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Rhapsody

Rhapsody

Child of Blood

The Symphony of Ages (Volume 1)

Elizabeth Haydon

Tor Fantasy

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Rhapsody, n, (1542) 1: a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation 2 archaic: a miscellaneous collection 3 a (1): a highly emotional utterance (2): a highly emotional literary work (3): effusively rapturous or extravagant discourse b: Rapture, Ecstasy 4: a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character.

Elizabeth Haydon is a major new force in fantasy. Equipped with a quick wit, Haydon has a sharp ear for dialogue, panache with characters, and that essential ability to transport her readers into her own fantastical world-a world so real you can hear the sweet music of Rhapsody's aubade and smell the smoldering forges within the Cauldron.

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.



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He moved like the shadow of a passing cloud, unseen, unnoticed, even by the wind that blew around him as if he were not there. He crept up the rise to the crest of the hill, his mismatched eyes scanning the...

Praise for Rhapsody

“The debut of a great new fantasy talent. With Rhapsody, Elizabeth Haydon begins an epic saga worthy of Eddings, Goodkind, and Jordan....A spell-binding storyteller with the rare ability to manage memorable characters with both intimacy and power.” —Romantic Times (4-1/2 stars out of 5)

“Elizabeth Haydon gives us strong, compelling characters in a world both mysterious and familiar. Drawn through wonders of the fantastic and of the human soul, we, the readers, are always moving forward, never sure of where the plot, with its surprising twists and turns, is taking us. But we are always interested in finding out.” —J. Gregory Keyes

“A powerful novel....Adventurous, magical, and with characters who are original...I am amazed by the growing number of strong new voices that are appearing these days in fantasy, hitherto mostly male. Elizabeth Haydon is sure to change that.” —Piers Anthony

“Prepare to lose a weekend. Elizabeth Haydon's Rhapsody is filled with wit, adventure, and delightful characters. Pick up this book at your own risk-of neglecting your family, friends, and chores while under the enchanted spell of Rhapsody.” —Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author of The Great Rock 'n' Roll Joke Book and Mid-Life Confidential

“A stunningly told tale by a new fantasy author who is sure to go far.” —Anne McCaffrey

Rhapsody is movingly written, epic fantasy that works on many levels. I read this book with a growing sense of pleasure, impressed not only with the auth… More…

“The debut of a great new fantasy talent. With Rhapsody, Elizabeth Haydon begins an epic saga worthy of Eddings, Goodkind, and Jordan....A spell-binding storyteller with the rare ability to manage memorable characters with both intimacy and power.” —Romantic Times (4-1/2 stars out of 5)

“Elizabeth Haydon gives us strong, compelling characters in a world both mysterious and familiar. Drawn through wonders of the fantastic and of the human soul, we, the readers, are always moving forward, never sure of where the plot, with its surprising twists and turns, is taking us. But we are always interested in finding out.” —J. Gregory Keyes

“A powerful novel....Adventurous, magical, and with characters who are original...I am amazed by the growing number of strong new voices that are appearing these days in fantasy, hitherto mostly male. Elizabeth Haydon is sure to change that.” —Piers Anthony

“Prepare to lose a weekend. Elizabeth Haydon's Rhapsody is filled with wit, adventure, and delightful characters. Pick up this book at your own risk-of neglecting your family, friends, and chores while under the enchanted spell of Rhapsody.” —Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author of The Great Rock 'n' Roll Joke Book and Mid-Life Confidential

“A stunningly told tale by a new fantasy author who is sure to go far.” —Anne McCaffrey

Rhapsody is movingly written, epic fantasy that works on many levels. I read this book with a growing sense of pleasure, impressed not only with the author's deft plotting but also with her use of language. Haydon is a writer.” —Morgan Llywelyn

“In a genre choking with predicatable worlds and characters, Haydon blows in on the fresh air of new insights and talents. She makes the old in fantasy new again. A very auspicious beginning!” —Jennifer Roberson

“With Rhapsody, Elizabeth Haydon makes a magnificent fantasy debut. Her voice is warm, often humorous, and sure, her world a richly realized place of myth and magic, and her characters complex and utterly compelling. I can hardly wait for the next book in the trilogy!” —Mary Jo Putney

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Elizabeth Haydon

As the daughter of an air force officer, USA Today bestselling epic fantasy author ELIZABETH HAYDON began traveling at an early age and has since traveled all over the world. She draws on the imagery of these visits in the Symphony of Ages series, and blends her love of music, anthropology, herbalism and folklore into much of her writing. Haydon is also a harpist and a madrigal singer (a singer of medieval songs). She lives with her family on the East Coast.

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