The Diamond Throne (Elenium Series #1)

The Diamond Throne (Elenium Series #1)

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by David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
     
 

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Sparhawk, Pandion Knight, and Queen's Champion have returned to Elenia after ten years of exile, only to find young Queen Ehlanda trapped in a block of ensorcelled crystal. As Sparhawk sets out to find a cure for Ehlana, he discovers that only he can defeat the evil plots that threaten her rule....  See more details below

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Sparhawk, Pandion Knight, and Queen's Champion have returned to Elenia after ten years of exile, only to find young Queen Ehlanda trapped in a block of ensorcelled crystal. As Sparhawk sets out to find a cure for Ehlana, he discovers that only he can defeat the evil plots that threaten her rule....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Eddings begins his new Elenium series in a world that has different names but much the same feel as those of his bestselling Belgariad and Malloreon series. Fans will find themselves back in step as the Pandion knight Sparhawk sets off to find a cure for his poisoned Queen Ehlana. PW praised Eddings's ``graceful, fluid style of storytelling.'' (July)
Library Journal
A young queen's life and a country's future lie in the balance as an exiled Pandion knight, a Styric ``witch,'' an aging squire, and a mysterious child begin a long and arduous trek through foreign lands in search of an elusive cure for an unknown disease. The author of the popular ``Belgariad'' and ``Malloreon'' series 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. Highly recommended.-- JC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345367693
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1990
Series:
Elenium Series, #1
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
291,050
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Diamond Throne 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of the Belgariad and Mallorean books, it took me a long time to work up to his elenium/talumi series. I just didn't think anything he could write could be better than Garion's tale. Now after reading the diamond throne I don't know why I hesitated. Belgariad/Mallorean is still the better series but reading the Diamond throne felt like that first time I picked up the pawn of prophecy. Eddings is a phenomenal writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had just finished 'Belgariad' and 'Malloreon' by the same author. I had enjoyed both sets fairly well and was looking for more. The next set listed in the books was 'The Elenium'. I have to say that I really liked this story. In fact, I thought it was better than either of the sets by Eddings that I read previously. There was a subtle wit that was skillfully woven into the story that I got a kick out of. Also, Sparhawk, the hero, was refreshing. Most heroes seem to be just a little bit wishywashy about putting an end to their foes. I find myself getting frustrated with it.(you just know the bad guys are going to come back again) Not so with Sparhawk. He is a Church Knight who manages to keep his loyalty, honesty and rightousness, while having no qualms about despensing his own kind of justice on those who have threatened his queen. I am eager to start the next set as well. This is a truly enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though Eddings has told this story four different ways, it is still one of the best books I have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one reviewed this book before putting up for sale. Needs fixing.
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I am a long-time Eddings fan... and reading the Elenium was a pleasure. Sparhawk is an incredible character, and the others involved in the story (both on the side of our hero and the associates of our villain) are interesting, well-written and easy to understand and identify with. The main character, Sparhawk, I have to say, however, is my favorite. He has a very rough 'edge' (as do many of Eddings' best characters), but he is still very human, and you will find yourself (almost) as attached to his Queen Ehlana as he is. The other characters are as well very human, and add an extraordinary amount to the story. Believe me, read this book even if you aren't really a fan of fantasy... you'll enjoy it.
SErnest2 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I really loved how it drew me into the plot right away. The characters were very realistic, and I couldn't seem to put the book down! I would highly recommend this book to anyone young or old!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Elenium, as well as the books that follow, are refreshing! They have an epic scale, but don't let you loose sight of the characters. It has the abundant magic you expect in fantasy, but it still has enough sword-slinging for the swashbucklers. It is dramatic and suspenceful, but has a quick wit that keeps you laughing. All together they are smart and enjoyable books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a good book. Much better than Tolkien and better than all of his other series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the first in a 6 book series that blows away all others. The story line is absolutely captivating, greatly entertaining, and even very humourous at times. David Eddings is a master of character development. Sparhawk and his friends will easily become your friends as well. You'll start caring for them so much, you'll never want to put these books down. In fact you'll want to own them all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This man has got me hooked on Fantasy/Adventure! After this book I was left craving more! This was wonderful with life-like characters mixed with imaginative situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have never read a fantasy novel this is the one to try. Our hero is an unasuming knight called Sparhwak. He is without a doubt David Edding's best hero, leaving behind the boy-man of Garion. Sparhawk's journey is both enthralling and captivating in his seach to rescue his beautiful queen. To those who have never indulged in other worlds I thoughly recommend that you try and see the magic that David Eddings is reknown for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the start of a great series by David Eddings. He brings to life the characters and pulls you into his world. This book introduces you to a world in which you can't get away from. It will make you laugh, excited and emotional. All-in-all one of the best fantasy books I have read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Eddings does a masterful job of introducing the reader to this story and its characters. His characters are substantial and have distinct personalities and his imagery vivid. I enjoyed this book (and series) so much that I try to read it once a year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started to read this book and i haven't been able to put it down. I really enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With humor and well developed charachters David Eddings portrays his world wonderfully. He is probably my favorite author because of his use of polotics within the war. If you read this Mr. Eddings, could you write a follow up for the Tamuli?