I've been re-reading the belgarid and mallorean series, and enjoying them imensly, i now however find myself very reluctant to reread belgarath the sorcerer or polgara the sorceress. Is this where he began to repeat himself so desparatly? I must say, the description of belgarath as written from the view point of belgarath is not the irrasciable old man of the originals, nor is Polgara as dominant or together in her book. I know a lot has been given over to Althulas, Elder Gods and Regina/renata, but i haven't found a serious discussion of these prequels. How do other fans find these two?