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Elegy for a Lost Star (The Symphony of Ages) Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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 story focuses on the beautiful Rhapsody and her half-dragon husband, Ashe, in what seems to be the calm following the storm of Requiem for the Sun (2003). Their ward Gwydion comes of age with merry ceremony, their friends Achmed and Grunthor continue to rebuild the kingdom of Ylorc, and Rhapsody's pregnancy progresses as well as can be expected given her child's odd heritage. But others are also coming into power, including Anwyn, a malevolent seer, and Talquist, the depraved emperor of Sorbold. The ominous rumble of their 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.
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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. The dragon Anwyn, thought dead for three years, arouses, bent on destruction and the death of Rhapsody, who had so sorely wounded her. A rift develops between Achmed and Rhapsody. Sixteen-year-old orphan Gwydion Navarne, ward of Rhapsody and her draconic husband, Ashe, is invested as duke in his father's place. Talquist, a despotic emperor presumptive, brings to life a gigantic earthen statue that has its own reasons for creating mayhem and murder. And Rhapsody, under the care of the dragon Elnsynos, Ashe's grandmother, gives birth to a son. The forces on each side assemble for the portended debacle. 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. Sally Estes
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Top Customer Reviews
This is my personal opinion, of course. She is a good writer and there is enough suspense and interest in the characters to keep people going. However, I myself am bogging down.
A strong female character, I found the characters very compelling and the world extremely immersive.
I apologize that I am not the best reviewer of books, but this series is my all time favourite, if you are a Fantasy Fan, please, do yourself a favour.and read this yesterday! =o)
As for the series close, I have never had a Fantasy Epic end so thoroughly, so amazingly well, I honest to goodness laughed, cried closed the book and silently said goodbye to the Three ready to move onto my next book; I was left wanting for no more but to read the series again in a few years.
I grew up reading these books. They were suggested to me in High School, when there were only 4/5, and I have read them over and over!!!! I hadn't gone book shopping in a while and discovered that two more were written and was sooooo excited!!!
These books have such an exciting world with a rich history. Even if you don't like them you have to appreciate how much work Elizabeth Haydon went through to build this unique and full world with its history, cultures, customs, norms, and mores.
The fact that the group must work together and, while they don't like everything about each other, they accept the others and grow into better people. Plus they have to solve the problems together.