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The Sapphire Rose

(The Elenium #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  26,951 ratings  ·  272 reviews
David Eddings returns to The Elenium, the splendid fantasy series that began with the thrilling novels Diamond Throne and Ruby Knight.

Finally the knight Sparhawk had come to possess Bhelliom, legendary jewel of magic that alone could save Queen Ehlana from the deadly poison that had felled her father. Sparhawk and Sephrenia, ageless instructor in Styric magics, made
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Hardcover, 467 pages
Published November 12th 1991 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1991)
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Danica
Jul 28, 2012 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, b
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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
CAW
Mar 17, 2010 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 it'll have ...more
Christopher
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kylia
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Sifa Poulton
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice endings, with solid character development and plot. I love the political intrigues of the Hierocracy.
Alexandra
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, re-read
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Maddy Lanslots
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Katie
Jan 17, 2013 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.
Macjest
Jul 14, 2012 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.
Yahaira
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Cliched, but it's precisely what made it so accessible to someone like me, who's just dipping her toes in the fantasy genre; as an introductory series, I enjoyed it all in all.
Angela
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

The Sapphire Rose is the third book in the Elenium series by David Eddings. Even though this is a three book series, it really reads like one book, so I will be reviewing the series as such.
As I have mentioned before, David Eddings has always been a favourite author of mine, having provided many hours of epic adventures for me to lose myself in- so his books are amongst my most memorable reads, if only for happy and sentimental reasons. One of my reading buddies, my brother from an
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David
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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S.M. Carrière
Aug 18, 2009 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
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Geoffery Crescent
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
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
Dark-Draco
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Alexander Case
Dec 02, 2012 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'
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Parcoast
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great ending to this series, not because it was amazing from a literary sense, or the most intriguing finish ever, but because it was consistent. It carried on the best things about this series in a satisfying ending that both answered the key outstanding questions, and at the same time it set the table for another series.

What were the best things? Here are couple points I really liked:
--Sparkhawk, as a character, is a solid base to build around. While it would be a
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Athimar
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've finished my re-read of The Sapphire Rose and The Elenium and must say that it's every bit as good as I remembered it to be - maybe even more so now that I'm much older and can appreciate the arts more fully.

Sparhawk has the Bhelliom. With it, he will restore his queen and thwart the best laid plans of the Primate Annias. But that's not all... This novel is perfectly FILLED to the brim with content. In it, you'll:
- learn of Queen Ehlana's grand plans for her champion, Sir Sparhawk;
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Josh
Apr 15, 2014 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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Nick Senger
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The Sapphire Rose is the final book in the David Eddings fantasy trilogy The Elenium, and overall it provides a satisfactory conclusion. There were even a few twists I wasn't expecting. Rather than summarize the book and give away some of the events of the earlier two books, I will simply say that The Sapphire Rose continues to tell the story of Sparhawk's quest to save his queen from death, while at the same time trying to prevent the evil god Azash from getting loose and wreaking havoc on the land. Fans of traditional epic fanthat The ...more
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
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
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Pankaj
May 20, 2014 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
Nov 26, 2014 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
Amanda
Jun 18, 2016 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.
Ben Moore
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bestest-books
One of my favourite books. It’s not overly complicated or challenging but it’s full of brilliantly imaginative scenes and excellent characters.

The pacing is never slow and the emotional range of the Eddings’ writing is as wide as ever. Joy, humour, horror, and heartbreak all make up the conclusion to this series.

Basically, it’s pretty good.
 ☆Ruth☆
I have enjoyed this series but a few too many irritations in the writing for me to give it a higher 4-star rating.

There are several flimsy and sometimes illogical plot points - which always strikes me as laziness on the part of the author; the writing lacks a certain amount of sophistication; and of course there's my real bugbear - the authors habit of using very similar names for some of his characters, which means initially, I have to resort to checking back to see who's who - wasting reading
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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 h
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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)
“Sparhawk slowly lowered his eyes to look at the jewel he held in his fist. Though it appeared delicate, even fragile, he sensed that the Sapphire rose was all but indestructible. From deep within its azure heart there came a kind of pulsating glow, deep blue at the tips of the petals and darkening down at the gem's center to a lambent midnight. Its power made his hand ache, and something deep in his mind shrieked warnings at him as he gaze to its depths. He shuddered and tore his eyes from its seductive glow.” 1 likes
“Love, My Goddess loves us all, and she gave up Bhelliom willingly out of that love. Bhelliom can't begin to understand love. In the end that may be our only defense against it.” 1 likes
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