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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Eddings
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...
Published on 7 Sep 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Rinse and repeat
Countless hours of dialogue between cliched characters interrupted on two occasions by mildly exciting sequences that do little to advance the plot. This applies to either book one or two.
Published on 4 Dec 2012 by Robert A. Mendez


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Eddings, 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.
All I can say is if you have not yet read any Eddings, please start with the Elenium. Many parts of the plot rely on the reader being familiar with the characters and their idiosyncrasies - it will be worth the wait, I promise.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ!, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 21 Jun 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars always the best, 23 Mar 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars 2ND IN THE SERIES, 31 Oct 2013
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TRIED TO GET THIS BOOK AS A SOFT BACK FOR A WHILE,
HAD DIFFICULTIES, SO I HAD TO GO ON LINE TO COMPLETE THE 3 BOOK SERIES
WHICH I ENJOYED.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still great to read, 3 July 2013
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Yes, I know that Eddings repeats his ideas, but nobody else does it with such aplomb. He's one of those authors you have to read and re-read.
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