Elizabeth Haydon was born in 1965 in Michigan and is a popular fantasy author. Her 1999 debut of her novel Rhapsody: Child of Blood, garnered dozens of comparisons to Goodkind, Jordan, and even Tolkien. She has written two popular fantasy/romance/whodunit series set within the same universe as Rhapsody called The Symphony of Ages and even a young adult series called The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.
Her series of novels The Symphony of Ages is based on three initial characters who find themselves in a land that is on the brink of disaster. Rhapsody, the main character of the series is a Namer which is a profession that includes passing down the history and lore of the people and the land to the next Namer. A Namer can change the very essence of a person or a thing by giving it a new name.
Symphony of Ages Series- Rhapsody is a woman, a Singer of some talent, who is swept up into events of world-shattering import. On the run from an old romantic interest who won't take no for an answer, Rhapsody literally bumps into a couple of shady characters: half-breeds who come to her rescue in the nick of time. Only the rescue turns into an abduction, and Rhapsody soon finds herself dragged along on an epic voyage, one that spans centuries and ranges across a wonder-filled fantasy world-- a world so real you can hear the sweet music of Rhapsody's aubade and smell the smoldering forges deep within the Cauldron.
The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme Seriers- Long ago, in the Second Age of history, a young Nain explorer by the name of Ven Polypheme traveled much of the known and unknown world, recording his adventures. Recently discovered by archaeologists, a few fragments of his original journals are reproduced in this book. Great care has been taken to reconstruct the parts of the journal that did not survive, so that a whole story can be told...
Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme--known as Ven--is the youngest son of a long line of famous shipwrights. He dreams not of building ships, but of sailing them to far-off lands where magic thrives. Ven gets his chance when he is chosen to direct the Inspection of his family's latest ship--and sets sail on the journey of a lifetime.
Attacked by fire pirates, lost at sea and near death, Ven is rescued by a passing ship on its way to the Island of Serendair. Thankful to be alive, little does Ven know that the pirate attack--and his subsequent rescue--may not have been an accident. Shadowy figures are hunting for the famed Floating Island, the only source of the mystical Water of Life. They think Ven can lead them to this treasure, and will stop at nothing to get it--even murder.