Polgara is the epic culmination of a magnificent saga, and a fitting farewell to a world which, once experienced, will never be forgotten.
She soars above a world of warriors, kings, and priests. The daughter of Belgarath and the shape-shifter Poledra, she has fought wars, plotted palace coups, and worked her powerful magic for three thousand years. Now, Polgara looks back at her magnificent life, in this fitting crown jewel to the saga that is the Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean cycles.
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.
Good Story but...
I have read this a number of times and I love this story. But, the narration is horrible. The narrators voice for Ce'Nedra makes her sound like an old, whiny crone and there is very little difference between any other characters voices. Except for Poledra Who just sounds arrogant and bored. You would think that with 12 books that some of the narrators would use the same pronunciation of people and place names. How do you get Kam-i-on from Kamyion and the way she pronounces Mallorea sounds like an intestinal issue.
Narrator is awful. Just AWFUL!
The narrator is the absolute worst. She is extremely bad at pronunciations and also at relaying emotions via audio. This was seriously the worst entry in the series primarily because of the narrator. I stopped listening to this book and went back through the Belgariad series, the Mallorean series, and Belgarath the Sorcerer before coming back to suffer through listening to this. She almost made me dislike Polgara so I had to get a dose of the other version of Polgara before coming back to hear her plod through this book. My God she is awful. Somehow the twins became chipmunks, Ce’Nedra became a crone, Beldin became a prepubescent boy - Hell she even made Torak sound like a cartoon villain. I mean COMEON - she could’ve at least done her due diligence and listened to the other books to hear what they sounded like and try to keep the continuity going. For new listeners - BUY THE BOOK AND READ IT YOURSELF. I know I had to complete the series because David Eddings wove a great story with these characters. I just wish I paid attention to the other reviewers on how bad a job this narrator did.
I love David Eddings, this is an amazing book. However, this narrative is terrible. Almost every pronuncification of the names and places are just wrong. It is so distracting to have to translate every name and place every time they are spoken to the correct form. Ms Perlman could have taken the time to listen to a few of the earlier audiobooks to get some bearing on correct pronucification. Her lack of vocal range leaves the male voices indistinguishable and muddled.