Epic fantasy in the tradition of Trudi Canavan, Fiona McIntosh and Robert Jordan. Sara Douglass returns us to a world in the grip of prophecy and war …
‘Welcome Axis, into the House of SunSoar and into my heart… Sing well and fly high and may nothing and no-one tear your feet from the path of the Star Dance again.’
Axis has fled to Talon Spike, the home of the Icarii, where he must learn to wield his Enchanter powers to fulfil the Prophecy.
Somehow he must lead the Icarii and the Avar back into Achar, defeat his half-brother Borneheld and reunite the former kingdom of Tencendor under his rule.
Meanwhile, Gorgrael waits impatiently for winter, to continue his destructive drive into the heart of Achar…
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There is always a worrying extent to which first fantasy novels, and especially first fantasy trilogies, are liable to consist of the same old ideas more or less meaningfully arranged. Sarah Douglass, in her first novel Battleaxe and this sequel, has not entirely escaped these charges, yet manages largely to evade them by a colourful pictorial imagination and moral underpinning that makes much of what she deals with new and fresh. Caught up in prophesies, Axis struggles politically with his human half-brother, King Borneheld, and magically with his other half-brother, the ambitious chimera Gorgrael, whose legions of monsters squirm South through the snow. He has not only to do the right thing, but do it in the right way, or, says prophecy, all will crumble in his grasp. Torn between his love for two magically gifted women, and between the urge to do what is right and the need to comply with destiny, Axis is an interesting flawed hero, whose dilemmas matter both as those of a convincing character and as those implicit in the sort of book this is. Douglass shows real promise, and even these first books deliver the goods. -- Roz KaveneyReview:
Praise for previous books in The Axis Trilogy:
‘The twists, revelations and foreshadowings keep you turning pages’
‘Absorbing. Those who like their battles bloody and realistic will get their desire, but here also are moments of great tenderness’
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