"Great fantasy romance"
Rhapsody and her half-dragon husband Ashe are enjoying the
quiet serenity of married life. Both are elated that she is
carrying his child and look forward to raising a brood of
kids together. The calm has allowed their allies King
Achmed and Grunthor to make progress on restoring the
kingdom of Ylorc. Finally, they celebrate that their ward
Gwydion has become an adult.
Everything is perfect. Not! Vengeance is in the air.
Assassins plan to kill Achmed because of his killing of
their lead; Anwyn the Dragon has arisen like a phoenix with
plans to kill Rhapsody who put him into the death- sleep
that he lived for the past three years. Finally Sorbold
Emperor Talquist has a new ally the evil seer Anwyn. The
war to end wars seems imminent.
The middle book of The Sympathy of Ages series is a solid
fantasy that is a bit different in tone than the first
series (see Rhapsody) or the first book in this trilogy
(see REQUIEM FOR A SUN) as this tale contains much more
action, but a lot less philosophical mythos. The story line
starts slow as readers are lulled into the calmness that
seems to be everywhere the trio are, but that serenity ends
rather quickly into hyperspeed action packed thriller. Fans
of the series will enjoy this rousing tale, but must adjust
to the different tone.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 16, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007
Elegy for a Lost Star sets the stage for a major turning point in the Symphony of Ages series. The dragon Anwyn--who has lain for three years in deathlike sleep in a grave of rock and black coal is freed by the cataclysm that concluded REQUIEM FOR THE SUN. sisoriented and confused, she remembers only two things-the person who trapped her in dragon form and locked her in the grave- Rhapsody-and an all-encompassing desire to wreak vengeance. Meanwhile, Achmed, the Firbolg king, resumes rebuilding the his shattered home, while a guild of merciless assassins set about taking revenge on him for the killing of their leader. A horribly deformed but magical being finds its way through a carnival of freaks to the palace of an evil despot, who sees in it the potential to be the instrument by which his plans of conquest and brutal domination of a continent will be realized. With the rise of new leaders, good and evil, the long- awaited birth of the Child of Time, the dark plans of assassins and rulers, a confrontation that shakes the relationship of the Three, and a battle to the death between two dragons of unimaginable elemental power, the seeds of chaos are planted for a war that will, by its end, consume half of the world.