Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass
I read Sinner as a random piece I picked off of a shelf. It was undoubtedly my all time favorite book. Totally unafraid to touch on any subject, the characters were believable, the plot intricate but believable, plot holes numbered at zero. What made me love the book though was the character Drago, his past made him a victim but at the same time he didnít have excessive self pity. He was magnificently done and my favorite character of any story i have seen, read or heard.
In the next two books he turns into the biggest hippy Jesus ever. I could not stand what he had become, an interesting and deep character flattened into a one dimensional messiah for little apparent reason. It felt empty and hollow, the most daring but believable character in the book became fake and plastic like a cardboard cutout.
He went from an exile with every valid reason to be hateful to a messiah beckon of love and compassion. what was most unappealing was the lack of reason for this, while he had motivation to change Drago went literally form imperfect to totally perfect in everyway possible. I could stand the appalling ending to the entire series except for Drago becoming a hippy, that was the final nail and it was driven in more then once.
(not kidding, she (the author) even has him ride a white horse in a fancy loincloth)
Submitted by Daniel
If you love sci/ fantasy books this is the book for you. It has detailed descriptions of every character; the plot scenarios, how the characters react, and the actual feeling of the book are all fantastic. I have read the Axis Trilogy and have just recently (last Friday) finished the Wayfarer Redemption series.
Most books start off slowly, then get really good, then drop off. Well this one doesn't; this one is fantastic all the way through. The only dissapointment for me is the ending; it finished too abruptly, when everything was so fine and dandy (except for Tencendor, of course). But otherwise I recommend it to anyone who wants a thrilling read.
Submitted by Anonymous
This book is by far one of the best fantasy books out. Sara Douglass has an amazing skill at writing.
I've finished reading the Axis trilogy and am just starting The Wayfarer Redemption series. The second series has me just as enthralled as the first. The first books have the ability to manipulate you so that it is as if you are a spectator following every move in the book.
You start out the book loathing The Forbidden, as told by the brother-leader. But as the story progesses and Axis finds out that not all is as seems to be, then you too come to that realization. You move along with the book. A truly amazing novel and I would reccomend it any day.
Submitted by sun_gryphon
The Wayfarer Redemption, while having a both excellent and (literally) apocalyptic plot, seems to fall short of resolving this terrible occurance. While the general annihilation and loss will touch the hearts of all readers (I guarantee it), the triumph and resolution at the end feels lacking. Douglass seems to be walking directly in the footsteps of Tolkien as her conclusion contains many (very strong) Christian themes that the founder of the genre also used that are to a greater extent not often used in recent works. However, unlike Tolkien, Doulgass doesn't seem to adequately address the loss of what has taken place in her story, and this makes the triumph a little too triumphant and the resolution rather too 'clean'. In the reviewer's opinion, this is where the wayfarer redemption is not such a good read as it could have been. This reader likes his fantasy with more imperfections and an ending which, while having a triumph, leaves bitterness reflecting the sacrifices along the way.
Submitted by Joyce
I read the first three books, The Wayfarer Redemption, Enchanter, and Starman. I enjoyed all of them, and I'm waiting for the next one to come around.
I would most definitely recommend reading these books to fantasy readers, her writing style is quite the eye candy. I love the way she gave the characters unique and realistic features. Sara Douglass made it so that the feeling of the plot changes with each novel as Axis evolves into a stronger suit. The plot just thickens with each chapter and keeps you on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. And just the overall story? Awesome in combat, romance, and tragedy.