The Diamond Throne (The Elenium #1) ★★★✬☆

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Title: The Diamond Throne
Series: The Elenium #1
Author: David Eddings
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 352
Words: 134K


From & Me

Sparhawk, a Pandion Knight, has returned to his hometown Cimmura after ten years of exile in Rendor.

He finds his Queen and former pupil, Ehlana, has fallen ill, having been poisoned by Annias, the Primate (an ecclesiastical rank) of Cimmura. Queen Ehlana has been encased in diamond by magic performed by Sephrenia, the Styric tutor of magic to the Pandion Knights. The diamond will keep Queen Ehlana alive for up to 12 months while a cure is found.

To aid him on his quest, Sparhawk takes his childhood friend and fellow Pandion Knight Kalten, his squire Kurik, and Sephrenia. In a show of unity, the other three Church Knight Orders also send their champions to be his companions: Genidian Knight Ulath of Thalesia, Alcione Knight Tynian of Deira, and Cyrinic Knight Bevier of Arcium.

Sparhawk finds out that only Bhelliom, a magical jewel infused with the power of the Troll Gods, can cure Ehlana. With both rings at his command, Sparhawk can now begin to find Bhelliom, while his Pandion comrades drop one by one.

My Thoughts:

This was the first book by Eddings that I read back in the 90’s. As such, it has long held a cherished nostalgia part of my heart. Even this time around I enjoyed it immensely but had to admit, Eddings’ Belgariad is the better series.

Eddings deliberately wrote as tropey as possible. I think on the back of some of his books it claims that he is “experimenting with certain literary styles” or somesuch high faluting nonsense. What it means is that he is writing to see what people will accept. And they accept a lot, let me tell you!

Does that mean this was a bad book? Not a chance. You simply have to accept it for what it is, or if you can’t, pass it over. I certainly wouldn’t recommend this to anyone over 30 who hadn’t read any Eddings before though. Check out a certain Elderly Guy who reads Eddings for the first time. It’s not pretty, hahahaa.

After this Elenium trilogy I suspect that I’ll be leaving Eddings in my past. While we can learn from the past, it’s not good to live in the past and I think this book proved that to me.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

39 thoughts on “The Diamond Throne (The Elenium #1) ★★★✬☆

  1. I suppose you had the impression he was pansing his story together? I kind of doubt it since the story line of this trilogy is a rather convoluted one. I enjoyed it very much but concur with your assessment that it’s rather teenage reading (or the more fashionable YA).

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    1. No, not pansing, which I assume means something like “writing by the seat of his pants”? or “piecing together as he went”? If you mean something else, would you elaborate?

      I think Eddings wrote one story outline and then wrote it and re-wrote it for each series he released (heck, each book. Althalus is the same story after all too)

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      1. I understand it better now what you meant: indeed, there are similarities between the the protagonists of both series and the story line. At the same, there are also major differences between Belgarion and Sparhawk while their respective wives seem from the same kind of breed. Nevertheless, it changes the dynamic of their interactions and the ways the story lines develop.

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        1. Yep, he doesn’t write the same EXACT story, but all the major points are incorporated into each one. In the Elenium, the precocious youngster is filled by Talon, who just happens to be not be the main character this time around 🙂


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    1. It is so weird what books still work though. I’m probably going to re-readx6 Way-Farer by Dennis Schmidt and I’m going to love every single second of it 😀 Why that books holds up and the Elenium not as much, well, it’s a mystery to me….

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  2. I’m both slightly over 30 and in the category who has never read this author before. So I shall save my TBR list the extra weight.

    Glad to see you enjoyed the re-read. It can sometimes be a harsh smack in the face to re-read a once cherished book. So at least this didn’t go down the route some of mine have.

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    1. If you are ever tempted to read Eddings at this stage in life, just make sure you read Dave’s review first 😀

      Yeah, I’ve had enough re-reads that went bad to be thankful that this wasn’t bad, just not as good 🙂

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  3. I have hung onto my copies of Eddings’ books (The Elenium and The Tamuli series) but I have hesitated whenever I think about re-reading them. I’m just not sure how well I’d handle his over-the-top tropey writing these days, whether it was intentional on his part or not. I remember loving the books, but not anything that gives me a clue as to whether or not they would be enjoyable to read again. I guess one of these days I’ll have to try it and find out… or decide it’s not worth the risk and get rid of my copies so I’m not tempted to tarnish their memory.

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    1. I remember hating the Tamuli even as it came out, so I never bought it or was tempted to re-read it.

      I guess this is one of those series where you’re going to have to decide for yourself. This was not a bad read, at all. It’s just not as mind bendingly awesome as it was when I was in my teens and early 20’s 🙂


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  4. There is indeed a sort of danger in revisiting our old favorites, because while they remain unchanged, we do not and this sounds like one of those instances in which it’s better to keep hold of fond recollections without actually walking down Memory Lane 😉

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  5. The review you linked to was hilarious. Shows how reviews are an art form in their own right. I do object to calling him an Elderly Guy, though, as he is younger than I am and I am not yet a crazy old lady with witch hair, though I am looking forward to it.

    I read The Belgariad at the age of about 11, so I loved it. I love sweet wholesome tropes, what can I say? Later I tried to read The Diamond Throne, but everything was so dark and cynical compared to the beginning of the Belgariad. I was like, “What’s going on? Where are my sweet tropes?” So I never finished. Now it looks like I may have waited too long to ever enjoy it. Oh well. Eddings taught me some good stuff back when I was a kid. Durnik has shown up, in slightly different form, in one of my own characters.

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    1. I called him that because he’s younger than me too 😀 Younger than my younger brother AND sister in fact 😀 😀 😀

      I was in my mid to late teens when I discovered Eddings and I think I found the Elenium first. A single knight with blood on his mind on a mission for his queen? Talk about dangling the bait in front of a boy! 😀

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