"Rhapsody: Child of Blood" by Elizabeth Haydon

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Posted by Lyra (1st Oct 2001, 11:59)

Originally published in Wyrmtongue October 2001.

Rhapsody is a 'Namer', using her music and knowledge of herb lore to change the world around her. Having met up with two brutish companions just after she finishes her training, she is dragged underground and on a journey through the centre of the earth nourished by the roots of the Great Tree they are following.

The three principal characters in this book are Rhapsody, Achmed and Grunthor, each with their own special gift, and lovingly painted in detail by the author. A debut for Elizabeth Haydon, and yet with more insight into character than we would expect from an inexperienced novelist, the characters come alive from the page, yet with no glaring inconsistencies in themselves.

The book is well written, with a complex but easily understood plot and a new development frequently enough to keep the audience interested. Unlike many fantasy characters set in this sort of world, they do not speak as though out of a different century, but are easily understood and yet retain enough intrigue not to be boring.

Although this book is obviously part of a trilogy, as seen from the poetry at the beginning and repeated within the prophesy throughout, there are not a huge number of loose ends left hanging for the sequel, although too many for my liking. You are left hanging at the end of the book with a 'what next?' desperation and so leaves me desperate for the sequel. Good for the publisher, but not good for the readers wellbeing.

Overall a good read, but I suspect the trilogy read altogether will be more satisfying for the audience.

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