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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (3 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007217072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007217076
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,479 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’
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HAVOC AND WAR

Prince Sparhawk is pledged to fight the enemies of the Tamuli Emperor Sarabian with all the skill and cunning of a Pandion Knight. Meanwhile his Queen, Ehlana, educates Sarabian in the art of ruthless statesmanship. Sarabian is transformed from a mere puppet ruler into a formidable politician. But still trolls, vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghouls and ogres form a vast conspiracy to take over the Empire. Most disturbing of all are reported sightings of Shining Ones amongst the hordes. These luminous beings inspire more fear than the rest combined. And Sparhawk and his companions must resurrect the sacred jewel of the Troll-Gods to combat them.

Possession of the jewel makes Sparhawk as dangerous as any god, but gods are among his foes. And while Sparhawk defends the far-flung Tamuli Empire, he cannot also protect his beautiful Queen…

"What separates the grown-up authors from the boys is the quality of the writing and David Eddings is one of the best."
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"Sparhawk is the best-realised hero in modern fantasy."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sep 1999
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In my humble opinion, this is the best book ever written by David and Leigh Eddings.
Unlike many fantasy books, this book is written by two people (a fact diclosed to the public in later works). By combining both a male and female style, I feel that the authors have managed to create an epic which is hard to beat.
Sparhawk (the Hero) is by far "the best realised hero in current fantasy" as was said by the Daily Telegraph. Unlike many fantasy novels, Eddings has gone away from the idea of a hero who comes from obscurity.
Sparhawk is the Queen's Champion at the beginning of the saga. What happens to him after this I will leave for all to discover.
The characters are portrayed with a greater realism, and what makes this the best Eddings book by far is that we see the honesty in the authors' style. Sephrenia is shown to have racist tendancies, and even faithful "old friends" are shown up as traitors and villans.
The Bhelliom is discovered to have an awareness, something which could never have been predicted in the first trilogy (The Elenium).
If for no other reason, this book is worth reading for the whole plot behind the Tamul Emperor, and the way in which Sarabian wrests control back from the government. I spent page after page with my emotions in a cocktail shaker... one moment I was laughing out loud, the next I was silent and following the plot intensly.
I have now read this book well over a hundred times (I have a first edition which is missing many pages and has had to be replaced TWICE) and still find myself reaching for it when I have nothing new to read.
I am sorry to new readers if this review seems a little vague. I would not want to spoil the plot for anyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct 1999
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David Eddings has produced a book of class. Although it relies heavily on the reader having knowledge of the previous books, its storyline, characters and humour make it a must read for anybody remotely interested in the fantasy genre.
Carrying on where 'Domes of Fire' left off Sparhawk and his companions have just put down an uprising in the imperial city of Matherion only to be told that it was a ruse by his enemies to reveal his resources. The book starts with the journey to retrieve the Bhelliom, which featured in the previous series of Eddings book, so that Sparhawk can confront his now known enemy Cyrgon- the god of the thought-extinct Cyrgai.
What unravels is a story of betryal from trusted companions, exploration into lands unknown, revelation of emnity between the Styrics and the Shining Ones (The Delphae) and a coup put down in style by the erratic Emperor Sarabian, who is revealed as a great politician rather to the surprise of his subjects and who had called Sparhawk to the continet to help him. Sparhawks queen and wife Ehlana is an integral part of the story and the conclusion of this book will have everyone on the edge of their seat and waiting eagerly for the next installment 'The Hidden City'.
The book is a true classic and is indeed the Eddings finest hour.
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By i a s Williams on 2 July 2014
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Excellent set of books I've read them numerous times and just get better with every read
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Enjoyed the characters it's well written and made me smile all the way through a writer who knows his stuff
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By J. E. Shaw on 2 April 2014
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a great fantasy book kept me completely enthralled and have started the next book in the series so do give them a try.
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what can you expect of david eddings,his books always hits the spot,still keeps on top of the rest or new writers in fantasy.
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By Mark H on 5 Mar 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book (Kindle Edition) - if you are into Fantasy then this title is a must.
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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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