by Sara Douglass
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
544 pages; ISBN: 0312875827
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
When puissant Icariian enchanter Axis Sunsoar meets Faraday, wife of his half-brother Borneheld, he falls in love with her. He vows that she will become his wife one-day soon. Faraday, a follower of the Mother Goddess, expects her beloved Axis to save her from her current abusive husband.
However, raging jealousy for stealing the affection of his spouse, begrudging his sibling’s recent success, and envying his half-brother’s new relationship with their father leads Borneheld to seek Azis’ death. Adding to the relationship mess is that for no apparent reason, Icariian desires the mysterious Azhure. With traitors inside his inner circle ready to destroy him, Axis must find a means to neutralize Borneheld and stop another half-brother if he is to fulfill the prophecy of ruling his fellow bird like people and the forest dwellers.
The second novel in Sarah Douglass’ Wayfarer Redemption series, ENCHANTER, is a deep relationship fantasy that is filled with action and adventure, but succeeds because the various populaces that make up this globe seem real. Though the tale starts slow especially for those who read book one as Ms. Douglass patiently reintroduces the cast, once the story line goes in motion, it races faster than the speed of light. Subplot threads remain dangling for more sequels ($27.95 should entitle the reader to own a fully contained novel) sub-genre fans will concur to this enchanting novel winning the Australian Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel.
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