2012-01-17 [Triola]: Yeah, this book is meant to be read after a world of other books :P but they are really very awesome, you should start there
2012-01-17 [Viking]: I'm not sure how awesome they are. I barely made it through The Belgariad and haven't been able to finish any other Eddings book.
2012-01-17 [Triola]: I think they're adorable, I really liked them :3
2012-01-17 [Nioniel]: I just shouldn't have started with the end of a series, methinks. It was too confusing and I kept dreading picking the book up again to finish it.
2012-01-17 [Linderel]: The Belgariad is a dear old friend of mine. And yes, you shouldn't have started with Polgara - that and Belgarath are meant to be read after you're already familiar with the characters.
2012-01-17 [Nioniel]: Well, no one told me that. :P
2012-01-17 [Linderel]: Were we supposed to know you hadn't read anything of that world before? :P
2012-01-17 [Nioniel]: Of course not. :3
But I don't think that I would suggest a book that comes at the end of a series to someone when the book heavily references the rest of the series, and when I haven't asked if the person is familiar with the series. Or I'd just tell them that it was part of a series in the first place. :P
I could see myself probably enjoying the series as a whole. This was the kind of story that I usually like, and one of the kinds of books that I've generally sought for myself when I'm reading for pleasure. But without the information that I assume is provided in the books leading up to this one, I just kept finding myself very confused and so lost in places that I had to go online to figure out what the heck certain events and characters had to do with the book - which is when I then discovered that this book is indeed part of a saga. So I could only then review the book based upon the book itself, not as I usually would for a book in a series; as a part of a whole. I do feel a bit bad for giving this a lower rating, but objectively, that's really all I can give it at this point.
I know you didn't ask, but I do keep feeling like I ought to justify my low rating, since it seems like quite a few people are actually familiar with and have enjoyed the series. Maybe at some point, I'll start at the beginning and see how I like it then.
2012-01-17 [Linderel]: Haha, fair enough. You'll have to blame the one who recommended the book to you, then. :P
2012-01-17 [Nioniel]: XD
2012-01-26 [Cillamoon]: Sorry Mel, I honestly didn't know it was the last in a series and I LOVE it! It's one of my favorite books, but that's just me. Now that I know it's part of a series, perhaps I will read the others, but perhaps not. I wouldn't want to spoil my adoration of Polgara herself. Thanks for giving it a shot though! :)
2012-01-26 [Nioniel]: No worries. :3 Thanks for making the recommendation
2012-01-26 [Triola]: I've read the entire series, and nothing will spoil your adoration for Polgara, promise! The books will just increase your love for all the other characters :D
2012-01-27 [Cillamoon]: Thank you Triola! :) I just need to remember to grab the others next time I venture to the book store.