The Tamuli Omnibus: "Domes of Fire", "Shining Ones", "Hidden City" (Tamuli Trilogy)

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9780006483847: The Tamuli Omnibus:

The fantasy masterwork complete in one volume – 1456 magnificent pages: DOMES OF FIRE THE SHINING ONES THE HIDDEN CITY

Prince Sparhawk and Queen Ehlana are married and their union is blessed with a very special daughter named Danae. But in the Tamul Empire far to the east, unrest of paranormal origin is brewing. The pre-eminent Styric magician Zalasta suggests that the Empire look to the legendary warrior Sparhawk for help.

Trolls despoil Atan in the North, and vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghouls and Ogres form a vast conspiracy to take over the Empire. Most disturbing of all are reported sightings of Shining Ones among the hordes. These luminous beings inspire more fear than the rest combined.

While Sparhawk resurrects the Blue Rose and battles the enemies of the empire, Queen Ehlana is taken, captive, to the Hidden City of the Cyrgai. The City is protected by magic and by the invincible Klael. The ultimate battle must be fought.

This spectacular trilogy is fantasy at its best.

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David Eddings' fantasy career began with Pawn of Prophecy in 1982, opening his massive Belgariad sequence. This omnibus collects the 1992-4 Tamuli trilogy: Domes of Fire, The Shining Ones and The Hidden City, totting up to 1,429 pages of slick storytelling. Following from the Elenium trio (1989-91), this takes hardbitten knight Sparhawk, his feisty queen and wife and various companions--including a terminally cute Child Goddess--to the hard-pressed Tamul Empire. Here a revolutionary movement is reanimating ancient warriors and horrors, while treason runs riot in the civil service, and at least one of this world's many gods is secretly behind it all.

Sparhawk must recover that all-powerful talisman the Bhelliom, which at the end of the Elenium was hurled into the depths of the sea. Quirky political manoeuvres and plausible battles abound. Eddings is a fluent storyteller whose humour, banter and unfaltering narrative flow conjure entertainment from highly familiar plot devices. The sense of danger is muted, though: spear-carriers may perish in their thousands while villains are sentenced to burn eternally, but major goodies bounce back from fatal injuries (even a stab in the heart) thanks to epic mercy dashes and healing magic. This is cheerful comfort reading and is a long, and undemanding, enjoyable fantasy. --David Langford

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‘A graceful, fluid style of storytelling rare in fantasy writing’
Publishers Weekly

‘Others may vie for the top position… but Eddings reigns supreme’
Publishers Weekly

‘Sparhawk is the best-realized hero in current fantasy
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