Story Rating: *****
Cover Rating: B
In this second installment of The Belgariad, Garion really starts to undergo some big changes and some of the hints in the first book about him start unveiling themselves. The cast of primary characters (the hero’s adventuring party) are fleshed out even more. I’m big on character development (particularly in my fantasy novels) and Queen of Sorcery does not disappoint. Also, Ce’Nedra? Love that feisty little thing.
The book is action-packed. From the very first chapter to the very last, something important is going on. Sometimes the conflicts are internal, while many of them are external. It keeps you reading, guessing what is coming next.
The cover is moderately eye-catching and gives a fairly accurate description of what to expect from the story. (Note: The cover rated is the mass market paperback version that I own. There are several other cover options for this book.)