High Hunt is the first published novel of David Eddings. It was first published in 1973 by G. P. Putnam's Sons, its copyright was renewed and it published in New York by HarperCollins in 1993, in 1994 by Del Rey Books. High Hunt is Eddings' first novel and one of only two "mainstream novels" he wrote during his career. While it is not fantasy, as are most of Eddings' other books, it still shares similarities with most of them as the book focuses on the main character maturing, falling in love, overcoming personal tragedy; the story is written from the first person perspective though the eyes of Dan Alders, a soldier back from army duty in germany and on a hunting trip with his estranged brother Jack and some "friends": Cal and Stan. The theme of the returning soldier was in Eddings' novel How Lovely are the Dead submitted as his undergraduate thesis at Reed College and his own experience returning from service in Germany. During the hunt and old hatreds rise and escalate into open fighting; the story takes place in the Cascade Mountains, in Washington state U.
S. The prologue begins the story by introducing the characters of Dan and Jack as children as their father tells them a story. While this book is rated lesser in comparison to Eddings' and more popular works, it has nonetheless enjoyed modest popularity, though this is by Eddings fans who see it to be a welcome break from the general fantasy offerings of the author; the story is well received on Amazon with fair ratings on Goodreads, though many readers comment that the dated language and descriptions detract from the enjoyment of the book. Those who praise the book do so for its honest representation of mankind and its vivid descriptions of the mountain settings. Teehan, John D. "Eddings, David 1931–." Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror. Ed. Richard Bleiler. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003. 323-330. Scribner Writers on GVRL. Web. 29 Oct. 2014
The Redemption of Althalus
The Redemption of Althalus is a stand-alone fantasy novel by David and Leigh Eddings. Its main character is Althalus, a professional thief enlisted by the Goddess Dweia to save the world from the desolations of her evil brother Daeva and his henchman Ghend; the story revolves around Althalus, a professional thief with a gift for storytelling and a reputation for uncanny luck. After numerous disasters, the thief decides to return to the savage lands of the north, where he grew up, decides to rob a fort. After arriving there, amusing everyone with his stories, Althalus breaks into the storeroom during the night only to find out that all the talk about gold in the fort were lies, that there are only bags of worthless copper coins and a handful of brass coins. Furious, Althalus steals all the brass coins and leaves – only to become chased by every man in the fort, its owner taking advantage of the situation to claim the theft of a non-existent fortune, he escapes to Hule. A man named Ghend arrives there a short time and presents Althalus with a proposition.
Ghend hires Althalus to travel to the "House at the End of the World" to steal a book. Although he suspects something is amiss, Althalus heads there. After several days of travel he finds the house and manages to stumble upon the book, only to realize that the House is occupied by a talking cat who has trapped him. After several days of being trapped he decides to listen to the cat and thus finds out several astonishing things; the book is called the Book of Deiwos, Deiwos being the God who created the world, the cat teaches him to read it. After two and a half thousand years, Emerald reveals to Althalus that the book can be used to accomplish feats of magic... Emerald tells Althalus that he has been in the house for many, many years; the intervening two millennia have seen many changes in the world, including the initial stages of an ice age triggered by the evil God Daeva. She tells Althalus that Ghend is Daeva's agent, is working to establish Daeva as the ruler of the world; the cat and Althalus set out to gather a party of people who are destined to save the world from Daeva's dominion.
They try to find the knife. Having arrived at the knife's depository, they are told that the knife has been taken by Eliar, a member of the army. With this new information they travel to Osthos. Deciding that they will have to buy off all the slaves, the two travel to Emerald's private gold mine and collect twenty blocks of gold, which Althalus converts into coins. With their purses full, they return and meet Andine, the queen of Osthos, in her palace, posing as slavers. However, Andine won't sell Eliar to them. Emerald worms her way into Andine's affection in an attempt to persuade her to give up Eliar; the queen agrees to sell the other slaves along with Eliar. With the deal struck, Althalus leads his troupe out, but overhears Eliar planning on attacking him with the other soldier slaves. To break the soldier's loyalty, he randomly picks a soldier and sends him several thousand feet into the air before bringing him back down and releasing the slaves, except Eliar, whom he keeps chained up. In the morning, Eliar decides.
After buying some horses they head to Awes, where Emerald tells Eliar that he must show the writing on the knife to every priest in Awes and ask if they can read it. While doing this they discover an agent of Daeva. Eliar slays him and they hide the body under a pile of rocks. A young priest finds them, but it turns out that the priest is none other than the fourth member of their party, Bheid. With their new member ready, Emerald "reads" the knife, which leads them back to Osthos, where their fifth member is destined to be none other that the queen of Osthos: Andine. Returning to Osthos, they camp out behind the walls of the city for the night. Formulating a plan and Emerald sneak into Andine's palace unnoticed. In her chambers, Emerald captures Andine in a spell. Leading their newest member out of the city, they rejoin their group and decide to hastily leave before morning comes and Andine is discovered missing. Andine wants no part in this and focuses on killing Eliar, but the enchantment on the knife forces her to listen to Althalus, so, with their newest member in tow, the party travels to Hule, to find their sixth member.
While traveling towards Hule, Bheid tries to quell Andine's hatred towards Eliar – with limited success, but it appears to be taking effect when Andine refrains from making any scathing remarks towards Eliar. During the night and Eliar hear someone sneaking towards their camp and capture the boy named Gher, who, it turns out, is their sixth member. Emerald sorts out the problems with Andine by using Gher as a voice, Andine helps clean up the beaten up Gher and they head to Kweron to find their final member. In Kweron and Emerald hatch up a scheme that involves Bheid. Bheid is, at first, reluctant to lie that blatantly about something. After a conversation with the priests of the village, he finds out that the "witch" is about to be burned alive. Through the respect he has gathered by his "forecasts", he can convince the priests to give the enigmatic Leitha into his care. Before leaving, Leitha reveals tha
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The Rivan Codex
The Rivan Codex is a collection of background material to the Belgariad and Malloreon fantasy saga by David and Leigh Eddings. It consists of two bodies of material used in writing the novels, one for each series, with three informal essays by David Eddings. Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress do not have dedicated sections, but are referred to in the Eddings' discussions, drew on the material of the first ten books. In particular, one text presented in the background to the Belgariad forms the basis for the first chapter of Belgarath the Sorcerer; the Rivan Codex contains the holy writings of the various religions in the world and the economic diversities of the different countries. It starts off with a creation story where each god takes a people and goes into their specific money, economy method, trade relations, weights/measures, etc. One of the essays lists the following formula for epic fantasy: The Underlying Theology The Quest The Magic Talisman The Hero: Galahad the Pure, Gawain the Brave, Percival the Dumb, or Lancelot the Heavyweight Champion of the World.
The Resident Wizard The Heroine The Villain The Companions The Romantic Interests for 8. The kings, emperors, generals and such, who make up the governments of the world
Regina's Song, written by David and Leigh Eddings, is a murder mystery novel, with some fantasy themes present as well. The story takes place in Washington; the story involves the murder of an identical twin. Regina and Renata are so identical that after their infant footprint records are lost, no one is certain which twin is which—even their own parents. Thus, when one of the twins is raped and killed, the authorities assume that it was the'dominant' one: Regina. After years of psychotherapy, the surviving twin Renata tries to lead a normal life, she attends the same college as Mark, a family friend and surrogate big brother, who juggles his own course schedule and teaching responsibilities. While Mark keeps an eye on Renata, a series of petty criminals are found murdered in the area. Mark and his friends realize that Renata is responsible for the murders and is hunting down her sister's killer. Once she accomplishes her goal, Renata has a complete psychological breakdown. Renata is not taken to the police.
Instead, she is stealthily placed into the care of a secretive abbey for the rest of her life
David Eddings was Leigh Eddings' husband and an American fantasy writer. With his wife Leigh, he authored several best-selling epic fantasy novel series, including The Belgariad, The Malloreon, The Elenium, The Tamuli, The Dreamers. Part Cherokee and born in Spokane, Washington, to George Wayne Eddings and Theone Eddings, in 1931, Eddings grew up near Puget Sound in the City of Snohomish, he described a good day in Seattle as "when it isn’t raining up". Rain became a consequent feature in many of his novels. After graduating from Snohomish High School in 1949, he worked for a year before majoring in speech and English at junior college. Eddings displayed an early talent for drama and literature, winning a national oratorical contest, performing the male lead in most of his drama productions, he graduated with a BA from Reed College in 1954. He wrote a novel for a thesis at Reed College before being drafted into the U. S. Army. After being discharged in 1956, Eddings attended the graduate school of the University of Washington in Seattle for four years, graduating with an MA in 1961.
Eddings worked as a purchaser for Boeing, where he met his future wife. After seven years as a tenured college professor, Eddings moved to Denver in 1971 to work in a grocery store, he said this was because of a failure to receive a pay raise. He began work on his first published novel High Hunt, the story of four young men hunting deer. Like many of his novels, it explores themes of manhood and coming of age. Convinced that being an author was his future career, Eddings moved to Spokane where he once again relied on a job at a grocery shop for his funds, he worked on several unpublished novels, including Hunseeker’s Ascent, a story about mountain climbing, burned as Eddings claimed it was, "a piece of tripe so bad it bored me." Most of his attempts followed the same vein as High Hunt, adventure stories and contemporary tragedies. The Losers, tells the story of God and the Devil, cast in the roles of a one-eyed Indian and Jake Flood, it was not published until June 1992, well after Eddings's success as an author was established, although it was written in the seventies.
Eddings's call to the world of fantasy came from a doodled map. This doodle became the geographical basis for the country of Aloria, but Eddings did not realize it until several years later. Eddings' story of this was that upon seeing a copy of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, in a bookshop, he muttered, "Is this old turkey still floating around?", was shocked to learn that it was in its seventy-eighth printing. Eddings realized that the world of fantasy might hold some promise for his talents, began to annotate his forgotten doodle. Over the course of a year he added names to various kingdoms and characters, invented various theologies and a mythology, all of which counted about 230 pages; because Lord of the Rings had been published as three books, he genuinely believed fantasy in general was supposed to be trilogies. Which is why he intended The Belgariad to be a trilogy as well, had it all laid out, when Lester Del Rey told him the booksellers would refuse to accept 600-page books. Instead he suggested.
Eddings at first refused, but having signed the contract, with Del Rey's promise that he would receive advances for five books instead of three, he gave in to the suggestion. He had included Tolkien's work in the syllabus for at least three sections of his English Literature survey courses in the summer of 1967 and the Springs of 1968 and 1969. On January 26, 2007 it was reported that Eddings accidentally burned about a quarter of his office, next door to his house, along with his Excalibur sports car, he was flushing the fuel tank of the car with water when he lit a piece of paper and threw it into the puddle to test if it was still flammable. When asked to explain it to the firefighter he said "One word comes to mind. Dumb."On February 28, 2007, David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings, whom he married in 1962, died following a series of strokes that left her unable to communicate. She was 69. Eddings cared for her at home with her mother after her first stroke, which occurred three years before he finished writing The Dreamers.
Eddings resided in Carson City, where he died of natural causes on June 2, 2009. Dennis, Eddings' brother, said that he had been ill with dementia for a long time, but his health had been on a fast downhill slide since September, required 24-hour care, he confirmed that in his last months, his brother had been working on a manuscript, unlike any of his other works, stating "It was very different. I wouldn’t call it a satire of fantasy but it sure plays with the genre"; the unfinished work, along with his other well renowned manuscripts, went to his alma mater, Reed College in Portland, Ore. along with a bequest of $18 million to fund "students and faculty studying languages and literature." Eddings bequeathed $10 million to National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver for pediatric-asthma treatment and research. Eddings's wife Leigh had asthma throughout her life. Interview with David Eddings at sffworld.com Bibliography at SciFan David Eddings at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Novel synopses, cover art, reviews at FantasyLiterature.net Descendants of John Eddings and Elizabeth Weaver
The Elenium is a series of fantasy novels by American writer David Eddings. The series consists of three volumes: The Diamond Throne The Ruby Knight The Sapphire RoseThe series is followed by The Tamuli; the Elenium is Eddings' third fantasy series. Sparhawk, a Pandion Knight, has returned to his hometown Cimmura after ten years of exile in Rendor, he finds his Queen and former pupil, has fallen ill, having been poisoned by Annias, the Primate of Cimmura. Queen Ehlana has been encased in diamond by magic performed by Sephrenia, the Styric tutor of magic to the Pandion Knights; the diamond will keep Queen Ehlana alive for up to 12 months. To aid him on his quest, Sparhawk takes his childhood friend and fellow Pandion Knight Kalten, his squire Kurik, Sephrenia. In a show of unity, the other three Church Knight Orders send their champions to be his companions: Genidian Knight Ulath of Thalesia, Alcione Knight Tynian of Deira, Cyrinic Knight Bevier of Arcium; the company is joined by Talen, a wayward and gifted thief, by a mysterious little girl, named Flute, quite a bit more than she seems.
The novel ends after Sparhawk, Kurik and Flute return to Rendor and discover the only way to cure Ehlana is with magic. It is in this book. Sir Sparhawk and his companions seek the Bhelliom, a powerful magical artifact in the form of a sapphire carved in the shape of a rose, the only object with enough power to cure the rare poison administered to Queen Ehlana; the Bhelliom was last known to have been mounted on the crown of the Thalesian King Sarak. The characters travel to the house of Count Ghasek whose sister is ill, as her soul was stolen by Azash, an Elder God of Styricum, whose spirit was confined in a clay idol. Sephrenia and the others manage to cure Lady Belina, though she has been rendered hopelessly mad by destroying the idol, controlling her power; the Count tells them about the giant's mound where King Sarak was buried. After finding King Sarak's grave they learn, they encounter a serf who tells them about the great battle which killed the King and how the Earl of Heid retrieved the fallen King's crown and cast it into the dark murky waters of Lake Randera.
The search for Bhelliom suffers a setback when Ghwerig, the deformed dwarf troll who carved the gem into the shape of a rose, retrieves the Bhelliom first after his own centuries-long search to reclaim his beloved gem. Sparhawk and his companions follow Ghwerig to his secret cave hidden in the mountains of Thalesia; the book ends with his squire Kurik giving Ghwerig fatal injuries. Ghwerig intentionally rolls off a cliff into a chasm, Bhelliom still clutched in his hand; the girl Flute dives into the chasm only to rise out again with the Bhelliom and depositing it into Sparhawk's hands, thereby revealing her true identity as Aphrael, Child-Goddess of Styricum. Sparhawk now has possession of the Bhelliom, so he returns to Cimmura and uses it to cure Queen Ehlana; when returning the symbolic ring of the monarchy to her, she deliberately, mistakes his action for a marriage proposal. The engagement has been publicly announced before he has had time to clarify this - although it seems unlikely that Ehlana would have been willing to break the engagement anyway.
After curing the Queen of her illness, the knights ride for Chyrellos to prevent the Primate of Cimmura from ascending the throne of Archprelate. An enormous army lays siege to the Holy City. Meanwhile, the evil God Azash and his servant, have been massing their forces along the eastern border of Eosia in preparation for an invasion of the west. Sparhawk decides, after consultation with his superiors in the Church, to take Bhelliom and travel to Zemoch with several others, with the intention of destroying Azash, they reach the city of Zemoch, find the temple which contains the mud idol to which Azash is confined. By a odd mixture of subtlety and brute force, they gain access to the inner room - but not without the loss of Kurik, Sparhawk's squire and friend. Sparhawk duels with Martel, another of Azash's accomplices, kills him; the end of the series comes to a close with the birth of Sparhawk's daughter Danae, who reveals herself to be Aphrael. In September 2008, Del Ray books released all three novels of the Elenium series in a single, trade paperback volume.
A similar treatment occurred to the Tamuli series in 2008. The new single volume features all of the same material found in the three separate novels including maps, it weighs in at 912 pages. Black Kat Design designed the cover with the illustration done by Keith Parkinson; the Tamuli Glossary of Characters in the Elenium and Tamuli Archived July 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine