THE ASSASSIN KING
In the sixth book in Haydon's long-running Symphony of Ages series, loose ends are tied up while new ones are woven into the author's rich tapestry. Fans of the series will be on the edge
of their seats, but new readers will
likely be confused. This volume relies heavily on the other five and should
not be read unless you're familiar
with the others.
When a mysterious hunter arrives on the shores of Avonderre, and the dragonkin meet at the End of Llauron, it soon becomes clear that a war is coming. It becomes even more obvious when the council of war is convened by the leaders of the alliance that protect the Middle Continent. Strange things are afoot, and Rhapsody and Ashe are, as usual, at the center of it all. (Tor, Jan., 384 pp., $25.95)