"An engaging young reprobate hero . . . A] magical realm of good-natured fun."--Publishers Weekly "A compelling, involving story."--Science Fiction Chronicle
For the first time in one magical volume-the three exciting novels of David Eddings's epic heroic fantasy THE TAMULIDanger stalks Queen Ehlana's realm. Peasants whisper of the heroes of old who will rise again. Outlaw bands ravage the hill country. Then comes an ambassador from the far-off Tamuli empire, requesting aid: Tamuli is being torn apart by monsters, ancient warriors, and foul magics. Queen Ehlana turns to the great knight Sparhawk, and the two begin the perilous trek to the distant empire of the east, toward a glittering court seething with corruption and treachery.
This tale of rousing adventure, glory, and betrayal is fantasy at its best, as told by one of the finest storytellers of our time. "This tale of comradeship, dastardly doings, multiple gods, strange races and noble and ignoble humans is vintage Eddings."
-Publishers Weekly, on The Shining Ones "Eddings continues to reward lovers of great, sweeping fantasies with creative ingenuity in characterization, world building, and magical effects."
-Booklist, on The Hidden City
Jalkan stumbled back, spitting blood, teeth, and curses and he clawed at his knife-hilt. Keselo's sword, however, came out of its sheath more smoothly and rapidly. The young man put the point of his sword against the bone-thin Trogite's throat. "Drop it, Jalkan," he said quite firmly. "Drop the knife, or I'll kill you right here on the spot." "But this peasant just hit me " Jalkan screamed. "That's a hanging offense I'm an officer " "Not anymore, you aren't," Narasan declared in a flat tone of voice. "I've put up with you for much too long already, and you've just given me something that I've been waiting for. Your army career is finished, Jalkan, and good riddance." "You can't do that " Jalkan screamed at Narasan. "I paid gold for my commission Gold " -from The Treasured One.
The end of twenty-five eons has arrived: now the four Elder Gods will be replaced by the Younger Gods. During this transition, the greatest danger comes not from the Vlagh, who breeds her largest and deadliest insectoid army for a final war on Dhrall, but from Aracia, an Elder God. Aracia has grown addicted to the worship of mortals and believes a young deity wants to usurp her glory. Eager to stay in power forever, the Elder God plans the unthinkable: to murder one of the Younger Gods. But in her madness, Aracia forgets that the Elder Gods are forbidden to take life-as a principle of existence. If she kills the child deity, it will cause the absolute unmaking of all creation...