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Sinner, the fourth volume of Sara Douglass's Wayfarer Redemption saga, begins a new cycle in the bestselling fantasy series. Forty years have passed since the events in the first three novels (The Wayfarer Redemption, Enchanter, and Starman), and Axis and Azhure's son rules over a seemingly peaceful land about to erupt in total chaos.
Although the sentient races of Tencendor have been united for decades, open rebellion is just one diplomatic misstep away. Caelum SunSoar, the son of Axis and Azhure (heroes from the previous three novels), has done his best to keep the peace between humans; the Icarii, a race of winged people; and the Avar, an ancient race of horned forest dwellers. But when a faction of highly irate humans demand political and cultural equality among races, a bloody civil war breaks out that puts all of Axis' accomplishments in jeopardy. To complicate matters, one of Caelum's sisters is allegedly murdered by her disgraced twin brother, whose improbable disappearance unleashes mayhem amongst the royal family. And pandemonium strikes -- just as the mysterious WolfStar had foreseen, some sentient beings are coming through the Star Gate intent on locating an ancient relic. Are these celestial beings harbingers of doom or saviors?
Fans of epic fantasy who have enjoyed archetypal sagas like J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Terry Brooks's Shannara sequence, and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time should definitely check out these novels. If anything is guaranteed in this world, it is the quality of a Sara Douglass story. Paul Goat Allen