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The Merchant Emperor

Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Series: The Symphony of Ages, Book 7
Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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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.

©2014 Elizabeth Haydon (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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very repetitive writing style. narrator is god awful. was good to finally finish a series I started 15 years ago.

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they keep getting better

The story line continues on from the previous book. Rhapsody joins the army after having killed Andy the dragon. The war has started with the emperor of Sorbold doing some dastardly things like killing an entire Abby - every woman, child and infant. He is going into the fight ruthlessly and plans to win. The story is made really captivated by the interpretation by the narrator. He does a fine job with the various voices of the different characters and works through the emotions believably. I will recommend this series to others.

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epic saga

I love the ongoing development of the characters in this series. Achmed & Anborn are two of my favorites as far as character growth goes.

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U.S. Gotta love Achmed!!

This book is worth reading if just for the final action in the final chapter! Rhapsody's character is developing interestingly as well.

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Fantastic story!

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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Love this series

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.

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Really disliked this book.

Maybe it's just me but I like happy endings. as far as I'm concerned this didn't have one. After skimming to the end I didn't finish it.

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