Saturday, August 30, 2008

Rhapsody: Child of Blood by Elizabeth Haydon | Rhapsody Trilogy: Symphony of Ages: Book 1

Mulluane | 9:17 PM | 4 Comments so far

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: half-breeds who come to her rescue in the nick of time. 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 Rhapsody's aubade and smell the smoldering forges deep within the Cauldron.

If they can survive it.

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Rhapsody: Child of Blood by Elizabeth Haydon | 5 Star Epic Fantasy
| Author: Elizabeth Haydon
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Series: The Symphony of Ages (Book 1)
| Content: High Fantasy, Dragons, Mythology
| ISBN-10: 0812570812
| ISBN-13: 9780812570816
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy (June 15, 2000)
| Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
| Cover Artist: Luis Royo
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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♥ Mini Review ♥
Rhapsody, a singer of lore, an apprentice Namer and a reformed prostitute is on the run. Hot in pursuit is an obsessed and sadistic former client. Michael the Wind of Death is not a man who accepts no for an answer and he wants Rhapsody as his sex slave. Things are not looking good for our multi talented lady when she literally bumps into two strange characters. Not in a position to be picky, she begs for their help and in receiving it gets far more than she ever bargained for.

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So begins an epic journey. Rhapsody is taken into the depths of the earth and when she finally emerges nothing will ever be the same. All three companions are completely changed by their experiences and more than that, find themselves on the other side of the world, 1400 years into the future.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It has an appeal I just can't put my finger on. Honestly I'm surprised at the speed at which I kept turning the pages. The reason I'm confused is because most of it bored me to tears. Talk about info dump. At times there was page after page of what I'm sure was beautifully written descriptions of architecture, if that is your thing. There was the journey through the center of the earth along the roots of the Great Trees that went on and on and on. Granted it served to create a bond between the three main characters but really there is only so much bonding I can take. Still it had something.

There were some underlying mysteries. The book starts out with a love scene between 2 kids, and by kids I mean 13 and 14, who meet, make love and are separated, all engineered by an unseen watcher who is manipulating time. But they don't even get referred to again until near the end of the book and then they are only hinted at. I'd love to know what that was all about.

There is the mystery of what has passed in the 1400 years between Rhapsody meeting up with her two companions and reentering the world after their journey. There is the fire demon lord who is after the one once called The Brother, who Rhapsody accidentally renamed Achmed the Snake, changing his very nature and possibly hiding him from the demons. There is Grunthor, the Firbolg who reminded me of the Jolly Green Giant. Actually he was my favorite of the three, a green skinned, clawed giant with a big heart combined with a wicked sense of humor, and yet would not hesitate to eat anything he killed including other Firbolg, humans or Liren. Plus there are a host of other mysterious characters sprinkled throughout the story. As a matter of fact, I can honestly say every character in this book is mysterious in some way. Maybe that was the allure.

I'm hoping at this point that now that all the worldbuilding, history lessons and back story are covered, and covered well, the story will get going in book two. After all it received alot of rewards when it first came out so maybe I'm just missing something on a conscious level that my subconscious has picked up on. (Hence the reason why I kept plowing through the book.) The characters show promise, there is a hint of a plot that could prove interesting, we'll just have to wait and see what happens in the next installment. There is enough here to make me hope for more so on to the next book!

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Reviewed by Mulluane on August 30 2008
Rating: 5 of 5

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  1. I so know what you mean about the pace. The journey through the earth took forever, which I suppose would be true in real life, but who wants to read about something that takes forever? It picked up significantly once they emerged on the other side.

    I think the love story is what intrigued me enough to make me keep reading. (And of course, you KNOW who the boy is.) And I liked the three main characters; give me some good characters and they'll see me through a novel's rough patches and slow spots.

  2. I just surfed in from Fantasy Debut. Wow, what a joint! This blog is a super idea. I do love a good fantasy series but other than big rigs like Song of Ice and Fire I'm not sure where to start these days. I will bookmark this site for future reference.

  3. Very nice review, Shari. And I know the feeling that you have, hoping that the next book in the series will be better. I hope your time will be rewarded :)


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