The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass is one of my favorite books. I originally picked it up to read it because of the author’s name. It’s rare to see ‘Sarah’ spelled ‘Sara’. It is the first book of a six-book series, or the first of a three book series that is followed by another three book series, depending on whether you are from America or Australia. Douglass is Australian. In Australia, the book is actually called something different, BattleAxe, I believe.
All Acharites believe the end is near.
One young woman, Faraday, betrothed of Duke Borneheld, learns that all she has been told about her people’s history is untrue. While fleeing to safety from the dangerous land, Faraday rides with Axis, legendary leader of the Axe-Wielders and hated half-brother of Borneheld-and a man Faraday secretly loves although it would be death to admit it.
This grand and heroic story tells the tale of one woman’s plight to learn the truth of her people and change their hearts and their minds forever. She fights against oppressive forces to share this reality and will not desist until everyone knows. . . . . The truth of the Star Gate”
Does that sound like Faraday is the main character? I’ve read the book twice, a long time ago and yesterday, and she never seems the main character. Maybe it’s because I just so prefer Axis.
Basically, there’s this Prophecy. The StarMan will be born at some point and he will be the half-brother of Gorgreal who will be half Avar and half Icarii. Those are the names of the two races of Forbidden. Gorgreal will seek to destroy the world, in typical evil villain fashion (he had a bad upbringing) while the StarMan tries to stop him. The only problem is, no one knows who the StarMan is.
The reader finds this out as Axis, BattleAxe of the Axe-Wielders, does. The Axe-Wielders are the military arm of the big religious body of the country. He travels around part of the country in the beginning of the book discovering the prophecy and with him travels Faraday. Faraday is betrothed to Axis’s half-brother Borneheld (they shared a mother who died birthing Axis). The brothers hate each other, understandable. Then, Faraday ends up with a role in the prophecy! Then, this other girl named Azhure gets involved unwillingly, but she isn’t part of the prophecy, I don’t think.
I’m trying not to give things away, but it’s difficult.
There are basically three story lines happening at once: Axis’s quest north to help Borneheld not die; Faraday’s task of not letting Borneheld kill Axis; and Azhure’s journey to figure out what the heck is going on.
I recommend this book because, though it gets bad reviews sometimes, it’s entertaining and original. People complain because some names are taken from classical myths. Well, names have to come from somewhere. You definitely have to read the second and third because the story doesn’t end at all. It was nice to read it because I’d forgotten all the plot twists, but the bits I did remember apparently happened in the second book.
The gasp factor would be around a 6/10 because of events shortly before the end. Actually, I mentioned how it shows several people’s story lines, at one point near the end, each group throws a torch in the air at the same time. It was cool to read and notice that.
Madalyn has this book now, and I hope she’ll review it. Then we can have a different perspective on the plot. 433 pages.