April 15, 2003

Destiny, by Elizabeth Haydon

This is the third volume in the trilogy that began with Rhapsody and continued with Prophecy, and it has a suitable title. The events of the book are more-or-less destined to occur, and they play out more-or-less as they are supposed to. The romance that buds in the first book and blossoms in the second comes to fruition after a suitable number of obstacles are overcome (most of them, it's only fair to say, are really rather novel); sundered kindreds are united, old feuds are put aside, and Rhapsody and her beau usher in a new era of gladness. Whew, I was worried for a moment that she might not make it.

All in all...pretty good for a new author, though not perfect. If you like epic fantasy, and you enjoy a little romance with it, you'll probably enjoy these. My major complaint is with Haydon's handling of history. More than anything else, this trilogy is about about healing the wounds of past conflicts. The history of her world, both recent and ancient, are key. And the problem is that real history is complicated. It doesn't flow naturally in ways that support the story you want to tell. When history is presented too simply, it looks comic book, as though it's painted in all primary colors, and I have trouble taking it seriously.

Maybe that's just me, though; we aren't all history buffs.

Posted by Will Duquette at April 15, 2003 04:28 PM