The Hollow Queen (The Symphony of Ages)

Acclaimed writer Elizabeth Haydon returns with a heartbreaking story of affection and valor in The hole Queen, the 8th installment of her USA Today bestselling Symphony of a while sequence that all started with Rhapsody.

Beset on both sides via the forces of the service provider emperor Talquist, the Cymrian Alliance reveals itself in determined straits. Rhapsody herself has joined the conflict, wielding the Daystar Clarion, leaving her actual identify in hiding along with her boy or girl son. Ashe attempts to enlist the help of the ocean Mages. inside their fort of Scholarship lies the White Ivory tower, a spire which can carry the main to unraveling the total volume of Talquist's machinations. Achmed trips to the reportedly unassailable palace of Jierna Tal, to kill emperor Talquist―all the whereas figuring out that whether he succeeds, it will possibly now not be adequate to prevent the momentum of the warfare.

As they fight to untangle the net of Talquist's treachery, the leaders of the Cymrian alliance are met with stumbling blocks at each flip. Rhapsody quickly realizes that the tip of this struggle will come at an incredible fee: the lives of these she holds dearest.

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