Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings
Series: The Belgariad #2
After a brief recap the mismatched company resumes their journey throughout the various regions. New friends come and go and Garion learns about how different people can be. Though the story has always been through his eyes now it is more obviously about him as well. He learns more about their journey and his own abilities. The danger is greater, the stakes are heightened and Garion can no longer pretend it is a game. With every chapter it becomes increasingly apparent that there is something very special and important about Garion. The beauty of the book is in the imperfections of the character and the everyday growing up that Garion has to do as well like dealing with girls, as if sorcery were not enough.