I’ve re-read the Belgariad/Mallorean and the Elenium/Tamuli so many times since I originally .. The Ruby Knight by David Eddings, 1, 2, Apr 13, AM. The Elenium is a series of fantasy novels by David Eddings. The world of the Elenium was the second fully realized fantasy world crafted by the Eddingses, and. The Elenium: The Diamond Throne The Ruby Knight The Sapphire Rose [David Eddings] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Now for the first .
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Elenium by David Eddings. Now for the first time in one thrilling volume-the three magical novels that make up David Eddings’s epic fantasy The Elenium. In an ancient kingdom, the legacy of one royal family hangs in the balance, and the fate of a queen-and her empire-lies on the shoulders of one knight.
Sparhawk, Knight and Queen’s Champion, has returned to Elenia after ten years of exile, only to fi Now for the first time in one thrilling volume-the three magical novels that make up David Eddings’s epic fantasy The Elenium.
Sparhawk, Knight and Queen’s Champion, has returned to Elenia after ten years of exile, only to find young Queen Ehlana trapped in a crystalline cocoon. The enchantments of the sorceress Sephrenia have kept the queen alive-but the spell is fading. In the meantime, Elenia is ruled by a prince regent, the puppet of the tyrannical Eddjngs, who vows to seize power over all the land.
Now Sparhawk must find the legendary Bhelliom, a sapphire that holds the key to Ehlana’s cure. Sparhawk and his companions will face monstrous foes and evil creatures on their journey, but even greater dangers lie in wait: Paperbackpages. The EleniumSparhawk Universe To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Sep 16, Joe rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Elenium by David Eddings is an omnibus of three books: A traditional Fantasy with magic, adventure and dreams of world domination. The plot of the books revolves around Sparhawk, a knight of the Pandion order of dqvid church who starts off exiled to a distant land.
News reaches him of the poisoning of Queen Ehlana, his charge as Queens Champion so he returns to find out what has happened. Eelnium discovers he needs a unique and powerful it The Elenium by David Eddings is an omnibus of three books: He discovers he needs a elenim and powerful item to elenikm her so, along with some companions, sets out on a quest across the land to find this and restore his queen.
There are battles, mystery and intrigue as well as betrayal and magic. The characters are one of the best features of the books I found. They are detailed and the way they work together and interact is just pure fun to read. The characters grow as the story does and the sense of progression is impressive. Sparhawk and Talen are two of my personal eddinvs characters and the way they behave throughout the books was always fun.
The eleniu, building is also done extremely well in the books. Due to it being a roving adventure crossing many different lands and types of environment you get to see all many of well described and working areas. The story is very traditional Fantasy with knights, battles, magic and thieves but far from making it boring and heavily cliched it works in the books favour.
The Elenium: The Diamond Throne / The Ruby Knight / The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings
A really fun Fantasy novel with great characters, world and sense of adventure. It contains all the traditional and well loved Fantasy elements in written with enthusiasm and an eye for detail.
Recommended for Fantasy fans as well as anyone wanting a fun, cheerful read. Mar 27, Charlton rated it really liked it Shelves: I finished this series today,I liked it. The Elenium is unlike the previous series I’ve read by David Eddings. We have Church Knights and Church soldiers and they don’t really like each other,it’s a political thing. Sparhawk a Church Knight our hero has been banned from Cimmura,it’s been ten years and he comes back. And we find out he is also the Queen’s Champion.
Now the Queen has taken ill and when Sparhawk finds this out the quest begins for as a Queen’s Champion it is up to him to help her. This w I finished this series today,I liked it. This will be the main quest but along this quest there are several smaller quests. The characters I really liked and I liked this world building,the style of magic was different and the book was dealing with knights.
I only gave it four stars because I felt the second book started off slow. Feb 09, Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it Shelves: I finally gave in and traded my used hardcovers for this single-volume version just to save some shelf space, but I’ve read these books probably a dozen times each – so this is a very jaded review.
And they get four stars out of pure nostalgia, and also because they’re almost as addictive as the Belgariad, but if I were just encountering them now I’d probably give them three. There’s not much point in addressing them as individual volumes, because it’s basically one long adventure.
And it’s an e I finally gave in and traded my used hardcovers for this single-volume version just to save some shelf space, but I’ve read these books probably a dozen times each – so this is a very jaded review. And it’s an entertaining adventure – let me start by establishing that. The Elenium is focused on Sparhawk, who is a 40ish knight with a hell of a lot of experience in contrast to the Belgariad, which is a pure bildungsroman.
Sparhawk is essentially a good, honest, honorable guy, but he’s also ruthless and willing to look first in his scabbard for the solution to his problems. This is mitigated in large part because the series is essentially an ensemble piece, and the various stock characters he surrounds himself with Dumb but Good-Hearted Best Friend, Wise Older Companion, Beautiful and Mysterious Enchantress, Cocky Young Thief, etc etc balance out the various encounters.
I like these books, don’t get me wrong – they’re fast-paced and fun and the election sequence in the third book involves some of the most readable political shenanigans I’ve come across in fantasy – but they’re far from perfect. Eddings doesn’t have a ton of range in either his characters or his dialogue, and while this is not the same as the Belgariad at all mostly in that it’s an R-rated series – lots of blood and guts and even some sex, or at least the implication of sex it’s particularly jarring when he re-uses lines of dialogue.
It really highlights his limitations. And the worldbuilding is just sloppy. The Bhelliom the magic jewel they spend the first two books questing for changes origin and powers every fifty pages. It’s the force that created the world! It’s too dangerous even to look at, although it was displayed on a hat that kings wore for centuries!
We must destroy it! We should probably destroy it although it might blow up! We might have to destroy it even though it will probably take out a few mountain ranges when it goes! Sparhawk can touch it because he has the rings! Sparhawk can touch it because he was destined to!
No one else can touch it, except those inconvenient kings and the Troll and a goddess and possibly the hundreds of people who’ve been searching for it for millennia!
The Mysterious Enchantress has different powers depending on the situation, Berit is an apprentice knight then an novice then an apprentice then a novice and then, finally, is “promoted to a rank seldom used by the militant orders,” an apprentice knight. And in the most obvious and laughable example, at the end of the first book, Sparhawk “for the first time in his life, contemplated the deliberate murder of an unarmed man.
I don’t think these issues totally detract from the entertainment value of the books, but they do stick out to me after all these rereads, and I don’t have the patience – or maybe the obliviousness – I did when I was The trilogy pretty much reads like Eddings sat down one day, started at the beginning, and shipped each chapter off without ever reading it again.
Which is fine, I guess, but I hold my epic fantasy to higher standards nowadays. Jun 08, Stephen Stewart rated it really liked it.
I’ve always enjoyed David Edding’s works. I find his works, this included, to be entertaining light reads. I’ve always been a sucker for quest narratives, and following Sparhawk to restore Queen Ehlana and stop a dark god was very entertaining.
Eddings also creates a vibrant world, and like his other novels, the main characters end up traveling to nearly every region of the world he created in the span of the three novels.
Sparhawk is also an interesting character because the story begins when h I’ve always enjoyed David Edding’s works.
Sparhawk is also an interesting character because the story begins when he’s middle age, already developed as a person, thrust into a series of chaotic events. Typically, quest adventures like to run with someone much younger and malleable, so the mix-up here is refreshing. I do have some qualms in this book. I have no issue with Eddings depiction of morality in the novel: However, most of the villains come across as chronically incompetent.
Of the big three antagonists, Martin, Azash and Annias, only Martin ever poses an actual threat to the protagonists. Anything Annias or Azash ever does seems at best a little shrewd, but still laughable. Religion is also portrayed very oddly in the novel.
The Elene religion, whatever it’s actually called, is practically a functional form of Catholic Christianity transposed into a fantasy realm. There is nothing redemptive to this parody of Catholicism. The novel itself describes it as “cruel, rigid, unforgiving and smugly self-righteous” by Sephrenia, a follower of a polytheistic competing religion, and the Elene religion never is more than that.
It’s a burden that the main characters, the majority of which are knights of the church, bear, and never is the religion explained, expounded upon, or really defended in any form. Rather, the Styric polytheistic religion, is portrayed as much more vital and actually real, as the main characters do encounter several gods from that pantheon.
I wondered why on earth none of the knights converted. In the end of the novel, characters admit that the god of the Elenes is just as real as the Syric’s pantheon, which then questions the religious structure of the world even more.