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Domes of Fire (The Tamuli #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  21,952 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Danger stalked Queen Ehlana's realm. When an ambasador from the far-off Tamul Empire begged for help, Sparhawk, Ehlana's champion and Prince Consort, was the Emperor's last hope. For surely the knight who had killed the evil God Azash could prevail against the terror in Tamul. But waiting for him was a glittering court seething with corruption, treachery--and the greatest ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 471 pages
Published May 29th 1993 by Del Rey (first published 1992)
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Tyrone
Apr 03, 2012 Tyrone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes their fantasy light, humorous and with plenty of action.
I originally read the Belgariad and Mallorean series, which were massive sellers in the 80's, as a teenager and enjoyed them but never as much a some of the other fantasy series I read at the same time.

It wasn't until his later books featuring Sparhawk and the Pandion knights that I really fell in love with his writing. While I don't think I'll ever read the Belgariad and Mallorean again I have decided to re-read (or rather listen) the Elenium and this series again.

While the story could be crit
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Nathan
Jan 19, 2012 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I'm finally, after all these years, reading the Tamuli Trilogy for the first time. Standard Eddings - hero and his group of wise-cracking badasses-with-hearts-of-gold (including the white-haired old wizard now joining the black-haired beautiful and ageless sorceress) go traipsing across every country named on the map in a quest to defeat the machinations of the power-hungry ancient god. I think Mr Eddings forgot the magic stone, though - so the party is going to go get it in the second ...more
Joanne
Aug 06, 2014 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

WARNING: This is a follow up trilogy to David Eddings' The Elenium. The events in these books take place several years after those in The Elenium, with the same characters. Therefore, this series - and so also my review - discusses things revealed in the previous trilogy. Read no further if you plan on reading The Elenium but don't wish it to be spoiled for you.

Domes of Fire begins six years after the end of The Sapphire Rose. Queen Ehlana is back on her
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Chrystal
Jul 21, 2014 Chrystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First I want to say that I really like David Eddings novels. The Belgariad series was totally awesome!
Domes of Fire is the first book of the sequel to the Elenium series. I was disappointed in this book. It was an extremely slow read. There is more political stuff that was happening then actual action. Their journey was very slow pace. It took them half the book just to find Sephrinia and she didn't have a huge role in the second half. The good parts are very small portions and spread thin th
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Andrew Wilson
Nov 17, 2013 Andrew Wilson rated it liked it
Danger stalked Queen Ehlana's realm. When an ambasador from the far-off Tamul Empire begged for help, Sparhawk, Ehlana's champion and Prince Consort, was the Emperor's last hope. For surely the knight who had killed the evil God Azash could prevail against the terror in Tamul. But waiting for him was a glittering court seething with corruption, treachery--and the greatest danger Sparhawk would ever face!

### From Publishers Weekly

Magic, insurrection, rebirth and new gods and cultures propel this
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Jasmine Woods
Oct 07, 2013 Jasmine Woods rated it liked it
Domes of Fire suffers from many of the same problems as its predecessor, The Eleniums's Diamond Throne, namely that the whole thing feels like a big setup for something bigger. Unlike the Diamond Throne however, driven by the desperate need to find a cure for Queen Ehlana within a year, the plot feel mostly arbitrary. First of all they need an excuse to get all the best characters from the last trilogy together again, then an excuse to send them to the bit of the world we didn't get to see last ...more
Katie
Feb 09, 2013 Katie rated it liked it
Promising start to this trilogy, this storyline seems much less tired than the Elenium. The Atans are intriguing characters, the gods are not instantly fixing every problem, and Ehlana is more likeable. Still taking a break between volumes, but I think the Tamuli is going to be more entertaining and novel than the Elenium by far.
Justin
Nov 25, 2016 Justin rated it it was ok
David Eddings made a name for himself in the fantasy fiction arena with the release of his epic series the Belgariad, which had some very memorable characters, some interesting concepts, and spirited dialogue, but stuck pretty close to the staples of the genre - orphan boy finding out he is the focus of an ancient prophecy, gods fighting over a powerful talisman, wizards & sorceresses, etc. The series was a hit, and Eddings obviously liked the characters enough to bring them all back for the ...more
Annie Morecambe
Nov 18, 2016 Annie Morecambe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: epic fantasy lovers
Recommended to Annie by: no one
Sparhawk was a favorite character. This was the first book in the last series.
Susan Fehr
Oct 08, 2016 Susan Fehr rated it liked it
On the one side, its good to see that the White European conquistador types meet their comeuppance with better knowledge of the primitive Tamul race...on the other, its a we've been here before save the world hero tale which makes you realise that actually, the Belgariad and the Mallorean werent so bad after all. That said, it, too is a good read, give or take the odd jarring moment, and I think out real world would be vastly improved with a bit more of the Pandion & co mental flexibility in ...more
Hilmi Isa
Dec 02, 2011 Hilmi Isa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masalah rusuhan yang berlaku di negara Tamul telah menyebabkan maharaja negara tersebut mengundang Sparhawk ke negaranya untuk membantu menyelesaikan masalah tersebut. Sparhawk menyedari bahawa bukan hanya negara Tamul sahaja mengalami masalah tersebut. Negara-negara lain yang berdekatan dengan Tamul juga menghadapi masalah yang serupa. Bersama-sama dengan isterinya (yang juga merupakan Permaisuri negara Elesia),anak mereka,Puteri Danae (yang juga merupakan jelmaan kepada Tuhan/Dewi ...more
Zane
Aug 20, 2012 Zane rated it liked it
David Eddings seemingly can't keep his thoughts on track. Domes of Fire jumps around through so many different mythical races and cultures that by the end I wasn't sure which I was reading about, or where I was on the map. Despite this, Domes of fire was a refreshing change of pace from elves, dwarfs, and magic conjuring from thin air. Unlike traditional fantasy writers, Eddings follows the law of conservation of energy (sort of) and therefore the use of magic was limited to the amount of power ...more
Jordan Halsey
Jun 07, 2007 Jordan Halsey rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Eddings Fans Only
The Tamuli was where I hopped off the Eddings train. It just got to be too much. There are still pleasures to be had from these books, although at close to 30 books (counting the Belgariad and Malloreon whose characters are just barely distinguishable from the ones here) these characters are starting to wear out their welcome just a bit by now. But they are still good company. And Eddings' dialogue, though getting just a tad stale by now, is still amusing. Somewhat atypically for a fantasy ...more
Judith
Ik heb dit boek uit (en het volgende deel) en ik vind het weer heerlijk lezen. In de categorie gezellige boeken krijgt dit vijf sterren. In de categorie fijne karakters krijgt dit boek 4 sterren. Helaas is het wel weer veel van hetzelfde qua plot, vandaar dat ik toch steeds uitkom op 3 sterren. Maar wel een dikke 3 sterren. Want dit soort boeken zijn vrienden en die moet je niet te hard vallen, maar koesteren.

Wat ik trouwens wel erg leuk en ook wel enigszins origineel vind, zijn de stukjes waarm
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Neville Ridley-smith
So it's been 3 years since I read an Eddings (the Elenium, which I quite enjoyed). I felt in the mood for some comfortable reading and thought it was about time I read this sequel series.

The thing about this book is.... nothing happens. Sure, stuff happens but it all feels a bit directionless. Even by the end of the book, I still feel I don't really know where the series is heading. There's the other Eddings problem of 2D characters - even when new characters come on the scene they very quickly
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Danica
Aug 14, 2012 Danica rated it it was amazing
I'm sad that it took me two weeks to complete this one. I love having the time to finish a novel in a day or two, but I didn't have the opportunity to do so with this one. Thus, my memory is a bit unreliable as I try to seperate what happened in this book from what happened in the last three.

There's no denying the fact that I love reading Eddings' stuff now that I've gotten a taste of it. It's fraught with entertainment, wit, great characters, one liners, action, sideline love stories, and gene
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Kristy Halseth
Sep 27, 2016 Kristy Halseth rated it really liked it
The down side of rereading books a lot is that eventually you start to give the book less stars than in the past. I still like the book but traveling to a new location doesn't make the story 'fresh'. Especially when it takes months to get there, months at the place, and will take months to return. No head of state can be gone from the country for a year. As I say that, I suddenly remember that I believe some heads of state might have done just that in the Medieval period in Europe. Okay maybe it ...more
Jesse
Nov 09, 2015 Jesse rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Its been years since I read this series, but I figured it was time to revisit these Eddings books.

As always, Eddings is a master at creating societies and culture, but reading this as an adult, I feel that it is definitely written for young adults. This doesn't make it less fun to read, but don't expect any revelations here. What I often remember from these books is that the author is great building characters that you love. They are the best at what they do and when they are all working togeth
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Isabell
Compared with what I've read in the recent past, this is a great piece of fantasy. Since I read quite a lot of YA-fantasy lately, I was getting quite sick of it, especially the love triangles.

Domes of Fire has mature main characters, not too much of romance but is humorous. I also quite liked Eddings' writing style and the narrator's style of reading the book.

It might have been preferable to start with the series that precedes this, but although I didn't do that, I could follow the story perfect
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Mark Austin
May 14, 2016 Mark Austin rated it it was ok
- Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
- Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
- Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
- Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
- Amazing.
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Maddy Lanslots
Apr 06, 2016 Maddy Lanslots rated it really liked it
Plot-wise, it seems the Tamuli series is not as strong as the Elenium (much like I didn't think the Malloreon was as strong as the Belgariad). Character-wise, however, I really liked all the new developments our favourite characters went through, the ways in which some of them grew up and others merely changed, and the way the relationships between them developed. In all reality, I don't mind so much that the story isn't as solid because I just like reading about everyone again and seeing what ...more
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 Althea Ann rated it it was ok
Why did I even read this far into this saga? The books are sexist, racialist, and all the characters are unrelentingly 2-D. Still, I keep plugging away, managing to be reasonably entertained along the way. They're bestsellers, so I guess he's got something going.
Still, Edding's insistence on portraying every single character's behavior, intelligence level and traits as determined by their membership in an ethnic group is really quite disturbing.
And all of his women are either strong, powerful ye
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Dark-Draco
Apr 19, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. In this, the hero Sparhawk and his Queen have to travel across the world to investigate stange stories of legendary heroes rising from the grave to help the people fight their rulars. But not everything is as it seems and even with a God on their side, they are hard pushed to find their enemy. Even a great victory ends up being just another test by those they face.

This had a really good sense of humour about it and a good
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John
Jul 22, 2012 John rated it did not like it
I didn't realize there was trilogy before this book. I kind of figured there had to be given how little is explained in this book. As the first book of a new trilogy I feel like there should have been more explanation for poor sods like me who went into this book not knowing what was going on. That was my first major gripe with this book.

My second major gripe is that nothing happens in this book. Nothing at all. Very early on you're given a framework of what the characters think the situation is
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Ed
Jan 16, 2016 Ed rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
The Tamuli series is David Eddings' sequel to his previous series, the Elenium." As he did with the Malloreon, his sequel to the Belgariad, Eddings recycles the exact same plot he's used for every one of his fantasy series. It is notable here for just how blatantly and lazily it is done, and without even the thin veneer of rationalization that was contained in the setting of the earlier two series. Even in high school, I was flabbergasted at just how shoddy Eddings' work in this series was.

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Huw Evans
Nov 17, 2011 Huw Evans rated it it was amazing
This review applies to the whole of the Tamuli trilogy. It follows on directly from the intial Elenium and should be called Sparhawk Rides Again. Don't get me wrong I like the trilogy - it extends the characters we have already met, who are likeable enough to care about, and answers some of the questions that the Elenium raised. The trilogy introduces other characters, most of whom are well rounded and believable. The dialogue remains crisp and humorous and the plot rips along towards a ...more
Jak
Jun 24, 2009 Jak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Launching the second trilogy with the Sparhawk character (The Tamuli) Domes of Fire centres on another continent from which Sparhawk and his wife a requested to help due to supernatural goings on. The band of adventurers are readily accepting the plea for help and saddle up.

The series is the same as the Belgariad/Mallorion and while still worth a read the format is getting over used. The wit and batter which is charming to begin with also reached the end of it’s welcome by the end of the series
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Ukgardenfiend
Sep 17, 2013 Ukgardenfiend rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-100-books
Read all three of this series one after the other. Love David Eddings but a long time since I read him... Managed to get the series in a really quaint second hand book shop on my way home from my mother-in-laws'. I have read other series by him and so was pleased to see that this was just as complex and good, though one does tend to feel that innovation was rather slow to happen in these worlds and that medieval life was rather more dirty and smelly and uncomfortable than it is made out to be in ...more
steve kiser
Nov 22, 2011 steve kiser rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the character development. I like the fact that the characters had personalities, some sarcastic, some witty, etc. I haven't read a lot of fantasy books that develop characters other than the classic heroic / villian personas. It took me a while to understand that they were verbally bantering. Very enjoyable from that aspect.

However, this is book one of three so perhaps the others are more conclusive, but I found the ending to be woefully lacking. So much so that I have decided to not
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Vera Maslow
Nov 27, 2013 Vera Maslow rated it it was ok
It took me awhile to get through this one. I felt like it was a lot of sitting around talking about their plans and describing what they are going to do instead of reading about them doing things. I also felt like I was being told how clever someone was constantly. By the end of the book it started to grate on me. I will continue the series because I hear when the action gets started it is good. I also do want to see who is behind everything and why. There is enough interest left from that to ...more
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David Eddings was an American author who wrote several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, was an uncredited co-author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.

David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he achie
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