The re-read is prompted by having bought the books for my nephew, only when I went to wrap up the last two, it turned out the bookstore had accidentally ordered more copies of 1&2. So I said O WOE GOSH I GUESS I HAVE TO RE-READ THEM and went and bought the rest of the series for myself, too.
I have no idea if my nephew has read them yet (probably not, they got an X-Box for Christmas), but Deirdre re-read them herself (a great surprise, as I hadn't known she'd read them in the first place. Deirdre is turning out to be far more of a geek than I ever suspected.). At Christmas she looked at me thoughtfully and said, "Polgara always reminded me of Catie."
I assume she means beautiful and powerful, not bossy and short-tempered. :)