Prophecy: Child of Earth (Symphony of Ages #2)
In Rhapsody, a fellowship was forged--three companions who, through great adversity, became a force to be reckoned with: Rhapsody, a singer of great talent and even greater beauty; Achmed, an assassin with unearthly talents; and Grunthor, a giant Sergeant-Major whose jolly disposition stands at odds with his deadly skill at weapons. Having fled the F'dor--an ancient, power...more
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The thing about this series is I love the plot. I love the world and the set-up and the mythos and I really, really love Achmed and his dry sense of humor and Grunthor and his violent nursery rhymes. But. But but but.
I HATE RHAPSODY'S HAIR.
NOW THAT WE'RE GETTING TO SEE ASHE WITHOUT HIS CAPE, I HATE HIS HAIR TOO.
MAY THEY HAVE BALD CHILDREN, OH GOD, PLEASE.
The sex is also... overwhelmingly unnecessary, just as I feared. And yet despit ...more
A big irritation for me was the way the author uses twenty-five dollar words. She misuses ...more
However, the absolute worst of it is any interaction that involves Ashe. Aside from the fact that he comes off as a player character someone rolled up for a d&d campaign (see, I'm this half-dragon...), his presence turns any c ...more
This is a book where you will get lost in the story and everything around you will cease to exist!
Can't wait to see how this pans out!
It's unfortunately the only part of the book that really holds up, because while the worldbuilding remains seriously cool, every third conversation is a pages-long infodump and the actual plot, such as it is, manages to be exceedingly slow-paced (in large part because of the aforementioned infodumps) an ...more
This is actually my second read-through of this novel. Why I chose to reread one of the most long-winded fantasies out there is beyond me, but at the time it perfectly suited my mood, so no regrets. You see, back in December (yes, it has taken me that long to get around to writing this review… embarrassing) I had signed up for so many NetGalley and Edelweiss ARCs that my life pretty much revolved around “obligation” reading. I finally got fed up ...more
Though clearly a sequel, in a nice touch the book ...more
I ran Rhapsody against the Mary Sue Litmus Test. She scored an 82. 71 and above, according to said test, is a hopeless, irredeemable Sue. But I'm fairly certain everyone who read this book already knows this, right chaps?
So for those of you exposed in the first book, it only gets worse here. T ...more
Rhapsody and Prophecy, the first two books in the Rhapsody Trilogy are exceptionally well-written and extremely detailed with a complex and creative mythology. Haydon is a master of the long game. She expertly crafts deep characters with more than enough layers to keep the reader growing closer to the characters, protagonists and antagonists alike, through several books more than 6 ...more
The most notable change in this book is Rhapsody's romance with Ashe. I saw that other people commented on this negatively saying it was like a bad romance novel. Some of this speculation is warranted. Some of the dialogue is very cheesy, and the descrip ...more
i'm getting really tired of Rhapsody, who wasted the only words th ...more
3 stars like I did for the first one of this series ? Not fair. This one was better as :
#1 it had less crap (you know, the dazzlingly dazzling Rhapsody thing that was so annoying)
#2 it had very well written emotional moments (and no, I'm not talking about the sex scenes)
#3 it explained better the world our heroes live now in
#4 it had a lot of Grunthor and Achmed
#5 there were dragons (yup, I like dragons)
#6 the hiding of who the F'dor host is was really well done. Up t ...more
Overall the events in this book moved the story along at a pretty good pace. We got to see more of the characters we all know and love and learn about Ashe's past as well. (view spoiler)[I didn't see Jo's death coming at ...more
Child of Earth is a great sequel to Child of Blood. Rhapsody goes on a fact-finding mission, and things begin to make sense.
Call me romantic, but I actually like Ashe. A bit of their stubbornness with each other goes a long way, however, and I found myself wanting to slap both of them. I did love being kept in suspense as to how the story ...more
A lot of mysteries form the first book in the series, Rhapsody: Child of Blood, are finally answered. Of this, I was greatly relieved. Personally, I find the interaction between Rhapsody and Ashe enjoyable.
I loved that ...more
An herbalist, harpist, and madrigal singer, ...more