Well. I'm a huge fan of Rhapsody of Fire, and this album is... different to say the least. However, I don't think it's a BAD album. There's certainly a talented albeit different guitarist in Roberto De Micheli when compared to Luca Turilli. There's an abundance of heavy riffs on this album, as opposed to the more sweep picking focused style of Luca. Staropoli really makes his presence known as the keyboards are almost overbearing on this release. This isn't much of a problem though, since the keyboards are brilliantly played. Fabio Lione still sounds amazing on vocals, as I suspect he always will no matter what direction the band takes.
Ultimately, I think the new Rhapsody still needs a bit of time to sort out themselves after losing Turilli, and I foresee them taking a more darker approach to their symphonic metal, and let Turilli's Rhapsody focus more on uplifting, cheerful symphonic metal.
Best tracks on this album include the title track, "Rising from Tragic Flames","Silver Lake of Tears", "Custode di Pace" and "A Tale of Magic".