Rhapsody: Child of Blood

The brilliant new saga is born 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 RhapThe brilliant new saga is born 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 a world so real you can hear the sweet music of Rhapsody s aubade and smell the smoldering forges deep within the Cauldron.
Rhapsody Child of Blood The brilliant new saga is born 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 an

  • Title: Rhapsody: Child of Blood
  • Author: Elizabeth Haydon
  • ISBN: 9780812570816
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Rhapsody: Child of Blood”

    1. There are aspects of this book that are worth more than one star. Achmed, one of the book's central protagonists, is reasonably awesome. Grunthor is pretty likeable in a gruff ogre sort of way. But things would be far more tolerable without Rhapsody, the third in the company, the heroine supreme. When you feel that way about the book's/series' namesake, it reflects poorly on the author. The plot was just interesting enough to keep me reading (did it for Achmed), but I just kept getting punished [...]

    2. I absolutely adore this series. The characters are great, the world-building is AMAZEBALLS, and even my dad likes it (and my dad hates everything except LOTR).

    3. The good: This book is very well plotted - in fact the series is very well plotted. The overall story was gripping. I think I saw that the author is a musician, and used music theory to help structure the book. That's a pretty neat idea. The heroine consistently is the one moving the plot forward, and is clearly the hero, all men are rescued by her and not the other way around. Girl power! (Too bad she's such an idiot - which brings us to).The bad: The writing and characterization of the people [...]

    4. I love sci-fi/fantasy and I was suckered in by many of the good reviews on . It did sound interesting, three people transported hundreds of years into the future, so I gave it a shot. I still can't believe I wasted two days on this book and the two following it. I curse the fact that I'm one of the sort of people that needs resolution, even if it means wading through three books of complete drivel.Achmed and Grunthor were the only reasons I didn't use this book to start a bonfire. Those two are [...]

    5. Something else to go on that long list of awful things through which I put myself. Torturous volumes of Angel Sanctuary tops it, I think, but this has to come a close second.Rhapsody is an awful Mary Sue and every sweet chime of her irresistible voice and sweeping charm was an affront to my very being. Why, then, did I put myself through four episodes before a) I couldn't take anymore and b) the school library ran out of copies? It was all for Achmed, my friends--one of the two likable character [...]

    6. Not quite 3 stars but more than 2, and kind of a bore, really. Neither the characters or the story or even the world itself was of any interest to me. Not even the time travel arc got to me, which is a big deal because I tend to like time travel elements (when they're done well and made sense). Overall though, I can't really say what it is exactly that didn't engage me, other than all those things I just listed heh. The writing alone wasn't bad, nor was it any good. The whole thing was rather bl [...]

    7. I’m conflicted here.I like this book.But it’s a bad book.The story, the basic premise and idea… They sound interesting.I can’t tell you whether they actually are because, despite all pages in the book, the basic beginning force of the story isn’t explained. Not surprising really, as that’s most likely being saved for exploration further down the series. The plot contained in this particular book itself, the journey of Rhapsody, Achmed, and Grunthor, THAT part I did find quite enjoyab [...]

    8. while i really enjoyed the world set up in this book (enough that i am willing to read the sequel), there were some major problems. i liked the entire first half of the novel where Rhapsody was kidnapped and traveled through the root of the world and ended up in the future. the part that i started having problems with was firstly, Rhapsody, in her travels, is transformed into the most beautiful woman ever. this isn't as annoying as her total refusal (read denial) that this is the case. she think [...]

    9. DNFed at page 49. A fourteen-year-old royal-born boy is sent one thousand years backward in time, is completely unfazed by this process, instantly falls in love with The Most Beautiful and Obviously Intelligent Girl Ever in the History of Ever, and obviously they're soulmates, so it's totally cool that they have lots of sex. Oh, did I mention that they meet and sleep together on the night before her fourteenth birthday? Gosh, how utterly romantic, and obviously the truest and most important love [...]

    10. 4.0 to 4.5 stars. A wonderful beginning to a great trilogy. Love the characters, especially Achmed and Grunthor. Great emotional resonance among the players and an excellent plot.

    11. Seldom do I find an author so astounding that I would deem them a word smith. Yet I must say that Elizabeth Haydon is a word smith of no small skill. Within the first few chapters I was enraptured by the tale unfolding, nearly throwing the book away in despair and defiance after a poignant moment. Yet I couldn't help but read on enthralled at the same time. There's a certain way an author lays out a tapestry on which you can see every detail. The imagery of the world, the characters and everythi [...]

    12. The more I consider this book, the more I find to dislike about it; things like its uneven, often glacial pacing, and its blatant Mary-sue. It shows moments of decent fantasy where you can fool yourself into thinking you're reading something good, but quickly descends back into mediocrity. It's one of those books where you like the plot and think interesting idea, but dislike (okay, hate) the execution.The book starts out with a decent, if heavy handed deus ex machina of an opening. It goes down [...]

    13. Second ReviewRead: January 2, 2012 - January 13, 20122.5 - 3 starsSecond Review in progressI reread this book for Romance Lovers for the Challenge-Impaired Group Series Read in order to refresh my memory to properly read Book 2. Having been exposed to much of the story and knowing what to expect, this read went more smoothly for me. I was less impatient. I was able to get a better feeling for the world-building. I appreciated the mythology. I found the magic system as interesting and as flawed a [...]

    14. AudiobookFirst off (don't you love it when a paragraph begins with "First off"), I could not believe the amount of time they were inside the tree. It felt like centuries to me too. So there goes 1000 pages or so of the first chapter (or it felt like 1000 pages) and then after more walking outside of the tree with a battle here and there, there's a cliffhanger ending. What the frick! After listening to over 3000+ pages (as I said it felt like 3000+ pages). I have no idea why anybody would love th [...]

    15. I read the first 20 pages and decided this is not for me. No doubt you will think me irresponsible for judging an almost 700 page book on the strength of the first 20 pages but I have often found that if it's mushy on page one, it's going to be extra mushy on page 101. So nope. I mean, if you don't mind overblown melodramatic love confessions twenty minutes after one person has met another, you won't mind this book. But he calls his soul mate, his wife right after he meets her. Also, this book b [...]

    16. I've been addicted to the fantasy genre since before I could read chapter books by myself. Rhapsody is the sort of book that still keeps my attention even though I've passed my 40th birthday, enough that I am now on my fourth re-read. I don't want to spoil the story for you, but the elements that hold my interest, in no particular order, are:a butt-kicking female protagonist, weird creatures with a nasty, sarcastic sense of humor that would give Hugh Laurie's Dr. House a run for his money, time [...]

    17. All of my original opinions from my status update still stand. I made it to page 50 and officially had to give up. I found myself skimming to try to block out some of the horrible cheesiness, and still I got tired of the taste of bile in the back of my throat from where I kept trying not to vomit from the totally false character interactions & the awful hyperbole. I stole this from "Jocelyn Zombie's" review, because it was oh, so perfect that I couldn't have said it better myself:"The Ugly: [...]

    18. If you're anything like me, you'll occasionally end up finishing a book that contains characters you absolutely hate that put themselves in the most ridiculous and over the top unbelievable situations. Those characters that you'd like to enter the book just so you could punch/shake them because they're so annoyingly stupid. I like to call it hate reading. Well, this series was like that for me. I've forgotten hundreds of books over the years but not these, no. I'll never forget how anger inducin [...]

    19. The worst hunk of garbage I have ever had the displeasure of reading. The character's were unlikable. The concern with purity was so extreme that it became fetishistic, and the main character going from attractive to so beautiful men couldn't control themselves around her is incredibly problematic. The things this book says about the author are alarming. I can honestly say I hate this book. It is the standard to which I set all other books that I don't like. My dislike is so powerful that when I [...]

    20. The primrose, usually the first flower of spring (from the Latin “prima”), represents enduring love. In the Language of Flowers, it means “I can't live without you.” It tells your significant other, “I am yours forever.”★★★★½ The world-building in this epic romantic-time-travel-fantasy is superior, the characters wonderful. Some people find Rhapsody, the heroine, to be too much of a “Mary Sue” – if that is even possible for someone with her back ground! I found her del [...]

    21. This only gets two stars because Achmed and Grunthor are pretty cool characters. Otherwise, it would be a one star book for the atrocity that is Rhapsody.

    22. Someone spilled a very good story across 650 pages and left several dozen really incredible pieces soaking in puddles of soggy text. I agree with the reviewer who said Rhapsody is "a romance novel heroine, thrown into a fantasy novel." As much as my other complaints, the oft annoying and ever self-righteous heroine lost this book its third star.I wish I had been able to like this book, because some of the ideas are truly great. Haydon's version of Naming magic and Time-slipping are appealing and [...]

    23. Rhapsody is the first in a three-book series and is a fantasy quest saga crafted in the Heroic Age style. The author demonstrates significant creativity in the construction of fictional characters and civilizations in an unfamiliar world with the overarching theme of, you guessed it, good vs. evil.But there are some twists. The author does a good job of fleshing out her main characters, especially Achmed and Grunthor, imbuing them with complex motives, unusual powers or gifts, and shady, or at l [...]

    24. Rhapsody by Haydon, Elizabeth was the CHIZ!i seen bitch ass bitcheZ talk shit on this book goin on about it being carpthem chumpz iz WRONGRhapsody: Child of Blood gets the DADDYS seal of approvaland it simply ROXXXand ima tell you why1: Writing - this book my have a few granny porn elements to it but over all the story keeps you enthralled. from all the books ive read this book actually had me laughing out loud. the shit in is is fucking funny, and sometimes invitingly filthy, i loved it. the wh [...]

    25. This is acutally the second or third time I've read Rhapsody, and I'm enjoying it just as much as all the previus times. Elizabeth Haydon just writes such great relationships! If she wrote a book that was nothing but Rhapsody, Grunthor, Achmed and Jo hanging around and taking, I'd probably read it and consider it time well spent.Rhapsody is more than a bit of a Mary Sue, but it's more than made up for by the banter between the major characters. You know it's a really close group when the teenage [...]

    26. So I am in minority because I hate this book. I really hate this book. I have never been so disappointed in a book when I picked this up and started reading it.Now, to be fair, I'll admit by distaste started very eary. I really don't like graphic sex scenes with 13 year olds. I know, I know, teens have sex all the time, but I don't want to read about until they're legal. (Unless it is the movie Valmont where it is done in a really funny way). But I know the hang-up is mine, and I was willing to [...]

    27. I read the first fourty pages but this novel just didn't work for me.The hero was time warped by some type of deity just before the fall of a previous civilization. So we then spend too much time as this character meets a potential love interest. To add to it, the meeting is flat, prosaic and predictable. Lastly, the mentalities are little too contemporary to fit into the equivalent of a medieval, agrarian culture without a special explanation.My feeling is that this story would have prompted me [...]

    28. Excellent book with an original take on magic through the use of song, though that can be guessed at by the title of many of the early book in the series as well as the first series overall title! Haydon constructs three dimensional characters that like with all good books you end up routing for. There of course is the evil presence that threatens are hero's and that is handled with a sinister and rather chilling will. All in all excellent!

    29. DNF'd. It's not a bad book. It just wasn't for me. It just didn't keep my interest and it started to feel like a chore to read. I got well over half way through so I feel like I gave it a fair chance. It just was kinda "meh" I didn't feel attachment to the characters. Interesting things would happen but then too many boring things would happen.

    30. Welli found another epic fantasy series that i couldn't put down. I absolutely love these characters and the world building is spot on!Even though most of the storyline can be more or less guessed as time goes on still mesmerized me and had me screaming with an inner turmoil as when the author would decide to make it known in the story.Off to the next in the series!

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