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Diamond Throne is part of a trilogy of books entitled Ellenium by author David Eddings.
The author of the series sadly passed away in 2009.
This book is the first book in the trilogy and the series revolves around a Knight named Sparhawk. Sparhawk belong to an Order called the Pandian Knights.
When the Queen Ehlana falls ill to keep her alive a powerful sorceress named Sephrenia tries to keep her alive by surrounding her in a Diamond case. Sparhawk the Queens royal protector comes out of exile in order to try and find a cure for her illness.
Sparhawk is joined in his quest by Sephrenia, Kurek( his squire) Kalten ,( a fellow Pandian Knight)Flute ( a young person with magical ability) and finally a thief named Talen.
The books storyline tends to be slow in certain areas and feels as if I am watching the Lord of the rings films. It is saved only saved by humor which each character tends to have.
Sparhawk seems to come up with most of the humor and has an interesting horse that seems to have a mind of his own.
Talen one of the books character spends most of his time stealing but could have lived a different life if he stayed in school. At times I really felt sorry for his character with all the discipline he receives. He tends to get in trouble for stealing a lot but most times helps Sparhawk gain information.
Sephrena seems to live a mysterious life in which no one really knows how old she is. I found it a bit odd that the author made her not like reading books.
I would recommend reading the parts of the book with history very slowly as a lot seems to happen and if you don't understand the history you will be very lost in the storyline.
Overall if I did not like the character so much I would have said give this book a miss but David Eddings really good characters but tends to make the storyline slow.
You can find this book on Amazon the Isbn number is 0-345-36769-3.
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The Diamond Throne is the first novel in the Elenium, a trilogy written by David Eddings.
David Eddings was an American fantasy writer who lived in the Seattle area of Washington State, USA. He wrote a couple of contempory novels before moving into the fantasy arena with his epic five novel series called The Belgariad. He continued the success with The Mallorean, and a pair of trilogies about a magic wielding knight. After these novels, his quality rather waned and his latter novels were criticised for repetition. He passed away in 2008.
The Diamond Throne
The diamond throne is the first in a new trilogy written after David Eddings successful five book series The Belgariad and The Mallorean. This was the first movement by David Eddings away from his favourites such as Garion, Belgarath and Polgara, this novel is centred on a knight called Sparhawk.
Sparhawk is a man in his early forties who has been exiled in a baking hot country for the last ten years; he returns to his home town and finds that his queen and former pupil has been poisoned. She has been encased in a diamond throne to ensure she doesn't die and the spell cast is supported by Sephrenia and the life energy of twelve knights.
Sparhawk is the former champion and returns with his squire Kurik, his return isn't universally desired with the primate of the city Annias in open rebellion against the throne. It soon becomes clear that the spell will only last twelve months with one of one the knights dying every month. So Sparhawk, Sephrenia, Kurik and Sparhawks friend Kalten are sent on a quest to find a magical object which could lift the spell and keep the queen alive.
The pandion knights which Sparhawk is their champion are a magical wielding order, they have casts in different cities and other cities send their knights to help Sparhawk. So they set out and try to find a powerful magical object, along the way the knights used to prop up the queen slowly die.
That's the premise of the first novel of the series; it introduces the new characters and the story of the hunt for a magical object to save the queen. The culture of a magic wielding set of knights is well thought out and put together well and the creepiness of the churchman Annias casts his as a splendid villain.
Those are the good points but the novel does have a few issues, firstly some of the characters are very close in many ways to characters in the Belgariad and Mallorean. Sparhawk is a slightly older Garion; he is more world weary and edgier than Garion but shares many of the same characteristics. We can get over that but Sephrenia is far too close to Polgara, she says virtually the same things, has a generally patronising attitude to the knights and is hard to distinguish between her and Polgara. There are other similarities between characters and the storyline itself is very similar to The Belgariad in particular. In this novel, they are looking for a magic artefact and are travelling on a quest to do so; they encounter monsters and political intrigue.
Those are the bad things about this book but Eddings is still on good form for all those problems he drives the story along well and keeps the action going at the right times and takes time to explain at the right times as well. However, it's not as good as the Garion books but is still very good when compared with lesser authors.
This is the first book in a trilogy collectively known as the Elenium. If you have read David Eddings before then you willknow what to expect, we have good guys & bad guys, gods & magic and a quest. Having said that, this is not in any way a rehash of any previous book, merely done to the same kind of formula that works so well. In the Diamond Throne we are introduced to Sir Sparhawk, a member of a militant order known as the Pandion Knights. I have to say that Sparhawk has to rate as my favourite fictional hero currently around. He is not in the Sir Galahad, knight in shining armour mould but is made all the more real for his flaws and makes a marvellous hero in every sense of the word As always David Eddings has given real life to characters by a mixture of description, action and speech to make them each a separate and well rounded character in their own right. We start of with Sparhawk returning to his home city of Cimmurra after 10 years of living in exile after being sent away by the then king, Aldreas. On learning of Aldreas death Sparhawk returns to take up his role as the Queens Champion to the newly crowned Ehlana. He returns to discover that Ehlana is near death, being preserved by a spell that will keep her alive using the life force of 12 knights and that of the Pandions tutor in the arts of magic, Sephrenia. One of the knights will die every 28 days until either a cure is found and the spell lifted or they all die at which point so will Ehlana. The city is in the hands of the church Primate, Annias, an ambitious man who has his eye on the job of the head of the church who is very old and near death. The ostensible reigning monarch is Lycheas, the bastard son of Aldreas' sister but he is completely under Annias' thumb. A plot is discovered that was designed to discredit the Pandion order and allow Annias to virtually imprison them in their chapterhouse and give him free rein to do as he pleased without their interference, the
plot is however foiled and as a result the heads of the other 3 militant orders decide that they should send representatives for each of them with Sparhawk and diverse others to try and find a cure for Ehlana so that she can take back control of the city and stop Annias. The motley group which includes Sephrenia, the knights and a young thief named Talen set off on their quest, they travel to many places encountering a number of dangers both natural and supernatural until they find a doctor who is able to determine from their description of Ehlana's symptoms that she has been poisoned using a rare and always fatal poison. They discover that in the past on a very few occasions people have survived this poison when they have been treated using certain powerful talismans. They return home to Cimmura where Sparhawk is summoned in the middle of the night to the crypt where Aldreas' body is stored, there is advises Sparhawk that he too was poisoned and that the only thing that can cure his daughter, Ehlana is a particular talisman, a jewel known as Bhelliom. The book ends there and is continued in the next installment called the Ruby Knight. All in all I would have to say that this is one of the best written and thought out books of its type that I have read and I am eternally grateful the the friend who introduced me to David Eddings and Sir Sparhawk.
I started to read this book after reading the first two books in the Tamuli series (which I wasn't too impressed with). If you read my opinion on the Domes of Fire, you'll see why I didn't like it. Diamond Throne is the first book in The Elenium series, and I think if I had read the whole of this series first, I would have enjoyed the Tamuli more. One of my compaints was that the characters were treated very superficially, however this book is much better written, and really introduces you to the subtleties in some of the character's personalities. I am not saying it is perfect, but it comes much closer to the level of the Belgariad which everyone (myself included) absolutely loved. The plot is more intriguing, and you are likely to regret the times when you HAVE to put the book down for some annoying thing... like sleep! The story involves Sparhawk, the Queen of Elenia's champion (Faran, his horse has to be one of my favourite characters!). Sparhawk has returned from exile now that the queen is reigning, carrying with him a request for him to return written by Ehlana, the queen, when she was a child. He finds the queen has been taken ill and to preserve her life for one year, she has been encased in a clear stone. The book centers on Sparhawk's mission to find a cure for the illness whilst being hindered at every step by Annias, one of the important church men. I am really enjoying the politics in this book, and lots of the little aspects of the plot, like the education of Talen, an excellent young thief (and very fast runner!). As you begin it, you get the impression that several plots are going to be intertwined and all come together at some point, which I think makes it a promising book to read.