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.
This is storytelling at its best, with fast-paced action, gritty realism, powerful characters, magic and romance.
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.,
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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.
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.