Battle had been joined and fought and won. The Pandion Knight Sparhawk
had met the forces of the foul God Cyrgon upon the field of valor, and
justice and might had carried the day. But even in Sparhawk's moment of
triumph had come a crushing blow. For far away from the battlefield,
Cyrgon's hired minions had by treachery and stealth stolen away
Sparhawk's very heart: they had kidnapped the beautiful Queen Ehlana,
Sparhawk would have to surrender Bhelliom, the awesome jewel of power, into their accursed hands - or Ehlana would die.
Their goal had been to render Sparhawk impotent. But Cyrgon's lackeys, in their craven, puny souls, had far misjudged that knight's unwavering resolve to fight on for his queen with every resource at his command.
Aided by stalwart friends, Sparhawk charted a plan of attack, knowing that Ehlana's life hung in the balance. The road ahead promised peril for all those he held dear, but none of his companions flinched at the awesome task before them, even knowing that Cyrgon had summoned up forces of evil from Tamuli's dark past, and from sick and fetid places beyond mere human ken.
But the full magnitude of the danger before them was yet to be revealed. For in his towering hubris, Cyrgon had dared that which was forbidden even to the Gods. He had called forth Klæl, Bhelliom's opposite, a monster eager to rend the very world asunder.
Ravening destruction stalked all the lands. For from before time began, it was writ that Bhelliom must contend with its opposite for the fate of this world. Even so must the man Sparhawk finally face the God Cyrgon, in mortal combat - and alone?
David Eddings (1931–2009) was an American author. Eddings' first books were general fiction and sold moderately. He later switched to writing epic fantasy novels and achieved best-selling status. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings (1937–2007), is uncredited as co-author on many of his early books, but he later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.
Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the United States Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was also a grocery clerk and a college English teacher.