Rhapsody, a young woman trained as a Namer, can attune herself to the vibrations of all things, tap the power of true names, and rename people, changing their basic identities. Her magic lies in music: "Music is nothing more than the maps through the vibrations that make up all the world. If you have the right map, it will take you wherever you want to go," she tells her adoptive brothers. They are "the Brother," a professional assassin able to sense and track the heartbeats of all natives of the doomed Island of Seren, their homeland, and his giant sidekick Grunthor, a green-skinned Sergeant Major who enjoys making jokes, using edged weapons, and honing his cannibalistic palate. Inadvertently, Rhapsody has renamed the Brother Achmed the Snake, breaking his enslavement to Tsoltan the F'dor (a fire-born demon). Tsoltan sends minions in pursuit to rebind Achmed. The three escape into the roots of a World Tree, Sagia, emerging transformed into another country and century. But have they truly escaped the F'dor's evil? And how does all this relate to the prologue's story of Gwydion and Emily, two young lovers brought together across history and then separated by the mysterious Meridion?
Like most first volumes, Rhapsody contains a lot of background information and foreshadowing, though Haydon ties up numerous plot lines at the end. The dislocations in time can be confusing, and some readers may find that the very 1990s dialogue clashes with the epic storytelling of the descriptive passages. Overall, however, Rhapsody is a smashing debut that delivers hours of great reading and will have you impatient to read the rest of the series. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This series is is fast becoming a favourite to read. It had me hooked on it from the beginning. Elizabeth Hayden, is among the top writers for imagination and detail in this book,... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Henry W. Hudson
I expect that, should anyone read this review, I would be accused of giving up too soon. I so enjoyed the initial scene of the two lovers only to zoom into the interminable... Read morePublished 1 month ago by 70Randy
Rhapsody (1999) is the first Fantasy novel in the Symphony of Ages series. This volume starts on the Island of Serendair in the Third Age. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arthur W. Jordin
Wonderful. Really enjoyed reading this book. Found something like this after long time.
Going for the next one in series.
My friend who I consider a fantasy expert recommended this to me, and I have to be honest and say that I'm very disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is the one I consider to be the worst I have ever read; this is the ONLY book I have actually thrown away instead of donating, so I wouldn't inflict it on some poor soul... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lauren Ormston
Very in depth and some what lengthy descriptions but over all a good story linePublished 2 months ago by Linda Long