Friday, June 27, 2014

Spotlight: The Merchant Emperor by Elizabeth Haydon

Acclaimed fantasy author Elizabeth Haydon returns with the long-awaited new book in the bestselling Symphony of Ages saga!

This summer, the long-awaited seventh book in Elizabeth Haydon’s critically acclaimed epic fantasy series, the Symphony of Ages, will be published: THE MERCHANT EMPEROR (A Tor Hardcover; On sale: June 3, 2014). Haydon’s fans have been clamoring for this new book in her masterful saga, and it will also serve as a starting point for anyone looking for an addictive series that will transport and mesmerize. 

Praise for The Merchant Emperor:

“Haydon’s long-awaited return to her Symphony of Ages series (picking up where 2006’s The Assassin King left off) is a brilliant tapestry of familial sacrifice and adversity in a land of music and dragons….With taut plotting and unforgettable characters, Haydon’s latest will easily enchant new readers.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review and one of PW’s Best Summer Books 2014

“The Merchant Emperor reads like a true epic fantasy, complete with a large array of characters and many plot lines and alliances to keep track of. Fans of ambitious buildups and grand battles will cheer and weep (depending on the battle) alongside the inhabitants of the Symphony of Ages. Haydon does an excellent job of managing such a large cast of characters; even when the sheer number of stories and people to remember becomes overwhelming, there is always a sense of intimacy that many epic fantasies end up missing.” —RT Book Reviews

“For those familiar with the history of Rhapsody and Ashe, two of the main characters from previous books, this volume will provide additional depth to their personalities as they are forced to make difficult decisions to save not only themselves and those they love but also perhaps the world they live in…followers of the series will be delighted with it.” —Booklist 

From the Back Cover:

In THE MERCHANT EMPEROR, Haydon’s beloved characters are forced to make soul-shattering sacrifices. The war that they had feared is now upon them. Ashe and Rhapsody, leaders of the Cymrian Alliance, are gathering their allies to combat the machinations of Talquist, who will soon be crowned Emperor of Sorbold. Gwydion Navarne remains by Ashe’s side. Anborn, Lord Marshal, has taken to the field. And Rhapsody has been driven into hiding to protect the life of her infant son.

The Merchant Emperor of Sorbold has unintentionally allied himself with a pair of demons and has begun targeting the dragons that remain on the Middle Continent. Talquist will stop at nothing until the Cymrians are wiped out and the entire continent and the rest of the Known World is under his rule.   

Assailed by danger from all sides, surrounded by lies and intrigue, Rhapsody is left with one undeniable truth: if their forces are to prevail, she must join the war herself, wielding the Daystar Clarion, an ancient weapon whose power is nearly unparalleled. As she struggles to reconcile her duties as a mother and ruler, a danger far more devastating than Talquist is stirring beneath the surface of the land itself.


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