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The Sapphire Rose (The Elenium #3)

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The concluding volume of the masterful Elenium trilogy, now part of the voyager classics collection. The jewel of life is rescued from the distant cave of troll-dwarf Ghwerig and the Queen can be saved. But in returning to the Elenia, Sparhawk and his companions risk delivering power into the hands of their enemies. The unholy triple alliance between Otha, degenerate sorce ...more
Hardcover, 467 pages
Published November 12th 1991 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1991)
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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
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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
Danica Simmons
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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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
S.M. Carrière
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
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
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 "Geoffery Crescent" Woods
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

The final book, and an awesome conclusion to what is a pretty great trilogy.

With the Bhelliom in his possession, Sparhawk travels back to Elenia and to his Queen, equipped to cure her from the poison coursing through her veins. Back to perfect health, Queen Ehlana can now take control of her kingdom. But Primate Annias still has his sights set on becoming the Archprelate, and even with Ehlana back in charge, his schemes have already been set in motion. A
The second and third volumes of Edding's trilogy are an improvement, but are still limited by the same flaws. What Eddings is trying to do is interesting - and impressive, given his status at the time: he's turning toward a much darker, grimmer (lots of bickering, a graphic lesbian torture/murder/cannibalism scene, Lovecraftian elder gods and their eldritch minions, 'heroes' decapitating people just because they think they're rude, etc), and more unusual (half the final book is given over to an ...more
I'm just going to do one review for all three of these books, because I don't want to figure out where each of the other books ends and work that hard. ;) I'm a little torn with this series, while I DID like it and it WAS enjoyable to read (like the first half of the first book, I kept thinking THIS IS PRETTY FANTASTIC!) there were a few things that really annoyed me. Like a lot. I'm sort of a nit pick and overly critical, I get this. I know I couldn't write a book but I sure could tell you what ...more
3.5 stars.

Thus finishes my reread of of this series that was so influential to me as a child.

The Sapphire Rose, in my opinion as an adult, is by far the best book in this series. While the other two meander around through interesting but seemingly unfocused events, this final book hits the ground running.

I think the politics in this book are compelling and interesting and the action is great. It's like Eddings finally figured out what he wanted to do.

I'll admit that the death of a certain chara
matejcik neasi
In terms of storybuilding, writing and characterization, not much changed from the first book (see my previous review). Most of the obstacles the characters face are still very ad-hoc, same as the way the characters choose to overcome them. It really feels like reading a beginners' ADnD session. (view spoiler) From time to time, a character has a "serious moment" and tries to convey some sort of moral lesson - which fail ...more
Angela Chang
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in January 2002.

The concluding part of the Elenium trilogy has three stories which are related only by events in the earlier novels and by the protagonists involved. The first is the return to Elenia with the recovered sapphire, Bhelliom, to cure the poisoned queen; the second is the opposition to the attempt of the corrupt Annias to gain the Archprelacy and become the head of the Elene church; and the third is the journey to confront the evil god Azash in hi
Mirta Martin
I was glad to get all of the books in this series as a Christmas present, because I at the moment I finished one book I had to start the next one. And I recommend to all of you who still haven´t read these: buy them all before starting to read, or you will regret it the moment you finish one book and realize you don´t have the next one yet.

These books can make anyone fall in love with fantasy.
Matt Coffron
Ok, I admit it, I am a sucker for this kind of story. I liked the entire trilogy and will probably pick up the Tamuli at some point as well. The characters and story are complex enough to keep me interested but simple enough to keep it a fast and fun read.
D. Thompson
The series is awesome. I have read them all and they all have characters and scenery that make you feel you are there. Antagonist's keep the speed of the book flowing forcing you to stop reading and even then you can't wait to get back to it.
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David Eddings was an American author who has written several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, is uncredited as co-author on many of his early books, but he has lately 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
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Other Books in the Series

The Elenium (3 books)
  • The Diamond Throne (The Elenium, #1)
  • The Ruby Knight (The Elenium, #2)
Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3) Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5) Belgarath the Sorcerer Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4) Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)

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