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David Eddings' fantasy career began with Pawn of Prophecy in 1982, opening his massive Belgariad sequence. This omnibus collects the 1992-4 Tamuli trilogy: Domes of Fire, The Shining Ones and The Hidden City, totting up to 1,429 pages of slick storytelling. Following from the Elenium trio (1989-91), this takes hardbitten knight Sparhawk, his feisty queen and wife and various companions--including a terminally cute Child Goddess--to the hard-pressed Tamul Empire. Here a revolutionary movement is reanimating ancient warriors and horrors, while treason runs riot in the civil service, and at least one of this world's many gods is secretly behind it all.
Sparhawk must recover that all-powerful talisman the Bhelliom, which at the end of the Elenium was hurled into the depths of the sea. Quirky political manoeuvres and plausible battles abound. Eddings is a fluent storyteller whose humour, banter and unfaltering narrative flow conjure entertainment from highly familiar plot devices. The sense of danger is muted, though: spear-carriers may perish in their thousands while villains are sentenced to burn eternally, but major goodies bounce back from fatal injuries (even a stab in the heart) thanks to epic mercy dashes and healing magic. This is cheerful comfort reading and is a long, and undemanding, enjoyable fantasy. --David Langford
‘A graceful, fluid style of storytelling rare in fantasy writing’
‘Others may vie for the top position… but Eddings reigns supreme’
‘Sparhawk is the best-realized hero in current fantasy
‘ Daily Telegraph
many late nights reading this everything flows so well and the characters are like personal friends that you care about .........well worth readingPublished on 2 Dec. 2012 by tina daly
it must be 4 or 5 years or more since I bought this, lol, All Eddings books are a great readPublished on 11 Sept. 2010 by Mr. K. W. Moseley
I really really loved the Belgariad - when I was thirteen. I read it three times back-to-back in the way that a thirteen-year-old will do. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2007 by P. R. Hughes
This was the first Eddings book I bought. When I read the synopsis for this book I thought that it sounded great. Zombies, ghouls, gods etc. made me want to buy it immediately. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2007 by M. Monk
First Eddings book I have read and till the last book was VERY disappointed. The characters were too good to be true and general descriptions about characters built no good imagery... Read morePublished on 19 July 2004