on 5 November 2011
Elizabeth Haydon, has joined the ranks of EVIL AUTHORS, such as Diana Marcellas, and Joanne Birtin, in that she is a wonderful writer, who starts a fantastic story, only to abandon it, just as it starts to get really interesting. I have recently discovered that Ms Haydon is selling her domain name, and had to wonder, if this was to escape the pleading of her numerous fans, for her to finish what she started. Not only has she left Symphony of Ages swinging in the wind, with two more books pending in the Assassin King Trilogy, (which is a continuation of the Symphony of Ages series), she has also started a series called, The Lost Journals of Jon Polypheme, which is also associated with the Symphony of Ages, but is a prequel, for Young adults, and she has also abandoned this with two more books to go. Could this be a trend? One of the other reviewers has said that they will not buy anything else by this author, until the Symphony of Ages is completed, and I have to say, I feel the same way, although it seems that Ms Haydon won't be giving us the opportunity for this kind of protest, since she appears to have disappeared off the writing scene altogether. A real shame, since she has a real talent, as a writer, but unfortunately a gift also for leaving her fans unsatisfied.
on 21 February 2005
The vast majority of the fantasy epics out there lose steam completely after book 3. Blessedly, The Symphony of Ages is not one of them. Elegy for a Lost Star takes turns that have never before been scene in the genre, and demonstrates Haydon's astonishing skills at their best. The characters change and grow as real people might, love as real people might, argue as real people do. How refreshing that we are not seeing the same story played out over and over again *coughGoodkindcough* but rather discovering more and more the beauty, the horror and colours of Haydon's endless imagination.
on 11 December 2010
The first triology of Symphany of ages is an excellant well written fantasy series as are the second triolgy, however the second triology leads us into the third triology and this is where Elizabeth Haydon seriously lets down her loyal readers, The first book in this series The Assain King was published in 2006 and there is no sign of Elizabeth Haydon continuing this series, So with hindsight i would never have purchased the second series or the book The Assain King. Felt very let down by the author and will not buy any more of her books until i know the series is complete.
on 5 October 2004
I have enjoyed Elizabeth Haydon's work in all its forms, including her short stories in the LEGENDS 2 anthology and Andrew Greeley's EMERALD MAGIC. I think she is at her best with long fiction, and so was somewhat shocked at the thinness of this volume. The story, however, is deceptively complex and rich, and moves at a very fast pace. In defence of the book's length, I would say that it is precisely the right length, and I recommend it highly.