The Sapphire Rose: (#3) Hardcover – Nov 12 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
This final volume of the Elenium trilogy, which began with The Diamond Throne , is also set in a magic world in turmoil. Here we follow the Pandion Knight Sparhawk as he uses the infinitely powerful sapphire-rose jewel Bhelliom to awaken Cimmura's queen Ehlana from the poison administered by the primate Annias, who seeks control over her kingdom and, in particular, her treasury. Annias is supported in his bid to become archprelate of the Church of the Elenes by the Elder God Azash, imprisoned by his fellow gods and seeking release through the powers of Bhelliom. After Sparhawk is coerced into marriage by Ehlana, he sets out with his companions, including the Styric seer Sephrenia, for the Holy City of Chyrellos, to rescue his people from destruction by Azash and his archpriest Otha. Having saved the city from its besieger, Martel, the small band of adventurers must proceed to Azash's lair to vanquish him and safeguard their world. Eddings adroitly mixes the exalted with the mundane in a tale that should satisfy his many fans.
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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 the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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!
The world that Eddings has created in the series The Elenium, has a complex series of religions and races that are spherically different yet are interactive with each other. The religious zealots that are inherent with any religions, be they fantasy or in the real world, are the story keys and can simply described as good and evil, dependent on the religions and their role in the aiding or thwarting of the heroes journey.
The Sapphire Rose continues from the first two books in the trilogy, The Diamond Throne and The Ruby Knight telling the story of the short-tempered, Sparhawk, the Queens Champion and member of legendary Pandion Knights. The trilogy follows Sparhawk and his quest to find the magical jewel Bhelliom to cure his poisoned queen, along with the help of his band of companions, including, the powerful and wise Sephrenia of the Styric religion, her goddess Aphrael.
The medium paced and predictable plot of the first two books is spiced up quiet a bit in The Sapphire Rose. Eddings simple writing style enables the reader to keep track of the action and the characters, yet creates many twists and turns, adding surprises, that even the most critical fantasy reader would not anticipate.Read more ›
I also liked the way Eddings divides his characters in categories by their religion like Elenes and Styrics and Zemochs. (just remember, patriarch is pronounced Patriark)
This book is an overall 4.5 on 5 (round to the nearest whole number), except I thought the last battle could of used more juice to it. I touch you, you die, really disappointed me. One major sad part could of had made me shed tears but I'm a guy, and its just not right for us guys to do that. (you could feel it inside, though)
Eddings has done it once again, I felt The Malloreon wasn't as good as The Belgariad so I didnt review it, I hope this isn't the case for The Tamuli. Please Goddess Aphrael, make The Tamuli as good as The Elenium!
I must agree with other reviewers that this is certainly the best book in the series, despite the obvious plot and cardboard characters. There are certainly a few interesting, ORIGINAL surprises, like the powers of the Bhelliom and the Troll Gods, the siege of Chyrellos and the election of the new Archprelate, and, finally, the crumbling city of Zemoch and Azash himself.
What really disgusts me is the grisly, mind-blowing violence that the main characters participate in and then go on with their lives like nothing happened. One incident involves an attacking Rendorish marauder being slashed in two, his upper half falling down the wall and swinging in a pendulum fashion hanging by the unrolling intestine, while his lower body remains stuck on top of the wall. But nobody really seems to care! During a later scene, Sephrenia cold-bloodedly orders a Zemoch to be beheaded right before her. Ugh.
There are also a few things that Eddings handles clumsily. For example, the black shadow that seems to be following Sparhawk - I recall that on one occasion Sparhawk uses the Bhelliom's powers to dissipate it, revealing the concealed [you know I won't tell you what it is], but why was it sent? What was it sent to do? What is it? And that treck across the plains of Zemoch in the dead of the winter just sems too easy. In other words, watch your step.Read more ›
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I have read all of Eddings books, and many other.
Now I do not know how to live without Sparhawk when I finished the last one. Read more
Anyone who likes science fiction will like David Eddings. Just loved all books of the Elenium series.Published on Nov. 23 2002
One of the main characters dies...
And stays dead!
I was astounded.
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2001
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2000 by Angela Cheng
How could anyone not like this book. David Eddings has out done himself with this book. I found this book to be the most exciting one in the series. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2000 by Duncan
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. Read morePublished on July 26 2000 by ChaucerCat