone "out of character", sometimes seeming to have exactly the same personality, motivation, and behaviours as the other characters in the book. Instead of evolving naturally, they are forced to fit a preconceived plotline. The author seems to be simply filling in the details for the completed outline presented at the beginning of the series. I found it hard to finish this book because I got tired of it's repetitive and unimaginative nature. The uncertainty of the first few books is replaced here with conceit; the author won his readership and stopped trying.