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Ehlana, Queen of Elenia, had been poisoned. A deep enchantment sustained her life, but only while the Knights aiding it still lived - and, already, they were dying, one each month. Then Sparhawk, the knight and Queen's Champion, learned that the cure for the poison was Bhelliom, the great jewel lost when Sarak of Thalesia died in battle 500 years before.

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.
©1990 David Eddings (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Eddings's strength lies in his ability to create thoroughly likable heroes with personalities that transcend the formulaic fantasy genre." ( Library Journal)

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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 02-12-14

If you liked the first book get this one too,

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.

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Couldn't wait

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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a cure is found

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

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  • Winona
  • Decatur, AL, United States
  • 08-26-08

you will be on the edge of your seat

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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  • A
  • 03-06-12

Improved performance, padded story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

If you’ve listened to books by David Eddings before, how does this one compare?

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.

What about Greg Abby’s performance did you like?

Fairly easy to know which character was talking based on the narrator's voice.

Could you see The Ruby Knight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

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.

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The series continues

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.

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A classic, and a must have

I as an avid Fantasy/Sci-fi reader have read this trilogy, before we had the internet; it was time for a revisit as 20 years had passed. This second installment in the series was as good or, better listening on Audible. The series is captivating, not a dull moment to be found. The execution of the reader shows the prowess of both range voicing multiple characters with ease. I would not change anything about this book, and I recommend this series to any enthusiast of near any age. Happy listening !

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revisiting

I loved revisiting the fantasy series that got me started with fantasy many years ago

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classic

This is the author that got me started reading fantasy with the Belgariad.

Listening to these is like visiting an old friend.

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Now I have old friends to revisit often!

My husband has always loved the books in these series and rereading them has been like revisiting old friends over the years....now I know why.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-18

Of Gods and Men...

... or rather Goddess and Men.

A very engaging continuation of the search for a cure to an incurable poison.

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  • NickC
  • 07-19-17

Good story and well read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ruby Knight to be better than the print version?

I would rate them the same. Took a while in the first book to adjust to the reader but no problem after that.

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  • Ian Warrender
  • 03-17-17

Perfect Eddings

David Eddings at his best, there’s something intangible about the perfect pacing of this story that leads the reader from one event to another, there’s no jumping between characters just a straight forward follow the main characters on their adventure from start to finish, and although the ending is obvious the route to get there is interesting and at time surprising.

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  • Mrs
  • 02-02-15

another good fantacy

If you could sum up The Ruby Knight in three words, what would they be?

intriguing, historical and humorous

What other book might you compare The Ruby Knight to, and why?

The Diamond throne

Have you listened to any of Greg Abby’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

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

I love the humour

Any additional comments?

I like the theme that is in these books by the same author.

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  • lance
  • 11-07-08

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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  • mrsvee
  • 06-29-18

The drone of boredom.

This reader’s voice drones on and tends to put one to sleep, until he mispronounces something.....or is it that the Americans pronounce some things differently from other English users. I am a fan of David Eddings writings and I do want to hear the next book in the series, but to have to endure that voice.....

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  • Ben
  • 08-16-17

Masterful

Fans of David Eddings will not be disappointed. An epic story and one that will remain as one of the greats.