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Requiem for the Sun (Symphony of Ages Series #4)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    Promising, but terribly flawed

    The initial summary of the book is far superior to the actual story. In reading "Requiem", I get the impression that the author isn't sure what story she wants to tell until the half-way portion of the book. The opening portions deal primarily with a political battle over water rights and whether new allies can overcome past prejudices. That in itself could become a quite an entertaining story if handled properly. However, once the water starts to flow from the ancient fountain, (which is somehow able to funnel water washed in by the high tides only one a month from "a thousand miles away", yet Rhapsody experiences daily tidal flucuations later in the book) the assorted friends disperse to their various kingdoms and a new story begins; the capture and escape and search for Rhapsody. Here begin the major flaws I have with this story. The author seems to have great difficulty managing time and distance. Everything seems to be a thousand miles away from everything else and everything takes a thousand years. All the principal characters we come to know any true detail of have all been alive for a thousand years. We're repeatedly told that Rhapsody, Achmed, and Grunthor spent "a thousand years" traveling through the center of the earth. Yet, when they haven't seen each other for what appears to be a year or two, they behave as if eons have passed since they last shared each others' company. The first time Ashe travels to Basilica to meet with the priest, he is traveling with a full entourage and it takes rougly a week. Once Rhapsody has been kidnapped by the evil Michael, he and Achmed ride off alone, traveling day and night non-stop and can only better the travel time by a single day. This makes no sense. Then we have Rhapsody's condition. She is so violently ill she can barely stand after becoming pregnant we're too believe she is on death's door. Yet she is able to maintain her spirits and there is no mention of her illness after having spent "weeks and weeks" floating in an underwater cave? There are entirely too many inconsistencies in character, place, and tempo for this to be considered a quality story. We are told that Achmed is the most feared assassin in the world, yet we never see any indication of his abilities. Esten appears to be quite lethal, but only in one instance against an unarmed pregnant woman. Grunthor is little more than comic relief. I enjoy the settings and the varied landscape, but there too many loose ends and inconsistencies in the execution of the idea.

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