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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (May 29 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345383273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345383273
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Magic, insurrection, rebirth and new gods and cultures propel this first volume of a proposed second trilogy featuring Sir Sparhawk, Queen Ehlana and other stalwarts of Eddings's best-selling Elenium trilogy. The distant Tamul Empire, endangered by civil unrest exacerbated by paranormal (or magical, depending on the point of view) incidents, begs help from Sparhawk, destroyer of the Elder God Azash and savior of the Elenes. Undertaking the long journey to Tamul, the knight, his royal wife, their daughter Princess Danae and assorted followers encounter unrest in each of the lands through which they pass. Incidents taking more or less the same form--rumors, supported by rabble-rousing orators, of ancient heroes reborn to lead the downtrodden--arouse Sparhawk's suspicion of godly or magical opposition to his cause. Arriving in the Tamul capital, Sparhawk and his cohorts thwart a plot against the emperor but find disturbing evidence that the Troll-Gods and other old enemies are at work. Eddings' likable, spirited characters are not deeply etched but they reflect his original touch nevertheless.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Hard on the heels of the Elenium trilogy, Eddings launches a new fantasy epic featuring the futher adventures of Pandion knight Sparhawk and his companions. Eddings is a first-class storyteller with a gift for easy humor and colorful characters. There will be considerable demand for this title.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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David Eddings made a name for himself in the fantasy fiction arena with the release of his epic series the Belgariad, which had some very memorable characters, some interesting concepts, and spirited dialogue, but stuck pretty close to the staples of the genre - orphan boy finding out he is the focus of an ancient prophecy, gods fighting over a powerful talisman, wizards & sorceresses, etc. The series was a hit, and Eddings obviously liked the characters enough to bring them all back for the 5-book Malloreon series. Unfortunately for the readers, the series fell short of the standard achieved by the Belgariad.
Eddings then turned his attention to a new series, the Elenium. Like the Belgariad, the Elenium had some very memorable characters and some more interesting concepts. The series focused on militant orders of Church Knights who were trained in various forms of magic. Familiar concepts like gods fighting over magical objects, prophecy, and wizards & sorceresses once again featured prominently, but the series proved to be quite enjoyable. Once again, Eddings seems to take pleasure in the spirited dialogue between the main characters.
True to form, Eddings couldn't help but bring the characters from the Elenium back for another trilogy, or which Domes of Fire is the first volume. The Tamuli series is basically the Elenium all over again with a different evil god as the man foe. The storyline is very weak, and there is almost no sense of urgency to the series. It was a struggle to make it all the way through, since there really wasn't any motivation to do so. The whole series seemed to be thrown together just so Eddings could have his characters banter back and forth for three more books. By this time, the dialogue that was once fresh and clever is tired and stale.
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By "neofox40" on March 20 2004
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Awww, I was wishing for something great like the previous series, The Elenium, but I guess goddess Aphrael didnt answer my prayer correctly. This book was horrible, it made me want to stop at every chapter and just burn it or something. But I work hard for my money during the summer so I just couldn't do it. I have no idea why I went through the book so fast, because nothing was exciting... at all! So I take back what I said in my last review, that Eddings could maintain his talent and never go boring. The only good parts of this book are when Talen comes into the plot which is not very often... more like never.
Instead of buying this book, I suggest you go to the library and rent it and read chapter 22, because they are the only 17 pages worth reading. So why 2 stars?? Because I still have faith in Eddings, although I probably wont read `The Shining Ones.`
Read the Elenium again, and the Belgariad and Malloreon, because this book was a complete let down. Makes me wanna shed some tears...
(I lied, I have to read the Shining Ones, because The Diamond Throne of the Elenium series was also really boring. Thank God for the Ruby Knight. Hopefully the Shining Ones will be like the Ruby Knight....)
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By A Customer on Aug. 29 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
David Eddings has written what is essentially the same novel four times now, and while it is an undemanding read for those who have enjoyed his previous work, there is a real sense that inspiration was starting to wear very thin.
The writing is lazy. There is too much cutesy author commentary and too many lines and situations being recycled for the umpteenth time, (character X says something outrageous, character Y stares at him helplessly, then gives up and laughs; character X is profoundly shaken by the theological implications of pretty much everything Aphrael gets up to). There is a scattering of teeth-grinding anachronisms ('cookie' 'mom'). The darker themes in this novel - life in an oppressive church run state, religious persecution - do not reconcile well with the cast of familiar, cheerfully bickering archetypes. There's no real tension and no serious threat, since Aphrael is on hand to sort everything out at the drop of a hat. The enemy is unconvincing and there are few significant new storylines - this was the first Eddings book where I found reading a chore. I've read all the other series several times over the past few years, but I only made it through the Tamuli once, and now I'm finding re-reading it drags just as much.
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By A Customer on Sept. 15 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I haven't read anything by Eddings since the Belgariad series years ago. As I recall, I enjoyed it. The first book of the Tamuli series, "Dome of Fire", is a pleasure if you enjoy dialogue between characters and a fast paced plot. In "Dome", the situation and characters appear to be very straight forward. Eddings keeps things moving and the characters are sarcastic in their humor, direct in their conversation, emotional as necessary, and honest(the Elenes) to a fault. The "Bad Guys" are typically distasteful and so far, not too bright. In this book, the bad guys represent very little of a threat. Sparhawk and his "clan" dispatch them handily on every occasion and are never really pressed. But Eddings gives you every impression that the tables will turn and the Elenes will be sorely tested in book three(I assume). My only complaint is that there is an ABUNDANCE of references to events and people that Sparhawk and his group encountered in the past, that may or may not be relative to their current situation. This is a little distracting and keeping track is impossible. Nevertheless, I am quickly reading book 2, "The Shining Ones" for which I have very high hopes.
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