>David Eddings – The Ruby Knight (Elenium book 2)

>The Ruby Knight (Book Two of the Elenium)

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.

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2 Responses to >David Eddings – The Ruby Knight (Elenium book 2)

  1. BC says:

    Really disappointed with your review of this novel, you have failed to engage with it in any way on the author’s terms and thus fail in any kind of critical analysis of the novel. Your premise is summed up in how much you ‘liked’ the novel without reference to literary style which makes your review of the novel entirely subjective.

  2. Phillip Tang says:

    That’s a fair and valid point about the review being subjective, but how can a review not be subjective? If reviews were not subjective you would have universally “liked” or “disliked” books. I’m not sure I understand what you mean by engaging with it on the author’s terms. I read it from a readers point of view, and as a reader, I did not enjoy the book according to my review. To be honest I actually don’t even remember anything about the book now even though it appears I’ve read it less than a year ago which shows just how unmemorable it was in my eyes.

    David Eddings is a world renowned writer no doubt with a very professional and expensive editor along with many knowledgeable alpha and beta readers. I’m sure his style was fine because I would have commented negatively otherwise, but it still didn’t make up for what I considered shortfalls of the book (many of which I did reference by the way).

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