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Destiny: Child of the Sky (The Symphony of…

Destiny: Child of the Sky (The Symphony of Ages) (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Elizabeth Haydon

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Title:Destiny: Child of the Sky (The Symphony of Ages)
Authors:Elizabeth Haydon
Info:Tor Fantasy (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 864 pages
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Destiny: Child of the Sky by Elizabeth Haydon (2002)


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Time is running short and the Three know they must find the demon before he plunges the world into darkness. With the knowledge of the locations of the demon spawn children, Rhapsody and Achmed leave Ylorc in Grunthor's hands while they seek each of the children out. If they can find a way to separate the demon's blood from the children it will give them a way to track the F'dor. Hopefully it will be enough.

Destiny is the final book in the Rhapsody trilogy and the third book of the larger Symphony of Ages series. Again the story picks up straight where book two leaves off. There is still a good amount of travel involved, as seems to be common in these books, yet it doesn't seem quite as plodding this time around. We get to see new areas of the world, with more details into the lore and history of the land. The world building in these books is simply amazing. Haydon knows how to create a world that feels alive.

In this book the format changes a bit. Rather than only being focused on the main characters, we are given points of view of many of the side characters introduced in the first two books. This adds a nice depth to those characters and gives insight into how actions of the three are starting to affect the rest of the world as well as the various politics between countries. It also emphasizes just how much the F'dor's influence has spread, adding to a sense of urgency to the main quest.

The love story still plays a part in this book, though less than it did in book two. It does not take over the plot and is mostly brought up at the end of the story.

Haydon does a nice job of tying up all the loose story threads. It is a satisfying ending to the trilogy. ( )
  Narilka | Jul 16, 2015 |
  Ebeth.Naylor | Sep 30, 2013 |
3rd part of an excellent trilogy (though technically she has 3 more books with the same characters). This book is also well worht the price and we have already purchased the 3 that come after so we can see where the characters go.. Good Job!!! ( )
  Scoshie | Apr 30, 2011 |
A good semi-end to a good series of books. It raps up enough so that you don't feel totally cheated, but of course there is another series to follow so it can't rap up too much. A very engaging series as is the series to follow. ( )
  Nikkles | Jun 10, 2008 |
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In a book world awash in sword-slinging fantasy novels, each trying to out-Jordan the other, the arrival of yet another big new series on the scene is... no big deal. But much to the delight of readers bored to tears by doorstopper clones, Elizabeth Haydon's three-part tale is unique, thrilling, and utterly romantic from start to finish. The story of a magical singer of extraordinary power and her battle with a blood-soaked demon began in Rhapsody: Child of Blood and continued in Prophecy: Child of Earth. The trilogy's final volume, Destiny: Child of the Sky offers fantasy fans something they crave, but don't often see--a great ending.

When last we saw our lovely heroine Rhapsody and her two best friends Achmed and Grunthor, they had just rescued the Sleeping Child from the evil tendrils of the F'dor. But as they found out through the tragic loss of their young friend Jo, the three must follow the demon's trail of violence and blood, finding the children it has spawned across the land in order to track it down and destroy it once and for all. As in the previous two books, Rhapsody's love of her friends and desire to save children in danger drive her most reckless actions.

Elizabeth Haydon delivers us from the fantasy traps of never-ending plots, wooden characters, and yawn-inducing battles. She takes much of her style from romance and suspense novels, rather than historical fiction, giving her books real depth of emotion and humanity. It's true that there are spots of sentimentality that may leave some hardened adventure fans groaning, but that very thing may help explain why Haydon's books have succeeded with crossover romance readers so admirably. We can only hope she'll set her sights on another swoony adventure as soon as possible. --Therese Littleton

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In the final installment of the trilogy that began with "Rhapsody" and continued in "Prophecy, " a group of heroes spoken of in the Prophecy of Three makes a stand against the F'dor, an ancient, vile being intent on destroying the world. The three know time is short, but after their final confrontation with the F'dor, these three will finally discover their true destiny.… (more)

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