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Rhapsody: Child of Blood (Symphony of Ages Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great Series!

Although this first book is a bit slow-starting, it is the beginning of one of the most original series of the fantasy genre! It contains strong, memorable characters, interesting plot-lines, and a great deal of clever dialog! It is one of the few series I made time to ...
Although this first book is a bit slow-starting, it is the beginning of one of the most original series of the fantasy genre! It contains strong, memorable characters, interesting plot-lines, and a great deal of clever dialog! It is one of the few series I made time to read twice - and that's saying something! If you like this series, you might also like the "Thief's Gamble" by Mckenna, the "Wayfarer Redemption" by Sara Douglass, and "Aware" by Glenda Larke.

posted by BluHawk on January 6, 2011

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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

To be honest, I¿m a little shocked to see this book getting such rave reviews when I found myself so disappointed in it. While I can see the appeal of it I think its faults weigh it down, smothering any real promise the series held.

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To be honest, I¿m a little shocked to see this book getting such rave reviews when I found myself so disappointed in it. While I can see the appeal of it I think its faults weigh it down, smothering any real promise the series held.

I¿ve read reviews applauding Haydon for her three-dimensional, realistically flawed characters, and couldn¿t disagree more. They all come across as stereotypes to me ¿ the sarcastic assassin, best in the world; his humor relief sidekick, a monster with a gold heart; and the selfless, achingly beautiful title character, the most powerful in the book ¿ characters who, with some work, could have come across as interesting and, more importantly, likeable. As it stands, however, I couldn¿t have cared less about any of them, quite a bad thing when nearly half the book focuses solely on their interactions with each other, and the two sequels only increased my annoyance, partially with Rhapsody.

Rhapsody is beautiful, and you better get used to hearing about it because the book never fails to remind you. It¿s not a natural beauty, however, but rather something gained through the plot, and enthralls anyone who sees her to the point of mindless lust and distraction. I¿ve seen incredibly beauty done well before but this serves no purpose except to make Rhapsody that much more special, and her mindless refusal to accept her changes quickly becomes aggravating.

Rhapsody is an annoying perfect character, even when her looks aren¿t taken into account. She¿s got powers that are unmatched; is selfless to the point of stupidity, which, even when commented on, works out in her favor; and is either proved right at the end or wins every confrontation. Who doesn¿t like to see their MC fail once and a while, to seriously struggle for something and lose? And don¿t let her prostitution history fool you; it barely left any lasting effect and one particular passage just proves her selflessness yet again, proving that this point in her history was just a ploy to make the reader feel sorry for her.

The plot didn¿t strike me as anything special and at times seems to lose itself or wander off, with the characters doing this-and-that despite the apparent urgency of their situation. The characters reactions to events were rather limited, and when I think back I can only recall Rhapsody usually being angry over one thing or another, stubbornly refusing to see the other person¿s point of view or let them explain him or herself. And how easily things to seem come to them; I never felt like they were really working for anything because the consequences either weren¿t there or were forgotten a few chapters later. Want to become the most powerful nation on the planet and uncover an ancient civilization? Accomplishable in a few easy months, with the added bonus of embarrassing anyone who tries to stop you in a crushing display of power.

On a positive note, while the writing can become overly descriptive and you¿ll hear the same prophecy three or four times, I found it easy enough to read and some of the descriptions were even pleasant. Considering the flaws, though, I do regret spending my money on this. I suggest renting it from a library first, if possible, as it has the ability to leave a bad taste in your mouth.

posted by Cygnea on October 22, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Pretty good

    I admit, I haven't finished it yet! But I'm almost done!! I really liked it except for one thing, the sex!!! In my opinion, there was WAAAYYYY too much! She didn't need to go that far. But other wise I love it! ~lol~ I totally love Achmed!! And Grunthor is soo cool!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    Worth the read

    Rhapsody held my attention unlike any book since Wizards First Rule. This book took me back to old anti-social heights as I couldn't wait to get home and continue reading it. Though I liked it a lot the main reason I kept reading was waiting for the characters I met at the beginning to reunite. If I wasn't almost positive this reunion was coming some parts would've dragged on but reading for the end isn't always a bad thing. Having said that, I was a bit dissapointed at the end. I still recommend reading it; the dissatisfaction will only last until the next book is in my hands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Up with the best.

    'Rhapsody: Child of Blood' was a fantastic novel which I have read several times over. Elizabeth Haydon is an excellent story teller, with unforgetable characters, beautiful descriptions, and a most interesting plot for her stories. Hers are memorable and easily recommended to everyone I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2002

    Fan Fiction

    Rhapsody is fan fiction to be sure. I liked the story but not my favorite. I'm still deciding whether to read the next books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    An auspicious beginning

    The main character is a lady named Rhapsody, as the title suggests. The cover also hints at her companions, who enter pretty early on in the story. I won't give the plot away, but let's just say that Rhapsody is somewhat forced to go on a fantastic journey through space and time, and then she and her companions must make the best of their new situation. The book was OK, but I do have some issues with it. First, it was a little long. I appreciate authors who take their time building up their story, but this one just drug on a little. Not much, but it was noticeable. Also, I am not a fan of detailed descriptions of sex in my books. If I wanted to read that, I'd read erotica, which I don't. I have read other authors who can deal with the same situations while being more obtuse in their language, so you know what happened (sometimes it is important to the plot), but I don't have to visualize it if I don't want to. Granted, I've seen worse, but it seemed unnecessary here. But enough of that. There is enough here to keep a fan of fantasy literature highly entertained. Ms. Haydon does a great job of character development over the course of the story; not just with the main character, but with some of the secondary characters, as well. Also, the sweeping sense of history that is imbued into the overall story environment is impressive. I wish I could build a world this well. And we should be treated to more of the same in the next volume, which is out now. All told, a good, though not great, fantasy work that will be worth your time for most people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    Better than most, not as good as some

    I enjoyed reading this in one (rainy) weekend, and then found that I had to review some of the highlights to bring it all together. The character developement was complete, but unusual. Not for every reader who has difficulty remembering the beginning as they near the end. (read some of the 'professional reviews' and see how some didn't connect the characters at all) Can't wait for the sequel ( next week!!!), I hope the controller of the time lines doesn't clip me first.

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