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Domes of Fire

(The Tamuli #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  25,906 ratings  ·  204 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
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published January 1993 by Del Rey (first published 1992)
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Oct 31, 2011 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
Feb 08, 2011 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
Jan 19, 2012 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
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The length of time this novel has taken me to read says something about how heavy-going I was finding it. I liked the original Sparhawk trilogy, but this one was rough. Reading it with more open adult eyes brings the racism and sexism into glaring focus, while some of the scenes were virtually unreadable, such as where Sephrenia bullies a Styric and afterwards glories in it. It was way too smug and self-satisfied for its own good.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mirta Martin
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 havent read these: buy them all before starting to read, or you will regret it the moment you finish one book and realize you dont have the next one yet.

These books can make anyone fall in love with fantasy.
After reading and enjoying the Elenium trilogy earlier this year I was interested in picking up the follow up trilogy. I thought the beginning of this book was quite intriguing and had me reading at a steady pace but once the adventure got under way things slowed down a bit for me. I think it was just because there was a lot of sitting around and talking which is never something I particularly love reading about. I did enjoy this book and I'm looking forward to picking up book 2 soon.
Jacob Aitken
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
While magnificent overall, it probably can't go as a stand-alone. Definitely assumes knowledge of the previous trilogy's characters. Nonetheless, it begins to fill in the back story of some of the mythos in the Elenium.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Domes of Fire is the First book in the Tamuli Series by David Eddings. The Tamuli series is a follow up to The Elenium Series and picks up several years after the events in The Elenium. We again get to catch up with some characters we know and love, as well as meeting new ones.
It is an adventure, with some action, battle scenes, and the epic fantasy we expect from Mr. Eddings. The story does lag a little in places, and there is a lot of dialogue- but this didn’t detract too much from my
Sandirae Kennedy
A classic fantasy favorite! Gotta love the sarcasm and humor.
David Eddings' books are comfort reading for me: I loved them as a teenager and I have been enjoying re-reading them now. Possibly due to his wife's uncredited co-authorship, the female characters are realistic and, while all of his characters are archetypes (and repeated ones at that: the characters of the Elenium/Tamuli echo the characters of the Belgariad, and the plots of each series tend to echo each other as well), the dialogue is fun and snappy, a readable mashup of medieval/modern. ...more
Kristi Schumacher
Personal Response
I liked Domes of Fire because it was interesting trying to keep up with all of the different perspectives, because it switched so often. I liked the difficulty of trying to understand the different ways that their conversations are written, between the normal way that most people speak and the archaic language that only some speak. It was a good challenge to try and put the two together, and try and keep up with the plot as well.

Plot Summary
The book began with Sparhawk-the
Andrew Wilson
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
Geoffery Crescent
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
May 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually my second time reading through this series. I read through it the first time when I was in junior high or high school. Reading it again reminded me why I truly enjoyed this story. I love the characterizations and the twists and turns in the plot.

Having read the other fantasy series by this author, I'm noticing things... Like Stragen is very much this book's "Silk". He looks nothing like the other character, but he acts very much the same. Baroness Milidere (and I'm not sure of
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristy Halseth
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really not sure how I want to rate this book. It feel short on so many things for me. It was slow, character names and relationships were explained so fast I had no idea who anyone truly was. For an adventure book it was decent, I enjoyed the politics & the relationships between the different races. The action and combat scenes were very inviting. The problem was not many, and they only lasted roughly 1 chapter each.

I do want to continue the Tamuli adventure simply to see what happens,
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
Maddy Lanslots
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2013 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
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have reread this series and intend to do so every decade for the rest of my life along with
Raymond E Feist's Riftwar and Empire
David Eddings' Belgariad, Mallorean, Elenium and Tamuli
Patricia Briggs' Hurog, Raven, Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega
Joel Rosenberg's Keepers of the Hidden Ways (unknown classic)
Dave Duncan's A Man of His Word (unknown classic)
Robin Hobb's Farseer and Tawny Man
S M Stirling's Dies the Fire
Tad William's Memory, Sorrow and Thorn
Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels
Kevin Hearne's
Huw Evans
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
Graham Austin-King
It's ok. It's Eddings and he was nothing if not formulaic. His first series are always better than the second which feel like a reboot of sorts. The Tamuli is just the same as the Mallorean in that it has that sense of a plot extended past the natural end. That said it's worth putting all of that aside to enjoy the story and the banter between the characters. It's not fine's a cheeseburger but everyone loves one now and then.
Ingeborg (Ivy)
I seriously loved this. Might even say I like it better than the Elenium. the whole character of Ehlana sort of confused me a bit in the Elenium, she was so very determined sometimes and then suddenly all gushy and emotional and sending loveletters.. She still has a lot of sides to her, but it sort of made more sense this time. Or maybe I'm just getting used to it, I don't know. anyway, AWESOME
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
O I am such a sucker for a quest and adventure!! Again, with this first book of a sequelling trilogy, we have a mysterious threat to a kingdom, the knight in shining armour heads out on a quest to discover more about this threat and to destroy it. Within it, we have the usually moments of wit and humour that Eddings so often injects into his writing. I would possibly say that this is perhaps not as good a first book as the Diamond Throne, but it is still gripping nonetheless.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I salvaged this book from my mother's donation pile to the library and found that in re-reading it again I loved it just as much as I did when I was in high school. I'm a totally fantasy dork so this has all the elements that I love - knights, magic, a little bit of war and drama. There's nothing earth shattering about the writing, the plot, the characters but for me it just hits the spot. Definitely keeping these and re-reading them.
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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

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