The Diamond Throne - David Eddings

A reread of what is possibly my favorite fantasy series by my favorite fantasy author.

 

Eddings has his faults -- over description of the weather, a tendency to write himself into deus ex machina, and some overreliance on racial prejudices which would be truly awful if we weren't talking about fictional races here (you know-- the whole Tolkien all-orcs-are-evil trope).

 

But who am I kidding? The reason I love fantasy (and probably the reason you love fantasy as well) is the character drama and interaction. These are fun, funny characters embarking on a fantastical adventure, and I absolutely love every single one of them

 

List of folks I love:

 

Sparhawk

Kalten

Kurik

Talen

Berit

Vanion

Dolmant

Sephrenia

Flute

Ulath

Tynian

Bevier

Platime

Arasham

 

plus I love to hate Annias, Martel, Adus, and Krager as well.

 

plus plus all the folks (Ehlana, Mirtai, Stragen!, Kring, Danae, etc. etc.) that we encounter in books two through six

 

What I did not remember was the level of adult content in these books-- nothing shocking, but don't expect me to introduce this to my 9-year-old who is devouring Harry Potter just yet.

 

Anyways, don't expect anything beyond pure gushing from me over this series. It's like coming home to an old familiar friend. I am SO enjoying this.