i've never before realised just how boring this book is, also how ridiculous. after spending the entire belgariad convincing us that belgarath and polgara et al have been working for thousands of years to get everything in place according to the prophecies for one event, starting a whole new series predicated on completely new! and unsuspected! prophecies that were apparently in the mrin codex all along is pretty ludicrous.i will, however, persevere for the 2010 reread. and then i might just get rid of these books altogether, since they're taking up valuable shelf space i could be using for something else more worthwhile.