The continuing adventures of Rhapsody, The Brother and Grunthor, three of the most engaging characters of modern fantasy, will take the reader ever further into the extraordinarily imagined, complex and exciting world of Elizabeth Haydon's landmark fantasy books. This is a series that spans epochs of time in a richly imagined, carefully thought ...Read MoreThe continuing adventures of Rhapsody, The Brother and Grunthor, three of the most engaging characters of modern fantasy, will take the reader ever further into the extraordinarily imagined, complex and exciting world of Elizabeth Haydon's landmark fantasy books. This is a series that spans epochs of time in a richly imagined, carefully thought out, wholly entrancing world. Haydon is unusual in her ability to create great characters, original slants on fantasy standards and cohesive imaginary worlds. This is the standout fantasy series of the early 21st century.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-08-19 There's something utterly refreshing about a fantasy hero and heroine, half-human masters of the elements and rulers of a continent, whose private names for each other are Sam and Emily. With bright and tender touches like these, Haydon breathes new life into fantasy cliches in this sequel to her bestselling Rhapsody trilogy. The fierce, compassionate and exquisitely gorgeous Rhapsody and her draconian husband, Ashe along with their longtime companions, Achmed, King of the Firbolg, and the ferocious but kindhearted Sergeant-Major Grunthor once more take on an evil F'dor demon and its human host, a man Rhapsody believed long dead. The author has smoothed out many of the rough edges evident in Rhapsody (1999), Prophecy (2000) and Destiny (2001), toning down the most overt references to the series' roots in Welsh mythology and Regency bodice-rippers. At the same time, the stated history and dropped hints, as well as style and tone, remain consistent with earlier volumes. Unfortunately, the characters change little or not at all throughout the course of the story, but the rich complexities of historical subtext, unsubtle scheming of religious and political leaders and classical romantic elements are enough to keep the pages turning. Although quite readable as a stand-alone work, the many loose threads left untied promise numerous future volumes, which are certain to be devoured by Haydon's growing legions of fans. (Sept. 18) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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