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Enchanter (The Axis Trilogy #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  10,010 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
The stunning sequel to The Wayfarer Redemption

Axis is a true hero, in every sense of the word. On his shoulders lies the double burden of prophecy and war. Having fulfilled the first part of the prophecy by becoming the StarMan, he now must reunite the three races inhabiting his world.

It is his destiny to lead an army against his evil half-brother, to regain control of Ten
Mass Market Paperback, 669 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1996)
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Apr 20, 2016 Allie rated it it was ok
To start off - I really enjoyed the first book. I found the characters to be flawed but genuine, and the story intriguing. That said, I was disappointed with the second book. While I can see how Douglass wants to create a flawed anti-hero type of protagonist - Axis' disregard and blatant disrespect of the female characters in this novel is astounding. I was proud of Faraday for what she did regarding Axis (in some ways) at the end of the novel, and appalled at Azhure's thoughts and actions in re ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Gretchen rated it did not like it
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Meg Laverick
May 05, 2013 Meg Laverick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Screw this book. Screw this book so very very hard.

I enjoyed Battleaxe. There were most definitely flaws in it but there were scenes and moments that quite legitimately took my breath away. Sara Douglass is capable of some truly breathtaking writing.

This book is not evidence of that.

Oh, where to start?

I went into this novel believing that it was going to be one of my most favourite novel types in the world: The Training Novel. You know, the novel where the protagonist who has just learned about
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

Oh my gosh, I love this series so much!! Going through this story the second time was just as enjoyable as the first, except this time around I knew all of the secrets.

It was hard, though, to watch the downward spiral of some of the characters. I know the outcome, and even though I dreaded what would inevitably happen, I still wished it could be different. I was surprised by how much my stomach was in knots as the book pushed to the climax of the story. (view spoiler)
Jul 14, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it
This is book two of the Axis Trilogy, and follows the same path as many middle novels in trilogies - lots of events but mainly getting all the main players into the right places for the big wrap up in book three. In this novel Axis is trying to bring the Prophecy to fruition - seeking to unite the Acharites with the Avar and the Icarii against opposition from his half-brother Borneheld and, ultimately, Gorgrael. We learn more about the mysterious ninth Talon and finally discover Azhure's heritag ...more
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
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Sep 26, 2012 Vee rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned

ok sooo i have decided to drop this book....
i absolutley loved the first book but now this!?!?! what happened Miss Douglass??? your first book was full of awesomeness (if that's even a word) but your second book was driving me mad!!
i treat my books very well, they are like sacred to me. but this book has been thrown across my room multiple times, has been hit in my face because i was dying out of frustration and annoyance, and has nearly been lit on fire!! b
Arlene Stokes
Jun 29, 2009 Arlene Stokes rated it liked it
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Apr 21, 2009 Renee rated it it was ok
Okay here's my thing, I picked up "Wayfarer" because I thought it would be about Faraday- I was totally stoked because so many fantasy books have incredibly weak female characters and the protagonists are males. Faraday is barely in 'Enchanter', it focus is more her love, Axis- who basically acts like a complete a$$hole, and because he is this messiah character everyone seems totally cool with it. Then theirs because she was abused is that supposed to make it okay that you betrayed s ...more
Feb 15, 2016 Kelcey rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Again as I mentioned for the first book, read these ages ago. I enjoyed them and the first was definitely my favorite. The second did an adequate job with the story but I know that for me it did not stand equal to the first
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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Jan 07, 2016 Will rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
This story just gets better and better. I was happy to see that Enchanter didn't focus as much on Gorgrael this time, but rather on the growing conflict between Axis and Borneheld. I thought the story also took and interesting twist when Axis becomes interested in Azhure while putting Faraday into the back of his mind. Azhure was always kind of a mystery as she was shunned by both the village where she grew up in and by the Avar because of her violent nature.

Who is Azhure? Well, I am happy to r
Sep 06, 2015 Catsalive rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aww-previous, 2015

'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 Achat, defeat his half-brother Borneheld and reunite the former kingdom of Tencendor under his rule.

Patrick Bättig
Feb 16, 2015 Patrick Bättig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Axis ist auf dem Weg über Smyrdon und Sigholt nach Gorken gezogen. Unterwegs ist er auf Spuren seiner Vergangenheit gestoßen, und unter anderem will er jetzt endlich herausfinden, was bei und nach seiner Geburt mit ihm und seiner Mutter geschah. Und er will seinen Vater finden. Doch als er Gorken erreicht, erwartet ihn erst einmal ein Schock. Faraday hat sich ebenfalls mit Hilfe zweier Hüter der Prophezeiung, Yr und Jack, nach Gorken durchgeschlagen und, obwohl sie Axis liebt, dort ihren Verlobt ...more
Not long after picking up this second book, I knew I was going to be angry a lot... and damn, I was right. Sign.

Enchanter is one of those books that you really want to like- great writing, beautiful imagery, lots of lovable characters... However, it's also one of those books you find yourself drawn to hate due to the stupid names for everything and a few really horrible characters, the main one being Axis, who is nothing but a giant douche (that's right). It doesn't help that everything in this
Captain Spandex
May 04, 2014 Captain Spandex rated it it was ok
This is where this series begins to deteriorate rapidly.

An admittedly overwrought, trope-heavy formula was employed to great effect in The Wayfarer Redemption (strung-along unrequited romance, feuding good/evil brothers, magical long-haired Mary Sue with a silly axe, etc.) But in this book, the entire formula hits rock-bottom. With characters' motivations and entire attitudes suddenly (and inexplicably) making complete 180s, the melodrama cranked to 11, and - for a novel set almost entirely in
Toni Yan
Apr 23, 2014 Toni Yan rated it liked it
Axis' story as Star Man steadily pushes on through in the second installment of the trilogy, fuelled primarily by the Prophecy. If there is one thing to be said, it is that while many of the characters are likable, they aren't the driving force behind it. It is the Prophecy that takes centre stage as Axis plans to wage war on his brother and learn the skills of an Icari Enchanter.

Speaking of characters, while Azshure has seen her fair share of troubles, the rapid growth in skills and abilities l
Feb 18, 2014 Rosalee rated it did not like it
The first book was wonderful. I loved the characters. But then things turned into a trite love triangle. More like main character female fell for main character male and he for her. Then second main character female shows up. Male character falls for her instead. That just is annoying. There are a lot of great strong female characters, but when the story just goes back to these set of basics, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Why bother even having those strong female characters in the first pl ...more
Darcy Stewart
May 26, 2010 Darcy Stewart rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
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Erica Anderson
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Axis Rivkahson goes to Talon Spike where he is to learn about his heritaged as an Enchanter. Borneheld, Axis's half-brother, makes to keep Jervois Landing as secure as he can make it. Belial, Axis's second in command, leads the rebel army to the WildDog Plains to Sigholt, so he can train the troops and await Axis's return. Faraday, wife of Borneheld and Tree Friend to the Avar, needs to do some training of her own with the Mother. Jack, Sentinel of the Prophecy, is still searching for the fifth ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Vivian rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Gah, talk about a really promising premise unraveled in the worst way. This book annoyed me to no end. First of all, the main characters' transformation to these all powerful, deus ex machina entities is absurd, and the evil guy stays evil and dumb, easily manipulated by this obscure character, who is also really absurd.

Also, length. What is it with these fantasy authors that confuse "world-wright" with "good writing"? Having a diarrhea of descriptions of supernatural events doesn't make for a
Nov 01, 2013 Jeniffer rated it it was amazing
I rated this book lower than the first book(although i might rate it even lower) because this book is gruesome not only the fighting scenes but also the triangle love scenes!! I grieved for Faraday while reading this book and the only thing that stop me from burning this book to ashes is the fact that I just borrowed it from my dear friend. If I own this book well I wouldn't think twice! I wanted to ask the author if she despise the existence of Faraday as a character in this story, the poor gir ...more
Sarah Kelly
Jan 12, 2014 Sarah Kelly rated it really liked it
Oh, I just love it when a series gets better and better. It's how it should be, and yet it's far more common for publishers to demand writers to add more to what they had always considered a stand-alone novel, resulting in some hashed plot-line and a dizzying number of inconsistencies.

Or you turn into George R. R. Martin. But I guess there are worse things than that - you might be old and fat, but you're horrendously rich.

We continue where we were - Axis is the Starman, burdening the Prophecy a
Apr 19, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
My general review of the Wayfarer Redemption series:

A lot of prophecy-based fantasy I've read revolves around good overcoming evil, usually with relatively little in the way of serious struggle or loss. The Wayfarer Redemption series blows that approach out of the water.

These books are gritty, gruesome, graphic, intense and filled with content that will keep your blood stirred. The good guys fall short of grace, the bad guys are misunderstood and the most redeemable, punished and flawless charac
Jun 25, 2007 Alice added it
Recommends it for: fantasy series devotees
Sara Douglas's style is appealing if you like epic fantasy. I mean, really epic. Complete with a world-destroyer, a prophet, a savior, a magic ring, gods, monsters and mayhem. I like this series because they're engaging and the characters are flawed and believable. Well, at least as believable as a half-human, half-birdman prophetic enchanter can be. The flaws are sometimes troublesome for me as a reader, though, and I often feel annoyed with the characters or betrayed by their failure to live u ...more
Edward Creter
Mar 13, 2014 Edward Creter rated it really liked it
This second in the Wayfarer Redemption series follows Axis SunSoar to his destiny with his legion of Birdpeople to defeat Gorgrael, the Ultimate villain. Meanwhile Faraday, destined to marry Axis, finds her place in the prophecy a little complicated when she discovers Axis falling for the beautiful Azhure, who's real good at shooting arrows and is treated by Axis as his equal. Good adventure with lots of action but may be bloody for some.
This book would have been much better if the author stopped making every woman a victim of Axis' viles. Douglass obviously has issues with men because there's no greater jerk than Axis and there are no greater victims than poor Azhure and Faraday *rolls eyes* Axis is a cruel chauvinist and Azhure and Faraday basically walk on water and can't do anything wrong. I'm a woman too but this is so one-sided that it's ridiculous! And the way everybody and their uncle falls in love with Azhure - ludicrou ...more
Andrea Pierce
Oct 14, 2015 Andrea Pierce rated it really liked it
I'm completely sucked into this series now...I loved the twists and turns in this one, and the way Douglass reveals more about the characters and their world.

Axis frustrated me incredibly with his treatment of the women he supposedly loves, but I cheered the way that Faraday handled him and the friendship that began between her and Azhure. She definitely showed herself to be the bigger person. I am interested to see how the story of Tencendor will evolve.
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Douglass was born in Penola, South Australia. She attended Annesley College, in Wayville, a suburb of Adelaide. She studied for her BA while working as a Registered Nurse, and later completed her PhD in early modern English History. She became a lecturer in medieval history at La Trobe University, Bendigo. While there she completed her first novel, BattleAxe, which launched her as a popular fantas ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Axis Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Wayfarer Redemption (Wayfarer Redemption, #1)
  • Starman (Wayfarer Redemption, #3)

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