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Starman (The Axis Trilogy #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  6,363 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Axis is the StarMan of prophecy and legend, destined to lead the three races of his world to unite as one people. The people of his world all know the Prophecy of the Destroyer, despite the failed attempts of the Seneschal to suppress it in the name of the god Artor the Ploughman, and it predicts and dictates Axis's path through war and destruction to the creation of Tence
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Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1996)
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Kati
I would love to give this book more than three stars - but I can't. I really can't. The story itself is very intriguing and the plot twists quite unexpected, but! And there is a huge but. The characters. The characters are so badly drawn that it ruins the whole book. Faraday is there only to suffer and suffer and suffer some more, the born martyr and sacrifice rolled in one. Azhure is the perfect Mary-Sue that keeps getting more and more and more awesome as the series continues. And Axis? He's t ...more
Silveryz
After reading the reviews posted here, i just decided to read the ending... (If there's anyone kind out there, please post a short summary on what happened to Faraday, Axis, Azhure and their families please, i would like to know even if i couldn't be bothered to read it myself. Please and thank you.)

To put it nicely, my conclusion is i've no fond feelings whatsoever for this series. I read the first book till the end to see what would happen to Faraday and Axis, how they would triumph over evil
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Christopher
STOP. Stop right here. I know you're reading this because you just finished book 3 and are most likely looking forward to book 4. I'm here to tell you - Books 4-6 are _not_ good. I'm sorry Sara, I really am. Books 1-3 were so much fun for me to read, I couldn't put them down. I could ignore the inconsistencies others have proclaimed for what was a truly enjoyable story, but this book 4-6 business... what happened?!

Everything you enjoyed and 'loved' from the first trilogy is smashed against the w
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Renee
I'm really disappointed in this series so far. I picked them up because I wanted a good fantasy with a female protagonist- it started off great but 1/2 way through Douglass seemed to decide she wanted to switch the focus. Problem is the only likeable character has a horrible fate, while the rest of her main characters (many of them are selfish jerks and difficult to cheer for) develop out of nowhere all these insane powers- making them undefeatable. What?!
The story is incredibly lopsided, and I
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Amanda
This is the third in the Axis Trilogy by Sara Douglass. In this book the final battle between Axis and his half brother Gorgrael will take place; the identity of the Lover is revealed; and finally WolfStar shows his true colours. This book is absolutely packed with events, as the first two were, and positively glitters with the force of Douglass' very vivid imagination.

I don't dispute that Douglass has managed to churn out a fairly effective fantasy trilogy. The world building is top notch, and
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Hearteater
I'm so on the fence about my feelings for this series. While I really enjoyed the first book, I was not thrilled by the second, and this one didn't bring much else to the table except for bittersweet closure.

Axis is terrible and only grew more so in my eyes as the story went on. Faraday is once again getting treated like crap and as a side character, when I'd rather read more about her, then is killed off at the very end. Azhure, while I want to hate her for taking Axis from Faraday (while simu
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Gabby
Even though I felt this ending needed a little bit more (it felt almost a bit anticlimactic, but maybe that's because there is a sort of continuation in the next trilogy), I really enjoyed this three-part series from Douglass.

I feel she's a strong writer that has a good grasp of her characters. I felt they were believable with their talents AND flaws. I also found her use of different races interesting, as well as the magics they used. Granted, we don't know exactly how they come to be, just tha
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Isabel
It's been quite a few years since I read this trilogy, but I do remember enjoying it, as much I hate to admit that I secretly LOVE fantasy.

I found the plot relatively interesting, the entire book entertaining, and all in all there were some truly wonderful ideas that seemed quite inspiring. But what I hated the most was the "love story" between the two main characters, only that he is one of those typical lady-killers that I absolutely hate (ever so gorgeous, strong, always showing off - dick me
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Vivian
This was a really bad book. So bad, it hurts talking about it because I wasted so many hours that I could have dedicated to some other pursuits. It's not really worth it, people. A good premise unraveled in the worst way with an author that clearly fell in love with her characters to the point where they were just so absurd and over the top that they didn't make sense at all.

One of the most important rules for fantasy writing is to "respect the rules of your own universe". She violated all the r
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Amy
Apr 19, 2007 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Britt
I know many reviewers have reviewed this book badly because they don't like the way Faraday was treated and the way that Axis behaves. That really wasn't a problem for me because I never really liked Faraday, I just found her too naive, desperate, annoying etc. It's probably not her own fault, as her connection to Axis and her love for him obviously does not help but I just don't have it in to feel sorry for her. On the otherhand I have always loved Azhure, I think her strength is amazing and al ...more
A.C
Aug 30, 2009 A.C rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
I agree with some of my fellow readers: there is a lot not to like about Axis, he is a "tipycal" fightseeking male with a who treats the woman in his life very badly.
Even the one he loves more than life! But why should a bookhero be perfect and flawless??? And it is realistic enough - that part it is.
My problems are more with Azhure (excuse for the bad english, it is after all a foreign language for me) she is too good, too perfect and too powerful in my opinion. Things are getting to easy for h
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Donna
Oct 09, 2010 Donna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Donna by: my sister, Dionne
I cannot deny that Starman was a satisfactory conclusion to Sara Douglass's Axis Trilogy: it tied up all the loose ends and answered all the questions that had arisen in the previous books, and it had maintained its ability to surprise the reader unexpectedly when doing so.
I couldn't help, however, but be disappointed by the ending. The final battle against the Skraelings was too easy, to the point of seeming contrived - there appeared to be very little struggle, and the following chapters were
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David
While I agree with the other reviews that there was some serious hand-waving in this book (more so than the others - since several gods show up in this), and the final fight was fairly anti-climactic - I still enjoyed it a good deal.

I must say, I have never seen a character in any book get the short end of the stick quite so thoroughly as Faraday. However, I don't think that detracted from the story - certainly not as much as some of the god-related things going on and some of the more absurdly
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Shari  Mulluane
There are surprises to savor. Some will make you want to cry, some will make you want to smack the character, and others will make you cheer. The worldbuilding in this book is also stronger then in previous ones. There is one thing for sure; the world being recreated will be much more beautiful than the one that Artor controlled. The conclusion was satisfying; all the "must know" loose ends are tied up, while leaving room to continue the series. The pacing is also good, and the story flows well ...more
Lydia Presley
Faraday came into her own in this book. I was really pleased with the strength of character she showed throughout the story - and the only small disappointment I had about her was her martyr-like tendencies. But overall, well done to Sara Douglass for taking a very weak character and making her strong.

There were just a few surprises in this book, but they weren't all that large of surprises. The battle scenes were well done. The most heart-breaking portion of the story was the relationship betwe
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Axis Rivkahson SunSoar and Starman of the Prophhecy of the Destroyer is working toward the end of the Prophecy. Azhure must learn her true heritage to be able to help Axis. Meanwhile her pregnancy with the twins is draining her of all her energy and strength. Faraday has started planting the trees to help reach the Avarinheim, Earth Tree, and Starman. The gods of the stars and Artor walk the lands of Tencendor as part of the Prophecy. Timozel fights for Gorgrael believing he'll reunite the lands ...more
Ubiquitousbastard
This was an epic drivel fest in which all of the horribly painful characters ended up being the main protagonists, and any of the remotely bearable characters became ancillary/died. Still, I thought some good would come of it, but that was just sad optimism. This is Sword of Mana in book form. Really, I wanted to stab someone over the end of this. I couldn't even keep this book for an hour after I finished it. I seriously left it out in public for someone else to grab, even though, looking back, ...more
Makana
I had been waiting in anticipation for the USA publication to come out on this since I read the first two books in the series.

I enjoyed this series because it keeps you hanging on to every little nuance and detail of each character. You could almost play a movie in your head about where the character is going, what the character will do before even getting the that part, but the outcome isn't so predictable.

I would recommend this series to those who are able to fully dive into the make-believe a
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Mike Isble
I had to give this one three stars. This being the third book of the series, the plot has started to wear thin. I was also disappointed with the fate of one or more characters.
Monica
loved it but had to re-read 1-3 four times to actually NOT want to stab Axis through the pages! my heart was with Faraday the whole time!
Patrick L
One work perfectly describes this book: sophomoric. The writing is dull and often painfully repetitive. The characters are one-dimensional. The plot is beyond thin. Most authors know enough to avoid deus ex machina, but the final third of the book starts out with not just one, not two, but THREE of them (Caelum's rescue; the Gryphon army; the Skraeling army) in the space of 100 pages. And while the final battle between Axis and Gorgrael is absurdly anti-climatic, it has the virtue of being short ...more
Laura Gary
My most favorite fantasy series of ALL TIME!!
Shadallark
Sara Douglass has an amazing breadth and depth of vision. Everything in her stories is intertwined and connected in multiple ways that are not always resolved in a single book (a very nice touch that makes the series feel like an on going story rather than an episode of a show).

The brutally honest manner in which she deals with her characters is refreshing and poignant at the same time. There were many wonderful parts to this story and an equal number of heart wrenching incidents.
Anastasia
This series got worse with every book, and it wasn't particularly great to begin with.

I still think the characters are unrealistic, and to me, that's a big problem.

The story dragged on and on and on and on, and I found myself frequently wondering if the book was ever going to end. Reading the last half was a chore.

Unfortunately for me, I think there is another trilogy in this series, and because I am stubborn and a completionist, I will probably try to read them anyway.
Danni
After my dislike of the previous book I went into this one with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The story is more solid and well told and the characters were a lot less obnoxious, Axis is less of a self centered douche and Azhure's character grows into much more than a lovesick girl. I still feel that Faraday got a really raw deal and would have liked to have seen her do more than suffer throughout the book, but overall this was a surprisingly good read.
Steven
I'm enjoying the story but it's kind of getting long in the tooth. Same old thing every time. And just as I get annoyed when the male heroes do outrageous things I also feel the same about heroins. Fantasy is great but you can't just drop it into the story to fix an issue in the story line otherwise why not just have everyone run around with magic belts of protection and be done with it. Anyways I may read the others in the series after a break..... we'll see.
Julia Phillips
Good development from the first and second books in the series (Battleaxe and Enchanter), leading to an impressive conclusion.

These books were so successful that the publisher asked Ms Douglass to write a second trilogy. She did, and I read them, but it came as no surprise to me when I read in an interview that she disliked writing them; I disliked reading them! In fact, it was hard to believe they came from the same pen as the brilliant first three books.
Allison
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Jenn
This may not be the best written fantasy trilogy but it was one that I fully enjoyed.

It was a fun ride with Axis, Azhure and Faraday. It was also nice to see the female characters play such a significant role but Axis could of been a little more stronger. For the significant role he played in The Prophecy there were times where he was quite "weak".

Overall enjoyable book. I was sad, yet happy, to see the trilogy come to an end.
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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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The Axis Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Wayfarer Redemption (Wayfarer Redemption, #1)
  • Enchanter (Wayfarer Redemption, #2)
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