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Tranchant d'acier (The Wayfarer Redemption #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  12,305 ratings  ·  296 reviews
Aux temps anciens, les humains du royaume d'Achar ont chassé les autres races, les Proscrits. Des siècles plus tard, des spectres surgis de l'hiver déciment les terres du Nord. Les Proscrits seraient-ils de retour, plus redoutables que jamais ? Le roi dépêche Borneheld, l'héritier de la couronne, sur les lieux, et, pour l'escorter, Axis, le Tranchant d'Acier, commandant de ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
Published June 6th 2008 by Milady (first published July 5th 1995)
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Melissa I believe there is a little bit of a love triangle between axis, faraday and azure... if not in this book then in the subsequent ones. However as with…moreI believe there is a little bit of a love triangle between axis, faraday and azure... if not in this book then in the subsequent ones. However as with the other person who answered it has also been about 10 years since I read :)(less)
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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
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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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 1 of 5 stars  ·  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)
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.
Jessica
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
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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James
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
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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P.J.
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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Karen Brooks
Brilliant. My third re-read. Could not put down. Proper review to follow.
Cindy
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
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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Natasha
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Hannah
Before you think of reading this book I want you to know this was the first book series I couldn't finish. Its been over ten years now but I still remember struggling through the second book. Struggling with my urge to destroy it. After the mammoth task of finishing that awful second book I started on the third sure that I could struggle through it too and be free, by page 50 or so of the third book I couldn't control myself any longer and flung it across the room and screamed in frustration and ...more
Patrick Bättig
Den Ländern von Achar droht große Gefahr, denn Gorgrael der Zerstörer droht den Kontinent von Norden her mit seiner finsteren Macht zu überschwemmen. Beunruhigende Nachrichten erreichen die Hauptstadt Karlon und so sendet König Priam seinen Neffen Bornheld, seines Zeichens Herzog von Ichtar und oberster Heerführer des Reiches, gen Norden, um sich den finsteren Kreaturen Gorgraels entgegenzustellen.Auch der Seneschall, die Kirche des Reiches, will nicht untätig sein. Mit den Axtschwingern unter i ...more
Yawar
An engrossing, enchanting story. Like the Wheel of Time series in many ways, but thankfully without the long descriptions of dresses.

I do think there is a flaw in the placement of the first flashback, in the prologue. I think it would have been better placed in the middle of the story. Flashbacks are always more understandable, and more enjoyable, when a character in the story is actually experiencing them. And Sara Douglass does use this device to great advantage to drive the story forward. Wel
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Exubias
I am surprised to see many low ratings on this book. Sure, there are clichés in the novel but honestly, what genre doesn't have some sort of cliché? Sara Douglass' writing style is what captured me, her descriptions were beautiful and whenever I was reading and someone else was in the room I had to tell them about my favorite parts. The relationships between the characters will keep you guessing and wondering what is going to happen. My favorite characters in this book was Jack and Azhure and sh ...more
Anna Snyder
A book as terrible as this should be read by everyone, just to make them feel better for not having written it. Wrapped up in a mush of bad prose and worse cliches, the story has everything you could possibly hope for. A fantasyish kingdom where zombie-dementor things are attacking in the North! An undeveloped theology that seems to be mentioned only so people can curse in weird ways: "Artor's arse!" and so forth! A brooding man who is an outcast from society despite being very handsome! A beaut ...more
Ubiquitousbastard
Never ever pick up a book because it looks like there's some awesomely huge chick on the cover; it's just a strange perspective and the book will be horrible. I actually started out this book liking it, then the author decided that the minor characters really were better, and it wasn't really necessary to have you know, the characters you like. Still, I was lame and went into the next book. What a mistake. Good cover art does not equal good book. At least I learned a lesson here.
Kate
I first read this book over 10 years ago and loved it, I remember thinking at the time that it was one of the best fantasy books I had read in a long time. When I picked it up to re-read it recently it took me a little while to get into it. I think I was over the 100 page mark before I actually truly enjoyed it. I was quickly swept back up into the storyline from there. I think I need to re-read all the rest of the books in this series now
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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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