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Requiem for the Sun [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Haydon
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May 18 2003 Symphony of Ages (Book 4)
A Tale of Treachery, Love, and War

Book Four of the Symphony of Ages

Three years have passed since Rhapsody, the Lady Cymrian, helped bring peace and prosperity to the land of Roland. However, when the death of the Dowager Empress of Sorbold leaves empty the line of succession, dark clouds of war threaten the fragile Cymrian Alliance. And an old and deadly foe of Rhapsody's-presumed dead for centuries-rises up to threaten her and all she holds dear.

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Requiem for the Sun is the standalone sequel to the USA Today-bestselling Rhapsody trilogy (Rhapsody , Prophecy , and Destiny ). This novel will please fans of Elizabeth Haydon's high-fantasy series, but it may confuse newcomers because numerous characters from the trilogy return, and most are introduced in the book's early pages.

In the peace following the events of the trilogy, the singer Rhapsody believes she and her husband, the part-dragon Lord Cymrian, can at last start a family. Meanwhile, the assassin-king Achmed seeks to rebuild Canrif, his mountain capital. Then Lord Cymrian rejects Rhapsody's heart's desire; the giant Sergeant-Major Grunthor hears the earth itself screaming; the Dowager Empress of Sorbold, a realm of deep magic, dies under suspicious circumstances; and a powerful unknown enemy, as ancient and youthful as Rhapsody, seeks stealthily to steal her for himself. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another compelling addition to the Symphony of Ages March 26 2006
By Lyanna
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The fourth book in this series absolutly a must read! If you find Robert Jordan to be boring and much to unemotional, this epic fantasy is for you. The charaters are colorful and bright, they develop at a normal pace not like other epics. For all you romantics there is a heroine and leading man you will be unable to dislike.
I reccomend all the Symphony of Ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good - But Not As Good As the First Three Jan. 26 2004
By A Customer
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I love, love, love the original series. I thought this book was very good overall - but I did not like the portrayal of Achmed (who is my favorite character). He came across as, well... not weak, exactly, but weaker than I expected him to be. Elizabeth - if you read this - please, keep Achmed the way he was!! No more allowing Ashe to berate him or almost drowning or being completely fooled by a murderer!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for the Sun Nov. 15 2003
By A Customer
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This book is a fantastic follow to the previous three books, Hope there is a fourth to see how Rhapsody and her baby are. There is an appearance from an old foe, great deeds from unexpected people. Over all a great read and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by it's summary! Aug. 11 2003
By A Customer
You shouldn't judge a book by what's written on the back, and Requiem is no exception. The summary makes it sound cliche and boring, while it is tottaly unique and hard to put down. I found Requiem the easiest to read so far, I finished it in under a week. (which is extremly fast for ME!) All the charators from the original trilogy are back which is great, and and old bad guy from Rhapsody's past is there as well. If you have read the previouse books, the baddy IS who you're thinking of, it's pretty obvious!!
Just like the others, this book has a charming sence of humor and a compelling plot. And Achmed's last words at the end of the book where pretty funny!!
Anyway this is the fourth book in the series and I have no idea when the fith, Elegy for a lost star comes out. And I don't know how many books the series will end up having, but one thing I DO know is that I will stay with it to the end!!
...I am not 12! I am much... well I'm a leeetle older.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Aug. 5 2003
This is a great book with a different spin than most fantasy novels. Read the series!
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3.0 out of 5 stars a little disapointing July 24 2003
By A Customer
I think that compared to the other books that this one wasn't as good. It left so much open and so much more to be desired. I felt that it needed to continue but since the other book is coming out soon maybe my hope will come true. There was such conviction in the other books that made you forget where you were and feel one with the story where as this one made you feel seperate and slightly uninterested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the "good" old days! June 17 2003
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I was a little nervous when I first began to read this book. Destiny, the book before Requiem in Haydon's series, had greatly disappointed me. I had fears that this one would as well.
I was wrong.
Haydon goes back to her excellent suspense-rising, character-developing skills that she used in Rhapsody and Prophecy, the first books of the series. Even better, she concentrates less on Rhapsody and more on the male heroes of the story. To me, this is a plus; I had been getting a little sick of Rhapsody.
I am glad that Ashe, Rhapsody's husband, seems to have grown up a little and is a bit better of a character. Grunthor and Achmed (sp?) are still pleasing to me, but Grunthor appears very little in this book and that disappoints me. The bad guys are definitely bad, but they still seem to have some sanity to me. I like villains like that. The one F'dor in this story I found entertaining, dare I say it.
The only problems I have with the book are Rhapsody's illness suddenly disappearing (and you'd think it'd get worse with the circumstances), Achmed nearly drowning in his only battle, and Grunthor missing from action for nearly the entire book. I really do hope Grunthor appears more often in the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The epic tales continues June 4 2003
By A Customer
It may be hard for some people who loved the lyricism and rich beauty of the Rhapsody trilogy to deal with the more stark reality of the world after it. Haydon depicts that world with the same aplomb in which she composed the first movement of the Symphony of Ages, but in a decidedly different voice. This is a more transitional book, a continuation of a tale that is obviously being told as a history, rather than as a never-ending saga [Robert Jordan] or discrete, unrelated books [Goodkind].
I think I enjoyed Requiem in some ways even more than the first three books. The heroine was not as central as in the trilogy, allowing for interesting character development between the others, especially Achmed and Ashe, who are forced to hold their noses and work together to find her. The subtleties of the relationship-building are the sign of a true master writer.
If you haven't give the Symphony of Ages a listen, you don't know what you're missing.
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