Sparhawk and his companions set forth to find King Sarak's grave by raising ghosts of those who had perished in that ancient battle. The Seeker, an insectile monster spawned of the evil god Azash, hounded their every step. Still, Sparhawk pressed on, driven by desperate need. They had to find Bhelliom before his Queen perished. They must not fail!
Listen to another gem in David Edding's Elenium series.
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"Eddings's strength lies in his ability to create thoroughly likable heroes with personalities that transcend the formulaic fantasy genre." (Library Journal)
I listened to The Diamond Throne and couldn't wait to listen to the The Ruby Knight. I listened to it in two days and I am looking forward to The Sapphire Rose. Again I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a good read or listen.
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This is the second novel in the series and is as good as the first. I actually prefer the Elenium and Tamuli to the Belgariad and Mallorean. The guy basically wrote the same stories over and again, but that's ok because he is really good at it. I didn't have any trouble with the nararrator and my daughter and I both liked it and were able to listen to this as a family. This is not just good parent bonding but equals quiet during a long road trip. Defnitiely worth a credit in my opinion.
Can the finally finish this trip? will they find the one thing that will save the queen. Don't be fooled with the name it is everything that fantasy novel should be. Too bad we will have to continue to wonder the way it will go........
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Eddings with his wife have just left us off with the knowledge that the Bhelliom is the only way to cure the queen.
he continues the quest with his nine companions, and yet more of Azash's evil creatures are hunting.
David eddings has a great way to sum up the first book in his prolog without loosing the quality of the story. Greg abby does a great job of picking the right voice for each of the ten party members. well everyone except Flute.
A great continuation of a fantastic series
Despite it's lack of action and less than perfect editing (too much padding) this was still an entertaining enough book to listen to for relaxation.
As mentioned, The Elenium as a series is not up to the standard of The Belgariad and The Mallorean. There is less character development, less entertaining dialogue and rather a lot of descriptive padding, much of which could have been omitted from the story.
Fairly easy to know which character was talking based on the narrator's voice.
I think Eddings fell into the same trap as many other authors of high fantasy have done. He wrote more, producing ever larger volumes for each successive book, but the actual interesting content of the stories decreased.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
At the end of The Diamond Throne, Sparhawk learned from the guilt-wracked ghost of King ALdreas that Queen Ehlana's illness, revealed to have been the result of a poisoning, could only be cured by the Bhelliom, a mysterious jewel of such incalculable power that even many of the gods fear it. Though adamantly opposed to the idea of such an undertaking, the Styric sorceress Sephrenia, tutor to the Pandion order for generations, reluctantly agrees on the condition that once Ehlana is cured Sparhawk will destroy the jewel to prevent its ever falling into evil hands or working its own mischief. So he and his companions set out for the ancient battlefield where five-hundred years before the Knights of the Church barely managed to push back a Zemoch invasion. Their hope is that the ghost of King Sarak of Thalesia, the last man known to possess the Bhelliom (he in fact had it set into his crown), will be able to tell them what became of the crown after the battle and by extention, the jewel. All the while, however, the companions are hounded by the Seeker, an insectile demon sent by the evil god Azash, god of the Zemoch people, who has long covetted the jewel. With the Seeker always on their trail and pursued by its mindless slaves, the companions also must contend with Guerig, the maimed Troll who long ago carved the Bhelliom and seeks to reclaim it for himself. An excellent tale read by a good narrator. I really enjoyed it.
I've been a fan of these books for years, they've become old friends.
When listening to familiar titles, you expect your take on the story and the narration not to match perfectly. In this case, the narration was so far off it got in the way of the story.
It's far enough off to me that I know I'll never listen to them again. I'd much rather sit down a read the stories myself.
New to audiobooks but I am finding it a great way of doing my crafts and getting my reading in at the same time.
No. The narrator does a poor job with establishing the different voices for the different characters. Further he does a horrible job with Flute's voice, horrible!
David Eddings is always the author who keeps on giving. Unfortunately the reader didn't take the time to familiarize himself with the books he would be reading. It took a while to get over his painful reading style. I still had to own all three though. Just a shame the purchase isn't completely a happy one.
"Groovy Ruby Knight"
A typical D Eddings novel, a super read & a good audible
Narrator was quite strong, however at the end, all the characters were superimposing onto each other
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