The Symphony of Ages

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542 ratings

Rhapsody Publisher's Summary

Rhapsody, n (1542). 1: a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation. 2, archaic: a miscellaneous collection. 3 a (1): a highly emotional utterance (2): a highly emotional literary work (3): effusively rapturous or extravagant discourse b: rapture, ecstasy. 4: a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character.

Elizabeth Haydon is a major new force in fantasy. Equipped with a quick wit, Haydon has a sharp ear for dialogue, panache with characters, and that essential ability to transport her readers into her own fantastical world--a world so real you can hear the sweet music of Rhapsody's aubade and smell the smoldering forges within the Cauldron.

Rhapsody is a woman, a singer of some talent who is swept up into events of world-shattering import. On the run from an old romantic interest who won't take no for an answer, Rhapsody literally bumps into a couple of shady characters: half breeds who come to her rescue in the nick of time. Only the rescue turns into an abduction, and Rhapsody soon finds herself dragged along on an epic voyage--one that spans centuries and ranges across a wonder-filled fantasy world.

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  • Book 1

    • Rhapsody

    • Child of Blood
    • By: Elizabeth Haydon
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 30 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 497
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 465
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 466

    Rhapsody is a woman, a singer of some talent who is swept up into events of world-shattering import. On the run from an old romantic interest who won't take no for an answer, Rhapsody literally bumps into a couple of shady characters: half breeds who come to her rescue in the nick of time. Only the rescue turns into an abduction, and Rhapsody soon finds herself dragged along on an epic voyage--one that spans centuries and ranges across a wonder-filled fantasy world.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good book,, overly dramatic reading

    • By Ed on 05-03-15

    Regular price: $39.95

  • Book 2

    • Prophecy

    • Child of Earth
    • By: Elizabeth Haydon
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 29 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241

    In Rhapsody, a fellowship was forged - three companions who, through great adversity, became a force to be reckoned with: Rhapsody, a singer of great talent and even greater beauty; Achmed, an assassin with unearthly talents; and Grunthor, a giant sergeant-major whose jolly disposition stands at odds with his deadly skill at weapons. Having fled the F'dor - an ancient, powerful evil - the three emerged on the other side of the world only to discover 14 centuries had passed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed the book

    • By locoloco on 09-29-16

    Regular price: $39.95

  • Book 3

    • Destiny

    • Child of the Sky
    • By: Elizabeth Haydon
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 34 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • mostly very good...parts of it...not so much

    • By Cheri on 09-04-15

    Regular price: $39.95

  • Book 4

    • Requiem for the Sun

    • By: Elizabeth Haydon
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    It has been three years since their devastating battle, and peace has settled across their land. But to the south an empire lies ready to crumble. When the dowager empress dies along with her successor, a great war breaks out, threatening to overwhelm the known world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully creative.

    • By Stingray316 on 09-24-17

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 5

    • Elegy for a Lost Star

    • By: Elizabeth Haydon
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    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. Disoriented 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not the best in the series but still really good!

    • By libby on 02-03-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • The Assassin King

    • By: Elizabeth Haydon
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    The Assassin King opens at winter's end with the arrival by sea of a mysterious hunter, a man of ancient race and purpose, who endlessly chants the names of the pantheon of demons that are his intended victims, as well as one other: Ysk, the original name of the Brother, now known as Achmed, the Assassin King of Ylorc.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Did like the person who read it.

    • By Deanna's Kindle on 07-29-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 7

    • The Merchant Emperor

    • By: Elizabeth Haydon
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120

    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 becrowned 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • epic saga

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-18

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 8

    • The Hollow Queen

    • By: Elizabeth Haydon
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    Beset on all sides by the forces of the merchant emperor Talquist, the Cymrian Alliance finds itself in desperate straits. Rhapsody herself has joined the battle, wielding the Daystar Clarion, leaving her True Name in hiding with her infant son. Ashe tries to enlist the aid of the Sea Mages; within their Citadel of Scholarship lies the White Ivory tower, a spire that could hold the key to unraveling the full extent of Talquist's machinations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a bit too much back story

    • By Deedee Hanson on 10-29-16

    Regular price: $29.95