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Axis is the StarMan of prophecy and legend, destined to lead the three races of his world to unite as one people. The Prophecy foretold that Axis would defeat his half-brother, reclaim the land of Tencendor, and find a traitor in his camp. The Prophecy has also foretold of many a choice that Axis must make in order to fulfill his destiny... but neglected to mention that one of those choices would be to choose the love of ...
Axis is the StarMan of prophecy and legend, destined to lead the three races of his world to unite as one people. The Prophecy foretold that Axis would defeat his half-brother, reclaim the land of Tencendor, and find a traitor in his camp. The Prophecy has also foretold of many a choice that Axis must make in order to fulfill his destiny... but neglected to mention that one of those choices would be to choose the love of either the beautiful and courageous Faraday or the feisty and hauntingly enchanting Azhure.
To Faraday he had pledged his love and a place by his side as ruler of Tencendor; to Azhure he has given his children, his time, and his devotion.
While Azhure explores her newfound powers, as an Icarii Enchantress, and Faraday replants the ancient forests of the Mother, the evil Goragel is plotting Axis's downfall, invading the sky with ice and terror and tile flesh-hungry Gryphons. His most daring move is to follow prophecy, to taunt Axis with the pain of his beloved. But which beloved woman will Goragel choose... and will she be the one whose death will distract Axis from saving the world?
The Day of Power
It was a long day, the day that Axis first tried to kill Azhure, then married her. It was a day filled with power, and thus power found it easy to wrap and manipulate people's lives. The power of the Enchantress — untested and, for the moment, uncontrolled — had dominated the morning. Now, as the Enchantress smiled and kissed her new husband, it lay quiescent, waiting.
But as the gate that had imprisoned Azhure's power and identity had shattered that day, so had other gates shattered, and so other powers moved — and not all of them were welcomed by the Prophecy.
As the Enchantress leaned back from her husband, accepting the warmth and love of her friends and family about her, so power walked the land of Tencendor.
It would be a long day.
Axis pulled the Enchantress' ring from the small secret pocket in his breeches. He held it up so that all in the room could see it, then he slid the ring onto the heart finger of Azhure's left hand. It fit perfectly, made only for this woman, only for this finger.
Welcome into the House of the Stars to stand by my side, Enchantress. May we walk together forever."
"Forever?" the GateKeeper said. "You and the Enchantress? For ever? As you wish, StarMan, as you wish."
She laughed, then, from one of the bowls on the table before her she lifted out two balls and studied them.
"Forever," she muttered, and placed them with the small group of seven sparkling balls at the very front of her table. The Greater. "Nine. Complete." "The Circle is complete! At last . . . at last!"
She fell silent, deep in thought. Her fingers trembled. Already he had one child, and more to follow. And then . . . the other.
She held a hand over one of the bowls again, dipped it sharply, and brought out four more balls. She dropped them into the pile of softly glowing golden balls which represented those who did not have to go through her Gate. The Lesser.
"Yet one more!" she said again, and a spasm of pain crossed her face. Her hand lifted slowly, shaking, then she snarled and snatched a dull black ball from the pile of those who refused to go through her Gate.
She hissed, for the GateKeeper loathed releasing a soul without exacting fair price. "Does that satisfy your promise, WolfStar? Does it?"
She dropped it with the other four on the pile of the Lesser.
"Enough," she said in relief. "It is done. Enough."
Faraday tightened the girth on the donkey and checked the saddlebags and panniers. She did not carry much with her: The bowl of enchanted wood that the silver pelt had given her so long ago; the green gown that the Mother had presented to her; some extra blankets, a pair of sturdy boots should the weather break; and a few spare clothes.
It was not much for a widowed Queen, thought Faraday, fighting to keep her emotions under control. Where were the retainers? The gilded carriage and the caparisoned horses? The company of two white donkeys was paltry considering what she had done for Axis and for Tencendor — and what she would yet do.
Carriages and horses? What did she need with those? All she needed, all she wanted, was the love of a man who did not love her.
She thought about Azhure and Caelum, envying the woman yet sharing her joy in her son. Well, she thought, no matter. I am mother to forty-two thousand souls. Surely their birthing will give me pain and joy enough.
The stables, as the rest of the palace of Carlon, were still and quiet. When she had left the Sentinels earlier Faraday had heard that the princes and commanders closest to Axis and Azhure had been called to the apartment where Faraday had left them.
"A wedding, I hope," Faraday murmured, and did not know whether to smile for Azhure's sake, or cry for her own.
Abruptly she took a deep breath and shook herself. She had her own role to play in the Prophecy and it would take her far from Carlon. Faraday could not wait to leave the palace and the city. There were no happy memories here. Even the recent eight days and nights she had spent at Axis' side had turned out to be nothing but a lie and a betrayal. It was their memory Faraday wanted to escape most of all.
Why had no one told her about Azhure? Everyone close to Axis — indeed, many distant from him — had known of his love for Azhure, yet none had thought to tell Faraday. Not even the Sentinels.
"You let me think that once Borneheld was dead then Axis would be mine," she had cried to the Sentinels. "All I had to comfort me during that frightful marriage was the thought that one day my efforts for the Prophecy would be rewarded with Axis' love, and yet that comfort was a lie."
Ogden and Veremund hung their heads in shame, and when Yr had stepped forward to comfort Faraday, she jerked away.
"Did you know?" Faraday had shouted at Jack. "Did you know from the very beginning that I would lose Axis?"
"None of us know all of the twists and turns of the Prophecy, sweet girl," Jack replied, his face unreadable.
Faraday had stared flatly at him, almost tasting the lie he'd mouthed.
She signed. Her meeting with the Sentinels had not gone well. She now regretted the harsh words she'd lashed at them before she'd stalked out the door. Ogden and Veremund had scurried after her, their cheeks streaked with tears, asking her where she was going. "Into Prophecy — where you have thrust me," Faraday had snapped.
"Then take our donkeys and their bags and panniers," they'd begged.
Faraday nodded curtly. "If you wish."
Then she had left them standing in the corridor, as much victims of the Prophecy as she was.
Now all she knew was that she had to go east and that, sooner or later, she would have to start the transfer of the seedlings from Ur's nursery in the Enchanted Woods beyond the Sacred Grove to this world.
Faraday gathered the leads of the placid donkeys and turned to the stable entrance. A heavily cloaked figure stood there, shrouded in shadows. Faraday jumped, her heart pounding.
"Faraday?" a soft voice asked, and she let out a breath in sheer relief. She'd thought that this dark figure might be the mysterious and eminently dangerous WolfStar.
"Embeth! What are you doing down here? Why are you cloaked so heavily?"
Embeth tugged back the hood. Her face was pale and drawn, her eyes showing the strain of sleepless nights.
"You're leaving, Faraday?"
Faraday stared at the woman, remembering how Embeth, like the Sentinels, had urged Faraday into her marriage with Borneheld. She also remembered that Embeth and Axis had been lovers for many years. Well could you dissuade me from Axis and urge me to Borneheld's bed, she thought sourly, when you had enjoyed Axis for so long.
But Faraday forced herself to remember that Embeth had been doing only what she thought best for a young girl untutored in the complexities of court intrigue. Embeth had no knowledge of prophecies or of the maelstrom that had, even then, caught so many of its victims into its swirling dark outer edges.
"Yes. There is no place for me here, Embeth. I travel east." She was deliberately vague, letting Embeth think she was traveling back to her family home in Skarabost.
Embeth's hands twisted in front of her. "What of you and Axis?"
Faraday stared unbelievingly at her before she realized that Embeth probably had no knowledge of the day's events.
"I leave Axis to his Lover, Embeth. I leave him to Azhure." Her voice was so soft that Embeth had to strain to hear it.
"Oh, Faraday," she said, hesitating only an instant before she stepped forward and hugged the woman tightly. "Faraday, I am sorry I did not tell you . . . about . . . well, about Azhure and her son. But I could not find the words, and after a few days I had convinced myself that you must have known. That Axis must have told you. But I saw your face yesterday when Axis acknowledged Azhure and named her son as his heir and I realized then that Axis kept his silence. That everyone had. Faraday, please forgive me."
Faraday finally broke down into the tears she had not allowed herself since that appalling moment at the ceremony when she had realized the depth of Axis' betrayal. She sobbed, and Embeth hugged her fiercely. For a few minutes the two women stood there in the dim stable, then Faraday pulled back and wiped her eyes, an unforced smile on her face.
"Thank you, Embeth. I needed that."
"If you are going east then you must be going past Tare," Embeth said. "Please, Faraday, let me come with you as far as Tare. There is no place here in Carlon for me any more. Timozel has gone, only the gods know where, my other two children are far distant — both married now — and I do not think either Axis or Azhure would feel comfortable at my continuing presence."
As mine, Faraday thought. Discarded lovers are always a source of some embarrassment.
"Judith still waits in Tare, and needs my company. And there are . . . other . . . reasons I should return home."
Faraday noted the older woman's hesitancy. "StarDrifter?" she asked.
"Yes," Embeth said after a moment's hesitation. "I was a fool to succumb to his well-practiced enticements, but the old comfortable world I knew had broken apart into so many pieces that I felt lost, lonely, unsure. He was an escape and I . . . I, as his son's former lover, was an irresistible challenge."
A wry grin crossed her face. "I fear I may have made a fool of myself, Faraday, and that thought hurts more than any other pain I have endured over the past months. StarDrifter only used me to sate his curiosity, he did not care for me. We did not even share the friendship that Axis and I did."
We have both been used and discarded by these damn SunSoar men, Faraday thought. "Well," she said, "as far as Tare you say? How long will it take you to pack?"
To her surprise Embeth actually laughed. "As long as it takes me to saddle a horse. I have no wish to go back inside the palace. I already wear a serviceable dress and good boots, and should I require anything else then I have gold pieces in the purse. We shall not want for food along the way."
Faraday smiled. "We would not have wanted for food in any case." She patted one of the saddlebags.
Embeth frowned in puzzlement at the flat and empty saddlebag, but Faraday only reached out a hand. "Come, let us both walk away from these SunSoar men. Let us find meaning for our lives elsewhere."
Copyright (c) 1996 Sara Douglass Enterprises Pty Ltd.
Posted April 12, 2013
I first came upon this series 12 years ago thanks to the recommendation of a book store keeper, and since then I've read the first three books more times than i can count. They are easy to read, pull you in from the very beginning, and keep you interested until the very last word of Starman. Even though I know the outcome.of the story, my heart still pounds at the war scenes, and I have shed tears when it the time called for it.
If you have read Lord of the Rings, or Game of Thrones, this series is right up your alley and is quite a bit easier to read too for the younger crowd who loves this genre. I could not recommend a better book to get lost in for a few hours.
Posted September 1, 2011
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Genre: High Fantasy
The Wayfarer Redemption series began with a good start as the author, Sarah Douglass, introduces us to a world under the rule of the Seneschal and the way of the plow. There exist an ancient powerful magic deeply concealed that threatens to change the way of the plow and unveil secrets and truths that are bound by the way of a prophecy.
This series starts with the first three books in the series known as the Axis Trilogy. Starman is the concluding book to this trilogy. Axis, the hero and protagonist of the story, has discovered much about himself on his journey including his hidden powers, true bloodline, and a history that had been shielded from him. Now, he must follow the foretelling of his prophecy which ends by him going into battle with his evil half brother Gorgrael in a final battle where only one of them can walk away alive.
Author Sarah Douglass's flow of writing in this book takes you step by step through the prophecy and how it coincides with the life of Axis. This process starts from the onset of the book making the story very predictable and leaves little surprise to the reader of the final outcome. The prophecy foretells that Axis will defeat Gorgrael if he is not distracted by his beloved. For Gorgrael, his challenge is to choose between two women Axis loves and use her to distract him in the final battle. Will he choose a woman that will bring Axis' downfall or his own? While reading the book it is very obvious whom Axis true beloved is and Gorgrael's ignorance is both ridiculous and unrealistic. This, however, is only the beginning of the aggravation that stem from within this book.
The first book began with Axis starting out as a great warrior. He was a man that would become even more powerful, strong, and eventually would become a leader to bring together three races. However, as the story progresses into the second and third book, Axis is overshadowed by a character named Azure. Azure is a woman who, for the most part, replaces the position Axis should have had in the story. Azure becomes very powerful in a short time and makes every challenge look like a trifle task. Although I applaud Douglass for creating a powerful female character and diverting from the damsel in distress theme, she does this in the least favorable way and leaves you feeling unwilling to applaud for anyone. Douglass appears to have fallen so in love with her character Azure that she uses her at every opportunity to save the day. Thus, Azure is the one that saves everyone from danger and becomes the hero that everyone, even Axis, depends upon.
While there are several disappointments in this book a good writer can almost always redeem themselves and please the reader by the very way that they write. In fact a well written book can be the turning point in determining its appeal. Sadly, Douglass was not able to do this in Starman. Some of the fault may be given to the editor, but either way, the writing in these books are lacking in caliber. There are parts of the book, for example, where characters are talking in their normal speech pattern and then suddenly take on a biblical / fable-like dialect. Even the narrative takes on a redundant nature in the form of repetitive and cheesy speech.
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Posted December 27, 2006
Im a huge fantasy fan, and I would have to say that this is the best set of books i've ever read. Im almost done with starman, but im positive the last three are just as amazing. sara douglass is an amazingly talented writer and am sad that the last book has come out. I would definatly recomend this book to anyone who loves to read, theres no way it will let you down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2006
I found this series when I was twelve and have read the books so many times over the past five years I can't count. Starman is definitely a good read, whether or nor you're a Faraday or Azhure fan, you can enjoy the tale. (Though personally I'm an Azhure fan) Definitely a keeper.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2004
I think this book is the best from the whole trilogy. Sara Douglass has such a magnificent way of portraying characters in a human and realistic sense. All her characters are so beautifully written and Sara Douglass writes in a way that gets to your heart. Wonderful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2004
The Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglass are the most amazing books I have ever read. Any true fantasy readers should check out these books. In this third and final chapter of the FIRST trilogy (it's 6 books altogether, see below) Axis has pledged his love to the beautiful Faraday whom he vowed to set free from the marriage of his human half brother Bornheld. While Faraday waited for her true love to save her, Axis met Azhure along his travels. After spending time with Azhure, Axis has realized that his heart is torn between the two. As a family begins to form between he and Azhure, Faraday turns to the Blessed Mother to fulfill her destiny and try to forget Axis. She sets out on a journey to replant the forests, once destroyed by the humans believing in the Way of the Plow. But as Axis prepares for his final battle with Gorgrael (his other half-brother,) Fate brings the three lovers together once more. Knowing from the Prophecy of the Destroyer that one woman must be given up, he must face this inner conflict once and for all. As he gets closer to Gorgrael's lair he learns more about his people, his past, his place in the world and his family line's dark secret (as well as WolfStar's contribution to this whole 'end-of-the-world' mess.) These books truly do have everything: Love, loss, betrayal, Prophecy, action, mystery, magic... you name it, these books have it! I can honestly say that I was attached to nearly every character (especially Faraday) and Sara Douglass has a real talent for making you really feel whatever is going on in her worlds. I often got emotional in both the joyful times and in the saddest times of the book. Now, I have read the reviews left by other customers and I noticed that many of you found the book's ending to be disappointing. Well, I wanted to stress the fact that the series is actually meant to be 6 books and not 3. The last 3 books have been released in the U.S. as of yet. They will be released between now (2004) and 2008. The last three books finished the story through Axis' children (though he is involved in the final trilogy) and I do not think the REAL ending is disappointing at all. If you would like more information on the final trilogy, you can visit Sara Douglass' website, which includes an online shop to purchase the books. I purchased them there myself because I couldn't wait until 2008 for the last 3 books. :) I read all 6 books within the span of 8 months or so. I could not put them down! I truly recommend them when read as a set of 6!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2004
This was one of the first fantasy 'sets' that led me back into the store to buy again; I'm new to fantasy reading but I enjoy the depth. I've read disparaging comments about fantasy containing sex/romance -why? Life contains romantic entanglements, and a fantasy book with some hints of relationships (beyond honorary-chivalric warfare and blood-bond friendships) seems more unreal than one without them. Nevertheless, I closed Starman with a sense of ... resignation -and cursed at least one of said entanglements: Faraday! How long she waited, toiling, only to find her most hopeful future denied her and her work, though critical to the prophecy, eclipsed by the inexorable and all-encompassing prophetic design for a rather cowardly, indecisive Axis and the newly multi-faceted/blessed Azhure. For days i kept going back to that ending ...what was Ms. Douglass thinking? I loved Azhure as well, but as the story began with Faraday, my heart tended in her direction, hoping, alongside, for her eventual reward. How like life, though, her circumstances! We can't always predict outcomes, and rarely sense the breadth of realities sweeping about our existences. Nor are we as important or central to the plan as we -often- might wish; intergral others may be raised higher beyond what seems likely at any given time ... Despite misgivings, I confess being a convert to Ms. Douglass -I'll be looking for her works beyond this- for me these works have a kind of (fatalistic?) staying power- you end up carefully considering even the pain within. Ah, well- maudlin thoughts aside, these books'll go on a 'keeper's' shelf for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2004
Well, I guess my title says it all. After the first book, I was riveted. I bought the other two, and slowly became disappointed. Ms. Douglass did a fantastic job, don't get me wrong, but I am a sucker for happy endings. And this is not what I call happy. Even with Axis' betrayal, Faraday could have went on. I think Ms. Douglass cut Faraday short and gave her the pitiful woman character. Azhure became this all powerful god, and I think that took away from what she was. She became this perfect woman in the span of a chapter. Overall, this series was ineresting and not that original, but okay. The final battle was anti-climatic. After three books, the battle lasts about two paragraphs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2004
This book was not as enjoyable to me because things became too easy for Azhure. I liked the struggle she endured in the first and second books, because then as she grew and gained more power it seemed justified. In the third book she became annoying and utterly powerful- for no apparent reason. It was as though everything was suddenly handed to her on a silver platter and she became invincible, and thus- very boring. Axis on the other hand, almost seemed a bit player in this book. I didn't mind that so much though, because I didn't like him very well anyway.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2004
All three of the books are monumental and ground breaking. With each new book the plot grows bigger and more passionate. As the books progress Douglass weaves the plot thicker adding deception, love, and most importantly betrayal. It explores the inner workings of the human heart, it shows both the purest of selflessness and the worst of a man¿s ¿need for love.¿ Douglass created characters that we can hate and others we could devote our lives to. She has stirred both a simple read for those who don¿t wish to understand the true teachings, but she has also laced it with rich symbolism and parallels. Parallels that connect each character in a beautiful web that, in the end, tells a whole other story themselves. Personally, I find Faraday the finest character in the books. She alone goes through the worst of it all and still maintains her good nature. Even when her lover casts her to the side and only uses her as ¿a cool pool,¿ she bears no ill will to his lady or his children. Faraday, also the Christ figure, never once acts in her own defense or never picks herself over another. One of my favorite parts is around the ending of the third book when Axis realizes that Faraday has bore him a son. It seems that it is Faraday¿s way of getting the last word in. The way the last chapter was written is truly beautiful. The irony of Azhure having to raise Faraday¿s children when Azhure herself has feared that. More so in the ending of the book when Faraday¿s sacrifices got more costly, it brought tears to my eyes to see some one I had gotten to love so much over the three books end like that. The way Faraday-that-had-been looked at him with her hurt wild eyes and the way she ran away, unfretted. These books are the finest I have ever read, and will ever read. They have changed my life in so many ways. The only thing I am disappointed about is that Douglass isn¿t continuing with those books, yes I heard of the rumor that she MIGHT but she said Faraday wouldn¿t be in them (go to her web site).For me the main draw would be gone. I find it depressing that Douglass just lest it end. I knew the end was coming it was just hard to face. If you haven¿t experienced these books you haven¿t a clue what you have been missing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2004
Posted November 5, 2003
The best book I've read in a long time! As soon as I finished the first I went the same day to buy the second and again the third. A trilogy worth holding on to. Thank you, Ms. Douglass!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2003
The writer is excelent and I couldnt put it down. This trilogy was the fastest reads I have ever had. I recomend that anyone that has ever read a fanticy book or ever read any book, for that matter, to pick this one up. The story carrys you from book to book and never lets you stop reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2003
Posted September 1, 2003
i have read the first two Books in this saga and half way through the second i can hardly put the book down and for me that takes a lot keep up the good work Sara and please wright more about the next generation of the land of Tencendor please will be looking for themWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2003
Starman does what it sets out to do. It tells an interesting story and introduces the reader to some likeable characters. Is it the best of it's genre? No. It drags at points and presents the occasional passage that could have done with some better editing. But overall, it's a fun book to read and while it may not be worthy of a special place on your bookshelf, you will be glad you read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2003
This book is an amazing read. All the characters are well-developed and the many different story plots going on pulls the book together and is a real page-turner. The cultures of the Acharites, Icarii, and Avar makes the realm of Tencendor seem like a real place. I think that it was wrong to start out with Faraday as the second main character and Azhure as a minor character and then to suddenly change Azhure into Faraday's place. That could have been more developed. I also think that Axis could have shown more compassion and sorrow towards Faraday, ecspecialy for all that she did for him, but at the end it really came together and Axis truely showed sorrow for what he did to Faraday. Overall, this is a great book full of prophecy, love, betrayal, hatred, magic, and lots of battles.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2003
Posted April 29, 2003
ok you know this was a REALLY good book, been a while since i read it so i can no longer remember where enchater begins, and starman starts, i just mainly rember skipping from the beginning of enchater to the last couple chapters of starman, it was so sad!!! I really just don't like azhure, and everyone else who read it at my class (quite a few actually) hates her. ok but this is just like lord of the rings, no actually not like thast asince it is way easier to read, being a page turner, a fantastic epic in great detial, yet not so much that it bores you to death. this is only the third of six books about the land tencendor(also known as achar), and I feel thos next three(sinner,pilgrim,and crusader) are even better , not having to stick to the prophecy and all, with my faveorite characters back! it also doesn't have a really sad ending! yay faraday! oh yeah and to you all things are explained in these three left unanswered in starman, not sure if you can get these in the u.s yet, mine came from canada.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2003
I know theres 3 more books in this series that are already published in the UK, how come we can't get em? its a good series although it starts out atypical for a fantasy novel. but it ends up being pretty decent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.