Book One of yet another fantasy trilogy, itself a sequel to a
trilogy, The Elenium (concluded with The Sapphire Rose, not seen),
which chronicled the Pandion knight Sparhawk's defeat of the evil
god Azash. Now, six years later, with a few troubling exceptions -
an upsurge in banditry and spying, the reappearance of old foes
just as the trolls mysteriously vanish, the rumored manifestation
of long-dead heroes, hints that the Troll-Gods are no longer safely
confined - all is quiet in Elenia until the arrival from the huge
Tamul Empire of ambassador Oscagne, bearing reports remarkably
similar to those from Elenia. Since the Empire is benevolent, the
unrest caused by such weird occurrences threatens to tear it apart,
and the Emperor needs Sparhawk's help. So, disguising the occasion
as a state visit, Queen Ehlana, Sparhawk, some trusty thieves,
Mirtai the warrior-giantess, and the goddess Aphrael set off for
Tamul - where, eventually, they will defuse a plot against the
Emperor, learn very little about their real enemy, and conclude
that the powerful jewel Bhelliom must be retrieved from the vasty
deep whence Aphrael has consigned it. Uneventful, despite nearly
500 pages of effort: one or two battles, a severe overdose of
travelogue, an abundance of witty conversation heavily disguised as
dreadfully arch and affected chat. When Eddings casts aside
pretension and artifice, he can write highly effectively (The
Losers, p. 482), but another three volumes of this will tax even
the moat loyal of fans. (Kirkus Reviews)
Begins a new David Eddings trilogy, set a few years after the
events of The Elenium! At the conclusion of The Elenium the company
of Pandion Knights led by Sir Sparhawk, having freed Queen Ehlana
of Elenia from the spell which threatened her life, had marched on
Zemoch, routed their enemies and defeated or destroyed the evil god
Azash. Sparhawk returned to Elenia, where he and Ehlana were
married. But their peaceful reign is destined not to last long. A
few years later, in the Tamul Empire far to the east, unrest is
brewing which threatens the nation's stability. Investigations show
that the trouble is clearly of paranormal origin, and suspicion at
first falls upon the Styrics. These suspicions prove unfounded, and
indeed it is the pre-eminent Styric magician Zalasta who suggests
that the Empire look westwards for assistance in solving their
problems! specifically, to the legendary warrior Sparhawk.
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