"Fantasy trilogy begins with love & ends in adventure"
Rhapsody is half-Lirin, a child of the sky. Her magic lies
in music, which is why she is called a Singer. Her
training incomplete, she is unsure of her powers. She
accidentally finds her power as a Namer -- a singer who can
attune herself to the vibrations of all things and rename
people, changing their basic identities. She 'adopts as
brothers' two strangers to be her rescuers. "The Brother"
is a professional assassin who she accidentally renamed
Achmed the Snake breaking his enslavement to a F'dor demon
and Grunthor, a Sergeant Major whose off color jokes and
chants make their adventure bearable. Both are half-breed
Firbolg, a cannibalistic race.
Rhapsody wonders, has she escaped evil only to be captured
by Achmed or is he her rescuer? The F'dor sends minions in
and attempt to rebind Achmed and the 3 escape into the
roots of a World Tree. While at the center of the world,
Achmed shows Rhapsody the primal wyrm which the F'dor wish
to wake to devour the world. They emerge after facing many
dangers, which has transformed them in some powerful ways.
It is shattering finding themselves in another country and
centuries later. Achmed the assassin is Child of Blood,
Grunthor is Child of Earth, and Rhapsody is Child of the
Sky. They are spoken of in a prophecy and left to wonder
how they are to fulfill the prophecy and defeat the F'dor.
Haydon's magic world is interesting and consistent making
the fantasy come to life. The 1990s dialogue can be a bit
harsh, but is easily understood. The blend of humor and
angst bring their adventure to life. You are left
wondering who Meridian is -- the one who has been
manipulating time to start this adventure, but have no
doubt all is focused on defeating the demon. This is the
first of trilogy, followed by PROPHECY and DESTINY.
Cy Korte © Copyright September 2001
for eBOOKISLE.com &
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted September 30, 2001