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A BATTLE FOR THE AGES RESUMES

WITH ELIZABETH HAYDON'S FIFTH NOVEL, ELEGY FOR A LOST STAR

Dragons fighting, assassins plotting revenge, friends feuding and a baby's birthing—and that's all just the tip of the iceberg in Elegy for a Lost Star, the latest installment of Elizabeth Haydon's complex fantasy saga for Tor. The Symphony of Ages series launched with 1999's bestselling Rhapsody, the first of a trilogy of titles about the fifth of seven ages in a mythical world. The series continued with two "bridge books" set in the sixth age, 2003's Requiem for the Sun and this current release, which sets the stage for a new trilogy to launch in fall 2005 about the seventh and final age.

Haydon promises more drama than ever in the newest release. The dragon Anwyn awakens from a three-year slumber, close friends Achmed and Rhapsody have a major falling out, and Rhapsody gives birth to the long-awaited Meridien, Child of Time. As always, Haydon deftly balances a far-reaching plot with emotional nuances and growth for her main characters. "There's a great deal of change in the relationships of Achmed, Rhapsody and Grunthor, and this book sets the stage for the forthcoming intercontinental war." Haydon also reveals that a major character in the series dies. "It was sad for me to write, but I've never really been shy about killing off characters."

Expect a lot more to come to their doom in the next release, The Assassin King (tentatively set for Sep. '05), which kicks off The War of the Known World trilogy. Also that month, Haydon and Tor will launch a young adult series set in the same world, but in the "much more innocent" second age.


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