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Although Elizabeth Haydon's Requiem for the Sun is considered a stand-alone novel, it is actually the fourth installment in her epic Symphony of Ages saga, which includes the bestselling Rhapsody trilogy (Rhapsody: Child of Blood, Prophecy: Child of Earth, and Destiny: Child of the Sky).
Like the previous novels, the story revolves around the fellowship of three characters: the beautiful singer Rhapsody; the master assassin Achmed; and Grunthor, the ferocious but kindhearted giant. Three years after the cataclysmic conclusion in Destiny, an uneasy peace has settled across the realm. Rhapsody and her part-dragon husband, Ashe, are planning on starting a family. Achmed is busy rebuilding the subterranean wonders of the Bolg, and Grunthor is happy as Achmed's Sergeant Major. But trouble is coming from several different directions. The seemingly immortal Empress of Sorbold and her son are found dead, and the throne is vacant for the first time in almost a century. A civil war is brewing. And a nightmare from Rhapsody's distant past -- long believed dead -- is very much alive and bent on bloody vengeance.
A word of warning, however. Although this novel will undoubtedly delight fans of the series, it may also leave first-time readers a little confused because of the sheer amount of past history referenced and prominent characters from earlier books that suddenly reappear in this story. Paul Goat Allen