REQUIEM FOR THE SUN

Elizabeth Haydon, Author . Tor $27.95 (480p) ISBN 978-0-312-87884-9

There's something utterly refreshing about a fantasy hero and heroine, half-human masters of the elements and rulers of a continent, whose private names for each other are Sam and Emily. With bright and tender touches like these, Haydon breathes new life into fantasy clichés in this sequel to her bestselling Rhapsody trilogy. The fierce, compassionate and exquisitely gorgeous Rhapsody and her draconian husband, Ashe—along with their longtime companions, Achmed, King of the Firbolg, and the ferocious but kindhearted Sergeant-Major Grunthor—once more take on an evil F'dor demon and its human host, a man Rhapsody believed long dead. The author has smoothed out many of the rough edges evident in Rhapsody (1999), Prophecy (2000) and Destiny (2001), toning down the most overt references to the series' roots in Welsh mythology and Regency bodice-rippers. At the same time, the stated history and dropped hints, as well as style and tone, remain consistent with earlier volumes. Unfortunately, the characters change little or not at all throughout the course of the story, but the rich complexities of historical subtext, unsubtle scheming of religious and political leaders and classical romantic elements are enough to keep the pages turning. Although quite readable as a stand-alone work, the many loose threads left untied promise numerous future volumes, which are certain to be devoured by Haydon's growing legions of fans. (Sept. 18)

Reviewed on: 08/19/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 608 pages - 978-0-8125-6541-6
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 978-0-312-70759-0
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