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Publisher's Summary

Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.But as Sparhawk and his allies - who include Sephrenia, the ageless sorceress, and Flute, the strange and powerful girl-child - seek to save Ehlana and the land, they discover that the evil is even greater and more pervasive than they had feared.
©1989 David Eddings; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"[A] graceful, fluid style of storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Eddings] draws once more on his particular strengths, combining heroic yet humorous characters with exotic settings and tangled politics to create a fast-moving fantasy that will appeal to his large readership." (Library Journal)
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By Homescholar on 02-27-13

Could have been

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. The story line is pretty good, but it was hard listening because of the reader. I think it could have been good, with a good reader.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrators timing, emphasis and inflection were all wrong. I found it so irritating to listen to that I had to stop listening several times. I wouldn't normally bother finishing a book with a reader like this, but the story had potential and then, I had already listened to all of my downloaded books and had to wait for my new credits. I won't be listening to the rest of the series!

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful


By Cliff on 02-12-14

My favorite Eddings Series

Opinions varied on David Eddings throughout his life, but I really like this series. Yes, his work is derivative but he is good at following the formula he developed. This serues was more gritty and mature than the Belgariad and Mallorean. I read this series as a young adult and was pleased to find that it holds up just as well in audio format.

Maybe I am in the minority but I had no problems with the narrarator and really liked this novel . Eddings did tend to write more for young adults (basically the J.K. rowling of my childhood) which is good because I was able to listen to a book I loved as a child with my daughter who is about the same age. After listening to the series with me she made me buy them in print and she read them repeatedly until the books fell apart. That is a pretty major endorsement.

This one is definitely worth a credit.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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By Andrew on 06-24-09

Just say no !

David Eddings books are really little more than generic fantasy, however this series is probably his best and I was hoping for some light bedtime listening.

However this reading is awful - not just delivered in a monotone with minimal character variation but a monopace whatever the situation - I gave up after the first hour. Basically it is the most unlistenable title I have ever downloaded in three years of Audible membership.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful


By Joe Cairnes on 08-01-13

Cowboy Knights

What didn’t you like about Greg Abby’s performance?

Greg Abby has the ability to impersonate all the voices of Clint Eastwood, Clint Eastwood and Clint Eastwood in bringing alive the characters. Brings the excitement of a movie trailer voice-over to the rich world of the Elenium.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Letty on 11-13-17

Great book but the bad audio

The music over the top in in parts is terrible and the voice in this doesn’t do the great book justice

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By Ben on 08-06-17

Classic... One for the ages

Knights, intrigue, battles... what more do you want in a book?
The narrator was good, ensuring that this book remained faithful to the author and how the book is supposed to be.

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