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Destiny: Child of the Sky (Symphony of Ages #3)

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To stand against the F'dor-- an ancient, vile being intent on destroying the world-- a fellowship has been forged: Rhapsody, a Singer of great talent and beauty; Achmed, an assassin with unearthly talents; and Grunthor, a giant of jolly disposition and lethal skill with weapons.

Driven by prophetic visions, the three know that time is running short, kno
Mass Market Paperback, 864 pages
Published May 19th 2002 by Tor Fantasy (first published May 1st 2001)
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
As much as I loved this trilogy and these characters, I think I am going to stop right here and not continue reading the series. I think Rhapsody and Ashe's story is complete and I would like to keep it that way.

I've read some of the reviews of the next books, and I think it's safe to keep this trilogy as a special place in my heart instead of it maybe soiling it the more I read.

It finished off perfectly ----- except for Achmed (I really wanted a HEA for him) especially since him and Gunther wer
Feb 17, 2009 Joshua rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, and the way that Haydon wrapped things up. The search for the Rakshas' children was a nice additon, and the end of the F'dor was highly satisfying. Even though I was dismayed at first to see 200 pages left, she did a good job of tying up all the loose ends. I am looking forward to reading the next book.
Apr 13, 2009 Ellen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Why did I read all three of these? WHY??
Jan 10, 2011 Allison rated it it was amazing
I was sooo happy when I heard that this wasn't the last book in the series! The romance and struggles that the characters felt I felt along with them too! These characters are so strong and this book brings everything to life because it seems so realistic, just in another world. AMAZING
First 3/4th better than the too romance-ish last 4th.

I've enjoyed discovering this complex world and the different forces at work. Also, the different races (Lirin, Bolg, F'dor, Serandian, Nain, Dhracian...) were something new (which was kind of refreshing)

I was annoyed (to say the least) with the dazzlingly-dazzling-unselfish-and-strongest-of-all-Rhapsody-whose-hair-we-get-talked-about-every-2-pages-or-so and, by the end of the book, I thought that the story was more a romance with a high fanta
Dec 18, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it
Armed with the locations of the demon-spawn's children, Rhapsody and Achmed leave the mountain in Grunthor's capable hands. If they can extract the demon's blood from the children, it will be their first solid lead on the F'dor's host. But the F'dor is hardly sitting idle, and it continues to orchestrate the plan that will bring the whole world into ruin. It may simply be a matter of which of them gets there first.

All the threads built in Rhapsody and Prophecy tie up here, in the capstone of the
Oct 19, 2009 Dani rated it did not like it
I could deal with the endless flow of men throwing themselves down at Raps feet because, who wouldn't she so incredibly beautiful! I mean you'd have to be half blind to not notice, considering Haydon throws it in the readers face every other page or so. Raps the whore who somehow gets her virginity back. Now if that isn't the biggest load I've ever read I don't know what is.

It wasn't even that.

Achmed managed to get me through Rapsody and I actually liked Joe, because as much of a whiney bitch th
Jan 07, 2011 Gaijinmama rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
This is the third book in the Symphony of Ages series. You most likely do not want to read this one unless you read Rhapsody and Prophecy first.
This was my third re-read of this book. I liked it even better than before. The sarcastic banter among the three main characters is hilarious. And the dragons are wicked awesome, as we used to say in Massachusetts. One sounds like Alan Rickman in my head. One is dead sexy and gets to fool around with our heroine. And one...whom I personally enjoyed the m
May 27, 2010 VanHalen rated it liked it
Three words:
Not as strong.

Many years ago I was browsing the fantasy section in Narns & Nobles in Iowa City, when the clerk started chatting with me about books & recommended Rhapsody, the first of this series.

That book, I really liked, so I picked up the next two in the series.
The second book was a little looser, but still pretty good.

This book, less so. It works through the resolution of the conflicts from the first two books. ALL OF THEM...

There were enough resolutions to have been re
Aug 27, 2013 Johanna rated it it was amazing
So, this is it. The end of Haydon's fabulous trilogy! I know, when asking Goodreads it isn't shown as a trilogy but rather as six volumes. But nevertheless, the first three novels build a union. Book four and five seem to be closed stories who aren't even half as good as the trilogy and the last book, well that one just seems to be strangely without a real plot. I don't know when or whether I will read anymore books in this series because I'm so very very satisfied with the first three. I'll sor ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Maya rated it really liked it
Well. It's finally over. I may go into withdrawal from glistening tresses and glittering eyes and bellwether misused three times a chapter, but then again, probably not.

And yet I still really liked this book. The politics were good. The Rowans were interesting. I could have done without Constantin and Anwyn, but, you know. You win some, you lose some.

I especially adore Achmed and wish he had gotten more of a role. I would love a book about Achmed and Grunthor, with Rhapsody and/or Ashe as side c
Feb 11, 2015 Tiffany rated it liked it
At last we learn who the F'Dor host is! I didn't think I could make it.

I enjoyed the 'conclusion' to this tale. I love when things get wrapped up nicely, tying all loose ends up.. Learning who the 'time keeper' was, Rhapsody and Ashe, etc.

Rhapsody, however, was still unbelievably insufferable. If she wasn't relate able in the first two books, she definitely wasn't in this one. Loved by all who meet her, How many titles of ruler-ship does she have? And honestly.. Ashe comes across as so freaking
Nov 05, 2014 Chu rated it liked it
I love the world building, Achmed, Grunthor and Anborn. The series also has an epic feel, because the world has such a rich history.

I hated the romance between Rhaps and Ashe. So melodramatic and angsty. Ashe was an idiot. Even admits it. And Rhaps could not be anymore of a Mary Sue. I don't mind, to be honest, that she is so beautiful and clueless. I enjoyed it when Achmed used her against Tristan of Roland and how he taunted him with her total cluelessness. What annoyed me about Rhaps was tha
Jun 11, 2014 Hannah rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Oh. My. God. I was soooooo ready for this book to be over! I really only read it because I read the previous two and was like "eh I wonder what happens to the characters? Guess I'll invest the time to find out." Bad decision.

Rhapsody is such an irritating, shallow, two-dimensional character who the author tries to make appear deep by telling you how wonderful and unselfish and wonderfully naive she is. And wonderful. And amazing. What a total Mary Sue! Achmed and Gunthor were great and kept me r
Sep 18, 2015 Dianna rated it really liked it
Thought this was a very nice conclusion to the trilogy; everything was wrapped up nicely. I wish Rhapsody's memories from that one night were restored earlier so there would be more quality Ashe and Rhapsody time (love all their bickering when they're together, it's hilarious!!), but other than that I was very satisfied.

I was surprised that there was still quite a bit of story left even after they killed the F'Dor, but I guess it makes sense as there was still all the reunification business to t
Feb 01, 2016 wishforagiraffe rated it it was amazing
This was a solid conclusion to a thoroughly enjoyable series and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoys some romance in their fantasy, anyone who likes a solid good vs evil plotline, anyone who enjoys suspense and mystery, and anyone looking for some well done alternatives to traditional fantasy races.
Aug 24, 2016 Cas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
I think I agree with people on ending my read here. It's not because I don't love the books I just feel like this is a good end for my soul?? I truly can't explain why this series had me binging hardcore, but I just found it lovely and maybe really simple and unrefined in some ways, and then way refined in others, but hey. I disliked some endings of some characters and others I was pleased. I wish I loved Rhapsody, I suppose my big issue with this series is how she never really felt right. Somet ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Really great finish to a really great series! There are some slight inconsistencies that I picked up on, and the occasional "wait, what happened to this person/event/plot point," but nothing that would cause me to not enjoy the book. The only thing that puzzled me was that sometimes a perspn took 7 days to ride from point A to point B, and another time it was a 2 week journey for no discernable reason. The reveal in the epilogue was amazing and totally unexpected. I had to reread it to make sure ...more
Aug 19, 2016 Majaunta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
This is going to be a hard review to write, because I read the first three books in this series 10 years ago and loved them, and I'm re-reading them now to finish the series. I still love them. I got sucked right back into the story of Rhapsody, Achmed, and Gruntor...and Ashe. Ugh. Ashe. Because I love these books I don't want to say anything bad about them, but this book in particular drove me crazy at times.

I spent half my time reading this book (listening to the audiobook, really) rolling my
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Jul 06, 2016 Blodeuedd Finland marked it as dnf
Feb 25, 2013 Kelley rated it liked it
It's an epic fantasy. The plot is fine. Interesting things happen, and the writing is okay. Haydon writes a lot of prose about the history of places and the way things look, which I tended to skim after the first hundred times. My biggest problem with the book is that as the series moved forward, the author's treatment of the main character (Rhapsody) started to grate on my nerves. Everyone in the series begins to worship Rhapsody in some fashion. Rhapsody is written as the most beautiful, the m ...more
May 14, 2012 Kit rated it it was ok
I remember reading this book when I was on vacation in Germany when I was sixteen. I liked it then.
Unfortunately, almost ten years later, I do not like it anymore. It got tossed along with the others into the donate pile; should I ever want to read them again, I can just get them from library.

What I still like:
-The worldbuilding! Still fantastic.
-Achmed! Still snarky and badass.

What I like more now:
-Oelendra and Anborn. Not sure why. I was ambivalent on them when I was younger, now I think they'
Jan 25, 2013 Prince added it
This book is the type of book that I love and hate simultaneously. I literally found myself hanging on every word (and they are such magical, illustrious ones)as I slowly turned the pages, fearing that I might miss yet another pithy, entertaining statement from Mr. Conroy. OK, so the only hate aspect of my relationship to this book is the arduous task of noting all I wanted to remember with post-it flags and highlighter marks, not to mention looking up a few words whose meaning I obsessively had ...more
Nov 19, 2007 Hack rated it liked it
so i decided that Achmed was worth reading the books for after all. i still found Ashe and Rhapsody's relationship really nauseating (and i LIKE romance novels usually). Rhapsody's complete inability to conceptualize her own beauty was severely downplayed in this book, which was much better. i really loved the development of Achmed's character (and i'm pissed that he didn't wind up with Rhapsody in the end). however, i liked that he was willing to wait, which i had already noticed and was please ...more
Nov 03, 2009 H.A. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of High Epic Fantasy
Recommended to H.A. by: Several Friends
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Jeremy Preacher
May 17, 2016 Jeremy Preacher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Probably the strongest of the three, but that's not saying much. The pacing is better, and the action, such as it is, is fine - the Cymrian moot scene is actually fairly satisfying. The romance is groanworthy at best - Jesus, people, relationships in which you don't talk to each other aren't healthy relationships. The biggest problem remains the disparity between my reaction to Rhapsody and all of the other characters'. I don't actually think "Mary Sue" is the way to describe her - that term has ...more
Doc Opp
May 06, 2007 Doc Opp rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The series overall is quite good. Haydon is a master of using prophecy - it never means what you think it will, but when you learned what happened you kick yourself for not realizing what was coming. The book is well written, and full of suspense, humor and creative ideas.

Sadly, it goes about 100 pages too long. The exciting climax happens midway through the book, and then there's about 200 pages of wrap up. There are a lot of plots to wrap up, but it just goes on too long. The epilogue is by f
Jul 03, 2016 Owlsinger rated it really liked it
Another great entry in the series. After several buildups and climaxes (climaces?), each bringing us a step closer to fulfillment, we get a REALLY unexpected final conflict before it's all over. Up, down, up, down, whew! Thought we'd never get here. Then an epilogue which totally screwed up my head. This "Time Editor" feature...I just don't know what to say about it. It looks like there are more books in this universe; I hope they can be told without Meridion looking over everyone's shoulder.
Feb 29, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Skimmed the first half because the second book in the series sort of closes in a way that gives away what will happen in this one. But it picked up and became more interesting near the end. Still, the end seemed rushed. The story seems to be winding down in a way that makes me feel I will not bother reading the other books that are related to this trilogy.
Vianey H
Nov 04, 2014 Vianey H rated it liked it
I read the first two in this trilogy. And while I was hooked in the first two books this one seemed to be too much for one book. Everything was too neatly tied up at the end. However, the three who came--love those three characters and how connected they are to each other. I did appreciate the way each evolved over the three books. Totally worth reading just be prepared in this 3rd one to have a lot thrown at you.
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Elizabeth Haydon (* 1965 in Michigan) is a fantasy author, whose 1999 debut, Rhapsody: Child of Blood, garnered comparisons with Goodkind, Jordan, and even Tolkien. She has written two fantasy series set within the same universe, The fantasy/romance/whodunit fusion called The Symphony of Ages and the young adult series The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.

An herbalist, harpist, and madrigal singer,
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Other Books in the Series

Symphony of Ages (9 books)
  • Rhapsody: Child of Blood (Symphony of Ages, #1)
  • Prophecy: Child of Earth (Symphony of Ages, #2)
  • Requiem for the Sun (Symphony of Ages, #4)
  • Elegy for a Lost Star (Symphony of Ages, #5)
  • The Assassin King (Symphony of Ages, #6)
  • The Merchant Emperor (Symphony of Ages #7)
  • The Hollow Queen (Symphony of Ages #8)
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