• The Ruby Knight

  • The Elenium, Book 2
  • By: David Eddings
  • Narrated by: Greg Abby
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,591 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ehlana, Queen of Elenia, had been poisoned. A deep enchantment sustained her life, but only while the Knights aiding it still lived - and, already, they were dying, one each month. Then Sparhawk, the knight and Queen's Champion, learned that the cure for the poison was Bhelliom, the great jewel lost when Sarak of Thalesia died in battle 500 years before.

Sparhawk and his companions set forth to find King Sarak's grave by raising ghosts of those who had perished in that ancient battle. The Seeker, an insectile monster spawned of the evil god Azash, hounded their every step. Still, Sparhawk pressed on, driven by desperate need. They had to find Bhelliom before his Queen perished. They must not fail!

Listen to another gem in David Edding's Elenium series.
©1990 David Eddings (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Eddings's strength lies in his ability to create thoroughly likable heroes with personalities that transcend the formulaic fantasy genre." ( Library Journal)

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If you liked the first book get this one too,

This is the second novel in the series and is as good as the first. I actually prefer the Elenium and Tamuli to the Belgariad and Mallorean. The guy basically wrote the same stories over and again, but that's ok because he is really good at it. I didn't have any trouble with the nararrator and my daughter and I both liked it and were able to listen to this as a family. This is not just good parent bonding but equals quiet during a long road trip. Defnitiely worth a credit in my opinion.

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a cure is found

Eddings with his wife have just left us off with the knowledge that the Bhelliom is the only way to cure the queen.

he continues the quest with his nine companions, and yet more of Azash's evil creatures are hunting.

David eddings has a great way to sum up the first book in his prolog without loosing the quality of the story. Greg abby does a great job of picking the right voice for each of the ten party members. well everyone except Flute.

A great continuation of a fantastic series

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you will be on the edge of your seat

Can the finally finish this trip? will they find the one thing that will save the queen. Don't be fooled with the name it is everything that fantasy novel should be. Too bad we will have to continue to wonder the way it will go........

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Couldn't wait

I listened to The Diamond Throne and couldn't wait to listen to the The Ruby Knight. I listened to it in two days and I am looking forward to The Sapphire Rose. Again I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a good read or listen.

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Great read/listen.

My first reading of David Eddings was this series and it is my favorite. Once you start one book of any of his series you have to read the whole series, but they are all worth it.

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Disappointed with this

Struggled through book 1 even really struggled to engage with the narrator again in this 1. Not every sentence has to exciting!

Read these books a long time ago think I had rosè colored glasses looking back at it. Got book 3 but can't listen to it

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  • 03-06-12

Improved performance, padded story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Despite it's lack of action and less than perfect editing (too much padding) this was still an entertaining enough book to listen to for relaxation.

If you’ve listened to books by David Eddings before, how does this one compare?

As mentioned, The Elenium as a series is not up to the standard of The Belgariad and The Mallorean. There is less character development, less entertaining dialogue and rather a lot of descriptive padding, much of which could have been omitted from the story.

What about Greg Abby’s performance did you like?

Fairly easy to know which character was talking based on the narrator's voice.

Could you see The Ruby Knight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

I think Eddings fell into the same trap as many other authors of high fantasy have done. He wrote more, producing ever larger volumes for each successive book, but the actual interesting content of the stories decreased.

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The series continues

At the end of The Diamond Throne, Sparhawk learned from the guilt-wracked ghost of King ALdreas that Queen Ehlana's illness, revealed to have been the result of a poisoning, could only be cured by the Bhelliom, a mysterious jewel of such incalculable power that even many of the gods fear it. Though adamantly opposed to the idea of such an undertaking, the Styric sorceress Sephrenia, tutor to the Pandion order for generations, reluctantly agrees on the condition that once Ehlana is cured Sparhawk will destroy the jewel to prevent its ever falling into evil hands or working its own mischief. So he and his companions set out for the ancient battlefield where five-hundred years before the Knights of the Church barely managed to push back a Zemoch invasion. Their hope is that the ghost of King Sarak of Thalesia, the last man known to possess the Bhelliom (he in fact had it set into his crown), will be able to tell them what became of the crown after the battle and by extention, the jewel. All the while, however, the companions are hounded by the Seeker, an insectile demon sent by the evil god Azash, god of the Zemoch people, who has long covetted the jewel. With the Seeker always on their trail and pursued by its mindless slaves, the companions also must contend with Guerig, the maimed Troll who long ago carved the Bhelliom and seeks to reclaim it for himself. An excellent tale read by a good narrator. I really enjoyed it.

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love the story, but the reading is awful!

I love this story. but this performance leaves so much to be desired. names wrong, wrong cadence to the reading, sometimes even halting and stiff. really it was difficult to finish!

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Good Story... Bad Narrator

As I stated with the Diamond Throne; I purchased the books in paperback when they came out, read them a couple times. Found them in hardcover and gave the paperbacks to my son. He loved them so much he decided to look on Audible and here we are.

The story has always been a fun one but this narrator is the worst I have ever heard out of 100+ books. His voices run together as if he forgot to change for each character and sometimes he just uses the same voice for two or more characters.

Understand however that there are some distinctions in other characters but you won't see much of that until the new characters come in.

I have moved on to the Sapphire Rose for the story, not for the narrator. I can only hope that at some point, someone may be willing to redo it.

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  • kim herman christensen
  • 12-02-21

brilliant storytelling

David Eddings is amazing, compelling characters and an exiting story. edge of your seat suspense.

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  • V A Van den Hende
  • 04-10-21

Offensive

Knights go around being prudish, robbing from deformed trolls and killing or tricking everyone. Some of David Eddings books are good, but these are purile crap. Also the narrator really needs to learn how to pronounce words. wish I hadn't wasted my money on this.

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  • Paul Roberts
  • 01-30-21

critism

still think should've used a female voice for the female voices especially flute & Sephrenia

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  • Panda
  • 01-02-21

The Adventure Continues

A great ebook, the quest of the Pandion Knight Sparhawk continues, with surprises aplenty, including an big revelation.

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  • Chris
  • 09-06-20

worst narrator ever

I thought Kate Reading was bad but this knobchops really takes the biscuit. he is awful

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  • Paul Kielty
  • 12-09-18

Again with the awful narration.

The narration just gets more mystifying in this audiobook. Chyrellos changing to Krelos was bad enough but how does Ramshorn become ram shorn???
They were talking about a piece of rams horn for crying out loud!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-18

Of Gods and Men...

... or rather Goddess and Men.

A very engaging continuation of the search for a cure to an incurable poison.

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  • NickC
  • 07-19-17

Good story and well read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ruby Knight to be better than the print version?

I would rate them the same. Took a while in the first book to adjust to the reader but no problem after that.

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  • Ian Warrender
  • 03-17-17

Perfect Eddings

David Eddings at his best, there’s something intangible about the perfect pacing of this story that leads the reader from one event to another, there’s no jumping between characters just a straight forward follow the main characters on their adventure from start to finish, and although the ending is obvious the route to get there is interesting and at time surprising.

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  • Mrs
  • 02-02-15

another good fantacy

If you could sum up The Ruby Knight in three words, what would they be?

intriguing, historical and humorous

What other book might you compare The Ruby Knight to, and why?

The Diamond throne

Have you listened to any of Greg Abby’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I love the humour

Any additional comments?

I like the theme that is in these books by the same author.

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  • Robyn Elliott
  • 12-26-21

Author good but..

Great book but narration is Crap. I have read these books years ago decided to listen to audible. Don't know who chooses the narrator's .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-21

Narrator not suited to Story

I love this book and this author however the narrator voice and lack of range of "voices" detracts is unsuitable for this story.

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  • Tina Dixon
  • 06-04-21

David Eddings is awesome 💖

I loved it, it was great hearing the story. I felt like I was hearing about old friends 🥰

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  • Darryl Miller
  • 04-24-21

Great listen.

Great story that stands the test of time. Narrator does a great job portraying the various characters

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-21

Excellent Story, Poor Reading

This is the second book I've listen to with this particular reader. Unfortunately his performance style takes away from an excellent book. especially his rendering of Flute, who he manages to make sound like an old crone bent on destruction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-19

great story but the narrator needs work

i love this story but the narrator cant pronounce "ing" on the end of any word and also doesnt read other words properly.i have read the books and the mistakes are obvious and as a person who enjoys correct grammar and well spoken english it really annoys me.

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  • mrsvee
  • 06-29-18

The drone of boredom.

This reader’s voice drones on and tends to put one to sleep, until he mispronounces something.....or is it that the Americans pronounce some things differently from other English users. I am a fan of David Eddings writings and I do want to hear the next book in the series, but to have to endure that voice.....

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  • Ben
  • 08-16-17

Masterful

Fans of David Eddings will not be disappointed. An epic story and one that will remain as one of the greats.