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The Sapphire Rose (The Elenium #3)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  23,012 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Book 3 of the Elenium. First printing.
Hardcover, 467 pages
Published November 12th 1991 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1991)
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Winddancer
I've read this book many times, so many, in fact, that the pages are falling out. What I adore is Eddings' complete, unassailable, and believable world that he creates. The world that this series, and its sister series (The Tamuli) I think is more solid than even his first world/series. This is epic fantasy, make no mistake. Our hero treks about the globe hunting down powerful magical objects, slaying gods, and building a reputation for himself that makes everyone cringe. But, it's done with a g ...more
Danica
Jul 30, 2012 Danica rated it it was amazing
This was my favourite of the three! It's definitely a great conclusion to the trilogy, but at the same time it doesn't leave things completely closed off with no chance of continuing the story. That's one of the things that makes me excited to start with The Tamuli next.

There was, of course, sadness in the book and many conflicts, but Eddings managed to rise above it all and he carried us through to the end of the book.

Flute and Talen have to be my favourite characters, but there are so many awe
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Christopher
Jan 08, 2015 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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CAW
Mar 17, 2010 CAW rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, yay textbook mediaeval warfare! Jane-Rhea caught me laughing out loud when I got to the point where (not really a spoiler, this) they were being right well besieged in Rome that warm-temperate city with all the basillicas and popes and things and thinking themselves very clever to have manned the walls against the inept enemies...I was thinking 'ang on, even if they don't need a Roman sewer system because of the cleaning wizards, if the Vatican citadel doesn't have overground water supply ...more
Kylia
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Josh
Apr 23, 2014 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars is generous here. Even as popcorn fantasy there are just so many problems with this book.

First off, you could have skipped book 2 entirely and not missed anything. Even so, this book is far, far too long. It passes several good stopping points and just keep plowing on. The quest is just dragged on for entirely too much time, to where it becomes obvious that it's just there for the point of extending the story. The plot is full of holes that aren't just stereotypical fantasy tropes, bu
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Dani Lane
Final book in the trilogy. Have to say I am not a fan of the story. The characters were all so very glib; I couldn't relate to them and certainly wasn't fond of them. The whole relationship between the protagonist, Sparhawk, and Ehlena, his ward and later his queen, and even later his wife, was downright icky. I mean, he watched her grow up, tutored her and was her knight and champion, a role he inherited from his father. Then he is banished to another country for 10 years when she is 8. Then he ...more
Maddy Lanslots
Mar 21, 2016 Maddy Lanslots rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things I loved about the Elenium trilogy were the characters and their relationships. As in every book of Eddings I have read so far, the characters each have their own, distinct personality that distinguishes them from the others, but they are almost all likable in a way. The characters in the Elenium are less stereotypical than the ones in the Belgariad, which is also a positive point in my opinion, even though I didn't mind it too much in the Belgariad. Some of the villains are still just evi ...more
S.M. Carrière
Feb 29, 2016 S.M. Carrière rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm very, very sorry this series had to end.

Just as I remembered from all those years ago when I read this series, it is an excellent read. The Sapphire Rose is a fine conclusion to the tale of Sparkhawk's epic quest to save his queen, and the world.

The problematic elements of this fantasy remain (Eurocentrism, namely), but they don't jump out at you immediately, such is the entertainment provided by this book (and series).

I remember a particular character's death hitting me very hard when I fir
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Dark-Draco
May 12, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-series
The third book in the trilogy begins where the second one ends - in the cave of the Troll-Dwarf, the Bhelliom in Sparhawk's hands. He and his companions hurry home, where they cure the Princess Ehlana then turn their attention to Annais, who has hurried to the city of Chyrellos to get himself head of the church. With lots of political manoeuvring, they attempt to scupper his plans, but it is they who are surprised when Martel, at the head of a large army, lays siege to the town. And once that is ...more
Jasmine Woods
Sep 22, 2013 Jasmine Woods rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to go out on a limb here and describe my favourite book in the Elenium trilogy as if it were a prog rock musical of epic proportions because that's a lot what it feels like to read it. We'll start with a joyous sort of female chorus with lots of flutes(sic) because hurrah! Bhellion has woken and cured Ehlana. Both she, and her warrior giantess companion Mirtai, add a touch of much needed female impetus to this traditional Eddings' sausage-fest. Next up there's some ecclesiastical droni ...more
Alexander Case
Mar 03, 2013 Alexander Case rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The book definitely brings the series to a satisfying conclusion, but the denouement runs a little long (though, to be fair, getting the denouement the right length is something that lots of writers have problems with). Probably the bigger problem with the book's end is that, approaching the conclusion, it screams, "The writer got the publisher to agree to another trilogy, so he's going to lay some plot hooks for the next one!"

This is aggravated by the fact that I'm reading the book's first prin
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Kacey
Apr 19, 2013 Kacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, first I want to preface this by saying that the world-building and characters are still both fantastic elements of this trilogy. Every different part of the world feels fully-realized, and the characters are unique and memorable. I have no problems with either of these things.

Neither did I find any problems with the action sequences. I thought they were written well and moved the plot along at a decent pace. The fighting was handled well and I could follow what was happening without too mu
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Barbora
Dec 02, 2015 Barbora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-czech
První dva díly jsem zhltla jako malinu, proto pro mě byl děsný šok, když jsem narazila na začátek trojky. Najednou to bylo všechno upocené, nezáživné a napětí se někam vytratilo. Až jsem se lekla, že mi nezbyde nic jiného, než dát jen dvě hvězdy. Když se však vyřešily trampoty v hlavním městě a začalo se intrikovat při volbě arcipreláta, tak se Sparhawk oklepal a děj začal opět nabírat na obrátkách.

Finále, a tím nemyslím jen finální souboj se zloduchy, napravilo Eddingsovu reputaci a upřímně mě
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Sarah
This entire series is pretty one dimensional, in a science fiction/fantasy sort of way. There are good and bad guys, and some people that are supposed to be "bad guys", but they just had rough lives and are really good at heart. There are castles, knights, some limited magic that the author never attempts to explain, and heavy religious overtones. The knights in the books are bloody and vicious, but everyone just shakes their heads, lightly punches them on their iron clad shoulders and say "aw, ...more
Pankaj
May 20, 2014 Pankaj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent series
i came across while sifting through my collection and started reading it just because i had nothing better to read but i must say it is a very lovely series
the series ender is very interesting
all three books are very well written and very well composed
the plot goes on a little slow for my taste but i loved them anyway
i recommend it to anyone who loves a mixture of adventure thrilling plot and a little romance .it is indeed a very good series
Laura
Dec 16, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Plot, characters and writing amazing, but its like everytime Edding writes a series he is bored by the end. Another rushed ending with an epilogue which not only wraps things up but does so with a bow on top. Quick ending to an epic battle (such a let down) with plenty of closure in the epilogue (i love closure). Not a 5* because the ending
Jim Kennedy
As with the the rest of the trilogy, I liked it, it was entertaining enough. But I have to say this final book in the trilogy dragged a *lot* in places. The pace seemed to slow right down, maybe attempting to build up to what was ultimately a big overblown scene at the end. Happy enough to have read it and happy enough to have finished it. Not too pushed about reading the follow up trilogy, though I wouldn't rule it out.

(Hmm ... Maybe 2.5 stars would be a better representation of how I felt abou
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Zachary Jacobi
I enjoyed this book more than the previous two, probably related to it being more political and less of a quest.

Thoughts on the series: I didn't feel so much that this series was dated (although to be fair, whenever it talked about marriage or gender roles, it did feel dated) so much as I felt it was uncritical. I think a lot of the current crop of fantasy books have all the tropes of the preceding generation to play with and this gives them a lot of room to subvert and interrogate those tropes
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Christina
Jan 01, 2016 Christina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Eric Raffoul
Sep 11, 2015 Eric Raffoul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very minor spoilers. I don't know what to say of this book except that I didn't like it. Eddings sure does have a formula for his fantasy and uses every trope imaginable, but I found this series to be too derivative.

OK I actually have a lot to say of this book.

Firstly, the dialogue is often very forced and it reads like Eddings had an entire plot in mind and had to suffer through writing some trite conversation to fill in the gaps that nonetheless often remain glaringly deep. Interactions betwee
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Amanda
Jul 01, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fine for a re-read. A couple of genuinely fine moments, but less quality overall than The Belgariad.
Katie
Jan 17, 2013 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An okay read, but the 'romance' seemed a bit forced and undeveloped. While we do have gods jumping in to save things a few times there is a satisfying amount of human battles and efforts. As always, I really enjoy Eddings' humor the most and he keeps me chuckling rather regularly here. I think I'll take a break from him before the Tamuli though, else I might get utterly sick of his style.
Rudolph
I'm torn between giving this book two or three stars. Let's settle on two and a half, although it does tend to sway between the higher and the lower number.

The book wasn't too bad as the conclusion of a three-part series. I think it was too long, with far too much padding, similar to the previous two instalments. A lot of the superfluous drivel could have been amputated by a good editor with a sharp scalpel, and the tale could have been condensed to the length one fairly hefty volume.

The charact
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Macjest
Jul 14, 2012 Macjest rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm really disappointed with this last book. I still don't care for the characters that much. Especially not when you compare them to those in the Belgariad. There was entirely too much fighting. Frankly, this book could have been edited down to half it's size and been fine.
Auris
Sep 09, 2015 Auris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
giving up on this book. For good.
Srsly, what is wrong with male (fantasy) authors?
Women are only portrayed as virgins, mothers, bitches or whores/temptress? Nothing else?
And this was the final straw, where I gave up on this specific book (by David Eddings, written in the late 80s, early 90s.) Mind you, the girl was 8 years old:
"I saw some of the looks she used to throw your way when she was a little girl. You're in for an interesting time."
graaaaaaawr. Sure, 8 year old trying to seduce 25y olds.
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Sookie
Dec 24, 2014 Sookie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, 2014
A decent ending to a decent series. However, it was too long and a book extra to get to that point.

The adventures all come to a point to resolve the problem at hand - which was introduced in the very beginning of the first book. The adventure and the action parts are really written well and Eddings has a knack of recreating the scene with minimalism and enough verbs to get one hooked.

The book would have been a good end to the series had the romance thing not played out the way it did. It bugged
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Kristy Halseth
I am re-reading this series for the third or fourth time. The Eddings are better world builders than character builders. Even then, there are certain similarities between the worlds. But not as bad as the characters. When one rereads Edding's books a lot, one notices that the female characters all sort of blend together and the male characters all sort of blend together. The stories are still entertaining but the characters are a bit to alike. Despite attempts to make the characters more individ ...more
Mouldy Squid
A long awaited re-read of the Elenium trilogy. I absolutely loved this series when I read it in High-School. Now, decades later, I've re-read it to see how it holds up. It doesn't. While Eddings' skill with witty banter remains top-notch, the rest of the books show their age.

The part I found the most difficult in the re-read is the nearly impossible competence of every character in the book; mistakes aren't made unless the plot requires one, everyone seems to be an expert on something when the p
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Heather
Jun 21, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
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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.

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