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Rhapsody : child of blood
Elizabeth Haydon
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Distinguished by superior wit and intelligence, this fantasy debut opens what looks to be an outstanding saga. In the ancient city of Easton, Rhapsody is learning musical magic after a brief time as a courtesan. While running from trouble caused by one of her ex-clients, she encounters two strangers, the assassin Achmed and the gigantic mercenary Grunthor. By hailing Achmed as her brother, Rhapsody not only saves her own life but breaks the control that the sorcerer Tsoltan, a servant of the fire demons known as F'dor, had over the mercenary. The three companions flee both human and magical forces that pursue them by climbing down the root of the Great Tree; as they pass through the fire at the center of Earth, their situation is magically transformed. They emerge not just on the other side of the world but 14 centuries in the future, when the land is torn by ethnic, religious and magical warfare arising from a multitude of realistic motivesÄall depicted in exhaustive detail. But their demonic pursuers have also crossed time and space in pursuit; to counter them, Achmed determines to become king of the barbaric Firbolg. This huge and complex novel draws expertly on deep scholarship in Celtic, Norse and animist folklore, myth and history. With exemplary skill, it weaves these elements into its characterizations, world building and depiction of magic to create a narrative that grips throughout. This is one of the finest high fantasy debuts in years. Agent, Richard Curtis. 100,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Thrown into the past for a brief moment, Gwydion falls in love with a young woman named Emily only to lose her when he returns abruptly to his own time. In a parallel story, a true bard named Rhapsody travels through time to a distant future, where she uncovers a conspiracy of evil with its roots in a past now lost to her forever. Haydon's first novel launches her characters on an epic quest that spans centuries and lifetimes as an ancient prophecy moves inexorably toward fulfillment. Set in a world that borrows loosely from Celtic mythology, this series opener belongs in most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Rhapsody
Her birth was engineered by a manipulator of time; possibly a savior of her world.

Achmed the Snake
Controlled by a fire-demon.

Achmed's sidekick.

Servant of the fire demons.

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