The Diamond Throne - Elenium, Bk 1 Author:David Eddings The Queen in Crystal — Slowly Sparhawk raised his eyes to his Queen. She was beautiful. There was almost luminous perfection about her countenance. Her pale blond hair was long and loosely framed her face. She wore her state robes and the heavy gold crown of Elenia. Her slender hands lay upon the arms of her throne, and her eyes were closed. But ... more »now she was locked in the semblance of death, embedded in a transparent crystal hexahedron, like some bug frozen in clear amber.
Then he heard and felt it, a regular thudding sound, growing louder by the moment as it announced to any who might enter the throne room that her heart was still beating.
Sparhawk sank to one knee in an move of profound respect, his eyes suddenly filled with tears. "I am here now, Ehlana," he murmured. "Somehow, I'll make everything right again."
The heart beat grew louder, almost as if she had heard.« less