The Secret of the Stone
Finally the knight Sparhawk had come to possess Bhelliom, legendary jewel of magic that alone could save Queen Ehlana from the deadly poison that had felled her father. Sparhawk and Sephrenia, ageless instructor in Styric magics, made haste to free Ehlana from the crystalline cocoon that had preserved her life while they desperately sought a cure.
But Bhelliom carried dangers of its own. Once the stone came into his hands, Sparhawk found himself stalked by a dark, luring menace. Whether the foul Zemoch God Azash was behind this threat, or some other enemy, even Sephrenia could not say–only that the sapphire rose held powers too dangerous for any mortal to bear.
Restoring Queen Ehlana would be only the beginning of Sparhawk’s mission. With the aid of four stalwart knights, one from each Militant Order, he must thwart Ehlana’s poisoner, the Primate Annias, in his plot to assume the throne of the Church. For as Archprelate, Annias would serve his secret master, Azash, and deliver up to the dread God the one thing Azash thirsted for–Bhelliom itself!
With Bhelliom secure with Sparhawk, he and his companions must race back to Elenia to save Queen Ehlana. Each book in this series got better and better. With Bhelliom well in hand, they save Princess Ehlana and turn to the business of stopping Martel and his thugs, preventing Annias from ascending to the Archprelate and destroying Azash.
This adventure with Sparhawk and his companions was action packed and absorbing. The characters were intriguing and entertaining once again stole the show. The clever ways they found to thwart Annias and everyone in cahoots with him gave me life. And the final showdown with Azash was super intense and quite thrilling.
Overall a very entertaining conclusion to the Elenium series. Saprhawk and his companions did not disappoint.
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