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Battleaxe (The Wayfarer Redemption #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,479 Ratings  ·  327 Reviews
A thousand years ago the Acharites drove the Forbidden from their land. Now strange sightings along Achar's northern border foreshadow their return. The barbaric tribes of the Ravensbund are pouring south with tales of fearsome beings who feed on the terror of their prey.

Axis, bastard son of the dead Princess Rivkah, is sent to the battlefront of Gorkenfort with his elite
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Published (first published July 5th 1995)
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Jessi (Novel Heartbeat) The first book has a very small amount of romance in it, but it is NOT a romance by any means. There is a bit of pining at some point in the series,…moreThe first book has a very small amount of romance in it, but it is NOT a romance by any means. There is a bit of pining at some point in the series, and yes, a love triangle as well. (Which I usually hate, but I was okay with it in this one.) There is more romance involved as the series goes on, but even then it can hardly qualify as "a romance." (less)
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Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

It'd been approximately ten years since I last read THE WAYFARER REDEMPTION by Sara Douglass, and while I had not personally experienced the what-was-I-thinking-this-book-is-crap? phenomenon that so many readers have encountered during rereads of "favorite" books from eons past, I'd heard an awful lot about it . . .

Still, I wasn't worried---my superior taste had consistently kept me from disappointment thus far, so why would this reread be any different?

Pfft.

This book was
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R.
Within the first 150 pages, this book contains:

- An absurdly terrible prophetic "poem" about non-specific evil that must be defeated by a band of plucky heroes going on a quest.

- An obnoxious heroine who inexplicably has 20th century values in her generically medieval world, who is also amazingly beautiful in that way that only fantasy heroines in terrible books are.

- A douchey hero with an absurd name (to go along with the other absurd names in the book that sound like they were made up by a 4t
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Matthew
Feb 20, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I begin in reviewing arguably one of my all time favourite fantasy books? Perhaps the best way to do it is to provide some context. I first read Battleaxe when I was 14 in 1996. I distinctly remember walking into the bookstore and browsing over the shelves in search of something to read. After initially finding nothing of interest I went to leave, feeling disappointed and frustrated. As I turned my eyes fell upon a copy of Battleaxe that was tucked neatly on the shelves below my eye lev ...more
Amanda
A thousand years ago the people of Achar drove the Forbidden from their land in the War of the Axe. They pulled down huge swathes of woodland in their fear and now live by the Way of the Plough under the benign guidance of their deity Artor.

Troubling rumours are brewing from the north. Winter has come - and stayed. Icy wraiths are appearing from the mist and killing soldiers at the border stronghold before vanishing. They are believed to be the Forbidden, massing in order to invade Achar and ki
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Sunni Oza
Jun 15, 2009 Sunni Oza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine gave me this series as a Xmas gift a few years back and I was HOOKED. One of the best series I have EVER read. I honestly could not put it down and since then I have desperately latched onto every single book Sara Douglass has written. They are all fantastic but this series is the best. Good versus evil at it's best. The character development is simply wonderful yet it reads like a fast paced thriller. What I also appreciate about this author but particularly in this series, is ...more
Pikapaula
Sep 19, 2008 Pikapaula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: masochistic fantasy fans
The cover of this book touts author Sara Douglass as Australia's best fantasy writer. That may be true, but then I weep for the other Australian fantasy writers. This book is weird, but in an embarrassing, not good way - with characters named things like "StarDrifter" and "WolfStar" (capitalization and spacing true to the book!). When it isn't formulaic and derivative, it's just plain psycho, with a dash of overwrought sex scenes thrown in for good measure. Since I was given the first book in th ...more
Ainsley Phillips
this book is an adventure from start to finish. Axis the main character is a character in itself. in the begining it talks about the fued between him, his half brother and the rest of the kingdom. it also talks about the destroyer and how he came to be and from where in his mysterious birthing. this book is action packed and very explicit in the language and visual effects. readers under 14 shouldnt read this.
Taryn
Nov 20, 2014 Taryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper-books, fantasy
The Aussies know how to write books. This is the second series I've started by an Aussie author, and within the first handful of pages it interested me. I've seen a lot of really negative reviews of this one and I just can't jump on board with them. It's a FANTASY story, of course it's not meant to be based in reality and of course you're going to have cliches. You have a prophecy that alters the life of all, a reluctant, soul-searching and sometimes unwilling hero, a woman torn between two brot ...more
Shaelah
Apr 16, 2011 Shaelah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love fantasy & science fiction. They are my favourite genres.

But there's a lot more great stuff out there than these books.

I found her world enthralling and the pace of the novel great, but the characters! Oh Sara Douglass, why must you make them ALL so awful that I cannot sympathise or care about a single one??

I had actually read reviews before I picked up the novel, so I approached the reading of this book with a new mindset - and one I have to say I wasn't particularly enthused to hav
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Kevis Hendrickson
The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass is one of the better fantasy books I've read. This is an epic tale in every sense of the word. The characters are complex and well-thought out, while the plot builds in layers revealing a complex tapestry of plots and sub plots that will leave the reader racing through its pages to find out what will happen next.

Often enough you cannot accurately judge a book by its cover, but in the case of The Wayfarer Redemption, I found myself constantly stopping in
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Malynda Davis
Mar 06, 2009 Malynda Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book by Sara Douglass, who is apparently Australian. It's set in a fantasy world, technology about 1200's. It's about this guy, named Axis, who is the military commander for a religious organization. Of course, the religious organization is trying to keep control over the world by pushing others out, while a big, bad meanie is trying to eat it. The writing is pretty good, the storyline is a bit hack, but the writer keeps you guessing, especially when considering the relationships betwe ...more
Amy
Apr 19, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Allison
Mar 25, 2008 Allison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
I have this rule. I give a book 100 pages to get interesting. If it doesn't, I put that shit down like a dog with rabies and pick up something else. I gave The Wayfarer Redemption 100 pages, and it never got beyond standard fantasy drivel--there's a princess? marrying a prince? but she doesn't love him, she loves the Noble Male Knight Lead Character she can never be with? GASP. There's fantasy monsters threatening the kingdom? SHOCK. Noble Male Knight Lead Character is the only one who can stop ...more
Leon Aldrich
I tend to stir clear of prophesy based stories. And yet there are times when I put on a pot of coffee, deciding to sit down for a spell and read an epic fantasy (epic = 600+ pages + series).

I wasn't disappointed with "The Wayfarer Redemption."

What blows my mind away, are all the one star ratings on Amazon. People will give Eragon five stars, but nit pick and quibble over brief passages on Sara's writing style.

I must be the world's most forgiving reader. Either that or I just great stories. Enoug
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Mike (the Paladin)
Apr 27, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is another that was much beloved of many people and highly recommended. It just wasn't my "cup of tea". I didn't find it interesting and the writing didn't draw me in. I just didn't care for it.
Blodeuedd Finland
Sigh. This is not the way you want to book 1 to end. With a feeling that I will not read more. Not even if the library had it.

The first 300 pages has promise. Even with the instalove. Seriously why are those two in love?!?! They did not really talk for a long time, they just are. Whatever.

The world was interesting. Humans pushed out two other races and forgot about them. Because humans are stupid. They all lived in harmony once. And now darkness is coming, and humans are still stupid. Seriously
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Jessica
Dec 13, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Others may not agree with me (including my husband) but this book swept me off my feet. It wined and dined me. I blew through the entire series in a couple weeks,which is super sonic speed for me (faster than lightening), completely entranced by the story. It is true high fantasy of epic proportions! Sara Douglass is an Aussie writer, but also an avid lover of all things medieval so I guess that's why I fell in love with her.

First let's talk about Douglass' character development. The characters
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Beth York
Nov 12, 2014 Beth York rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great read! note to the reader: do not abandon or disregard this thickly wordy adventure before cresting the first 80-100 pages.

the beginning is an undertaking of mass proportions - stocked full of names & utterly useless information. i personally attempted & failed to read through this feat on numerous occasions.

insert my rule for successfully finding a fantasy gem...

never completely give-up on a fantasy/sci-fi book or arrive at a definite conclusion prior to dredging through a minimu
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Kereesa
Dear Mrs. Douglass,

My first encounter with you was through your highly depressing and more than a little annoying Hades' Daughter a few months ago. While I found the book enjoyable to a degree, it did annoy me regarding its portrayal of 'good' girls vs evil ones, aka the whiny limp string noodle of a heroine and the evil, sexy, and powerful villain, and the apparent lust filled characters you filled it full of that were more than a little possessive.

Plus there was that really awkward sharpening
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James
Mar 14, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start, I will say this: I made a huge, huge error after reading this book. I looked ahead, and the whole plot line got spoiled for me by the blurb of book four. Now, I don't have the motivation to read this series past this, as I know what's going to happen and hate what she does with the second trilogy (books four, five and six). As a result I'm honestly not going to put much effort into this review, as my opinion has been soured. Please don't read into it too much. It was a great book ...more
Fox
Oct 07, 2009 Fox rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The plot and storyline were good. I just couldn't deal with the writing style. Perhaps I am too spoiled with 3rd person limited, but to be inside more than one person's head at a time was really throwing me off and distracting me from the story itself. In fact, at one point I stopped reading and spent an hour ranting in my private blog about how thrown off I was at the time. This is why it only got 3 stars. Had it been in 3rd limited, I probably would have given it 4.

That being said, the storyl
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Kelcey
Feb 15, 2016 Kelcey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I know I read this in high school and I do remember adoring it. Maybe I will get around to a re-read, maybe not. I remember having trouble putting it down. I know this is the first in a trilogy and I enjoyed it more than the rest!
Nick
May 26, 2016 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too simplistic, awkward writing at times, unbelievable situations. I had such high hopes for this book based on the premise and the introduction. Sadly it just didn't live up to those expectations. I wanted to like it and hung in there through a lot of the stilted dialogue and the Mary Sue-like behavior of Faraday. In the end, I just couldn't do it anymore. Not one of my favorite books. Probably will abandon the series right here.
Anyta Sunday
Sep 21, 2015 Anyta Sunday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books really got me into fantasy. Read them all at age 11. They all get five stars for being a big part of my youth and for helping me discover my love of fantasy.
P.J.
Oct 17, 2010 P.J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed bag, but "meh" overall. Too pro-pagan and anti-Catholic for my tastes. A bit preachy and conflicting at times.

The one odd thing that I really liked about this book was one of the main character's personal strength to not commit adultery. Considering that the main hero is a product of adultery, I thought this was going to be a "pro-love anti-marriage" book (as if the two are mutually exclusive, lawl) but it's not completely. Also, the main villain was born because someone failed to have an
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}


Okay, this book is what got me into the fantasy genre, of the medieval sort.

There is suspense, wars and battles, romance, and magic.

Azhure is awesome, and I have a big crush on her.



Also this book is inspiring to me spiritually. Yes, I know it's fiction, but the paganism in this novel is beautiful and makes me happy.

Karen Brooks
Oct 26, 2014 Karen Brooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. My third re-read. Could not put down. Proper review to follow.
Cindy
Aug 23, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
I am a sucker for corny epic fantasy books. Thus this book was right up my alley.

This book is filled with big muscly guys running around fighting, an innocent girl trapped in the middle of a war, and a mysterious prophecy.

Sure some of the parts had me laughing literally out loud, but hey everyone needs a good laugh or two. I wouldn't say it was so bad that I'd never read the rest of the series, but it definately was a fantasy book designed for people who just want an enjoyable, fast-paced read
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Doc Opp
May 06, 2007 Doc Opp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is spectacularly well written and engaging fantasy epic. The book has different titles in different countries, but in all its a worthwhile read. The series is made up of two sub-series. The first is excellent, the second is terrible. Stop after the conclusion of the Axis stories. Once you get to the 2nd generation, all the characters suddenly turn into idiotic emotional wrecks, and the plot becomes ridiculous and annoying.

1st three books are a must read for a epic fantasy fan. After that I
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Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always a little worried when I pick up one of these big novels thinking that the story is going to move so slow that it will take me months to read. Color me pleasantly surprised when I found myself flying though this book polishing it off in a week and a half.

Sara Douglass has created and intriguing world with some interesting characters. I was surprised by the action is this story, but found I wanted more. One little issue that I had was when he battles were occurring in two different pl
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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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