Requiem for the Sun Mass Market Paperback – May 18 2003
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
We begin three years after the almost cataclysmic conclusion of "Destiny: Child of the Sky." King Achmed and Sergeant-Major Grunthor are overseeing the Bolg restoration of Ylorc. A severe drought is crippling Yarim and their normal water supply has dried up. Only the monstrous Firbolg have the skill and the muscle to restore the water supply. But the nobles of Yarim aren't exactly happy to have the savages in their lands. The Lord and Lady Cymrian, Ashe and Rhapsody, decide it is time to have a child. To the south, the death of the Dowager Empress, and her heir, leaves Sorbold in chaos while they select a new leader. Meanwhile an ancient evil, bent on torture and destruction, looms just over the horizon.
We learn even more about the characters we've come to know and love over the course of the "Rhapsody" trilogy and are introduced to other equally enjoyable characters never seen in the series until now. There are plenty Haydonesque plot twists and dialog quips. Readers will be delighted. It was a joy to read.
"Requiem for the Sun" is another outstanding movement in Elizabeth Haydon's The Symphony of Ages.
While the focus is more on the male protagonists in this book--the uneasy relationships between Achmed, Gruntor and Ashe, as well as some older-generation characters--it is amazing to see how firmly entrenched these "people" are in my mind, and how much I care about them. The loss of one who has been with the series from the beginning was heartbreaking, but Haydon writes with a brutal honesty that reflects life in all its glory and horror. Sometimes there are no second chances.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 26 2006 by Lyanna
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 morePublished on Jan. 25 2004
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 morePublished on Nov. 15 2003
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 morePublished on Aug. 10 2003
This is a great book with a different spin than most fantasy novels. Read the series!Published on Aug. 5 2003 by John Roach
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 morePublished on July 24 2003
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. Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by Brittany Cable
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 morePublished on June 4 2003
"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 morePublished on Feb. 28 2003