More adventures of Sparhawk and co, now the forth repetition of the same plot lines. Fortunetly this is written in such light prose that the story zips along at a fast rate. Subsequently he worked as a buyer for the Boeing company and taught college-level English. His first novel was a contemporary adventure, but he soon began a spectacular career as a fantasy writer with his series The Belgariad.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Fantasy - In this trilogy, Sparhawk must proctect the eastern Tamul Empire from paranormal unrest, and northern Atan from trolls, vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghouls and ogres.
The ultimate battle looms. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. The Tamuli omnibus , Sparhawk Universe Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Tamuli Omnibus , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 16, Charlton rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy.
The Tamuli I finished The Tamuli, it was a slow read,at one point I had to set the book aside. I think it is fair to say it is not as good as its predecessor The Elenium. I'll try to break it down,Sparhawk and his party are called to another country to help with their problems. This would mean everybody from the previous series,at first I thought this might good. Then nothing new or surprising really happened,a couple of new races are introduced but by and far The Tamuli Then nothing new or surprising really happened,a couple of new races are introduced but by and far we've seen it all before.
When they get to their destination a whole lot of politics that take place. The best book is probably the 3rd book in The Tamuli, someone gets kidnapped and the party has to work at trying get this person back,more action in the last book. All in all 2. Sparhawk and his wacky group of friends are at it again. Be sure not to miss everyone's favorite troll, Bhlokw. See what kind of mischief that lovable scamp gets into.
View 1 comment. Apr 01, Christopher rated it did not like it Shelves: abandoned. I suppose at some point people might begin to ask why, if I hated Eddings so much, did I keep reading him. The books were fun, I was in highschool, and I could read a book of his in about a day, so it wasn't much of an investment; it was like eating cotton candy or reading Clive Cussler.
The Tamuli, however, was where I finally gave up. Twice was lazy, three times I suppose at some point people might begin to ask why, if I hated Eddings so much, did I keep reading him. Twice was lazy, three times was silly, but four times was almost offensive. I got through the first two of the three books, woke up and asked myself why the hell I was bothering, and then never picked up a book of his again. View 2 comments.
Despite having to abandon this one, I chose a 2 star rating instead of 1 star rating. After reading the Belgariad and the Malloreon, I jumped right into the Tamuli, which may have been a mistake for me. If I didn't immediately begin reading the Tamuli after reading the Belgariad and Mallorean, Eddings' writing maybe would not have come off as redundant. The story just Despite having to abandon this one, I chose a 2 star rating instead of 1 star rating.
The story just dried up for me and I felt like my time could be better spent on a new adventure by a different author. Dec 30, Sonja rated it it was ok. I liked The Tamuli for what it was - low-brow, amusing, medieval fantasy. The two-star rating is because the series was not as good as the preceding Elenium, for the simple reason that it was pretty much the same plot re-hatched with old and new characters.
It had some good concepts nonetheless. Dec 18, Jesse rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. I really liked these books. I remeber getting tired of the heros always knowing what was going to happen and planning for it well in advance However, I loved the new and indepth cultures that Eddings always creates. Good stuff. Became repetitive and uninspired as it went along. Was a good read at first, but I ended up putting the book down before finishing it, which is rare for me to do especially with Eddings.
This is a review, once again, of books I have reread enough times that I can recite long stretches of dialog. I'll be referring back to my review of the preceeding trilogy - the Tamuli is, I think, more successful overall, but I still have rather a lot to say about it. Reviews by book and then I'll talk about the framing device: Domes of Fire: The first half of the book is essentially a road trip. It's fine, it moves reasonably quickly and there are some nice touches - the Manor of Horrible People This is a review, once again, of books I have reread enough times that I can recite long stretches of dialog.
It's fine, it moves reasonably quickly and there are some nice touches - the Manor of Horrible People is well-crafted, and the Secret Government is entertaining throughout. The battles are a little too easy and obvious to be particularly gripping, but the conflict at Sarsos - where the knights, who were held up throughout the previous trilogy as the righteous defenders of the persecuted, mystic Styrics, encounter the ultra-civilized heart of Styricum and confront their own self-righteousness and sense of racial superiority - is blunt but welcome in a genre that doesn't spend a lot of time questioning white Christian-analogue heroes.
The second half is both more interesting and more problematic. We arrive at Matherion, the title city, which is theoretically the heart of a Chinese-style bureaucratic empire, but other than skin tone and org structure everyone is pretty much the same and there aren't really any culture clashes. Except for one, which I'll get to in a minute. The plot picks up speed, the stealthy battle preparations are entertaining, and the climax is fairly satisfying.
The Emperor is an entertaining character, and the villains are suitably villainous. My only objection - and it's one of those objections-in-hindsight, because I am now aware of sexual politics in a way I definitely wasn't when I was a teenager - is the Free-Love Empress Seduces Innocent Knight sequence.
This isn't actually as appalling as it could be - she's portrayed as a perfectly good woman from a culture that doesn't place a lot of importance on sex, not an Evil Slut or anything, and late in the third book we actually get some of her viewpoint and she's kind of great. But the scenes where the older, more experienced knights tell the young hot one to just give it up because she needs to be kept happy, regardless of his personal desires or ethics, are This is the best example of the Eddings's otherwise-liberal politics totally falling down when it comes to certain kinds of gender stereotyping - of course the young man should bang the hot topless woman, he's a man, he'll enjoy it no matter how he's protesting now.
It's a relatively minor subplot, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The Shining Ones: Ah, the middle book. Always a challenge. It's got some high notes - the Troll God bargaining sequence is great how do you persuade bestial, elemental gods to essentially let their worshipers go extinct? But while it's very satisfying to learn the True History of Everything, there's a good chunk of the middle of the book where everyone is literally sitting in a room listening to stories.
There are also many, many scenes where everyone is standing around talking about what needs to happen next, what's happened offscreen, etc. It kind of kills the pacing. The Hidden City: In contrast to the middle book, the third book is kind of a mess because everyone is scattered all over creation and we get viewpoints from just about every character we've ever met and at least one that has had maybe a couple dozen lines in the preceding five volumes.
No objections about the pacing, though - plenty of stuff happens, and it happens regularly. One of the very successful portrayals of the series is of the secretly obsessive ex-boyfriend type, who eventually turns murderous - it's really quite chilling, reading it as an adult. The concept of gods is also moderately interesting, and fully explored in this volume - they are superhuman, but not perfect; intelligent, but not omniscient; powerful, but limited, and with personalities that shape their powers.
The Bhelliom is explained as basically the next level up, although Eddings uses a variety of barely-coherent excuses to limit its power circumstantially so that it doesn't destroy the plot this really doesn't hold up for me, and is probably the biggest flaw throughout the series, although at least this trilogy fixes the inconsistent-powers problem from the previous series. The climax works just fine, although it probably works better if you haven't read the Belgariad, because it's a straight-up retread.
World-destroying powers agree to let their im mortal avatars decide the outcome, one represents conservatism and stagnation, the other represents progress and humanism, the good guy wins.
They're even represented by the same colors. The good guys go home after spreading peace, love, and western upwardly-mobile social structures, the Arab- and Roman-analogue people are soundly defeated, and almost everyone is getting married.
The Tamuli Series
The Tamuli Series David Eddings. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. Hidden City. Sparhawk must surrender Bhelliom, the awesome jewel of power—or Ehlana would die.
The Tamuli Omnibus
The Tamuli is a series of fantasy novels by American writer David Eddings. The series consists of three volumes:. The Tamuli is the sequel to The Elenium. In this series, Sparhawk and friends travel to the Tamul Empire, far to the east. The novel chronicles the journey of Sparhawk and his companions as they journey across two continents to the city of Matherion, capital of the Tamul Empire - where supernatural occurrences threaten the safety of the entire world. The Shining Ones continues the adventures of the series.
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