The Ruby Knight is book two of the Elenium trilogy by David Eddings. Sparhawk and his neighbours found out that the queen has been poisoned and they also know what the only known antidote is. And thus they set off on a journey to get it.
In my review of book 1, The Diamond Throne, I hinted at this series being comparable to David Eddings’s other series’ The Belgariad and The Malloreon. I take that back. Book two has really dropped considerably compared to book 1. All the political scheming that I enjoyed so much in book one was completely gone in The Ruby Knight .
If it’s possible to steal from oneself, then David Eddings definitely stole from his own series’ The Belgariad and The Malloreon. The blueprint was pretty much the same: journey to retrieve some powerful talisman, having some magical guide who includes a young child with mysterious magical powers who turns out to be a god.
The queen doesn’t have a lot of time and yet her champion and his friends go off on random tasks that doesn’t move them towards getting the antidote.
No good. No good at all.