I would rate this a 5. It is an excellent series of 3. I rate a 5 for a book if I find myself wondering how a character(s) in a book is doing after I've completed it. Then I have to remind myself that it is not a real person or people. When characters come to life like that a book is a 5 to me.
Very good book, continues the story of Sir Sparhawk on his quest for the long lost Bhelliom. A must read!
As with Diamond Throne, if you've read the Belgariad series, there are a lot of similarities.
I loved this trilogy. In fact, I loved it so much that I've requested every other book written by David Eddings! There are wars, quests, church and government politics, and magic. There is racial discrimination, and class discrimination. There are mysteries and loyalties and backstabbing. It is very well-written with an easily followable plot.
THE MAGIC BHELLIOM
Ehlana, Queen of Elenia, had been poisoned. A deep enchantment sustained her life, but only while the Knights aiding it still lived--and already they were dying, one each month.
Then Sparhawk, Knight and Queen's Champion learned that the cure for the poison was the Bhelliom, the great jewel lost when Sarak of Thalasia died in battle, five hundred years before.
Sparhawk and his companions set forth to find King Sarak's grave by raising ghosts of those who had perished in that ancient battle. The Seeker, an insectile monster spawned of the evil God Azash, hounded their every step. Still Sparhawk pressed on, driven by desperate need. They had to find Bhelliom before his queen could perish. They must not fail!
I really enjoyed this book as well as all in this series.
not nearly as good as the Belgariad. Decent, but the bar my expectations had put was too high for this to become a favorite.
I really enjoyed this series.
Haven't read since a teen - more than 25 years ago - but thought enough of the author / series to keep ALL THESE YEARS. Purging the collection and it is time for this series to go.