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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
This book is a brilliant sequel to The Diamond Throne and carries on the story well. David Eddings has a unique style of writing which is both easy and fun to read. So far I have read almost all of David Eddings' books and enjoyed them all, however the Elenium and the Tamuli are my favourite series possibly because I read them before I read the Belgariad and the...
Published on 29 July 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars At times infuriating, but consistantly engrossing...
This trilogy is definitely shaping up not to be as daunting as either the Belgariad or Mallorean series by the same author, but unfortunately it remains considerably lacking in comparison to those excellent series. But being a David Eddings novel...there's much here to satisfy the casual fantasy reader. The enjoyable prologue teases with themes that will develop in this...
Published on 26 July 2005 by Fantasy Lore


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!, 29 July 2000
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This book is a brilliant sequel to The Diamond Throne and carries on the story well. David Eddings has a unique style of writing which is both easy and fun to read. So far I have read almost all of David Eddings' books and enjoyed them all, however the Elenium and the Tamuli are my favourite series possibly because I read them before I read the Belgariad and the Mallorean. I'd recommend this book to anyone, not just Eddings fans and I would also suggest that you try all of his other books.
Happy reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Available in Kindle, 17 May 2011
This is great follow-up to the Diamond Throne, read it ages ago, but going through his trilogies again as part of my 'much loved' books. Love his style and ability to describe characters. Coincidently, does anyone know when this book will be available on Kindle?
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3.0 out of 5 stars At times infuriating, but consistantly engrossing..., 26 July 2005
This trilogy is definitely shaping up not to be as daunting as either the Belgariad or Mallorean series by the same author, but unfortunately it remains considerably lacking in comparison to those excellent series. But being a David Eddings novel...there's much here to satisfy the casual fantasy reader. The enjoyable prologue teases with themes that will develop in this story (as is so often this authors custom) and very soon the reader's also up to speed with the events that unfolded in the trilogy-opener 'The Diamond Throne,' which all prepares you for another satisfying, if somewhat unchallenging continuation of the Elenium series.

The prose of this middle book in the trilogy once more has an enchanting cadence that makes the plot less a chore than it would if written by another fantasy author. But on the downside- the characters don't develop at all in this story, we learn very little more about their history or personalities and so each remains as two-dimensional as always. Consequently, I suppose it's all credit to the author that the reader still invests emotion in the adventures of the protagonists and doesn't succeed in repressing unnecessary concern for their welfare- this book has an excellent writing-style and the story here is dependable and intriguing enough to keep the reader engrossed throughout.

Personally I still find the hierarchy of the characters and the political situation of this world less involving than the previous series developed by Eddings, both of which had familial relationships at their heart and explored the conflict that arose from that close association on a similar journey to save the world. Events do however move along at a great pace in this book- there's no time to get bored. There is plenty of time however, to be annoyed by the dialogue- almost every response to a perfectly reasonable question is a sarcastic remark or barbed comment and after a while this starts to grate. But if you can come to accept this characteristic as the authors trademark wit (even if it does go into overdrive in this story) you'll probably be able to overcome this annoyance and come to be charmed rather than annoyed by the characters and their speech.

This is a better book than 'The Diamond Throne' if only because the story here is comprised of lots of little engaging adventures that the Church Knights delve into as they travel across Northern Eosia, all the while in search of the only object with the power to save Sparhawk's Monarch and love. But the big problem here is how often our religiously-affiliated, warrior group allow events to dictate their actions at the behest of their little mother Sephrenia and constant companion Flute. The number of times the jewel slips through their hands I found maddening, they are constantly thwarted at every opportunity and yet Sparhawk and his companions largely take it in their stride. But while they might have the patience to wait until conditions are absolutely perfect for the jewel to fall into their hands, I as a reader was often left feeling irritated. Definitely a three-stars book- a good book, but not a great one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More good reading, 17 April 2013
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This review is from: The Ruby Knight (The Elenium Trilogy, Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
A worthy continuation and follow on from The Diamond Throne.
Plenty of action and very interesting storyline.
Could not put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read in which I enjoyed the interplay and humor ..., 19 Jan. 2015
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David Eddings The Ruby Knight

Part of the Sparhawk 1st trilogy.

A fine read in which I enjoyed the interplay and humor between the characters.

I feel it's a romp into the Ecclesiastical era of Europe. With the main character Sparhawk being Queens champion and a member of fighting arm of a relgious oreder. State against Church politics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic read, 28 Jan. 2015
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Classic reading and it's free. Gotta love Kindle! I am no longer able to read "real" books due to a lung condition (dust, mould etc) so Kindle has allowed me to re read some old favourites. Eddings was and is one of the best fantasy authors. Story lines to keep you gripped and you go back for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Sparhawk!, 28 Dec. 2012
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If you liked the David Eddings' other works you will like Elenium. We see more of Sparhawk, his background and firming up of the posses of Knights.

None of this triology stands well on their own and all are best read in order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fantasy well delivered, 26 Aug. 2014
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A very enjoyable epic fantasy novel. You need to read it within the trilogy to fully benefit.
One of David Edding's better works (The Elenium trilogy) as it avoids the 'naffness' of later books (Dreamers / redemption of Althalus)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent, rushed and disappointing, 20 July 2011
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Many years ago I enjoyed the Belgeriad books (glossing over the "nicey, nicey" sentimental vomit bits) - so looking for a light escapist read I bought this trilogy to read over the summer.
The characters are poorly developed, callous, uncaring and yet often overwhelmingly sentimental and inconsistent. They experience crassly written horrors with hardly a flinch and then react massively to far less dreadful situations: and then indulge in violent and callous acts for no good reason before turning all gushy and sentimental over their little mother. Utterly vomit making!
These have to have been rushed and written for reasons other than the joy of writing - very poor and some of the worst written books I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elenium Series is a corker, 4 Oct. 2013
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Great series of books a real must read for the fantasy fans , fast paced storyline that just keeps giving !

Struggling to find a sparhawk novel i didnt enjoy.

If you havent read this series do it !
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