The Diamond Throne (Elenium Series #1)

The Diamond Throne (Elenium Series #1)

by David Eddings, Leigh Eddings

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Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Belegariad and Mallorean series comes the first novel in a series imbued with magic and adventure.
 
Sparhawk, Pandion Knight and Queen’s Champion, returned to Elenia after ten years of exile, only to find his young Queen Ehlana trapped in a block of ensorcelled crystal. Only the great sorcery of Sephrenia, ageless instructor of magic, kept her alive—but the spell would last only a year, and its cost was tragically high.

Now a Prince Regent ruled Elenia, the puppet of Annias, ambitious Primate of the Church who planned to seize power over all the land.

As Sparhawk and Sephrenia set out to find a cure for Ehlana, Sephrenia revealed that there was only one person in the west who could defeat the evil plots against Ehlana. That person was Sparhawk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345367693
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1990
Series: Elenium Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 332,795
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.91(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Eddings (1931-2009) published his first novel, High Hunt, in 1973, before turning to the field of fantasy with the Belgariad, soon followed by the Malloreon. Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the US Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was both a grocery clerk and a college English teacher. He lived in Nevada until his death, at the age of 77.

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Diamond Throne 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of the Belgariad and Mallorean books, it took me a long time to work up to his elenium/talumi series. I just didn't think anything he could write could be better than Garion's tale. Now after reading the diamond throne I don't know why I hesitated. Belgariad/Mallorean is still the better series but reading the Diamond throne felt like that first time I picked up the pawn of prophecy. Eddings is a phenomenal writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had just finished 'Belgariad' and 'Malloreon' by the same author. I had enjoyed both sets fairly well and was looking for more. The next set listed in the books was 'The Elenium'. I have to say that I really liked this story. In fact, I thought it was better than either of the sets by Eddings that I read previously. There was a subtle wit that was skillfully woven into the story that I got a kick out of. Also, Sparhawk, the hero, was refreshing. Most heroes seem to be just a little bit wishywashy about putting an end to their foes. I find myself getting frustrated with it.(you just know the bad guys are going to come back again) Not so with Sparhawk. He is a Church Knight who manages to keep his loyalty, honesty and rightousness, while having no qualms about despensing his own kind of justice on those who have threatened his queen. I am eager to start the next set as well. This is a truly enjoyable read
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Story: Book One of The Elenium -- Sparhawk, renowned knight and Queen's Champion, has returned from a ten-year exile to find his queen seriously ill and the kingdom in political turmoil. He and his brotherhood, with the aid of a legendary sorceress, must find a cure for the queen while keeping her throne secure. As the plot unfolds, however, they discover a larger evil is threatening their world.My Thoughts: Starts off slow, but improves once the action gets underfoot. Sections of back story drags at the momentum, as does excessive descriptive language. I once had a writing instructor who insisted on removing all adverbs from one's work. I always thought her little crusade was a tad excessive until I read the opening chapters of this book. Eddings has a habit of describing rather than presenting and it gets cloying at times.On the other hand, his dialogue is witty and entertaining. And the characters are, for me, are the high point of the book. Eddings has a Dickensian skill for making individual characters memorable, usually in a humorous way. He also writes the tough guy well--formidable and confident without coming across like an ass. Fans of Raymond E. Feist will appreciate Talen, a precocious street thief who reminds me of an all-time favorite character, Jimmy the Hand.Recommendation: Give this one a try if you like Raymond Feist or L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought I'd try one more series after The Mallorean, hoping that, by starting over in a new world, the story might feel a bit more like The Belgariad and less like a rehash of the same plot.Unfortunately, it still feels like the same story. I guess Eddings is just a one-trick pony. I won't bother to go on with his stories.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For Eddings fans, this was the start of a great new series. A new cast of characters and a new world! Instead of wizards, the focus is on a society of paladins, and one paladin in particular, Sparhawk. For anyone interested in a good portrayal of a paladin and all that means, this is an excellent example. If you just like Edding's books or other modern fantasy, this is also a good, interesting read.
luvwords on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the Elenium series because of the comraderie between Sparhawk and his fellow knights. It's a fun fantasy with a lot of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though Eddings has told this story four different ways, it is still one of the best books I have ever read
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No one reviewed this book before putting up for sale. Needs fixing.
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I am a long-time Eddings fan... and reading the Elenium was a pleasure. Sparhawk is an incredible character, and the others involved in the story (both on the side of our hero and the associates of our villain) are interesting, well-written and easy to understand and identify with. The main character, Sparhawk, I have to say, however, is my favorite. He has a very rough 'edge' (as do many of Eddings' best characters), but he is still very human, and you will find yourself (almost) as attached to his Queen Ehlana as he is. The other characters are as well very human, and add an extraordinary amount to the story. Believe me, read this book even if you aren't really a fan of fantasy... you'll enjoy it.
SErnest2 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I really loved how it drew me into the plot right away. The characters were very realistic, and I couldn't seem to put the book down! I would highly recommend this book to anyone young or old!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Elenium, as well as the books that follow, are refreshing! They have an epic scale, but don't let you loose sight of the characters. It has the abundant magic you expect in fantasy, but it still has enough sword-slinging for the swashbucklers. It is dramatic and suspenceful, but has a quick wit that keeps you laughing. All together they are smart and enjoyable books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a good book. Much better than Tolkien and better than all of his other series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the first in a 6 book series that blows away all others. The story line is absolutely captivating, greatly entertaining, and even very humourous at times. David Eddings is a master of character development. Sparhawk and his friends will easily become your friends as well. You'll start caring for them so much, you'll never want to put these books down. In fact you'll want to own them all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This man has got me hooked on Fantasy/Adventure! After this book I was left craving more! This was wonderful with life-like characters mixed with imaginative situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have never read a fantasy novel this is the one to try. Our hero is an unasuming knight called Sparhwak. He is without a doubt David Edding's best hero, leaving behind the boy-man of Garion. Sparhawk's journey is both enthralling and captivating in his seach to rescue his beautiful queen. To those who have never indulged in other worlds I thoughly recommend that you try and see the magic that David Eddings is reknown for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the start of a great series by David Eddings. He brings to life the characters and pulls you into his world. This book introduces you to a world in which you can't get away from. It will make you laugh, excited and emotional. All-in-all one of the best fantasy books I have read.