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The Merchant Emperor
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Acclaimed author Elizabeth Haydon returns with the long-awaited Book 7 of the USA Today Bestselling Symphony of Ages The war that they had feared is now upon them. Ashe and Rhapsody, leaders of the Cymrian Alliance, are gathering their allies to combat the machinations of Talquist, who will soon be crowned emperor of Sorbold. Gwydion Navarne remains by Ashe's side. Anborn, Lord Marshal, has taken to the field. And Rhapsody has been forced into hiding to protect the life of her infant son.The Merchant Emperor of Sorbold has unintentionally allied himself with a pair of demons and has begun targeting the dragons that remain on the Middle Continent. Talquist will stop at nothing until the Cymrians are wiped out and the entire continent and the rest of the Known World is under his rule. Assailed by danger from all sides, surrounded by lies and intrigue, Rhapsody is left with one undeniable truth: if their forces are to prevail, she must join the war herself, wielding the Daystar Clarion, an ancient weapon whose power is nearly unparalleled. As she struggles to reconcile her duties as a mother and ruler, a danger far more devastating than Talquist is stirring beneath the surface of the land itself.In The Merchant Emperor, beloved characters are forced to make soul shattering sacrifices. Bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon has delivered a breathtaking seventh installment to the Symphony of Ages.
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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.

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.

"Haydon's long-awaited return to her Symphony of Ages series (picking up where 2006's The Assassin King left off) is a brilliant tapestry of familial sacrifice and adversity in a land of music and dragons... With taut plotting and unforgettable characters, Haydon's latest will easily enchant new readers." --Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Merchant Emperor"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"One of the finest high fantasy debuts in years." --Publishers Weekly, starred review on Rhapsody"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 Haydon's long-awaited return to her Symphony of Ages series (picking up where 2006's The Assassin King left off) is a brilliant tapestry of familial sacrifice and adversity in a land of music and dragons With taut plotting and unforgettable characters, Haydon's latest will easily enchant new readers. Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Merchant Emperor 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 One of the finest high fantasy debuts in years. Publishers Weekly, starred review on Rhapsody 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" Haydon's long-awaited return to her Symphony of Ages series (picking up where 2006's "The Assassin King" left off) is a brilliant tapestry of familial sacrifice and adversity in a land of music and dragons With taut plotting and unforgettable characters, Haydon's latest will easily enchant new readers. "Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Merchant Emperor" 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" One of the finest high fantasy debuts in years. "Publishers Weekly, starred review on Rhapsody" 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"" "Haydon's long-awaited return to her Symphony of Ages series (picking up where 2006's "The Assassin King" left off) is a brilliant tapestry of familial sacrifice and adversity in a land of music and dragons... With taut plotting and unforgettable characters, Haydon's latest will easily enchant new readers."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review on "The Merchant Emperor""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""" "One of the finest high fantasy debuts in years." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review on "Rhapsody""""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"

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