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From Publishers Weekly

Eddings begins his new Elenium series in a world that has different names but much the same feel as those of his bestselling Belgariad and Malloreon series. Fans will find themselves back in step as the Pandion knight Sparhawk sets off to find a cure for his poisoned Queen Ehlana. PW praised Eddings's "graceful, fluid style of storytelling."
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A young queen's life and a country's future lie in the balance as an exiled Pandion knight, a Styric "witch," an aging squire, and a mysterious child begin a long and arduous trek through foreign lands in search of an elusive cure for an unknown disease. The author of the popular "Belgariad" and "Malloreon" series draws once more on his particular strengths, combining heroic yet humorous characters with exotic settings and tangled politics to create a fast-moving fantasy that will appeal to his large readership. Highly recommended.-- JC
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Product Details

  • Series: The Elenium (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 13, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345367693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345367693
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Eddings was born in Washington State in 1931 and grew up near Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington and went on to serve in the US Army. Subsequently, he worked as a buyer for the Boeing Aircraft Company and taught college-level English. His career as a fantasy writer, with his wife Leigh, has been spectacular.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Megan VINE VOICE on February 18, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although Eddings wrote his "Belgariad" series first, the "Elenium" was the first of his series I read. Therefore, my comments will tend to be skewed in favor of the Elenium, although most readers who read the Belgariad first will be more in favor of that series. It's a direct result of the fact that Edding's major flaw is a tendency to plagiarize himself, rather obviously. Therefore, if two books or plots are all but identical, the second one will almost invariably be set in your mind as a poorer copy.
Anyways. The story opens with an old and battered knight, Sparhawk, returning home to the kingdom of Elenia after ten years of exile. The old king who exiled him is dead, and the new Queen Ehlana, whom Sparhawk tutored as a child, has pardoned him. But when he gets home, he finds that Ehlana came down with a deathly illness shortly after her coronation, and that to save her life, Sparhawk's old teacher in magic, the Styric sorceress Sephrenia, has placed her in a state of suspended animation, frozen in a block of crystal. Before they can bring her out, they have to find a cure for whatever illness Ehlana has. Sparhawk, of course, immediately signs up for the quest to save his queen.
Along the way, he picks up various companions, including four other knights from various kingdoms, in a sort of joint effort of unity among the many orders of knights. That's the explanation given, at least, although of course the real reason is that Eddings absolutely loves creating secondary characters, and a quest story is always better the more people there are involved. There's plenty of sword-and-sorcery, a few monsters, but not so much that you feel like you're alienated from the universe he's in.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have purchased all of Eddings' fantasy novels and I admit that I have read all of them at least 5 times over. Although the characters and plots are quite traditional (the requisite thief, knights,royalty,magic,etc.), what makes me recommend his books is the certain fun you will get from reading them. I really recommend these novels to anybody who wants an entertaining evening at home with a book in one hand and a pack of chips in the other! I would not call his books "serious" (unlike Robin Hobb's excellent Assasin series). Still, it is obvious that Eddings puts much thought into each of his characters, and I think you will find yourself liking even the most minor of characters in the series for what he/she adds to the story. His characters are all the type of people you would like to meet in real life; full of honor, humor, wit, loyalty, feeling and strength. Sparhawk's adventures are a bit more fastpaced than that of Garion's (the very first series) and you will definitely find common elements in both of them. The younger reader will enjoy Garion's story (as I did when I started out) but older readers will appreciate the great humour and fun to be found amoungst Sparhawk and his fellow knights. We can't always be in the mood for 'serious' fantasy and fiction...grab an Eddings book for some fun and relaxation instead!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christian Teppic on August 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, it drives me crazy that people read Fantasy stories--which BY DEFINITION include magic and strange lands and sorcerers and special swords and the whole nine yards--and then they complain that a FANTASY story has magic and strange lands and sorcerers and the like. Do we complain that MYSTERY stories have *gasp* MYSTERIES to solve? No! We choose the genre we like and we read it.

David Eddings created a fascinating series here. Both the Elenium and the Tamuli are extremely well-written. Sparhawk is a well-defined character, and has a great supporting cast (especially Talen). The plots he created with the Gods as characters are both creative and intriguing. Ehlana and Aphrael and Sephrenia are excellent characters.

It irritates me that people compare this series to the Belgariad. I liked the Belgariad; I thought it was a little rough, but well-written. People compare the 'similarities' that this series has to that one, and all of them are superficial. First, they say that Sparhawk = Garion, which is a far cry from the truth. Garion is extremely powerful, and a KID, and very hesitant to do much of anything. Sparhawk is a seasoned veteran who relies on his combat abilities and not on his magic, because until the end of the Tamuli, he really wasn't that powerful. Sephrenia is not nearly as powerful as Pol, or even close to the same personality. The Orb is just a magic stone whereas the Bhelliom actually has a personality. Someone was actually complaining that they're the same COLOR. Yeah, that makes the two series COMPLETELY the same.

This book follows the path of the Belgariad in that each book in the trilogy, although having their own distinct beginning and ending point, is only a section of the main plot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Costello on June 11, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On its own, I think this book is superior to much of Edding's earlier work in the Belgariad and the Mallorean. The characters are a bit more fleshed out and entertaining, and I especially enjoyed his ways of introducing some of them. Unfortunately, however, I read this book (and hence the series) AFTER the Belgarion, etc. Therefore, much of the plotline was transparent, as I had read it before. Don't get me wrong. It was still an enjoyable read and all. I just had hoped for a few teenie-weenie plot surprises here and there...
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