But Bhellion carried dangers of its own. Once the stone came into his hands, Sparhawk found himself stalked by a dark, lurking menace. Whether the foul Zemoch god Azash was behind this threat, or some other enemy, even Sephrenia could not say - only that the sapphire rose held powers too dangerous for any mortal to bear.
Restoring Queen Ehlana would only be the beginning of Sparhawk's mission. With the aid of four stalwart knights, one from each Militant Order, he must thwart Ehlana's poisoner, the Primate Annias, in his plot to assume the throne of the Church. For, as Archprelate, Annias would serve his secret master, Azash, and deliver up to the dread god the one thing Azash thirsted for - Bhelliom itself!
Listen to another gem in David Edding's Elenium series.
©1991 David Eddings; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"Eddings should satisfy his many fans with the final volume of his Elenium fantasy trilogy, an adroit mixture of the exalted and the mundane." (Publishers Weekly)
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"A great end to this trilogy"
The writing is good. if you enjoyed the first two novels you will like this one as well. All the lose ends from the story are tied up nicely while still leaving room for the next series. I guess I am in the majority as I actually liked the narrarator and thought he did a good job, especially as all of Eddings books have a ton of characters to voice.
"the power of a gem"
The Goddess Aphrael has revealed herself and Sparhawk has the Bhelliom. with the quest almost over and the tool needed to restore his queen to health you might think that the story is almost done.
But the restoration of Queen Ehlana to full health is just the start. with Martel and Annias working together to put Annias on the throne of the church Sparhawk has a few loose ends to tie up.
what Sparhawk does not know is that the loose ends will end with one of his most dangerous and deadly quests.
hopeless sieges, love, political battles, and death of a beloved character will conclude this trilogy with a great adventure and a super surprising ending. a must listen and a instant love
Eddings fantasies are very good and well told. He relies too much on the deus ex machina for a final resolution. My real problem is the presentation. The reader, director and editor of these stories need to spend more time with a dictionary studying the pronunciation of a good many words. It grates on my ears when so many words are mispronounced.
"Great story, narration got in the way."
I've been a fan of these books for years, they've become old friends.
When listening to familiar titles, you expect your take on the story and the narration not to match perfectly. In this case, the narration was so far off it got in the way of the story.
It's far enough off to me that I know I'll never listen to them again. I'd much rather sit down a read the stories myself.
"Very good and enjoyable"
Found it very hard to put down once started and liked the way it was read.
"A thrilling conclusion"
Sparhawk has finally gained possession of Bhelliom, the one object in all the world that has the power to cure Queen Ehlana's illness and push back the tide of darkness that threatens the world. But in order to cure her he still has to return to Elenia alive, pursued always by the minions of the corrupt Primate Annias, who poisoned Ehlana and her father in his quest for dominion over the church and has allied himself with Azash, dark god of Zemoch, to that end. To add to that Bhelliom carries dangers of its own. From the moment he laid hands on it, Sparhawk found himself stalked by a black shadow that appeared the moment he removed te jewel from concealment. Whether this shadow is Azash or some other enemy or Bhelliom itself, even the sorceress Sephrenia does not know. One thing is clear however. Restoring Queen Ehlana is only the beginning of something much larger.
All in all I find Greg Abby's narration to be excellent, though as with the other two books he has a tendency to mispronounce some common words. But I like the personality he gives to the characters. Overall an excellent job.
"Great End to the First Trilogy"
The Sapphire Rose wraps up the first three books in the adventure of Sparhawk and his companions. You get to learn a lot about things that you really need to know if you are planning to dive into the next three books, The Tamuli. I enjoy all of Eddings books for what they are. You might read reviews that say they are for young readers, or they are not very deep, but I don't really agree. It seems like some people expect all fantasy series to come close to Tolkien's books... Eddings writes books not FOR young readers, but books that ARE able to be enjoyed by either younger readers or people that might be new to fantasy. You won't need a companion guide in order to enjoy these books and keep up, but they are far from shallow, and great light reading.
The narration is good. With fantasy stories, there are always names of people and places that if you have read the books before, you are likely to have pronounced differently in your head. I expect this whenever I get a fantasy audio book. For example, the character name "Platime" to me looked like it should be "plah-TIME", but the narrator pronounces it "PLAT-im". It really is not a big deal, even if it bugs me a little, it doesn't take away from anything, and if you have never read the books, it won't matter at all. There are some words that DO have a correct way they are pronounced that he gets wrong that he really shouldn't, for example, "Hogshead" (as in a hogshead of ale), he pronounces as "Hog-Shed". (which would be a small building where pigs live) but again, not a big deal. In fact, the only real problem I had was that there are two characters who's voices he does that sound exactly the same, even though one is male and the other female. The two are together enough for it to be a little confusing. Overall, he does a good job, and I will definitely move on to the next three.
Enjoyable series created by David Eddings, author of the Belgariad and Mallorean series of novels. Hopefully, Audible will obtain the trilogy to this series as well as the other two missing novels from the Belgariad world; Belgareth the Sorceror and Polgara the Sorceress to complete the world.
"What's not to love...."
Pure enjoyment and escape. I loved the books, the the Audiobooks were no disapointment. Well spoken and presented. Reading Eddings works makes you laugh outloud at times and cry at others. This audiobook makes sure of it!!
"great book. poor performance"
I read this book as a teenager and enjoyed it greatly. The story is awesome! The reader of this audio books performance emphasizes incorrect words and syllables and even mispronounced some words entirely. I highly recommend the printed book, but not the audio version
"Why the weird music?"
I love the stories. But the recording is ghastly. Why the weird music at random?
"Great story and great narrator"
Certainly would, bags of action and beautifully narrated
Sparhawk, he's almost an anti-hero but carries the story well
Probably Sparhawk although all the characters were well performed by Greg Abby
Nope, it is just one cracking good book
An excellent book that holds your interest all the way through and read by a great performer
Brill a good listen
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