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Finally, the knight Sparhawk had come to possess Bhelliom, legendary jewel of magic that alone could save Queen Ehlana from the deadly poison that had felled her father. Sparhawk and Sephrenia, ageless instructor in Styric magics, made haste to free Ehlana from the crystalline cocoon that had preserved her life while they desperately sought a cure.

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!

©1991 David Eddings (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • LC
  • 04-01-2018

A classic fantasy favourite

The whole of this series is enjoyable from start to finish. David Eddings created a fascinating medieval-inspired world full of knights, royalty, gods and magic and brought it to life with a classic epic quest fantasy storyline interwoven with light hearted humour and loveable characters. A favourite!

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  • Danielle
  • Albany, Western Australia, Australia
  • 28-06-2017

David Eddings is excellent!

I do really like the Sparhawk stories though. Excellent dialogue and very engaging characters. Brilliant!

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Irritating pronunciation by the narrator

Great books by the master Eddings. The narrator constantly mispronounced words like Basalt, influence and even Roof and Hoof. It just detracts and you wonder what he was thinking.

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  • Ken
  • 20-03-2013

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

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  • Cliff
  • 12-02-2014

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.

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  • Larry
  • 21-01-2015

Fairly good

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.

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  • Brian
  • 09-12-2012

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.

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  • Laura
  • 05-04-2016

Narrator need "proofreader"

I love this series. I've read it many times, falling in love with the characters each time. I'm afraid this narrator strikes a jarring note for me. Too many mispronounced words...common english words, not ones unique to the series. and many of the voices don't fit age/personality of many of the characters.

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  • Nisa M
  • 18-02-2015

Great book, horrible narrator

What did you like best about The Sapphire Rose? What did you like least?

I have loved this series for years. Sparhawk, Vanion, Sephrenia, Kurik, Kalten, and the champions of the four orders worth reading about in this series and this following one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sapphire Rose?

When Queen Ehlana proved her merit as a ruler

Would you be willing to try another one of Greg Abby’s performances?

NEVER!!! I listened to a previous recording of this books through the library for the blind and visually handicapped. That narrator's pronunciations of characters and places was much more preferable. Hearing him say Vanion, Kalten, Platime, Ulath, and Chyrellos is maddening. Since I used a coupon, I can't return it. I wish I'd listened closer to the preview.

Could you see The Sapphire Rose being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Sure, but I don't follow many current actors

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  • Clark
  • 20-03-2013

Awsome

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sapphire Rose to be better than the print version?

Can;t say I did not read the books

Which character – as performed by Greg Abby – was your favorite?

All where very good and easy to follow but Kirik was my favorite I cried when he died

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I could have I would have, I enjoyed the entire series very much

Any additional comments?

I completely got into the story from beginning to end, if a book can make me feel all the emotions of a good movie it is very good in my opinion. This series is a must listen to, from beginning to end.

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  • Peter
  • 30-11-2011

Very good and enjoyable

Found it very hard to put down once started and liked the way it was read.

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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 05-08-2011

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.

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  • T. Ater
  • 25-11-2010

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.

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  • Chiaracuddle
  • 12-04-2016

Greg; punctuation!

Mr Abby, the purpose of punctuation in a story, is to pace the narrative to the scene the author is creating. Your ignoring of punctuation makes the story jarring and uncomfortable. Also, expressing appropriate emotion might be worth considering. Just a thought.

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  • Steve56
  • 04-08-2018

amazing

Just simply loved it. I cannot recommend this book enough. such easy listening through each chapter

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  • Hazel Ruth Wilson
  • 02-05-2018

The Sapphire Rose was brilliant as expected <br /><br /><br /><br />

Once again David Eddings grips the reader to the end. loved every word. I have listened and read each series of his books and still enjoy listening to them again.

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  • Mr. R. Eyre
  • 12-03-2018

Unnecessary music

Great story spoiled by music interludes after every 10 chapters and being reminded what story I'm listening to.

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  • Suzy S
  • 26-08-2017

great read

excellent story and great performance by the narrator...overall an excellent read...Maestro at his best....10 for entertainment value.

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  • NickC
  • 19-07-2017

Enjoyed the series

Have you listened to any of Greg Abby’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The same as the others. Took a little while to adjust to the reading in the first book but no problems after that.

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  • Ian Warrender
  • 23-06-2017

The jewel in the crown of the Elenium trilogy

The book offers a level of perfection in story telling seldom seen, which centres on excellent pacing with realistic characters and realised world.
One achievement it almost accomplishes is the lack of use of cliches this is not the typical journey story. I say almost because there is an unnecessary one near the end but that's it's only blemish.
The real secret to a great story is it's ability to get the reader to emphasise with characters to feel real raw emotions and this book does that in spades.

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  • Ryanswhiskey
  • 12-03-2015

Great story and great narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Certainly would, bags of action and beautifully narrated

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sparhawk, he's almost an anti-hero but carries the story well

Which character – as performed by Greg Abby – was your favourite?

Probably Sparhawk although all the characters were well performed by Greg Abby

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nope, it is just one cracking good book

Any additional comments?

An excellent book that holds your interest all the way through and read by a great performer

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  • lance
  • 07-11-2008

Rosey

Brill a good listen

0 of 1 people found this review helpful