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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Stated First Edition edition (Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345374746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345374745
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,026,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Eddings (1931-2009) published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy with the Belgariad, soon followed by the Malloreon. Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the US Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was both a grocery clerk and a college English teacher. He lived in Nevada until his death, at the age of 77.

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‘A graceful, fluid style of storytelling rare in fantasy writing’
Publishers Weekly

‘Sparhawk is the best-realized hero in modern fantasy’ Daily Telegraph

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"A graceful, fluid style of storytelling rare in fantasy writing."
'Publishers Weekly'

The jewel of life is rescued from the distant cave of troll-dwarf Ghwerig and the Queen can be saved. But in returning to the Elenia, Sparhawk and his companions risk delivering power into the hands of their enemies. The unholy triple alliance between Otha, degenerate sorcerer-king of the Zemochs, the renegade Pandion Knight Martel, and Annias, traitorous Primate of Cimmura, stands ready to seize the jewel in the name of the evil god Azash. Sparhawk calls the jewel the sapphire rose: to prevent Azash gaining dominance over the whole world, he may have to unleash its full power, but no one can predict whether the world itself would survive such an event.

This brilliant conclusion to The Elenium is fantasy on a truly epic scale which could only have been created by the greatest of modern fantasy writers – David Eddings.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Blunden on 29 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
I did enjoy this book, BUT...

The Sapphire Rose is a classic fantasy tale with heroic knights, evil villains and a Queen who knows her own mind. The good guys win and the bad guys lose... too easily - and that is why I've only given it 3 stars - the good guys face a challenge... and overcome it far too quickly, whilst observing that when one does "action A" we find that people usually opt for "response B". There were no moments where I felt concerned that things were going to go seriously wrong, hence I was never on the edge of my seat. For 99% of the book, the heroes seemed to hardly break a sweat (except for the one moment where it felt that something tragic had to be there).

My other gripe is what I call the AI ending (the last 3/4 hour of the AI film where I wanted to gnaw my arm off). Just when you think the story is done (our hero returns...), it is not. I thought the last chapter was pointless - "everyone is a bit down, but luckily the Goddess saves the day!".

This is the third and final book of the Elenium and worth reading to see the adventure through to the end, but I think when it is over, you might be left feeling a little disappointed.
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By A Customer on 14 Jan 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As with Edding's previous series, the Belgariad and the Malloreon, the Elenium has gone from strength to strength. Despite some of the characters having started out a little like the ones in his previous books, they have settled down into their own style in this 3rd book of the set, and coming into their own. What a shame this is the conclusion!
The story has unfolded, many ends have been tied up, BUT could the last few pages be a lead in to yet another book featuring Flute and her 'daddy' Sparhawk with the rest of the gang? I would certainly like to hope so.
This book is a 'must' for the bookshelf, you will want to go back and re-read it many times.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy Lore on 5 July 2006
Format: Paperback
It may not have been the earth-shattering series I was hoping for, but it was nonetheless a consistently diverting chronicle (if a little drawn-out at times) with a vibrant array of characters and exquisitely flowing prose from a master of the genre.

But in truth, I don't know what to make of this book. Rating it is really difficult. On the one hand `The Sapphire Rose' rolls along at a good, solid pace and is unquestionably a satisfying conclusion to the Elenium Trilogy, but on the other hand the Eddings' style of writing almost works against itself here by creating too much ease and friendliness between the characters (no matter what side they happen to be on), thereby detracting from all the brutal descriptions of impending doom, religious fanaticism and all the various horrors of war, which are the familiar themes that every Eddings fan will by now be very well accustomed to.

Thankfully though this final part of the trilogy is not as infuriating as the previous two- the sarcastic remarks have been significantly toned down in comparison to the first story in the trilogy `The Diamond Throne' and the storyline here is nowhere near as infuriating as that of the previous story `The Ruby Knight'. About the only aspect of the writing that really grated as I read `The Sapphire Rose' was the cringeful and criminally over-used term of endearment, which ALL the male characters (whether on the side of good or evil) use to address one another. If I have to read "Old boy" one more time, I don't know what I'll do!

As a past lover of Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean series I'd probably characterise myself as still being a fan of the works of David and Leigh Eddings, despite since reading examples of the genre that have (in my view) surpassed their stories.
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By Linda Goode on 8 July 2014
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Brilliant
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Excellent well written good to read
Tide up all the lose ends set the scene for next book, well worth the read
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By Mark H on 11 April 2014
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Excellent continuation of this trilogy with the expected end result. You really should read this series, you won't be disappointed.
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By floss on 1 April 2014
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well what can i say about this book it was deffinatly not read as new same with the dustjacket i have no choice but to say these things on here as i have sent three emails to the seller and have had no reply so what else can i do, the dust jacket has been nibbled by mice or thats what it looks like. some rubbing to the edge of book thats gone back to cardbourd inside cover and the when you take the dustjacket off the book cover is smugded with grey or off white substance wthout the jacket the books looks tyred sorry but i did tell you i could not give good report if you dont get intouch and im not going to lie about it ok
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By Lesley Trask on 26 Jan 2014
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Love David Eddings, placed my paperbacks with Kindle, I can carry on reading them again and again, a great buy
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