Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Starman (Wayfarer Redemption: Axis Trilogy: Book 3)

By Sara Douglass

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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Starman (Wayfarer Redemption: Axis Trilogy: Book 3) by Sara Douglass

| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Demons, Heroes
| ISBN-10: 0765342812
| ISBN-13: 9780765342812
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reissue edition (January 20, 2003)
| Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
| Cover Artist: Luis Royo
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 3 Stars

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♥ Mini Review ♥
The final book of this trilogy brings everything to a bittersweet conclusion. Each member of the prophecy discovers and fulfills their part. Great individual sacrifices are made in the hopes of saving the greater good. In the end, it will come down to just one choice, who exactly is the Lover?

Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane

This story is full of tragedy and triumph. The "hook" is wanting to discover exactly how each person fits into the prophecy and of course the final battle between Axis and Gorgrael. The need for answers will keep you turning the pages. By this point, you have a lot invested in this story and simply must see it through to the end.

You will probably need that impetus, or at least I did. This is sadly my least favorite of the three. I think that part of the reason was the ease in which some tasks were performed compared to the difficulty inherent in others. In addition, I felt like there were too many clues. I knew most of the time what was going to happen, all I needed to know was when. I cannot site examples without giving away vital plot information; I will just leave you with my opinion that some parts were too predictable resulting in certain events coming across as anticlimactic.

That is the bad, now for the good. The characters are strongly drawn; to say that they have developed since book one would be an understatement. My complaint about predictability aside, there are surprises to savor. Some will make you want to cry, some will make you want to smack the character, and others will make you cheer. The worldbuilding in this book is also stronger then in previous ones. There is one thing for sure; the world being recreated will be much more beautiful than the one that Artor controlled. The conclusion was satisfying; all the "must know" loose ends are tied up, while leaving room to continue the series. The pacing is also good, and the story flows well from one POV to another, not an easy task when dealing with so many characters.

Content is a bit harsher, there are some unsettling scenes of violence and tragedy but only when necessary to advance the plot. After all, no war of good verses evil is without elements of violence and death. There are also some very touching moments. I love it when an author can make me care about her characters and Sara Douglass has definitely succeeded in that regard. Overall, this is epic fantasy at its best.

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Epic Fantasy Book Review of Starman (Wayfarer Redemption: Axis Trilogy: Book 3) by Sara Douglass - Reviewed by Mulluane - on December 09 2008< - Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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