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Book Title: The Diamond Throne|
The author of the book: David Eddings
Date of issue: February 8th 1990
ISBN 13: 9780246134486
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'You'd better get ready to ride, Sparhawk.'
Meet Sparhawk: Pandion Knight and Queen’s Champion. If this were D&D his character class would likely be Paladin; he can cast spells, but mostly prefers to just chop off heads with his considerable broadsword.
Sparhawk is a bit of a bad-ass. So is his horse, Faran.
'It's the Queen's Champion. Don't ever stand in his way.'
I fairly devoured this novel in short order. Sparhawk has a zero tolerance approach to BS which is immensely refreshing and enjoyable.
The Diamond Throne is a no-nonsense tale. The writing style on display here is sometimes a bit workmanlike and without literary flourish, but it seems to suit the story (and especially the protagonist) rather well.
'It's going to be dangerous.'
And thus our hero sets out on a quest to save the kingdom, accompanied by a few companions.
Ah, the tried and tested recipe for a fantasy story. Fortunately it’s hardly possible to make a mess of a book when it has such an endearing protagonist. Eddings seems to have struck gold with Sparhawk, because I was willing to forgive all kinds of faults.
It’s an old school story that (in my opinion) leans slightly more toward the heroic fantasy of Gemmell than it does the high fantasy of Tolkien, and yet it still sits somewhere in between. I haven’t read The Belgariad yet, so I’m unable to draw any comparison. Eddings, it seems, was somewhat hot property in the 1980s, alongside the likes of Raymond E. Feist. Just don’t expect dragons or elves.
'What are you planning, Sparhawk?'
One of the major selling points of this story is the dialogue. It’s rather good, what. In fact, it’s absolutely delightful more often than not.
The bantering between the characters, and especially the knights of the different orders, is deftly dealt with. It’s remarkable that, for all the humour in this novel, it never stoops to being silly or a parody.
'It should be almost like a cheese grater when we start to grind them up against your walls.'
'And I can drop some interesting things on them from my battlements as well. Arrows, large rocks, burning pitch - that sort of thing.'
'We're going to get on splendidly, my Lord,'
The story won me over with its simple charm. It’s not as complicated and reality-ridden as the modern fantasy, but it does have a bit of dirt under its fingernails.
There are some religious and philosophical leanings, but for the most part these serve to underscore elements of the story.
'Has he ever bitten you?'
'Once. Then I explained to him that I'd rather he didn't do it any more.'
'I used a stout stick. He got the idea almost immediately.'
In short: it’s a fantasy adventure that should appeal to readers that don’t have a very straight literary stick wedged somewhere tight.
For literary merit, cleverness and all that jazz: 3.5 stars
For pure unadulterated entertainment value: 4.5 stars
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Read information about the authorDavid Eddings was an American author who wrote several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, was an uncredited co-author on many of his early books, but he had later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.
David Eddings' first books (which were general fiction) sold moderately well. He later switched to writing epic fantasy, a field in which he achieved great success. In a recent interview with sffworld.com, he said: "I don't take orders from readers."
On January 26, 2007 it was reported that Eddings accidentally burned about a quarter of his office, next door to his house, along with his Excalibur sports car, and the original manuscripts for most of his novels. He was flushing the fuel tank of the car with water when he lit a piece of paper and threw into the puddle to test if it was still flammable.
On February 28, 2007, David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings (born Judith Leigh Schall), died following a series of strokes. She was 69.
David Eddings died on June 2, 2009 at the age of 77.
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