I am looking for a fantasy book from the '80s or '90s, set in medieval times, with very graphic battle scenes which include one of the main characters wielding a double-sided battleaxe that cuts an enemy in half at the top of a castle wall.

The scene that I most remember, about the enemy being cut in half, continues to describe how the top half falls but the bottom half stays, and they are still connected by the intestines, causing the top half to bounce up and down like a bungee cord.

I believe the author of the book was David Eddings.

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    Can you recall any further details about the characters or plot? This isn't much to go on. Jan 14, 2021 at 4:14
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    – FuzzyBoots
    Jan 14, 2021 at 6:10
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    When I saw the title, I immediately thought 'David Eddings'. He has a fondness for double sided double axes. So much so this is all that I remember of whatever book of his I read.
    – Roy Falk
    Jan 14, 2021 at 16:10

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You might be thinking of The Sapphire Rose (1992) by David Eddings, the third book in his Elenium series.

According to this TV Tropes article, it features a character called Ulath, who wields:

a double-headed axe

And there's a scene on page 189 of the book that is very similar to what you described:

One Rendor, quite skinny and waving a rusty saber, stood howling before the man in black armor bearing down on him. Sparhawk altered his swing slightly and sheared the man almost in two at the waist. The Rendor was hurled against the battlements by the force of the blow, and the remaining shred of flesh ripped as the upper torso toppled outward. The man's lower half caught up on one of the battlements, the legs threshing wildly. The Rendor's upper torso did not quite reach the ground below, but hung head downward from a long rope of purple bowel that steamed in the cool night air. The torso swung slowly back and forth, jerking slightly downward as its intestines gradually unravelled.

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