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The Sapphire Rose: (#3) [Hardcover]

David Eddings
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Nov. 12 1991 Elenium (Book 3)
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 the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.


'What separates the grown-up authors from the boys is the quality of the writing and David Eddings is one of the best' Western Mail 'Sparhawk is the best-realized hero in modern fantasy' Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Eddings book ever! June 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy finale, but wait there�s more!! May 9 2004
By alicia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Since I was first introduced to the writings of David Eddings, through the best selling series, The Belgariad, at the age of 11, I have had a real affection for the seemingly realistic characters and simple yet exciting writing style that Eddings had so cleverly utilised to draw the reader into his fantasy world. Since then, I have come to think of Eddings as the king of modern fantasy writing, and I feel that the final book, The Sapphire Rose, in his series The Elenium, has upheld his title.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Umpossible!! March 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
You know, when you read a lot of fantasy novels like I do, you can predict what will happen. But Eddings' fantasy books are a great surprise each time. It's unbelievable how an author can maintain his talent and come up with new stories each time. Usually the author uses his past descriptions over again, but it isn't the case with Eddings. I've read The Belgariad and The Malloreon which is totally different from this series. This series is based on medievil times and it feels like Eddings takes us back to the 13th century where warriors battled with swords and axes instead of guns.
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!
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By Alex
Format:Mass Market Paperback
CAUTION: If you are planning to buy the book solely on the basis of the cover (always a bad thing to do), I must warn you - there are no goblins in Eosia, no orcs, and no elves. There are a few savage trolls and ogres in the snowy northern forests, but they would certainly never wear the armor they seem to be wearing on the cover.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest books ever
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
Published on Feb. 16 2003 by Carina
5.0 out of 5 stars Sapphire Rose
Anyone who likes science fiction will like David Eddings. Just loved all books of the Elenium series.
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by "meema40"
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - a cliche is broken
One of the main characters dies...
And stays dead!
I was astounded.
Published on Sept. 29 2002 by Mrs. R. Ridley-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars simply wonderful
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 more
Published on Feb. 15 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice rainy day reading!
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 more
Published on Sept. 22 2000 by Angela Cheng
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Masterpiece
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 more
Published on Sept. 18 2000 by Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Best in the Series
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 more
Published on July 26 2000 by ChaucerCat
5.0 out of 5 stars Bre's
The Sapphire Rose lives up to the standard set by its two predessors. The characters develop nicely, and of course, we get to meet Ehlana. Read more
Published on July 17 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of trees
how could anyone give this trash 5 stars? This was the worst book I have ever read. Did anyone proof read this before this was published?
Published on May 16 2000 by richard reinhard
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