Originally read in 1990 (but re-read many times since)
Besides Terry Brooks, David Eddings is the only fantasy genre author I can get my husband to read. Who could resist dialogue dripping with sarcasm and wit and satisfying action adventures? I read Eddings when I want a respite from deep-thinking convoluted epic fantasy. Eddings makes me laugh and always provides a rollicking romp through strange lands on a heroic quest to save the world. All very predictable but also very enjoyable.
The Diamond Throne has one of my all-time favorite characters – Sparhawk. He’s a curmudgeon of a knight who should have retired years ago but is too stubborn to stop. And no one else has the heart or gumption to tell him otherwise.
May 1, 2013 Update: I decided to relocate this review to my blog from GoodReads on this specific day because today, May Day, is my husband and I’s anniversary. This book was published and I read it at least two times before we celebrated our fifth year together. Twenty-seven years later, this series is still just about the only fantasy fiction I could get Terry to read. Sadly neither of us will ever read anything new from David Eddings again, since four years ago this June, he passed away.