Enchanter (Wayfarer Redemption Series #2)

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The stunning sequel to The Wayfarer Redemption

Axis is a true hero, in every sense of the word. On his shoulders lies the double burden of prophecy and war. Having fulfilled the first part of the prophecy by becoming the StarMan, he now must reunite the three races inhabiting his world.

It is his destiny to lead an army against his evil half-brother, to regain control of Tencendor, once the greatest land in ...

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The stunning sequel to The Wayfarer Redemption

Axis is a true hero, in every sense of the word. On his shoulders lies the double burden of prophecy and war. Having fulfilled the first part of the prophecy by becoming the StarMan, he now must reunite the three races inhabiting his world.

It is his destiny to lead an army against his evil half-brother, to regain control of Tencendor, once the greatest land in the world.

It is his destiny to be caught between the two women he loves, one the epitome of gentility, beauty, and intelligence, the other a fierce warrior with a cunning wit.

And it is his destiny to be thwarted at every turn by the vicious Goragel, an insane monster bent on destroying all that Axis works to preserve . . .

Enchanter is the riveting sequel to Sara Douglass's spell-binding first novel The Wayfarer Redemption, and winner of the 1996 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Sara Douglass has taken America by storm with this powerful tale of love, prophecy, battles, and revenge.

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Editorial Reviews

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The sequel to Douglass's curtain-raising The Wayfarer Redemption, Enchanter chronicles the struggles of Axis as he continues to master his new powers. As in a game or an initiation, every insight introduces a new dilemma or puzzle, and with every victory comes a new responsibility.
From the Publisher
"Sara Douglass is the best and most exciting writer of commercial fantasy fiction to emerge from Australia." -Locus
Romantic Times
This is storytelling at its best, with fast-paced action, gritty realism, powerful characters, magic and romance.
Publishers Weekly
This romantic high fantasy starts slowly, bouncing between a confusing array of characters established in the first book of the series, The Wayfarer Redemption (2001), but it builds to a powerful finish, albeit one that leaves major resolutions to future sequels. Axis Sunsoar has a lot resting on his winged shoulders. The most powerful enchanter his birdlike Icariian people have, he is also a key player in a dark prophecy, embroiled in a deadly battle against his two half-brothers and hopelessly falling in love with the wrong woman. He has pledged to make Faraday, the beautiful disciple of the Mother Goddess, his wife. She is currently trapped in an abusive marriage with his half-brother Borneheld, but she loves Axis and expects him to save her. However, Axis is inexplicably drawn to Azhure, who has a mysterious past, unexplained powers and is nearly irresistible to Icariian men. Adding to Axis's difficulties is a traitorous sorcerer disguised as a member of his inner circle, who is influencing the prophecy for his own ends. Axis must parley with the hated Borneheld, overcome brother Gorgrael's Dark Music and deal with his desire for Azhure. Australian author Douglass skillfully moves her characters through this fantastic world where family ties can be deadly and love does not always conquer all. (Oct. 22) Forecast: The September release of the paperback edition of The Wayfarer Redemption will help fuel sales of this sequel. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Axis, the Starman, works to unite the people of Achar, so they can defeat Goragel, his evil half-brother, who would plunge the country into eternal winter. Borneheld, Axis's human half-brother, also stands in his way. Borneheld hates the Icarii, a bird-like people who once ruled Achar, and the Avar, the people of the forest. Borneheld also hates Axis because Borneheld believes that Axis's birth caused their mother's death. Thrown into this mix of great sibling rivalry is Faraday, Borneheld's wife, who is in love with Axis, and Ahzure, an emotionally wounded woman who becomes a great warrior, who also falls in love with Axis. The battle in this, part two of The Wayfarer Redemption series, takes place between Borneheld and Axis's armies with some fighting on the side with Goragel's Skraelings. According to the prophecy Axis must unite the three races in order to stand a chance to defeat Goragel. He is also to marry Faraday, which means Borneheld must die. Faraday has foreseen the battle that will take place between the two men but hasn't foreseen her loss of Axis when he falls in love with Ahzure. Ahzure is an enigma within a mystery. One character thinks her the reincarnation of an evil Icarii Enchanter; she handles some of his possessions with ease. Axis and his father are both in love with her—she feels unworthy of the attention. She has her own magical powers, which she is unaware of until attacked, and must protect her child. She has terrible scars on her back that have been there since childhood, but is unable to say how they got there. Her ability with the bow and arrow makes her a valuable commander in Axis's new army; her archers gladly train under her and give her their loyalty. Iam enchanted with this series and would recommend it for high school and adult readers. There are some adult situations with the love triangle between Axis, Faraday and Ahzure, but no detailed sex scenes. This book will be too long for most junior high readers but fantasy fans will not be afraid to dive right in, especially if they have read the first book. Stacey Conrad, (The Wayfarer Redemption, Bk. 2).. KLIATT Codes: SA*—Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1996, Tor, 669p.,
— Middle School Reading Teacher
Library Journal
Driven by the Prophecy he was created to fulfill, Axis journeys to Talon Spike to recover his Icarri heritage and learn the ways of an enchanter before traveling to face the forces arrayed against him his half-brother Borneheld and the monster Gorgrael. The sequel to The Wayfarer Redemption follows the stories of Axis, his beloved Farraday, and the woman warrior Azhure as they come closer and closer to deciphering their part in the Prophecy that will return balance to the world. Douglass demonstrates a consistently high standard of storytelling in the epic fantasy tradition. A strong addition to fantasy collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Second installment in The Wayfarer Redemption series begun with Battleaxe (2001), by Australian fantasist Douglass, whose third volume, Starman, and three others are already available from HarperCollins of Australia. Battleaxe opens with familiar matters given a fresh turn: the Kingdom of Achar threatened by invisible ice-creatures, Prince Borneheld and his shamed half-brother, the bastard Axis (the BattleAxe of the Axe-Wielders) facing off, and Borneheld's fiancee Faraday falling for Axis. Enchanter focuses on Axis as he joins the Icarii birdpeople, discovers his real father in StarDrifter SunSoar, learns the deeps of enchanting, and loses his heart to the woman warrior Azhure. So Douglass holds her own as her characters deepen inventively.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765341969
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Wayfarer Redemption Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 244,777
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Douglass was born in Penola, a small farming settlement in the south of Australia, in 1957. She spent her early years chasing (and being chased by) sheep and collecting snakes before her parents transported her to the city of Adelaideand the more genteel surroundings of Methodist Ladies College. Having graduated, Sara then became a nurse on her parents' urging (it was both feminine and genteel) and spent seventeen years planning and then effecting her escape.

That escape came in the form of a Ph.D. in early modern English history. Sara and nursing finally parted company after a lengthy time of bare tolerance, and she took up a position as senior lecturer in medieval European history at the Bendigo campus of the Victorian University of La Trobe. Finding the departmental politics of academic life as intolerable as the emotional rigours of nursing, Sara needed to find another escape.

This took the form of one of Sara's childhood loves - books and writing. Spending some years practising writing novels, HarperCollins Australia picked up one of Sara's novels, BattleAxe (published in North America as The Wayfarer Redemption), the first in the Tencendor series, and chose it as the lead book in their new fantasy line with immediate success. Since 1995 Sara has become Australia's leading fantasy author and one of its top novelists. Her books are now sold around the world.

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Jervois Landing—Arrivals

Ho'Demi sat his shaggy horse and contemplated the impenetrable fog before him. His scouts had reported that the Duke of Ichtar and what remained of his command from Gorkenfort drew close. For all Ho'Demi knew they were but ten paces away.

Ho'Demi shivered. He did not like these southern lands with their damp mists. He yearned for the northern wastes of the Ravensbund with its endless leagues of grinding ice. He yearned to be once more hunting the great icebears with the men and women of his tribe—not these Ghostmen whose very whispers defiled the wind.

However, the northern wastes were denied Ho'Demi and his people. For as far back as tribal memory stretched the Skraeling wraiths had existed. Until the past year they had been neither numerous nor brave, and as long as his people hunted in packs, the Skraelings had not attacked. But now, massed by the unseen yet powerful hand of Gorgrael the Destroyer, the Skraelings had driven them from the Ravensbund, down through Gorken Pass, past Gorkenfort and town—where the Duke of Ichtar had stopped the invasion of Gorgrael's Ghostmen—and into these southern lands. Ho'Demi had finally stopped his people's flight here at Jervois Landing. It was here that Borneheld, having somehow escaped the Skraelings, intended to make his stand.

Ho'Demi and his people had always intended to help the Southerners against Gorgrael and his Skraelings; it was part of their heritage. But when he had offered his warriors at Gorkenfort, Borneheld had laughed and said he had no need for Ravensbund assistance. He, Duke of Ichtar, commanded a real army. Well, now the Duke and his real army might not be so slow to accept the help of the Ravensbund warriors.

Ho'Demi had led as many of his people out of the Ravensbund as he could. But the Ravensbund tribes lay scattered across the vast territory of the northern wastes and Ho'Demi had not been able to get word to the majority of the tribes to flee into the southern lands. Only twenty thousand had pitched their sealskin tents about Jervois Landing, a mere twentieth of the Ravensbund population. Ho'Demi shuddered to think of what had happened to those left behind. He hoped they had found a place to hide among the crevices of the ice packs, there to await the day when Gorgrael was defeated by the StarMan. He hoped they had the courage for a long wait.

The Ravensbundmen were a proud and ancient people who had adapted their culture and society to a life spent almost entirely within the ice-bound regions of northern Achar. Few had any contact with the world beyond the River Andakilsa. The King of Achar (whosoever he currently was) might fondly believe that he ruled Ravensbund as he ruled the rest of Achar, but as far as the Ravensbundmen knew or cared, the Achar King had as much control over them as he did over the Forbidden. Ho'Demi was their Chief, and his was the law they obeyed.

But now, for the sake of the Prophecy and because it was the only thing left for him to do, Ho'Demi would put himself under the command of Borneheld. Ravensbundmen had been aware of the Prophecy of the Destroyer for thousands of years, and Ho'Demi knew that, divided, no one could defeat Gorgrael. Someone had to begin the alliance that would create Tencendor and crush the Destroyer. As the Skraeling threat grew infinitely worse, he had quickly realized this was a sign that the Prophecy had awoken and now walked. Of all the peoples of this land, perhaps the Ravensbundmen were more loyal to the name of the StarMan than most. When he called, then they would rally.

In groups of never less than a thousand, the Ravensbund people had passed by Gorkenfort, many weeks before Axis had arrived. As yet they did not know where the StarMan was; they did not know who he was. Until they found him, until they could declare their loyalty and their spears for him, Ho'Demi had decided they would fight with Borneheld. If he would have them.

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Borneheld knew what the bells were the instant their gentle sound reached him through the fog, and he hunched even further beneath his voluminous cloak.

It had been two weeks since they had fled Gorkenfort. As soon as Axis had drawn the Skraelings northwards away from the fort, Borneheld had ordered the gates opened and led his column out through the ruins of Gorkentown. The march south toward Jervois Landing was a desperate trek through icy conditions which hourly weakened his men's resistance to death. Many had died from the freezing cold or from the physical effort of the march. In the past week even more had died as the Skraelings made nibbling attacks on the rear and flanks of Borneheld's retreating column. Others deserted. Even those two old brothers whom Axis had dragged north with him from the Silent Woman Keep and who had babbled incessantly about musty prophecies had disappeared one night. As far as Borneheld was concerned, the Skraelings could feed all they wanted on those two as on any others not prepared to stay with him.

Unaccountably, the Skraelings had left them alone for a critical five days after their escape from Gorkenfort. They had ridden as hard and as fast as they could—until the horses started to die beneath them—expecting an attack from Gorgrael's army at any moment. No one in Borneheld's company knew that it was because Axis and his command had hurt the Skraelings so grievously in the icy wastes above Gorkenfort that the SkraeBolds had needed to regroup the decimated Skraeling forces.

All Borneheld and his company knew was that they'd had five days' start on the Skraelings, and that five days was the difference between life and death. When the Skraelings did finally reappear, they did not do so in force, and Borneheld's column had managed to keep moving farther south toward the comparative safety of Jervois Landing. The Skraelings would not push so far south. Surely.

Yet every step they took southwards toward safety increased Borneheld's bitterness. It hadn't been his fault that Gorkenfort had fallen. Traitors had undermined his command and betrayed both Ichtar and Achar. Magariz's actions had confirmed that. His most senior, most trusted commander had chosen to ride with his bastard half-brother rather than fight for Borneheld and the cause of Achar. For thirty years Borneheld's jealousy of Axis had dominated his life; now bitter resentment twisted his gut. Artor curse him, he thought, I hope he died out there in the frozen wastes. Screaming for me to ride to his rescue, screaming my name as the wraiths chewed the flesh from his bones.

But even that thought could not bring a smile to Borneheld's cold-chapped face. Now, after the treachery of Gorkenfort, Borneheld trusted few. If Magariz could turn against him, then who else might prove treacherous? Even Jorge and Roland, riding silent and introspective farther back in the column, did not enjoy the same depth of trust as they once had. No, Borneheld truly trusted only Gautier and Timozel. Who would have thought that such a young whelp—and an Axe-Wielder to boot—could grow into such a loyal and devoted servant to the Duke of Ichtar? Timozel had clearly demonstrated his worth on this march south, proving that he could harry men into obedience as well as Gautier, and fight with as much courage as Borneheld himself. Now he rode his horse slightly to the left and behind Borneheld, sitting tall and proud in the saddle, the occasional flare of his visionary eyes keeping Borneheld's own hopes alive.

Artor had graced Timozel with visions, and that meant Artor would eventually grace Borneheld's cause with victory as well.

Borneheld's eyes slipped to the horse that followed a few paces behind Timozel's. His wife, Faraday, clung to the saddle and to Yr, as she had since her horse succumbed to the cold three days ago. Could he trust Faraday? Borneheld frowned under the hood of his cloak. He had thought that she loved him, for had she not whispered words of love and devotion to him night after night, and fled to his arms when Axis had proved incapable of protecting her? But what was it she had murmured to Axis as they said goodbye in the courtyard of Gorkenfort?

Curse her, he swore silently. Her future would be with him, not with Axis. She would provide Ichtar with an heir, not whatever shadowland Axis currently ruled. He would rather see her dead than betray him as Magariz had.

The loss of Gorkenfort and, subsequently, Ichtar had hurt Borneheld to the core of his soul. As a young boy growing up in a loveless household, deserted by his mother, ignored by his father, Borneheld had always had Ichtar. And when his father died and Borneheld became Duke of Ichtar at only fourteen, he finally felt that his life had meaning. Ignored by so many when he was simply the son of Searlas, Borneheld revelled in the power he wielded as the new Duke. Power brought him the attention he craved, the respect he demanded, the command that was his due, and, eventually, the woman that he desired above all others.

Now most of Ichtar was lost to him, and Borneheld felt the loss as keenly as a physical wound. What power would he command as the man who had lost Ichtar? What respect? Even if he could win back Ichtar—and he would—he would still feel vulnerable. He would only feel safe if he commanded ultimate power over all of Achar, if he sat the throne itself. As King, Borneheld would have all the power, the respect and the love he craved. As King, he would surely be able to flush out the traitors about him once and for all. Desperate as he was to get it back, Ichtar was no longer enough for Borneheld.

And didn't Timozel's visions indicate that Borneheld would become King? Yes, it was Artor's wish that he take the throne.

Now, as he approached Jervois Landing, Borneheld reviewed the forces he still commanded. Despite the losses at Gorkentown—all of which had been the fault of either the demon-spawned Axis or that traitor Magariz—he still controlled a powerful force. The original column of five thousand he had led from Gorkenfort had been swelled by the refugees from Ichtar. As sorry as these refugees were now, they could work and some could be trained to fight. There were also troops still stationed in Achar that Borneheld could command. There was still a cohort of five hundred Axe-Wielders guarding the Brother-Leader at the Tower of the Seneschal. All these could be his. And, if those soft chimes meant what he hoped they did, he would also have the Ravensbundmen. Uncouth savages to be sure, but they had both spears and horses. If they could stick an enemy in the gut then they would be useful. Finally, there were the resources of the Corolean Empire to the south of Achar. If that simpering fool of a King, Priam, hadn't yet thought about arranging a military alliance with the Coroleans then Borneheld would make sure that he soon would.

Suddenly a stationary horseman loomed out of the mist and Borneheld barked an order to halt. He sat for a moment and looked at the inscrutable Ravensbundman's face. It was even more intricately tattooed in blue and black than most of his race. Dizzying whorls and spirals covered not only his cheeks, but his forehead and chin as well—although, strangely, there was a circular area right in the center of his forehead that remained naked and untattooed. As with all his race, the savage had tiny chips of blue glass and miniature bells threaded through his myriad greasy black braids. Even his mount—ugly, stunted, yellow-furred nag that it was—had glass and bells woven into its mane and tail. Uncivilized savages. Still, if they could kill they might yet serve a purpose.

Ho'Demi let the Duke stare at him a moment, then spoke, demonstrating a fluent command of the Acharite language. "Duke Borneheld. Gorgrael has taken my land and murdered my people. He drives his Ghostmen south. The Ravensbundmen live only to defeat Gorgrael. If you fight against Gorgrael then we will stand by your side."

Borneheld narrowed his eyes at the barbarian. "I do fight Gorgrael. But if you want to fight with me then you will place yourself and your people under my command."

Ho'Demi wondered at the implicit threat in Borneheld's tone, but it did not perturb him. He nodded. "Agreed."

"Good." Borneheld peered into the mists behind the Ravensbundman, trying to see how many men he had with him. "How many will you bring to my command?"

"Of the twenty thousand in my camp, eleven thousand can fight."

"You have done well to choose my cause," Borneheld said quietly. "Together we will make our stand here at Jervois Landing against whichever of our enemies attack first. This time, I will prevail."

Copyright © 1996 Sara Douglass Enterprises Pty Ltd.

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Reading Group Guide

Questions for Discussion

1. The Wayfarer Redemption novels are centered around a few major themes, including destiny, sacrifice, personal growth and transformation, and the definitions and dangers of loyalty. Describe how each of these themes shapes Axis, Azhure, Borneheld, Brother Jayme, Magariz, and Timozel. Which theme impacts most powerfully on each of these characters?

2. The Icarii are a study in contrasts. They are said to value politeness and etiquette, yet they are vain, selfabsorbed, and can be seen as arrogant. As Azhure says of them, “They are very good at passions and very bad at friendships.” Which of these traits does Axis share, and what impact do they have on the story? Is there an evolution of the Icarii during the events in the book? Describe.

3. In addressing the Icarii Assembly, announcing his plans to revive the realm of Tencendor under his banner, Axis thinks of the advice of Brother Jayme, “Learn to seize the hearts of your audience with your first words, for those hearts will always remain the most loyal. If someone needs to be persuaded with hours of arguments, then he will forever remain a potential traitor in your camp.” Do you agree with this advice? Is one’s immediate reaction to hearing something always the most correct one? How might this belief have contributed to the eventual downfall of the Seneschal?

4. When King Priam begins to waver, considering joining Axis in an alliance against Gorgrael’s threat, the Seneschal leadership sows the seeds of treason and treachery against him. As Brother Jayme makes his fateful decision, he says, “What we do we must do for the good of the Seneschal.” What is the author saying about the Seneschal’s belief about themselves, and about the Acharite kingdom? How does the author portray the other religious beliefs throughout of the book?

5. Discuss the significance of identity in Enchanter. Much of the storyline is based upon characters discovering, claiming, or concealing their true identities. How does the author use identity as a way to advance the story? As a way to build suspense?

6. According to The Prophesy of the Destroyer, at least some of the Sentinels are destined to have “power corrupt their hearts.” While much of the Prophesy is ambiguous, this phrase seems quite clear. With the considerable abilities the Sentinels wield, each would be a formidable enemy if corrupted, and even more so because Axis confides in them and depends in large part upon their strength. Why does Axis allow them such close confidence, and does this trust seem in keeping with Axis’s character?

7. Obsession is another powerful theme that runs throughout Enchanter. Discuss the obsessions of the following characters, and explain how each drives their actions and destinies: Axis, StarDrifter, Borneheld, WolfStar, and Timozel.

8. Discuss the roles of women in Enchanter. While Axis is the Starman, and Gorgrael is the Destroyer, a number of women, including Faraday, Azhure, Rivkah, MorningStar, Queen Judith, and Yr, play central roles in bringing the prophesy to life. Which of the above women are the strongest characters? The weakest?

9. Discuss the idea of Fate in Enchanter. How much control does Axis have over his destiny? Are his actions driven by his desire to live up to his Starman billing, or is he merely along for the ride? How do the Icarii and Avar views of Fate compare to the Acharite perspective? Is Borneheld destined to be a victim? Could he have changed the outcome of his Fate?

10. During the course of Enchanter, many characters experience remarkable growth and evolution. Describe how the growth of such characters as Axis, Azhure, and Belial advances the story, and contrast these changes to those in Borneheld.

11. The Icarii view on incest shatters the norms of modern society, and is shocking in its blatancy. Why do you think the author choose to make this a part of their culture? How does the Icarii moral code influence their dealings with the other races?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Second in Series

    I loved these books! I read all six within six weeks. I am no fantasy critic - I haven't read in years - but a friend gave me these to read, as she loved them. The first takes a bit to get into and then you won't stop until you finish the third. The fourth is the same way, a few slow spots and then on to the end of the sixth. I really dreaded finishing as I worry I will not find another series I enjoyed as much as these. I am looking for something as good and hope by reading reviews, I can go off others suggestions.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

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    Very disappointing after the first book.

    Where to start with this one. I swear I liked the first book, but it didn't take long for me to nearly hate this one. The characters and the circumstances they have to deal with are way too over-simplified. The "hero" of the story meets and falls in love with one woman, then turns around and meets and falls in love with another with little conscience conflict. He feels they will simply have to "accept one another" because he "can't let either go". And yet still I finished it out of curiously for the story line. I think the bare basics of the story have potential, I'm just not in agreement with how the author wrote it. I'm not sure I have the energy to read the third book.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    A definite improvement on Book 1

    The first book in this series, "The Wayfarer Redemption", was something of a puzzle, but a very good book nonetheless. There were many questions that were asked in that book that were left unanswered. <BR/><BR/>Some of those questions are answered in the second book in Douglass' series, "Enchanter". We learn more about the mysterious Azhure, one of the two loves of Axis' life. We learn (or guess, at least) who the Dark Man has to be - Douglass doesn't come right out and say so, but I would be very surprised if my guess is wrong. <BR/><BR/>But there are still plenty of unanswered questions in this series, and Douglass still has a third and final book in which to answer them. For example, is the hint she gave about the traitor in Axis' camp that glaringly obvious, or is this just a red herring? And now that Faraday has given up her pursuit of (but not her love for) Axis, what exactly is her role in the prophecy? <BR/><BR/>Douglass has a lot of balls juggling in this series. So far she hasn't dropped any of them, and I hope she can catch all of them in the final book of her trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    My all-time favorite

    This is my favorite book of all six, probably because it focuses in on Azhure, my favorite character. It's strongly written and utterly beautiful and sad at the same time. A gorgeous tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005

    I LOVED IT!!!

    a great book. debatable whether it's better or worse than the first: it kinda loses track of Faraday - she wasn't my favorite character, but still, you can't just forget she's there. on the other hand, it definitely zooms in on Azhure, who is in my opinion the best character of the book. slightly intense, fast-paced, with all the sophistication of the first book. it's a little like all the characters are maturing into the people they need to be to win at the end. the ending leaves quite a bit unresolved, so make sure you can get easy access to the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005


    this book was definitly better than the first in the series. Axis grew up(mentally), Azure's past is revealed (very interesting), and it was very addictive

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2004

    Fairly well done

    This book did extremely better than the first of its series. The creativity of the mystical side of the Forbidden was fascinating. Its downfall, though, was the rush to tell the story, which removed the much desired minute details of the story. Certain facts of people were simply stated instead of having them be developed. Reading Martin first could have biased my opinion but Douglas makes the reader 'fill in the blanks' instead of having them live the tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003


    its a good book and i definatly lost my respect for axsis because faraday is my fav in the whole book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003


    The book is great, though I sometimes disagree with Axis' choices in what he has done to Faraday. He's just being selfish in some ways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    excellent book

    The book was so good, I couldn't put it down. I lost my respect for Axis throughout the book. I didn't agree with the way he treated Faraday, especially after all she did for him. I definately recommend the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2002

    ONE OF THE TOP 10s

    i've read a lot of books in my lifetime...and i must say this is one of the top 10 i've ever read..!! when i bought this book, i didn't expect much from it because i randomly selected it from the shelf...and i only selected it because the cover was nice...then i came home and read and i couldn't put it down...the storyline was GREAT...the characters seemed REAL...everything was so good about this book...the love story was great (even tho i think axis was sometimes dumb...)...and i especially liked the character of azhure... GET THE BOOK !! you won't regret it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002


    This book was so good, I couldn't put it down. It's even better than the first book, and I would recommend it to anyone who has read the first, or not. The story is so intricate, and I think that any fantasy reader would enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2001


    Ever since I finished the first novel in the series, The Wayfarer Redemption (or Battleaxe, its original title), I've been salivating for the chance to get my hands on this book. I wasn't disappointed. It picks up soon after the first ends: Axis, the StarMan, is spending time training at Talon Spike to become the Enchanter of prophecy that he rightfully is. He has to find a way to unite the three peoples of Ichar. Azhure plays a larger part in this novel, somehow entwined with the prophecy in a way that is kept a mystery (one of those mysteries that keeps you going no matter how late at night it is). More truths are revealed, but at the same time they're half-truths... Gorgrael is lurking in the shadows, of course, ready to pounce. Over-all, it was an excellent read and now I'm craving the next novel in the series! If you're a fan of epic fantasy, or just good writing in general, you should definitely pick Sara Douglass's novels up. I just wish they would be released on American shores faster!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    deep relationship fantasy

    When puissant Icariian enchanter Axis Sunsoar meets Faraday, wife of his half-brother Borneheld, he falls in love with her. He vows that she will become his wife one-day soon. Faraday, a follower of the Mother Goddess, expects her beloved Axis to save her from her current abusive husband. <P>However, raging jealousy for stealing the affection of his spouse, begrudging his sibling¿s recent success, and envying his half-brother¿s new relationship with their father leads Borneheld to seek Azis¿ death. Adding to the relationship mess is that for no apparent reason, Icariian desires the mysterious Azhure. With traitors inside his inner circle ready to destroy him, Axis must find a means to neutralize Borneheld and stop another half-brother if he is to fulfill the prophecy of ruling his fellow bird like people and the forest dwellers. <P> The second novel in Sarah Douglass¿ Wayfarer Redemption series, ENCHANTER, is a deep relationship fantasy that is filled with action and adventure, but succeeds because the various populaces that make up this globe seem real. Though the tale starts slow especially for those who read book one as Ms. Douglass patiently reintroduces the cast, once the story line goes in motion, it races faster than the speed of light. Subplot threads remain dangling for more sequels ($27.95 should entitle the reader to own a fully contained novel) sub-genre fans will concur to this enchanting novel winning the Australian Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. <P>Harriet Klausner

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