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Enchanter (The Axis Trilogy #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  10,377 Ratings  ·  122 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
ebook, 512 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Tor Books (first published 1996)
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Sep 01, 2008 Allie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Meg Laverick
May 01, 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
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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
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)
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
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Aug 17, 2012 Vee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2009 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Arlene Stokes
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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Feb 17, 2010 Will rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Feb 15, 2016 Kelcey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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.

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
Conan Tigard
Nov 15, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Toni Yan
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
Oct 26, 2012 Vivian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Erica Anderson
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Darcy Stewart
Apr 11, 2010 Darcy Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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Jun 18, 2007 Alice added it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2013 Jeniffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 07, 2008 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Donna by: my sister, Dionne
I was surprised to find myself enjoying this book more than I had book 1 of the trilogy. Normally the second book in a trilogy is the weakest of the three, but I found that the story of Axis developed a lot more with this book, whilst moving at a quicker pace and introducing more interesting characters and plot twists.
Although I would consider this book to be highly readable, I wouldn't consider Douglass to be a writer of high skill. Undoubtedly she can contruct a story very well indeed, but she
Benjamin Plume
Feb 26, 2012 Benjamin Plume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if this is fully worthy of that fourth star. I never really doubted the outcome, and the challenges to the hero didn't have much immediacy. It's not as strong as some of my favorite fantasy epics in terms of character development or world-building.

However, it was quite a passable read and as I suspected better than the first book. The interpersonal conflict at least was pretty moving, and the plot is interesting. I do like, for a change of pace, that the rules of magic aren't spelle
Mar 14, 2012 Danni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
While I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel, this one left me sort of angry and annoyed. It's like Sara Douglass was like, 'Guess what all you people who like Faraday? I'm going to give her some legitimately neat plot points BUT I'm going to screw her over so badly you'll have no choice but to want to punch Axis and everyone else in the nose.' Azhure just sort of annoyed me, though her back story was exceptionally sad. And while I liked Axis well enough in the first novel, I find myself having no ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Anastasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, owned
This is one of those books that drives me crazy, because I really don't want to like it, but I end up enjoying it anyway.

My complaints are the same as with the first book in the series. Character development is basically non-existent. Characters are extremely willing to throw over their long-held beliefs just because of a prophecy. That doesn't strike me as realistic - even if it IS magical.

Also, Axis is apparently supposed to have anger management problems, but this isn't really ever well displ
Apr 29, 2010 Taryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper-books, fantasy
Where to start with this one. I swear I liked the first book, but it didn't take long for me to nearly hate this one. The characters and the circumstances they have to deal with are way too over-simplified. The "hero" of the story meets and falls in love with one woman, then turns around and meets and falls in love with another with little conscience conflict. He feels they will simply have to "accept one another" because he "can't let either go". I literally muttered 'asshole' about every other ...more
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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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