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Prophecy (Rhapsody Trilogy) [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Haydon
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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July 2000 Rhapsody Trilogy (Book 2)
In RHAPSODY Elizabeth Haydon told a story that encompassed a world and centuries of time and which introduced three characters who have a captured a new generation of fantasy fans. In PROPHECY she takes these characters on into a battle that prophecies doom for their world and which will split the trio up to pursue their own dangerous destinies. Haydon's world building is unusually well thought out and vivid, her magic system is rigorous, her battle scenes realistic and massively exciting. But it is her characters, the intelligent and resourceful Rhapsody, the enigmatic assassin Achmed and the gruff but dependable Grunthor that have captured the imagination and affection of thousands of readers. This is a trio of characters who will carry the first great fantasy series of the 21st century on their shoulders.
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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312867514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312867515
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 17 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,409,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Three cheers for Elizabeth Haydon! One great book (Rhapsody: Child of Blood) might be a fluke. But its sequel, Prophecy: Child of Earth, keeps on developing great characters in a believable fantasy world without sacrificing the momentum of a terrific story. Best of all, Haydon promises to bring the current adventure to a conclusion in the next book, so no need to fear TNS (the never-ending saga).

Prophecy continues the stories of Rhapsody, the Namer who uses song, herb-lore and affinities with fire and starlight to heal and protect, and her adoptive family: Achmed the Snake, an obnoxious former assassin and King of the savage Firbolg race, and Grunthor, his huge, cheerfully cannibalistic sidekick. Rhapsody travels in the company of the mysterious Ashe, who becomes much less mysterious as the story progresses. She meets a dragon, trains with a Lirin swordmistress who once carried Rhapsody's fiery sword, Daystar Clarion and races to prevent the assassination of the Patriarch of Sepulvarta. Meanwhile, Achmed and Grunthor discover secrets of their mountain stronghold and learn more of their own powers. Together they repel renewed attacks by the F'dor, a demon seeking apocalyptic destruction. But they have not yet identified the demon's host or disarmed all of its agents, and time is running out.

Fans of epic fantasy will find Haydon a worthy successor to Tolkien, ranking with Robin Hobb and Guy Gavriel Kay. Just don't start reading too late in the day--once you've begun, you won't want to stop. --Nona Vero, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elizabeth Haydon works in educational publishing in the US. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This sequel to Rhapsody rocks! Literally! 14 Mar 2001
Rhapsody continues her journey of discovery in this marvelous sequel. Travelling with Ashe, she leaves Grunthor and Achmed to meet the dragon Elynsynos. Then it's on to further train her mind and martial skills with the legendary Oelendra, in preparation for... With new characters like the Grandmother and the Earth child, Haydon continues to surprise and her storytelling is as unique in its own inimitable way as that of the new Master of Fantasy, George R.R. Martin. For those who are piqued by the frustratingly unresolved mystery of Ashe and Rhapsody's relationship, Prophecy will exceed your expectations. Sparks fly! Haydon also reveals fascinating new depths to Achmed and Grunthor's characters. Elizabeth Haydon's writing is fresh, earthy, humorous, lyrical and always compelling. Prophecy: Child of Earth is a wonderful sequel in a series that shows every evidence of surpassing itself with each successive installment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better But Still Disappointing 12 May 2013
Prophecy is a slight improvement on Rhapsody. The series is finally given a discernable plot but its not very gripping at all. The only reason people are going to read these books is for the relationship between Ashe and Rhapsody which is dragged out as long as possible. The two main things that annoy me about this book is the stupidly long dialogue which acts as if the characters are all going into it having forgotten everything so every discussion needs to have a backstory going back to the beginning of time. It gets very frustrating and comes of as just indulgent. The second is the convoluted religions that i can't even begin to remember and don't bother to try by this point. At these parts where they just talk about the minutiae of the several different religions, which have different names for everything, i tend to zone out and come back to the book a few pages later. I just don't see the point of all the titles. It would be fine if it was only one or two but by the end of this book and the start of the next i have no idea who is who but they aren't important so i don't really care.

Rhapsody as a character is still annoying and all over the place, changing to suit the best mood for each situation so she just comes off as inconsistent, unbelievable, false and intolerable to read about. When she gets super offended and angry over the stupidest things i just want to throw the book away.

Im going to finish this trilogy but i think that will be it. Ive read that she has left the next series unfinished anyway so i just hope this trilogy has a definitive conclusion (a resolution to what the Time Editor is trying to achieve) and that its not just the first arc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as it appeared 9 Jan 2011
By queenie
when I looked for this item on Amazon, I found it with the picture dust cover and was delighted, however, the book turned up without a dust cover and I am disappointed, I now have all three books but one without a cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favourite 19 Nov 2003
Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon is the second in the “Rhapsody” trilogy. Again following the three heroes from the old world of Serendair as they emerged from the great White tree into a strange land. While Achmed and Grunthor concentrate on securing the Bolg mountains, Rhapsody focuses more on the danger of the F’dor and his spawn. Ashe, a mysterious man who appears to have a tie to water through his sword, becomes more of a lead character as he befriends Rhapsody.
This is my personal favourite in the whole series because it’s action all the way, and even the rebuilding of the Bolg empire in interesting, as Achmed designs produce and Grunthor trains the troops. Highly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 Sep 2002
Rhapsody was not the most innovative fantasy ever written (three very different creatures banded together to escape from some supreme evil is not really a novel plot), and sometimes lacked pace, but the intriguing and complex characters and clear prose made it an above average reading.
Unfortunately, at some point whilst writing Prophecy, Mrs. Haydon completely lost her bearings. Instead of the interesting character interaction from Rhapsody, we are now faced with a torrid love story that, at some point, makes you think that you are reading a romance book rather than a fantasy novel. Reading page after page about Rhapsody's kissing and lovemaking made me think about skipping full chapters of the book (and not out of any feeling of inapropiateness, mind you, but out of pure boredom). Eventually, the story bogs down, the characters become cartoonish and stereotyped and, by the time you finish this book, you are left wondering why you felt attracted to the series in the first time.
There are, however, still a few redeeming qualities. The prose is still good. Some of the characters (Achmed and Grunthor) still retain their (yet untapped) potential. I just hope book 3 in the series (which I bought together with Prophecy after reading Rhapsody but, for the time being, now remains untouched on the shelf) is able to deliver on some of that potential.
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