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, know that they must find their elusive enemy before his darkness consumes them all. But after their final, brutal confrontation with the F'dor, their world crosses the threshold of disaster and faces utter oblivion. The action reaches a fevered pitch, achieving a crescendo of tragedy, love, and triumph of human spirit over world-shattering cataclysm. With death at hand and the world crumbling at their feet, these three will finally discover their true Destiny.
©2001 Elizabeth Haydon (P)2014 Audible Inc.
the overall first three books tells a story that is imaginative, creative and a wonderful listen. the narrator started out like a high schooler reading a foreign language, overly enunciated and dramatic, but by the third book i thoroughly enjoyed him. he got better with each book, and i enjoyed his ability to use so many different 'voices', all with their own distinctiveness.
i've often wondered what kind of mind is able to use words to describe actions in such a way that they are able to so sicken the soul. and for what purpose? when the old adage 'less is more' would have been put to better use. i do not see the need to be so detailed and graphic when describing scenes of battle or death, when one's mind is quite capable of 'seeing' these actions to the depth they are comfortable with without having it described in all it's unholy glory.
that being said, i loved the concept of this series. i enjoyed immensely the creativeness of the author. i think my favorite character is Gunther. this character brought humor and levity to help balance the books. i laughed out loud on many occasions. without this character i would not have been able to finish this third book. as it was i had to fast forward through the heart sickening parts. they were totally unnecessary to the book.
considering how each book became more detailed in the gory descriptions of fight scenes, and the actions of the Fedore and his thralls, i am not certain i will buy any more in this series, and i find that sad... i also do not appreciate that the first three books were each around thirty hours long and the rest of the series are each about half that. i look for good books with the best value... this series no longer fits that bill. i will say that if a series is good enough, i will continue with the series regardless of the cost. had it not been for the too dark parts, i would have put this series in the 'gotta have' pile.
"Amazing writer/ great narrator. I'm buying the 4th book! Can't wait to see what the next great adventure is!!!"
I do not understand the reviews where they complain abt the narrator. If one person didn't like him does that encourage the rest to decide they are a critic? People please! I've listened thru some horrible narrators to where you just can't finish the book. This. Guy is really good. They way he tells the story brings it alive. He makes the characters real. He makes you laugh and can bring you to tears. You feel as if you know the characters. Like your right there struggling with them. The writer has created this beautiful but dangerous adventure with characters you come to love. I hope she always keeps the story going and keeps her interesting and unique characters alive in the story as well. Even in the books you see how life is precious. both writer and narrator make an incredible team. May rhapsody and her loyal friends always have new roads to travel and take us along the way 👣
I kept waiting for Rhapsody to get it on with Achmed. I know I'm goofy, but who else would have him? Ash and Rhapsody are just too... sappy. More Achmed, please!!!!!
The difference in characters is fairly good, but the narration has this sense of urgency that's sometimes annoying.
Romance and sap until you want to smack them!
Call me crazy, but can we fast forward to Rhapsody's romance with Achmed? He's my favorite character of the series.
The third book wraps up the plot that began with the first novel, Rhapsody, very nicely. It's a highly enjoyable and refreshingly original storyline that most fantasy readers should find worth the time and expense. The only issue I had is with the Narrator. His choppy cadence is distracting and unfortunately will turn a lot of listeners away before they get invested in the first book in my opinion. Even after this third book I still have not been able to get used to the constant pausing in his speech. Otherwise it continues to be a gem of a series.
It starts off directly where the the last book ended: The world below Meridion is being consumed in fire and he's freaking out. In real time, Rhapsody and Ashe discovered they were Emily and Sam, got married, and then promptly erased Rhapsody's memory of the whole cheesy affair so that she could unknowingly help Ashe's father turn into a dragon. Minor Spoiler: The reasons for why Rhapsody must remain ignorant of her memories and marriage to Ashe don't really hold up in the scheme of things, but get used to it bc these two are kept apart for BS reasons for practically the entire book....
Basically the plot consists of Rhapsody feeling sorry for herself (or more accurately the author trying to make you feel sorry for her) and hunting for all of the F'dor's children, who are spread throughout the various territories. Achmed of course, believes this is a waste of time though he does agree to accompany her in Yarim (which creates some interesting plot limes in the next books). There's also a final anticlimactic battle with the F'dor. And speeches--lots and lots of speeches, as Haydon's characters tend to converse in the form of reciting speeches to each other.
Some of Rhapsody's hunt is entertaining but by far the most interesting part of this book is the end, when the Cymrian Council is finally called. At the same time, the author's obsession with having her whole world revolve around Rhapsody and making her the embodiment of the most perfect incomparable breathtakingly beautiful woman/warrior/healer/leader in the whole wide world gets more and more prevalent and obnoxious--and it was already apparent and annoying in the first 2 bks.
Rhapsody's reunion with Ashe (a waste of a character who used to have loads of potential) is similarly tainted by the fact that it takes way too long. Even when it does finally happen Rhapsody still acts as if Ashe has somehow wronged her (and for whatever lame reason the author has the poor guy begging and crying for forgiveness!). Since Rhapsody insisted on having Ashe erase her memory (just like she always insists on sacrificing herself) and since she constantly rejects him and insists on pretending she's a peasant I found it hard to drum up any sympathy for her. The good news is the very end of this book, when it's revealed who Meridion is, almost makes up for it. Still, I think this series gets SO MUCH BETTER in bk 4 and on.
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