by Sara Douglass
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
0 pages; ISBN: 0312870469
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Tor, Sept 2004, $26.95, 464 pp.
In the land of Tencendor, peace was finally won when Axis destroyed the monster Goragael and the power of the Acharites (humans) was broken. Their land of Achor is now a part of Tencendor and the people pay homage to Caelum SunSoar, Axis’s son. Axis and his wife want on to be with the Sun Gods, the next step in the evolutionary process for immortals. On the surface, humans, the Avar (tree people) and the lcarii live in harmony but ugly undercurrents flow in this paradise, ones that Caelum is not aware of because he is closed up in his castle unaware of his subjects’ desires.
The humans want their own King and self rule and they rally behind Zarad, the Prince of the North as their leader. Civil war breaks out and many lives are lost but there is a bigger threat to the realm and the leaders of the civil war temporarily put aside their differences in the hope of finding a way of preventing evil beings from entering Tencendor through the Star Gate. If they fail, life in Tencendor will become unbearable.
Sara Douglass has written another great installment in her Wayfarer Redemption series. There are enough loose threads dangling that readers are assured of at least one more book in this magnificent saga. Magic is a way of life in the land and it is a part of everyday life. The two sub-plots of the civil war and the invasion are interwoven so that it merges into one storyline. SINNER is a powerful epic fantasy that fans of Tanya Hoff and Mercedes Lackey and of course Ms. Douglass will love.
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