Series: The Wayfarer Redemption #3
Published by Tor (1.20.2003)
Genres: Adult, High Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 688 pages
Source: I own it
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?
I don’t think I can ever say this enough: I LOVE THIS SERIES. I love it so much! It was awesome to read these books again and revisit one of my favorite worlds.
I loved seeing the first story arc come to a close again. I looked forward to the journey that Axis and Azhure took in finding themselves, but also dreaded the final battle between Axis and Gorgrael.
I think I said it already, but Faraday is one of my favorite characters in this series! (Besides FreeFall, I freaking love him!) View Spoiler »Knowing what she faced at the end of the book was really difficult. I dreaded that final moment when I knew she would be torn to shreds to save Axis and Tencedor. Hers was definitely the hardest journey of all.*sobs* « Hide Spoiler
I love that nothing is impossible in this book! The power of the Star Dance is astounding, and I love seeing how the characters wield it, and how they overcome their battles. View Spoiler »I looove how Azhure got Caelum back through the dream, and how she used the same dream to trap all the gryphon! It was awesome! And the trees! The scene where the trees burst into song and tear the Skraelings apart was freaking epic. « Hide Spoiler
Um, can we take a moment to talk about how awesome the names in these books are? DragonStar and WolfStar are my favorite names, but I love pretty much all of the Icarii names: RiverStar, FreeFall, EvenSong, StarDrifter, RavenCrest, SpikeFeather, StarLaughter, DareWing….I love the way they’re named! (The Star names are the Enchanters, btw.) In fact, I love them so much that I have two animals named after characters in this book: My border collie mix, Zenith, and my tabby kitten, RiverStar. ;)
Writing style: 5/5
Overall rating: 5+/5