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The Elenium by David Eddings
Review by Mike
The Diamond Throne (1990)
The Ruby Knight (1991)
The Sapphire Rose (1992)
Speaking of flaws, there is one in this series that ended up bothering me a lot, and that is racism. We have a world populated by two races fighting on the side of the good guys, the Styrs and the Elenes. Once they mixed and the result was a third race, the Zemochs, a people who are generally cruel, violent and have below average intelligence. Of course, they started worshipping an evil god that now must be stopped. I'm sure Eddings didn't mean this to come through as racism, but I couldn't help thinking of the repulsive propaganda you once would hear from people who believed in segregation. You know, how bad it is if black and white people are allowed to live with and marry each other. Yuck!
This pretty much ruined the series for me. The fact that the plot is an almost exact copy of The Belgariad did nothing to improve my impression. The Elenium is a series that there was no need to write, much less publish. It made me decide never to buy another book by David Eddings.
1 amulet! :-(
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