Prophecy: Child of Earth (Rhapsody Trilogy) (英語) ハードカバー – 2000/7/1
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Elizabeth Haydon first began writing in the fourth grade. Writing a play was one option in a history assignment so, along with a couple of friends, she put on a fairly awful play she had written which was called The Clue in the Diary. Writing fiction became a dream at that point. She took courses in college, but didn't believe she would be able to make a living from it.
She had read C.S. Lewis as a young child, J.R.R. Tolkien as an older one, and some fantasy in college, but had lost touch with the field after that. She was working in educational publishing in 1994 when she met up with an editorial friend and mentor in New Orleans at the American Library Association conference. He asked her to write for him a fantasy that might cross over to other genres and contain some of their shared mutual interests: medieval music, history, anthropology, and herbalism among others. Since they had been drinking Dixie Blackened Voodoos, she was initially hesitant to take on the project, worried that he might have been a bit tipsy when he suggested it. But when it became clear he really wanted her to do it, The Symphony of Ages was born.
These novels have made numerous "Best of the Year" as well as national bestseller lists. The Romantic Times called it "an epic saga worthy of Eddings, Goodkind & Jordan". A harpist and madrigal singer, Elizabeth Haydon lives on the East Coast with her husband and three children, where she is writing fantasy novels for both The Symphony of Ages for adults and the Adventures of Ven Polypheme for children.
perhaps it is best read as a first time read.
by the way I just could not bring myself to read the third book again. bored out of my mind by that time.
One thing I would really like to warn people about is that this series may not finish! Ever since the publishing of her last book in 2009, it seems Elizabeth Haydon has dropped off the face of the Earth. So if you're looking to read a whole series, you might just want to wait and see if she releases the next few books.
I only have one question: Where are you Elizabeth Haydon?!?
This trilogy has gotten a lot of good praise and so it is hard to write something not redundant. As I have said before, you will NOT glean any specific plot lines, or characters from this review. What I try to do is indicate whether or not this author and tale is worth your time and money.
This series is unique, in my experience, in that the interleaved within the in tire plot lines, characters, and events is a musical base, of which I found fascinating. Also I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous songs and poetry. Each of these books made me laugh out loud, and cry at times.
This is the second part of the epic tale and as such gives you further insight, and understanding to the cast of characters introduced in the first book. I definitely felt that this book has a purpose in the trilogy and was very pleased that there are NO "cliff hanging" scenes at end of each part. Each book tells a portion of the over all epic tale, but is complete within the parameters of that part.
Prophecy also proves that Rhapsody was NOT a flash in the pan (sorry for the cliche). I found my self totally absorbed in the characters and plot lines and found nothing missing in the quality and effort compared to the first book
If you have not already read Rhapsody, you could read this first, as it is pretty much stand-alone. BUT WHY WOULD YOU! You would just get Rhapsody, read it, and kick yourself.
I got the impression that the author went an extra 10 miles in doing her homework for this series and in keeping it consistent. Bravo, I say.
In summery, this book has made up my mind to purchase all the hardback copies (this is something because not only am I old, but I am old and cheep). I am excited about this author, and look forward to reading the last book of this trilogy plus anything else she writes.
However, I was unable to get over a couple of issues I had with the first book that were not addressed in the second; or that were not quite as good in the second.
For example, if you loved Grunthor in the first book; be prepared to be disappointed. He's just not *present*.
Second, if you liked Gwyddion (or Ashe), be prepared to say, at the end of the book, "what" ? Suffice it to say, that I nearly tossed the book out following the "pearl of no memory" scene. Rubbish. Not the discussions (or the implicit outcome), but the explicit outcome? No memory? What is this, the Bobby "all of last season was a dream" Ewing from Dallas those many years ago redux?
And even Achmed, who I admittedly loathe, was reduced in plot scope, and into an obvious bowl of silent, lurking, but emotionally quivering jelly for Rhapsody. I mean, if there's anything that Achmed is, it's the antithesis of Rhapsody. As selfless as she is, he is selfish. But no, I'm wagering that instead expanding the character scope to bring Achmed someone himself... the author will keep the scope limited.
Finally, and most startlingly, I never felt the characters-- outside of the ancillary ones like Ashe and Jo-- were in danger. It was like 3 super(wo)men with no Kryptonite in the universe.
Hence, while the book was a good read, it didn't really thrive on any front: it annoyed me that the intro that so enthralled me in book 1 is *still*, to a degree, left ludicrously open; it annoyed me that the characters who I loathed, but enjoyed reading, in book one were unloathable in book 2 (and that's a bad thing); it annoyed me that the romance, perhaps explicit, lead to nothing; it annoyed me that a book that could've been one for the ages just didn't quite hit the notes for which it was trying.
Bottom line: if you liked booked one, get book 2. If you were so-so on book 1, don't.
As for me, will I read book three? I own it, so someday. Perhaps when the pearl of "no memory" is returned to me.