by: Elizabeth Haydon
by Ciara Grey
This issue I'm taking a look at a new author
who is attracting a lot of attention. My review will be
on Elizabeth Haydon's,
Rhapsody. This is the
first novel of a trilogy.
Technically speaking, this was an excellent book. There
was very little passive voice evident in the writing,
which kept the tone of the book fresh and pace of the
story smooth. The world she has created for her
characters is vibrant and realistic, very easy to lose
oneself in this fictional realm.
The main characters evolve smoothly throughout the story,
each growing, learning, or realizing something important
enough to propel the plot and show the character change,
but never has the author reverted to simplistic
techniques to turn a hero into an automatic bad guy.
Achmed the Snake, who is an assassin, has some endearing
qualities that make him a more complex and interesting
character that expected.
Ms. Haydon has an ability to completely immerse the
reader in the story. This makes point of view changes
very smooth. The writing is concise and tight that moves
at a good pace. Her knowledge of her characters and the
world they inhabit is very thorough and consistent.
There was one thing about this story that rubbed me the
wrong way. Toward the middle of the story, there is a
blatant "info-dump" in the form of dialog. The
reader is given a great deal of information about the
history and order of society of the new land the
characters escape to, which is probably important for the
reader to understand, but struck me as an implausible way
to impart this information.
All in all, this was a very well written novel. I would
have to rate Rhapsody:
* * * * 1/2
I look forward to reading the next two novels. I would
like to once again thank Ms. Haydon for taking the time
out of her busy schedule to speak with us!
* * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* = Slow, difficult to read, could have been
* = Imminently