- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sapphire Rose (Elenium) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1992
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‘A graceful, fluid style of storytelling rare in fantasy writing’
‘Sparhawk is the best-realized hero in modern fantasy’ Daily Telegraph--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Finally the knight Sparhawk had come to possess Bhellion, the legendary jewel of magic. With it, he frees Queen Ehalana from the crystalline cocoon that preserves her life, but Bhellion carries dangers of its own. And now Sparkhawk is being stalked by a dark lurking menace that is only the beginning of his troubles.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Tide up all the lose ends set the scene for next book, well worth the read
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.
Onto this book then - fantastically gripping and full of lovely little twists - from the proper introduction and development of sardonic Stragen, to the elevation of Platime to the royal council! It was fantastic all the way through from start to finish, even when Eddings did the unthinkable! The final showdown was a true action sequence, and then a neat little epilogue tying the ends up of the story..... and setting up for the compelling The Tamuli Omnibus: "Domes of Fire", "Shining Ones", "Hidden City"!
A fantastic read, thoroughly enjoyed and still my favourite of The Elenium, now freshly Kindled.
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.Read more ›
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