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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the "good" old days! June 17 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Promising, but flawed May 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The initial summary of the book is far superior to the actual story. In reading "Requiem", I get the impression that the author isn't sure what story she wants to tell until the half-way portion of the book.
The opening portions deal primarily with a political battle over water rights and whether new allies can overcome past prejudices. That in itself could become a quite an entertaining story if handled properly. However, once the water starts to flow from the ancient fountain, (which is somehow able to funnel water washed in by the high tides only once a month from "a thousand miles away", yet Rhapsody experiences daily tidal flucuations later in the book) the assorted friends disperse to their various kingdoms and a new story begins; the capture and escape and search for Rhapsody.
Here begin the major flaws I have with this story. The author seems to have great difficulty managing time and distance. Everything seems to be a thousand miles away from everything else and everything takes a thousand years. All the principal characters we come to know any true detail of have all been alive for a thousand years. We're repeatedly told that Rhapsody, Achmed, and Grunthor spent "a thousand years" traveling through the center of the earth. Yet, when they haven't seen each other for what appears to be a year or two, they behave as if eons have passed since they last shared each others' company.
The first time Ashe travels to the Basilica he is traveling with a full entourage and it takes rougly a week. Once Rhapsody has been kidnapped by the evil Michael, he and Achmed ride off alone, traveling day and night non-stop, and can only better the travel time by a single day. This makes no sense.
Then we have Rhapsody's physical condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning Oct. 28 2002
Format:Hardcover
I thought it couldn't be done. I am slightly jaded right now from the writings of the other attempts at fantasy writing in the genre and have been mostly displeased with ongoing fantasy novels (with the one exception being robin hobb's series) until I came across requiem for the sun, the 4th book in the Rhapsody series.
That is a slight misnomer though, this isn't really the 4th book, but really the first book in a second trilogy in my mind, and I think that this is the perfect course of action to pursue for fantasy writers of our modern time. Indeed the most notable fantasy author decided to only use a trilogy (Tolkein), so I wonder why modern fantasy authors today feel they can overstep and do better when clearly their writings suffer after hte 5th book, the 6th book, the 7th book, ad nauseum.
Anyway, I don't want to complain about fantasy writing in general, but instead I want to herald the newest offering from one of the best fantasy authors on the market today. I think that this book was as superbly written as the preceeding three, and deepens and explores the wondrous land that Haydon had begun to create in the Rhapsody trilogy. The characters gain new depth, and new characters are introduced and are built just as solidly as those that existed for three books before. I can't find a flaw with the land Haydon has created, I can't find a flaw with the characters she has created, and I think the magical construct is awesome as well. In all I can't wait for her 5h book, and I hope that it continues to deepen and explore this phenomenal landscape Haydon has created.
5 stars well deserved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome addition for fans of the original series Oct. 25 2002
Format:Hardcover
Although Rhapsody, Ashe, and Achmed have brought peace to their world and defeated the terrible F'dor demon that threatened their entire planet, all is not well. Another demon, this one sharing the body and soul of Rhapsody's ancient enemy, Michael, remains free on the face of the planet--and his sick desire for Rhapsody remains strong even after the hundreds of years since he last saw her. With the help of his demon and of his sword of winds, Michael plans to make Rhapsody his once more--regardless of what her husband or friends or she herself have to say about it. And even Achmed's powers against the demon and Rhapsody's power over the wind may not be enough to stop him.
Several subplots--involving the Sorbold Empire and Achmed's attempt to build a magical device complicate the story but do not appear especially well integrated--possibly author Elizabeth Haydon is setting up sequels. Even if so, these seemed to distract rather than add to the novel.
Fans of the Rhapsody series will be overjoyed to see Rhapsody back, and to see that Haydon is wrapping up several prophesies that were not fully dealt with in the earlier trilogy. Although REQUIEM is not a formal part of the original trilogy, readers are unlikely to get full enjoyment from it without first reading the earlier novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another compelling addition to the Symphony of Ages
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. Read more
Published on March 26 2006 by Lyanna
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - But Not As Good As the First Three
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). Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for the Sun
This book is a fantastic follow to the previous three books, Hope there is a fourth to see how Rhapsody and her baby are. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by it's summary!
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This is a great book with a different spin than most fantasy novels. Read the series!
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by John Roach
3.0 out of 5 stars a little disapointing
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. Read more
Published on July 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The epic tales continues
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. Read more
Published on June 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see it and.....
"Destiny" ended the Trilogy very nicely, but now it is not a trilogy any more. On the one hand, I am glad to see another book from Elizabeth Haydon on the same saga- this... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
I was thrilled to see a continuation of the Rhapsody universe, and I wasn't disappointed, I look forward for the next one.
Published on Feb. 25 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Underdeveloped and unsatisfying
Despite the quality of the Rhapsody trilogy, I feel that Haydon tried unsuccessfully to cram two novels worth of story into one. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2003 by Eosaphrodite
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