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The Assassin King
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As the daughter of an air force officer, USA Today bestselling epic fantasy author ELIZABETH HAYDON began traveling at an early age and has since traveled all over the world. She draws on the imagery of these visits in the Symphony of Ages series, and blends her love of music, anthropology, herbalism and folklore into much of her writing. Haydon is also a harpist and a madrigal singer (a singer of medieval songs). She lives with her family on the East Coast.

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At the start of Haydon's lyrical sixth installment in her sweeping saga of musical magic and ancient prophecies (after 2004's Elegy for a Lost Star), the dragons of the world gather to mourn the loss of one of their oldest and greatest-whose demise leaves a weakness in their protective shield of the Earth. Ashe and Rhapsody, the Lord and Lady of Cymrian, also convene with their allies to prepare for the war looming between deadly powers that could tear the world apart. Rhapsody has the added distraction of caring for their infant son, Meridion, for as the heir to Cymrian the baby is an obvious target; he may also be the Child of Time, whose coming will change the world-and perhaps even the nature of Time itself. While deftly managing a large cast of intriguing characters in a story that's both grand and intimate but never predictable, Haydon moves all the pieces into place for the next volume. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"At the start of Haydon's lyrical sixth installment in her sweeping saga of musical magic and ancient prophecies (after 2004's Elegy for a Lost Star), the dragons of the world gather to mourn the loss of one of their oldest and greatest....Ashe and Rhapsody, the Lord and Lady of Cymrian, also convene with their allies to prepare for the war looming between deadly powers that could tear the world apart....While deftly managing a large cast of intriguing characters in a story that's both grand and intimate but never predictable, Haydon moves all the pieces into place for the next volume." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Assassin King"The sixth installment of Haydon's Symphony of Ages series carries the popular saga into new territory, revisiting familiar characters and introducing new ones. The author's skill at character portrayal and world-building make this an excellent choice for most fantasy collections and essential for libraries owning the previous series titles." --Library Journal on The Assassin King"One of the finest high fantasy debuts in years." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Rhapsody"The second book of Haydon's epic high-fantasy trilogy is as strong and compelling as its predecessor. The action is exhilarating; and sometimes broad, sometimes wry humor leavens the story's horror. As in high fantasy at its best, the sense of foreboding is palpable, the world building is convincing and consistent, the evildoers are truly wicked, and the battles are ferocious. Enthusiastic readers will be left eagerly awaiting the trilogy's conclusion in Destiny." --Booklist on Prophecy"Haydon's third book culminates her powerful fantasy saga with adventure, treachery, mystery and romance. Destiny is an exciting read that will pique new readers and delight fans of Ms. Haydon's first two books. Haydon continues to wield a strong voice in the world of fantasy. Her superbly rendered characters incite us to share their triumphs and sorrows, even as her lyrical prose casts its wondrous invitation to visit her world." --Romantic Times Gold Medal Review"Haydon achieves high levels in characterization, world building through well-chosen detail, folkloric and musical expertise, and warmth of spirit. Let us be thankful that this rhapsody isn't over and, indeed, promises to linger with spirit for at least two more volumes." --Booklist on Requiem for the Sun"*Unlike most middle books of fantasy trilogies, Haydon's dazzling second volume of the second trio of her bestselling Symphony of the Ages series inspires and thrills all on its own. Those who eagerly anticipated this volume will be even more desperate for the next, and if the author's stunning rate of improvement is anything to go by, it will be well worth the wait." --Publishers Weekly starred review on Elegy for a Lost Star

Three events portend a dark future for the world: the arrival of Ysk, the Assassin King of Ylorc, upon the coast of Avonderre; a gathering of dragons to mourn the death of one of their own; and a war council composed of the leaders of the lands: Ashe and Rhapsody, protectors of the Middle Continent; Gwydion, Duke of Navarre; and Achmed, the King of Ylorc. It becomes clear that a great war is coming, and the fabric of Time itself may well be changed forever. The sixth installment of Haydon's "Symphony of Ages" series carries the popular saga into new territory, revisiting familiar characters and introducing new ones. The author's skill at character portrayal and world building make this an excellent choice for most fantasy collections and essential for libraries owning the previous series titles. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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