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