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

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

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

In the tradition of Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" and Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth," Rhapsody marks the beginning of a new fantasy series, set in a "richly realized place of myth and magic." (Mary Jo Putney)

"Combine the witty banter of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew with the star-crossed soulmates of his Romeo and Juliet, add a little dash of modern fairy tale à la Star Wars, and you'll get a hint of the fantastic new world created by first-time novelist Elizabeth Haydon." --Romantic Times

"September marks the hardback debut of a great new fantasy talent. With Rhapsody, Elizabeth Haydon begins an epic saga worthy of Eddings, Goodkind and Jordan...Beautifully rendering a mythological backdrop with a Welsh sheen, Ms. Haydon proves herself to be a spellbinding storyteller with the rare ability to manage memorable characters with both intimacy and power." --Romantic Times (4-1/2 stars out of 5)

"A well-worked out backdrop of impressive depth and appeal." --Kirkus Reviews

"In Rhapsody, Elizabeth Haydon gives us strong, compelling characters in a world both mysterious and familiar. Drawn through wonders of the fantastic and of the human soul, we, the readers, are always moving forward, never sure of where the plot, with its surprising twists and turns, is taking us. But we are always interested in finding out." --J. Gregory Keyes

"Congratulations on your fine book....A strong book...I wish you the best." --Mario Puzo

"A stunningly told tale by a new fantasy author who is sure to go far." --Anne McCaffrey

"Rhapsody is movingly-written, epic fantasy that works on many levels. The struggle of the eponymous heroine to make sense of her universe mirrors the battles that take place in the human heart. She wants to believe, she wants to trust, yet in her long odyssey it becomes apparent that nothing is what it seems. By making Rhapsody part of a unique triangle, Haydon allows the readers to make discoveries of their own. I read this book with a growing sense of pleasure, impressed not only with the author's deft plotting but also with her use of language. Haydon is a writer." --Morgan Llywelyn

"A powerful novel. It is lucid, interesting, well paced, well organized, adventurous, magical, and with characters who are original yet consistent to themselves. There are sequences of considerable power, such as the tour along the roots of the great tree, and the personal discovery that parallels it. I see a larger story framework developing, as it were the foundation of a pyramid we have as yet glimpsed only in part. This author will surely go far. I am amazed by the growing number of strong new voices that are appearing these days in fantasy, hitherto mostly male. Elizabeth Haydon is sure to change that." --Piers Anthony

"In a genre choking with predictable worlds and characters, Haydon blows in on the fresh air of new insights and talents. She makes the old in fantasy new again. A very auspicious beginning!" --Jennifer Roberson

"Rhapsody provides readers with a different heroine and the kind of action and interplay that proves the art of story-telling is alive and well without recourse to huge and endless battles. Rhapsody is entertaining and often witty." --L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

"With Rhapsody, Elizabeth Haydon makes a magnificent fantasy debut. Her voice is warm, often humorous, and sure, her world a richly realized place of myth and magic, and her characters complex and utterly compelling. I can hardly wait for the next book in the trilogy!" --Mary Jo Putney

"Prepare to lose a weekend. Elizabeth Haydon's Rhapsody is filled with wit, adventure, and delightful characters. Pick up this book at your own risk -- of neglecting your family, friends, and chores -- while under the enchanted spell of Rhapsody." --Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author of The Great Rock & Roll Joke Book and Mid-Life Confidential

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312867522
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/04/1999
Series: Symphony of Ages Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.48(d)

About the Author

As the daughter of an air force officer, USA Today bestselling epic fantasy author ELIZABETH HAYDON began traveling at an early age and has since traveled all over the world. She draws on the imagery of these visits in the Symphony of Ages series, and blends her love of music, anthropology, herbalism and folklore into much of her writing. Haydon is also a harpist and a madrigal singer (a singer of medieval songs). She lives with her family on the East Coast.

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Rhapsody: Child of Blood (Symphony of Ages Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this triligy several years ago and gound it a captivating, exciting, and imaginative tale. The characters are well drawn with a depth that brings each to vivid life. The tale is full of an immediacy but also full of mystery and deep drama which expands slowly over time. The pace is spot on with just the right degree of emotional depth drawing in the reader and engaging the heart while providing pulse pounding action, suspense, mystery, and emotional depth. I highly reccomend not only the triligy but also the following related books. ---------------------- I am excited the author finally converted her work to the Nook. I misplaced my original hard copies during a move and have waited quite awhile to obtain digital copies.
GoddessAmanda More than 1 year ago
I love these books. The first three are wonderfull but you probably don't want to buy the hardcovers for the last three because second series is unfinished. I don't know if a new one is coming out or not (havent looked recently). But the first three are wonderful. 4 and 5 are good too but that I have seen the secon series is not finished. I have not yet red the 6th book (assassin king). I hope it is as good as her other books.
littlebird95 More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing, i took it camping with me and i didn't do anything while i was there until the book was finished. it keeps you on the edge of your seat, you get to know the characters at an early stage so that you fell everything that they feel... you really CONNECT with the characters.. the plot is amazing... it has amazing twists, and turns, it is very climatic- and her other novels and even her childrens books are just as great- i can't wait to read more from this author...!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely one of those I will always keep around and recommend to my friends. Although some doubt the characters, it's the story line that is beautiful in and of itself with the attention to detail in trying to recreate an entirely new world. Admittedly, no one can surpass the sort of world created by someone like Tolkein, but in that way, it works for this story. Yes, as one reviewer said, you do tend to hear a lot about just how beautiful the main character is, but there's a reason - it's one of her main insecurities and often functions as a reason for the story's conflicts (in other words, it wouldn't make sense having men start wars around one woman for no apparent reason apart from the fact that her beauty is hypnotic).
The story is beautiful and very complex and there are quite, albeit mostly supporting characters that are extremely complicated, but there's a reason and it's understandable when you read the first book. Their personalities aren't meant to be confusing - the point is that you're supposed to be worrying about the reaction the other characters have to the main three.
Cygnea More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good to the very end! Always kept me surprised which is hard to do with as much as I read.
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I truly loved the characters and the story telling was spectacular.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this series up when it first came out. I read each book and just waited for the next one in the series to come out. They are wonderful mini masterpieces. Anyone into fantasy, and odd worlds.must read this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!
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DON'T BUY BEFORE READING THIS!!! I would have recommended this series to anyone (I got excited about the first 3 each being over 1,000 pages and loved the plot and characters) but after the 6th one I could not find the next book. That's because there ISN'T ONE... just ends abruptly in the middle of a brewing war and what seems to be the climax of the series! Then I find out it's never been finished!!! What a blow to the stomach, a heartwrenching disappointment, and a waste of time and money....
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I found the 6 book series was great. Until the end of the last book. The series just stops and has never been finished, i do not recommend this because of this. And there is no more website to go to. I cant find her wedsite. Furthermore i have just wasted my time and money that will never be finished. Just one more point fir her and her publishers who are collecting royalties, you have made your money off me this time , but you have certainly made my sympathies more favorable to self publishing arthors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book!
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