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Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

But as Sparhawk and his allies - who include Sephrenia, the ageless sorceress, and Flute, the strange and powerful girl-child - seek to save Ehlana and the land, they discover that the evil is even greater and more pervasive than they had feared.

Listen to another gem in David Edding's Elenium series.
©1989 David Eddings; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[A] graceful, fluid style of storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Eddings] draws once more on his particular strengths, combining heroic yet humorous characters with exotic settings and tangled politics to create a fast-moving fantasy that will appeal to his large readership." (Library Journal)

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  • Melanie
  • Stoneham, MA, United States
  • 05-07-14

A classic; listen to it like you do Tolkien

All of Eddings' epic fantasy work is dated now. It seems clichéd and trite. It would never get published by today's standards. Thing is, though, this stuff became a cliché for a reason: these are powerful ingredients. Eddings uses them masterfully.

The worldbuilding here is perhaps not as immersive as his Belgariad/Mallorean series, but the story is more mature and revolves around a battered yet formidable knight instead of a Chosen One farm boy (this will be relevant to you if you, like me, are tired of the Chosen One trope).

The key to enjoying Tolkien is to use your classic ear, not your modern ear. Tolkien wouldn't get published today, either (hello, Tom Bombadil), and so many of his elements seem like clichés now, too (elves and dwarves, le sigh). If you listen to him like you do Jim Butcher, you'll get bored... but if you listen to him as a classic, an exemplar, you can see why his books are still being read. Same goes for Eddings.

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  • j
  • 01-30-14

Narration performance is not up to par for Eddings

If you could sum up The Diamond Throne in three words, what would they be?

Superb! Engaging! Terrific!

What did you like best about this story?

The character personalities and the smart dialogue

What didn’t you like about Greg Abby’s performance?

It was just flat overall, and not believable, often difficult to distinguish one character from the other if the name wasn't given. The emotions were not performed in alignment with the various moods and situations. My favorite part however was when Sparhawk and company visit Ashram (I think that's the name) the crazy, toothless, fanatical cult leader toward the end of the book- the performance of Ashram's voice sounded exactly like Jim Carey doing Fire Marshall Bill! Absolutely comical...

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I love David Eddings- that's my only reaction

Any additional comments?

This should have never been released with this poor quality narration performance- not slamming the guy maybe he just needs more experience. Suggest that when handling rich fictional works like Eddings, test samples of at least one chapter be done for test audiences before slaughtering the whole book and no less the whole series- a real shame.

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  • Diana
  • Rosebud, Australia
  • 03-18-13

Great read

What did you love best about The Diamond Throne?

I read this book series in paperback several times over the year and it is a firm favourite of mine. I was delighted to find it in audible format. I am not as fond of the later Eddings books but is one has characters I like and I like the interaction between the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think I have one. It's the cast of strong characters and their interaction that keeps drawing me back to this book series.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Greg Abby?

Only if I had to because he was the only option and I wanted to hear the story. I found his accent off putting and some of his pronouncations weird.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's an old friend I just love immersing myself in this world.

Any additional comments?

There was some low background conversation at times that I found very distracting. Not loud enough to ignore, but certainly very distracting.

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the queens champion has a mission

on his return from exile, Sparhawk a Pandion Knight finds the newly appointed queen is deathly sick, the Preceptor of the order and his tutor of magic has joined with eleven others to entomb her in a case of magical diamond to preserve her life. the Primate Annias churchman of the city in blocking there every move to become the head of the whole church.

David Eddings strikes out with a new adventure, where magic can be learned by anyone but the race of Elene people so anti magic they get vicious, even its church does not believe in magic. but the four orders of the Knights of the Church has special permission to learn the magic of the Styrics.

to be able to change his magic to fit into this new world is amazing. it is so different from what he had before. I absolutely love the way he makes the quest important and with a set timeline.

feel free to start with this book the personalities are great and the Eddings do a great job of creating so many different cultures in a novel with each race having its quirks.

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Revisiting old friends

I've read this book series a few times and found the audio versions recently. I also have the Belgariad series on audio book (read by Cameron Byerly). It took some getting used to having another person read David Eddings stories. Greg Abby has a different reading style than what I got used to with the Belgariad series. However, once he got into the different characters it got much better. During The Diamond Throne, Mr. Abby was getting to know the characters and it took a while for the flow to happen where the characters didn't all sound the same. All in all a good narrator once he got comfortable.

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  • 03-06-12

Solid read

Would you try another book from David Eddings and/or Greg Abby?

This series not quite as good as the Belgariad and The Mallorean but still a good read.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Main problem with the story is that not a lot happens even though the book is quite large.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was fairly good, just some strange choices of pausing sometimes.

Was The Diamond Throne worth the listening time?

It is worth the listening time.

Any additional comments?

More padding and less character development than Eddings' earlier books.

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  • April
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • 08-02-11

Classic High Fantasy

When I was 9 years old, my dad used to read this book to me. David Eddings was my gateway into high fantasy and knights and wizard adventure. I picked up this one a few weeks ago when I had some extra credits because I wondered if the book held up to those long ago bedtime readings.

It does! And its given me a new perspective as a listener. When my dad read it to me, he couldn't pronounce a lot of the names and places within the work, but Abby does a really good job of handling the fantasy style vocabulary. The story itself is also a fabulous one, with a knight who is working on restoring something broken, a sorceress who guides them and a cast of colorful characters that really bring the whole thing to life.

I hope that you'll get this if you're trying to find a good fantasy series with great characters.

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  • JC
  • Connecticut USA
  • 04-19-11

Great book...horrible reading.

Terrific book... If you are a swords and sorcery fan, grab the physical copy and read the whole series. stay away from this reading, it's just horrible. The mispronounciations are numerous. This Reader should be admonished to do his homework before starting a book/series.

Great book...horrible reading.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 08-09-08

David Eddings does it again

Enjoyable characters and wonderful story. I really love the way David Eddings pulls you into his fantasy.

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  • Erika
  • United States
  • 10-26-17

Good story with barely OK narration

The Author and Story:

I love the stories that David Eddings wrote and read them all when I was in high school. I've been re-reading them now years later through Audible which has been fun as I remember what I forgot about these stories.
Sparhawk was a character I'd almost forgotten and I'm glad I get to listen to him brought back to life. I do agree with other reviewers that the characters of the Belgariad seem more developed and the dialog was more interesting, but this is still a fun fantasy story of intrigue and heroism with a little love thrown in to give it depth.

The Narrator:

I listen to A LOT of audio books and I am fairly picky about narrators. I'd just finished listening to the Belgariad and the Mallorean series that was narrated by Cameron Beierle - wonderful narrator! Coming off of Beierle's rich narration to Greg Abby's rather flat narration was a bit of a let down for me. He has a slow way of speaking where he drags out the last syllable of a sentence with a breathy sound in his voice that is so irritating! It feels unnatural and distracts me from the story. I've heard other narrators do this before in other books and I just don't like that way of narrating. The story sounds almost boring the way it is read which is sad because I remember loving this series!

Final Thoughts:

I am going to stick it out with Greg Abby's narration of this book but I'm going to see if anyone else has narrated this series. The book series is good, fun fantasy! You might enjoy it better if you read it yourself, though.