The long awaited seventh book in Elizabeth Haydon's critically acclaimed epic fantasy series, the Symphony of Ages.
The war that they had feared is now upon them. Ashe and Rhapsody, leaders of the Cymrian Alliance, are gathering their allies to combat the machinations of Talquist, who will soon be crowned emperor of Sorbold. Gwydion Navarne remains by Ashe's side. Anborn, Lord Marshal, has taken to the field. And Rhapsody has been forced into hiding to protect the life of her infant son. The Merchant Emperor of Sorbold has unintentionally allied himself with a pair of demons and has begun targeting the dragons that remain on the Middle Continent.
Talquist will stop at nothing until the Cymrians are wiped out and the entire continent and the rest of the Known World is under his rule. Assailed by danger from all sides, surrounded by lies and intrigue, Rhapsody is left with one undeniable truth: If their forces are to prevail, she must join the war herself, wielding the Daystar Clarion, an ancient weapon whose power is nearly unparalleled. As she struggles to reconcile her duties as a mother and ruler, a danger far more devastating than Talquist is stirring beneath the surface of the land itself.
In The Merchant Emperor, beloved characters are forced to make soul-shattering sacrifices. Best-selling author Elizabeth Haydon has delivered a breathtaking seventh installment to the Symphony of Ages.
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Overall it's a great read/listen. The writer does get repetitive about things I consider unimportant fairly often. She is clearly writing from a feminist perspective. But I do enjoy the story despite that.
Narrator uses excessive flourish With each sentence, but does great Grunthor voice! The only saving grace was the pull of the story itself, wish I had another option for narrator.
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