Prophecy: Child of Earth Hardcover – 15 Mar 2001
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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, Amazon.com
"The superlative Haydon elevates craftsmanship to a new level of excellence as she deftly weaves mythology into high fantasy, catching our hearts with the extraordinary power and intensity of both characters and concepts. This series already has 'landmark' written all over it."--"Romantic Times "Gold Medal Review
The superlative Haydon elevates craftsmanship to a new level of excellence as she deftly weaves mythology into high fantasy, catching our hearts with the extraordinary power and intensity of both characters and concepts. This series already has 'landmark' written all over it. "Romantic Times Gold Medal Review"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
After waiting for over 7 weeks for the second book through the library system I went out and purchased it. Not often I'd be willing to spend [price] on a hardcover bit it was a decision I"ll never regret. The book moves swiftly and hooks the reader right from the opening page. My only criticism deals with two chronological 'errors'. Although not detrimental to the story itself it is a little reason for "Huh? When did they..".
My wife who enjoys a good book herself started reading Rhapsody last week and is 1/2 way though Prophecy now....she has finally realized why I wouldn't mow the lawn last week. My brother-in-law also picked up Rhapsody when I put it down, he is waiting for Prophecy...a little anxiously too.
Recomendations, The Price of Immortality and anything by Tolkein
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.
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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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... Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2011 by queenie
After such a great start in her 1st novel Ms. Hayden as slipped into cliche driven romantic hell.
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Prophecy was an excellent book which rivaled the likes of Anne McCaffrey, Terry Pratchett and Alan Dean Foster. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2002