Synopses & Reviews
*"Unlike most middle books of fantasy trilogies, Haydon's dazzling second volume of the second trio of her bestselling Symphony of the Ages series (Rhapsody: Child of Blood
, etc.) inspires and thrills all on its own. The ominous rumble of the scheming intensifies in a crescendo of fear and tragedy that leaves the reader breathless and not a little teary-eyed. Those who eagerly anticipated this volume will be even more desperate for the next, and if the author's stunning rate of improvement is anything to go by, it will be well worth the wait. Fans eager for more will find some beautifully detailed supporting information for the series on the author's Web site (www.elizabethhaydon.com)."--Publishers Weekly
"Haydon expertly builds suspense, plays with the readers' expectation, and remains true to her characters and the world she created. With warmth, humor, and vivid details, the people and places of this saga feel far more alive than standard fantasy heroes and villains usually do. It's not necessary to have read the entire series, but knowledge of the previous volume, Requiem for the Sun, will make the action easier to understand."--Romantic Times Bookclub, 4 ½ Stars
"A compelling fifth book continues the richly detailed, complex Symphony of Ages saga, begun in Rhapsody: Child of Blood (1999), by taking up where Requiem for the Sun (2002) left off to relate events presaging a devastating war. Haydon masterfully maintains characters, the world they inhabit, and the flux of epic adventure and turmoil to make this book worthy of the series and leave readers yearning for the rest of the story."--Booklist
Elegy for a Lost Star
sets the stage for a major turning point in the Symphony of Ages series.
The dragon Anwyn--who has lain for three years in deathlike sleep in a grave of rock and black coal is freed by the cataclysm that concluded Requiem for the Sun. Disoriented and confused, she remembers only two things: the person who trapped her in dragon form and locked her in a rocky grave--Rhapsody; and an all-encompassing desire to wreak vengeance.
Meanwhile, Achmed, the Firbolg king, resumes rebuilding the his shattered home, while a guild of merciless assassins set about taking revenge on him for the killing of their leader.
A horribly deformed but magical being finds its way through a carnival of freaks to the palace of an evil despot, who sees in it the potential to be the instrument by which his plans of conquest and brutal domination of a continent will be realized.
With the rise of new leaders, good and evil, the long-awaited birth of the Child of Time, the dark plans of assassins and rulers, a confrontation that shakes the relationship of the Three, and a battle to the death between two dragons of unimaginable elemental power, the seeds of chaos are planted for a war that will, by its end, consume half of the world.
A son is pitted against his mother and Rhapsody is caught in the middle in Book Five of the national bestselling Symphony of Ages series. "An epic saga worthy of Eddings, Goodkind, and Jordan."--"Romantic Times Bookclub."
About the Author
As the daughter of an air force officer, 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). Currently, she works as an editor in educational publishing and lives with her family on the East Coast.