StarMan (Wayfarer Redemption Series #3)

StarMan (Wayfarer Redemption Series #3)

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by Sara Douglass
     
 

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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 people of his world all know the Prophecy of the Destroyer, despite the failed attempts of the Seneschal to suppress it in the name of the god Artor the Ploughman, and it predicts and dictates Axis's path through war and destruction to the creation

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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 people of his world all know the Prophecy of the Destroyer, despite the failed attempts of the Seneschal to suppress it in the name of the god Artor the Ploughman, and it predicts and dictates Axis's path through war and destruction to the creation of Tencendor.

The Prophecy foretold that Axis would defeat his half-brother and lay claim to the land that Tencendor will be created upon. The Prophecy told of the traitor in Axis's camp-Faraday's champion, Timozel.

And the Prophecy foretold many a choice that Axis must make in order to fulfill his destiny . . . but neglected to mention the choice between the beautiful and courageous Faraday, his late half-brother's wife, and 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 had given his children, his time, and his devotion.

His love for both women is what the last twist of the Prophecy relies on. While Azhure explores her newfound powers as an Icarii Enchantress, and Faraday replants the ancient forests of the Mother, the evil Gorgrael is plotting Axis's downfall, invading the sky with ice and terror and the 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 Gorgrael choose . . . and will she be the one whose death will distract Axis from saving the world?

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“Sara Douglass has the breadth of vision necessary to create sweeping epics and the storyteller's gift that makes readers love her.” —Locus
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In this third volume of the Axis trilogy/Wayfarer Redemption series, the Prophecy of the Destroyer hurtles towards fulfillment. Can Axis choose between the lovely and courageous Faraday and enchanting Azhure? And can he triumph over the evil Goragel and his carnivorous Gryphons? No one writes fantasy more exciting than Australian-born Sara Douglass, who sharpens her skills by writing short fiction.
Publishers Weekly
More about femmes fatales then fatal battles, this final imaginative novel in the Axis Trilogy (The Wayfarer Redemption; Enchanter) should satisfy a fantasy readership hungry for strong female characters despite their restricting romantic relationships with magical men. Axis SunSoar must fulfill the ambiguous prophecy of WolfStar, the Icarii patriarch, by fighting WolfStar's evil half-brother, Gorgrael, and by sacrificing Gorgrael's lover. It's unclear whether the lover is Azhure, WolfStar's daughter and Axis's wife, or Faraday, Axis's former fianc e and the replanter of the great forests. Whoever the Prophecy of the Destroyer names is likely to die at Gorgrael's hands. Azhure has the added burden of being pregnant with sorcerous twins, who harbor an intense, deadly dislike for the rest of their family. While the plot features several mystical pregnancies, the most destructive are those of the devouring Gryphons that Gorgrael has created; they're born pregnant with nine pups and multiply fast enough to lay waste to the world. Faraday has her own problems: the need to fight a god, her own exhausted condition and other women who believe Axis wronged her by marrying Azhure. Gods, women, sorcerers and babies all figure in the battles that neatly conclude this trilogy while leaving enough open questions to seed other stories. Douglass may manipulate her characters such as via the strange rebirth of the sainted Faraday in ways that have more to do with romance convention than logic, but this won't deter the faithful. (May 27) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
FANTASY Assuming his role as the Starman of the Prophecy of the Destroyer, the warrior-wizard Axis makes his way to his final confrontation with his corrupt half-brother, Gorgrael. Meanwhile, Azhure, Axis's wife, discovers her own powers as an Enchantress and learns the twin strengths of love and friendship. Douglass (Enchanter, Battleaxe) brings to the fore her world-building abilities and storytelling expertise in this satisfying conclusion to a fantasy epic set in a world of winged sorcerers and ancient races. A few loose ends pave the way for future novels featuring a new generation of heroes and villains. Recommended for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Third entry in the Wayfarer Redemption sextet and final entry in the Axis subtrilogy that opens the sextet, pointing to a new central character for the final three volumes. The completed series, known as the Tencendor novels and already published Down Under, is, we're told, Australia's greatest fantasy seller. Winged Axis, descendant of the Icarii and BattleAxe of the Axe-Wielders, and also the StarMan of the Prophecy, is the shameful bastard of Princess Rivkah and the Icarii Enchanter StarDrifter SunSoar, and rival to vicious Borneheld, Axis's half-brother by Rivkah and King Achar. And Axis has still another half-brother, sired by StarDrifter, Gorgrael the Destroyer, master of the Dance of Death and the Dark Music. Axis joins his despised brother Borneheld to lead the Axe-Wielders against the demonic wraiths descending from their winter replenishment and led by ice-lord Gorgrael. Meanwhile, Axis has two loves, Lady Faraday, then the woman warrior Azhure, daughter of WolfStar SunSoar and Niah Nor, seduced by WolfStar. Faraday (whose secret love for Axis would be death to reveal) rides with outlawed Axis in his battle against the Forbidden Ones but eventually marries Borneheld while Axis weds Azhure, a mysteriously powerful creature irresistible to Icariian men. Yet when beloved (and star-crossed) Faraday is widowed, will she replace Ashure? Axis meanwhile has tried to unite many Tencendor peoples against the Forbidden. Axis must become an Icarii Enchanter to face the monster Gorgrael. How do all these folks figure into the Prophecy that says StarMan alone can bring peace to Tencendor? When peace does come, nothing will save it from the horror about to pour through the StarGate in comingvolumes. Fan fodder but heartfelt.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765342812
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Series:
Wayfarer Redemption Series, #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
167,452
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.47(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Starman

The Prophecy of the Destroyer

A day will come when born will be Two babes whose blood will tie them. That born to Wing and Horn will hate The one they call the StarMan. Destroyer! rises in the north And drives his Ghostmen south; Defenseless lie both flesh and field Before Gorgrael's ice. To meet this threat you must release The StarMan from his lies, Revive Tencendor, fast and sure Forget the ancient war, For if Plough, Wing and Horn can't find The bridge to understanding, Then will Gorgrael earn his name And bring Destruction hither. StarMan, listen, heed me well, Your power will destroy you If you should wield it in the fray 'Ere these prophecies are met: The Sentinels will walk abroad 'Til power corrupt their hearts; A child will turn her head and cry Revealing ancient arts; A wife will hold in joy at night The slayer of her husband; Age-old souls, long in cribs, Will sing o'er mortal land; The remade dead, fat with child Will birth abomination; A darker power will prove to be The father of salvation. Then waters will release bright eyes To form the Rainbow Scepter.StarMan, listen, for I know That you can wield the scepter To bring Gorgrael to his knees And break the ice asunder. But even with the power in hand Your pathway is not sure: A Traitor from within your camp Will seek and plot to harm you; Let not your Lover's pain distract For this will mean your death; Destroyer's might lies in his hate Yet you must never follow; Forgiveness is the thing assured To save Tencendor's soul.

Copyright © 1996 by Sara Douglass Enterprises Pty Ltd.

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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Starman 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This entire series had me enthralled and I couldn't put it down a must read for any young female scifi/fantasy fanatic
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epicfantasybooks More than 1 year ago
Publisher: Tor Fantasy Pages: 670 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. - Epic Fantasy Books Science Fiction Books, Fantasy Books,Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Fairytale
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