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Eddings should satisfy his many fans with the final volume of his Elenium fantasy trilogy, an adroit mixture of the exalted and the mundane.
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'A graceful, fluid style of storytelling rare in fantasy writing' Publishers Weekly '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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Product Details

  • Series: The Elenium (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (November 23, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034537472X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345374721
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With Bhelliom in hand Devid Eddings takes the plot of the Elenium into its final stanzas - curing Ehlana, undoing of Annias' plot to gain control of the Elene church, and the final defeat of the schemes of the god Azash. Each of these is a story in itself, and the book is densely plotted as the final phase of Sparhawk's efforts falls into place.

There is really only one serious problem with this book. The weakest character in the series makes her debut - Ehlana. Edding's, for some reason, tends to make his female romantic leads a strange combination of domineering and fluttery. C'nedra, in the first two series, is the perfect example of a woman who is stuck the stereotype of the devious female. Selfish, manipulative, irritating, and then occasionally she will step out of character. Elhana could be C'nedra's sister. She waken, maneuvers Sparhawk into marrying her, directly interferes in church politics like a pro, and then settles into a kind of wishy-washy background character. Go figure. The good news is that while Ehlana has a prominent role in the story, she actually doesn't have a very big part.

The most interesting part of the book is really the struggle for control of the church, which is pure politics and sneakiness. Annias' plans must be undone. This means that Sparhawk and the church leaders opposed to Annias must play a complicated waiting game in the hope that enough evidence will be found to expose the priest as in league with Azash. As Annias has managed to bribe himself into possession of a simple majority, this becomes a game of inches.

Once the politics are over, Sparhawk is free to perform his real duty. The world's only hope is that the Pandion knight can use his control of Bhelliom to work the end of Azash.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ChaucerCat on July 26, 2000
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The series started with The Diamond Throne ends well in this book. The Sapphire Rose is, undoubtedly, the best and most interesting book in The Elenium.
As a whole, the series was a bit one-dimensional, with flat characters and a standard knight-saves-the-world-and-damsel-in-distress plotline. But once all that is accomplished, Mr. Eddings actually surpasses himself and throws in a few surprises, setting up the next trilogy nicely.
It is worth reading the other two books in order to understand this one. Good summer reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Megan VINE VOICE on June 2, 2004
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The "Sapphire Rose", of course, is the Bhelliom, an object of such enormous power that worlds literally revolve around it and Gods have fought wars for it. All Sparhawk cares about, though, is that it is the one thing that can save the life of his poisoned Queen, Ehlana.
Ehlana's healed pretty early in, which leaves the rest of the book for Sparhawk to vanquish evil, destroy the Bad Guys, etc etc. See, once the Bhelliom resurfaces, Azash, the evil God of the Zemochs, knows who's got it. Since Bhelliom is the one thing Azash needs to free himself from his prison and take over the world, he's a little interested in getting Sparhawk to give it to him - or wresting it from his cold, dead hands, whichever's easiest. To that extent, there's a long, protracted section of the book devoted to the election of the Archprelate (the equivalent of the Pope) in the Holy City. If Annias, who secretly worships Azash, can buy enough votes, he wins, and Azash gets Bhelliom. So before Sparhawk can go off and kick immortal butt, he and his buddies have to head off this impending disaster first. It's political, it's complicated, and there are long sections where nothing happens but debate and voting. But it's also intelligent, witty, and gives several characters (including Ehlana) a chance to shine. Put it this way - if you think the political stuff in "Star Wars" is too complicated, you'll hate this part of the book. But if you enjoy that stuff, as I do, and seeing how wars are won by more than sword-waving, this book is fantastic.
Of course, there's real action, too - Sparhawk does face down Azash, with some help (of course). Ehlana and Sparhawk get married - their love story is both awkward and romantic, and quite cute. And someone dies - I can't say who, but I cried when I read it. (And there's no "Man-with-two-lives" business as in the Belgariad.)
The best book in a great series!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2001
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The Elenium series was definitely one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. Eddings inserts humor in every line; there is a lingering amount of his own wit in every character which I found simply fascinating. My love for enchantment as well as the knights of the Medieval era was realized in this series--no small feat by any means. I recommend this series--Diamond Throne, Ruby Knight, and Sapphire Rose to anyone who appreciates magic, adventure, comedy, and romance in the same book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela Cheng on September 22, 2000
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Honestly, it's not the most profound book in the whole wide world, but it does entertain, and that's what it's for. A lot better than the previous two books... the plot isn't as predictable and the characters are *finally* developed, though Ehlana gets on my nerves a bit (to say it without spoiling the plot). Eosia is a bit dreary for my taste as a world, but the story is fun.
I doubt I'll read the Belgariad though.. one trilogy with blue jewels is enough. Maybe I'll pick up the Tamuli when I can find it.
Oh, and to the reviewer below.. I doubt that the Church of Elenia is the same as the Catholic Church, though it could be implied. It *is*, after all, fantasy. The Church of Elenes is probably something of a social commentary on the real Church here, but of course, the specifics aren't going to be exactly the same.
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