In the ancient city of Easton, Rhapsody is learning musical magic after a brief Elizabeth Haydon, Author Tor Books $ (p) ISBN ELIZABETH HAYDON. Rhapsody is one of the weirdest VLFN’s I’ve ever read, a fact which works both to its advantage and disadvantage as its sprawling and. Rhapsody: Child of Blood (The Symphony of Ages) [Elizabeth Haydon, Kevin T. Collins] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Rhapsody, n.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks rhapaody telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon. The brilliant new saga is born Rhapsody is a woman, a Singer of some talent, who is swept up into events of world-shattering import.

On the run from an old romantic interest who won’t take no for an answer, Rhapsody literally bumps into a couple of shady characters: Only the rescue turns into an abduction, and Rhap The brilliant new saga is born Only the rescue turns into an abduction, and Rhapsody soon finds herself dragged along on an epic voyage, one that spans centuries and ranges across a wonder-filled fantasy world– a world so real you can hear the sweet music of Rhapaody aubade and smell rnapsody smoldering forges deep within the Cauldron.

Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published June 15th by Tor Fantasy first published September 4th Symphony of Ages 1. To see what your friends thought of haydoj book, please sign up. Eliabeth ask other readers questions about Rhapsodyplease sign up. Scott Found the feminist Is there any sex or swearing in this series? Jay Rose not much sex.

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Lists with This Book. Apr 15, Chris rated it did not like it.

There are aspects of this book that are worth more than one star. Achmed, one of the book’s central protagonists, is reasonably awesome. Grunthor is pretty likeable in a gruff ogre sort of way. But things would be far more tolerable without Rhapsody, the third in the company, the heroine supreme. The plot was just interesting enough to keep me reading did it for Achmedbut I just kept getting punished There are aspects of this book that are worth more than one star.

The plot was just interesting enough to keep me reading did it for Achmedbut I just kept getting punished for my effort. She left her family to chase a boy and ends up in the company of monster-men Achmed and Grunthor, and they embark on a grueling, duldrum, underground epic journey where her beauty levels up from 60 to god-mode. Despite the dullness of this period, I dreaded the journey’s end because it would mean Rhapsody interacting with humans again shudders.

And ever so humbly and endearingly, she is totally oblivious. She also has an irritating habit of adopting every stray child that comes her way. Enough about Rhapsody; she’s not worth it. Another issue I had with the book was the forgone opportunity.


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As the trio emerges in an unfamiliar place, they have no knowledge of who the baddies are. Gasp, what an opportunity to explore morality, trust, complexities of good and evil. You can identify the villains as the ones sacrificing and violating small children. The easiest, most sympathetic targets. Plus I have issues with villains with the ultimate goal of destroying the world. Manipulating and controlling the world, sure.

But destroying the known universe?

There’s a lot of lazy, repetitive, overly dramatic writing haudon be found. I nearly gave naydon on this book multiple times which I never doand rewarded with some decent Achmed-centered plot in the last pages but also had to suffer the stupidity of new characters like Jo and Ashe. The book ends with a cliffhanger but I have absolutely no compulsion to read any more Haydon. View all 4 comments. I absolutely adore this series. Recommended to Jocelyn by: This book is very well plotted – in fact the series is very well plotted.

The overall story was gripping. I think I saw that the author is a musician, and used music theory to help structure the book.

That’s a pretty neat idea. The heroine consistently is the one moving the plot forward, and is clearly the hero, all men are rescued by her and not the other way around. Too bad she’s such an idiot – which brings us to The writing and characterization of the peop The good: The writing and characterization of the people in the book was pretty terrible. The main character and name-sake of this book is basically a ‘s romance rhappsody heroine, thrown into a fantasy novel which was pretty funny, ac-tually, once I figured that out.

It was disorienting to have the main character, the one you’re supposed to identify with, be so irritatingly perfect in a Harlequinne sort of way. Not to mention that every man who rhaosody her instantly fell in love, and I don’t care how hot you are, no woman is attractive to every man in the rhapsodj not to mention, where were all the gay people in this universe?

And the way the men reacted to Rhapsody to a man – hah hah was absurd. I can’t think of a single one that didn’t want to either possess her ie, the bad guys or fall in love with her ie, the good guys by the end of the series. The transitions in characterization were awkward at best and totally absent at worst. It’s like Rhapsody decided he was good and Tra-La! These problems do get better as time goes on, and the third book is almost bearable, it’s all still awfully annoying.

Oh, the word choices. Oh, the terrible dialog. In this land, if something is “very”, it is always “more fill in the blank rhapxody you can imagine. Etc, etc, ad nauseum. I ended up skip-ping over loads of stuff and just reading the dialog because I did want to know what happened, the bones of the story and the plotting are really goodand I noticed that this author has the same problem with scenes – every little detail of every little action is related.

I’ve read some writing manuals that suggest coming up with a complete and through back-story for your characters but in addition to doing this, Ms.


Hayden wrote it all down. In short, Hemingway would choke on these three books, and would glad of his impending death rather than finish the series. In sum – it’s a great plot, but if you have short patience with wordy authors, don’t like being irritated with characters, have an aversion to fake Welsh, or dislike the word “lore” oh, man, how I hate that word pass this one by. Jan 04, Liz rated it did not like it Shelves: It did sound interesting, three people transported hundreds of years into the future, so I gave it a shot.

I still can’t believe I wasted two days on this book and the two following it. I curse the fact that I’m one of the sort of people that needs resolution, even if it means wading through three books of complete drivel.

Achmed and Grunthor were the only reasons I didn’t use this book to start a bonfire. Those two are actually interesting characters, even if they’re turned into metaphorical eunuchs later on. I skipped pages to read more about them and to get away from Mary Sue–oh, sorry, I mean Rhapsody. Let’s talk about Rhapsody.

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How perfect does a character really need to be? This woman is blond, thin, beautiful beyond description, modest, magically talented, an expert swordswoman, loves all children — excuse me while I go ellizabeth. She started out fairly well, a former prostitute trying to escape from an over-attentive client, but it all went downhill after that.

When she’s “reborn” in the fire and becomes Ms. I’m So Perfect, she becomes utterly unbearable.

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Page after page is spent talking about her beauty and the affect it has on elizabth around her — which she, of course, has no knowledge of. I was grinding my teeth before I rhappsody made it a third of the way through the book.

The horror that is Rhapsody herself aside, this book has way too many other rhpasody for me to recommend it. Rha;sody much of a history lesson do we really need? Personally, I was almost put to sleep every time a character felt the need to lecture us for pages on end about their world’s history and politics. In fact that pretty much sums up the majority of this book.

Elizbaeth Achmed and Grunthor start to become a little worn by the end of the book. What made them fun is slowly stripped away by their mindless devotion to Rhapsody and their increasingly out-of-character behavior. This book, the whole trilogy, actually, is little more than a romance novel wrapped in the thin disguise of a fantasy book. If that’s your sort of thing and you don’t mind nauseatingly perfect, sugarcoated heroines, then you’ll probably like this.

If, however, you’re looking for an intelligent book with a believable plot, well-rounded characters and gripping dialogue, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Jan 25, Small Creek rated it did not like it Recommends it for:

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