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Starman
     

Starman

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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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Editorial Reviews

bn.com
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.
Library Journal
Epic storytelling on a par with Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan make this a solid selection. . . . Highly recommended.
Locus
Sara Douglass has the breadth of vision necessary to create sweeping epics and the storyteller's gift that makes readers love her.
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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429911498
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
01/20/2003
Series:
Wayfarer Redemption , #3
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
152,446
File size:
820 KB

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1.

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.

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.


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 Adelaiden and 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 rigors of nursing, Sara needed to find another escape.

This took the form of one of Sara's childhood loves - books and writing. After she spent some years practicing 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 More than 1 year 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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