Battleaxe by Sara Douglass(37 ratings)
|Submitted by Helen Kerslake |
This book is the first of a trilogy based around the life of a man, Axis, born as the bastard son to the Princess Rivkah. We see him struggle against both evil forces threatening his homeland and the personal conflict with his half-brother, Borneheld, which has existed since his birth and is now coming to a head as they fight for the affections of a young princess. The book is set in the heart of a cruel winter, and I found myself physically shivering because of the wonderful use of imagery the author has used and the highly descriptive, but still realistic language. The story shifts between various perspectives as the main characters are separated and we follow the events they go through and see the changes brought about through these experiences. I enjoyed seeing this complex web of sideline plots and was impressed with how skilfully Sara Douglass manages to weave them together. She reveals just enough to keep the reader interested without spoiling the element of surprise before the ending. In particular, the way she sets out the beginning few chapters, with snippets of events happening across the land, you are not sure what exactly is going on besides something gruesome and rather frightening, but these pieces do come together over the course of the book.
|Submitted by Lina Di Quattro |
I wasn't much into Fantasy. I remember walked into the bookstore, my friend by my side, in search of a book that would thrill me for once! For a book that would allow me to be enveloped into a world that was much different that the one I was so used to. I was so sick of the endless drag I was used to, normal people living hopelessly normal lives, and then, just as I was wondering away from my only chance my savior (the person I walked into the shop with) pointed out that he had read BATTLEAXE and from what he could remember, it was a great book. I listened as he explained the characters he remembered... the beautiful tale of forbidden love, loyalty, betrayal and lies.
|Submitted by Wulfgar_Dra_Guun |
Attention all fantasy readers... at least those in the northern hemisphere... a Australian author has blessed us with her work. When I read Battleaxe I had thought that a new and upcoming author had been discovered... hehehe, I was only partly correct. Sara Douglass isn't that new to fantasy writing... if you lived in Australia you would probably know her work very well. In just the past few months her books, that's right plural, have been re-printed in Canada (unsure if they are in the US). I was very excited to learn that TWO complete series have been reprinted... no waiting a couple years to read the next installment. :-) Regarding the book... Battleaxe was a very refreshing look into a perspective that is rarely appreciated or even accepted. A very NEW fantasy world written by a woman... that isn't "contaminated" by the commercially popular books printed by the all too familiar north American publishers. I for one found that thrilling and positively exhilarating. The populace of this world is refreshing as is the hero... though at times there wasn't anything too different about Axis. It was how things developed and the assorting of "good" vs "bad" that was interesting to read. There is a very solid foundation built with this first book. Check it out. The book was a great introduction to the Axis Trilogy... especially since I was able to jump right into the next book. There is much hope for this trilogy to earn a spot among the greats with Fiest, Jordon, Brooks, Eddings, and even Terry Goodkind. I highly recommend this book... especially if you feel you've read everything and feel there could not possibly be anything new worth reading. Sara Douglass will prove you wrong.