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The Diamond Throne by David Eddings Review

Title: The Diamond Throne

Author: David Eddings

First published May 1, 1989

435 pages, Mass Market Paperback

ISBN: 9780345367693 (ISBN10: 0345367693)

Rating: 3.97


Once banished to a faraway land, Sparhawk, the loyal Pandion Knight and defender of the realm, finally returns home only to find his beloved kingdom plagued by malevolent forces and treacherous plots. His heart sinks as he learns that his queen, Ehlana, is gravely ill, imprisoned within a crystal block by a dark magic that threatens to claim her life within a year.

With time running out, Sparhawk must embark on a perilous quest to find the cure that can save his queen and his kingdom from utter destruction. Will he be able to unlock the secrets of the ancient magic and bring back the light to his land?

Only time will tell in this epic tale of adventure and sacrifice.

About the Author

Meet David Eddings, an American author who gained fame for his best-selling epic fantasy series. His wife, Leigh Eddings, was his uncredited co-author for many of his early works.

In his later years, he acknowledged her contributions to all of his books.

Although David’s first books were general fiction and sold moderately well, he later found his niche in epic fantasy and achieved great success. In a recent interview, he emphasized that he didn’t take orders from readers.

Unfortunately, on January 26, 2007, David accidentally burned a quarter of his office, along with his Excalibur sports car and the original manuscripts for most of his novels. He was trying to flush the car’s fuel tank with water and decided to test if it was still flammable by lighting a piece of paper and throwing it into the puddle.

Tragically, on February 28, 2007, Leigh Eddings passed away at the age of 69 after suffering from a series of strokes.

David Eddings passed away on June 2, 2009, at the age of 77.

Editoral Review

David Eddings’ The Diamond Throne is a classic high fantasy novel that was first published in May 1, 1989. Eddings is a prolific American author who is known for his epic fantasy series, including The Belgariad and The Malloreon.

The Diamond Throne is the first book in The Elenium trilogy, which follows the adventures of Sparhawk, a knight who is trying to save his queen and kingdom from evil forces.

The Diamond Throne takes place in a richly imagined world that is filled with magic, gods, and political intrigue. The story centers around Sparhawk, a member of an elite order of knights known as the Pandion Knights.

Sparhawk is tasked with protecting his queen, Ehlana, who has been poisoned by a deadly curse. In order to save her, Sparhawk must embark on a perilous journey to find a cure, which takes him across the kingdoms of Elenia, Tamuli, and Atan.

Eddings’ writing style is engaging and descriptive, and he has a talent for creating complex characters and intricate plotlines. The Diamond Throne is no exception, and readers will find themselves drawn into the story from the very first page.

The main characters are well-developed and have a depth that is often missing in other fantasy novels. Sparhawk is a particularly compelling character, with his fierce loyalty to his queen and his willingness to do whatever it takes to save her.

One of the strengths of The Diamond Throne is the richly imagined world that Eddings has created. The kingdoms of Elenia, Tamuli, and Atan are filled with unique cultures, religions, and political systems, and Eddings has clearly put a lot of thought into creating a fully realized world.

This attention to detail makes the story feel more immersive and believable, and readers will find themselves getting lost in the world of The Diamond Throne.

Another strength of the novel is the pacing. Eddings does an excellent job of keeping the story moving forward, with plenty of action, adventure, and suspense.

There are also moments of humor and romance that add depth to the story and make it more enjoyable to read.

However, despite its many strengths, The Diamond Throne does have some flaws. The plot can be predictable at times, and some of the secondary characters feel underdeveloped.

Additionally, the novel can be a bit sexist at times, with female characters often being portrayed as weak and in need of protection.

Despite these flaws, The Diamond Throne is a classic high fantasy novel that is sure to appeal to fans of the genre. It is well-written, engaging, and features a richly imagined world and compelling characters.

Fans of David Eddings’ other works will not be disappointed, and new readers will find themselves drawn into the world of The Elenium. Overall, The Diamond Throne is a must-read for anyone who loves epic fantasy novels.