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The Wayfarer Redemption

(The Wayfarer Redemption #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  16,136 ratings  ·  446 reviews
A millennia-old prophecy was given when the Forbidden Ones were driven from Achar. And now, the Acharites witness its manifestation: Achar is under attack by an evil lord from the North, Gorgreal-his ice demons strike from the sky and kill hundreds of brave warriors in the blink of an eye.

All Acharites believe the end is near.

One young woman, Faraday, betrothed of Duke Bo
Paperback, 629 pages
Published June 27th 2001 by Tor Fantasy (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, a…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)
Liam yes, but although there are swearing and sex in this book it is not the main theme

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Omg! I have found a new favorite book!!

I can't begin to explain how much this book means to me. It was just so freaking wonderful! There are so many different things to love: people, The Forbidden, which are not what I thought at all, nature, fighting. Just everything. Well, obviously I didn't like the evilness and some of the killings. And holy crow, Axis is so strong to not have killed an evil person. It would have taken everything I had not to but there are reasons. Important reasons!

I love
Lady Luna. ✨
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-books
5 beautiful soul touching stars★★★★★

'"Sing well and fly high, and may nothing and no-one tear your feet from the path of the Star Dance again."'

Reread for the third time with my favourite ladies; Mary& Celeste and it just keeps getting better & better, seriously each time I read it I love it a tiny bit more everytime. When I die I want this series buried with my corpse. Please & Thank you.


'The circular pool contained no water; instead, to all intents and purposes, it contai
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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?


This book was
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: year-2017, 2-star
So I'm a little bit torn on how harshly I should judge this book. I realize it's early fantasy, and so I understand it's not going to compare to some of the newer fantasy books I've read. But at the same time, masterpieces like Lord of the Rings were written and published before this... So...

I wanted to rate this a 3 stars, but the further I got into it, the more I realized I would be lying if I rated it anything above a 2 stars.

My main issue is that I was bored for at least 80% of this book, a
Feb 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Full review now posted!

To the best of my knowledge, this was my first foray into Australian fantasy. And for the most part, it was an enjoyable journey. The land of Achar is facing a supernatural invasion, and Axis, the BattleAxe of the realm, sets out to fight the incursion. But Axis’s history is not what he has been taught his whole life to believe, and there is more to him than he thinks. As he slowly uncovers his past and the powers latent within him, he is joined by two priests, a pig herde
Feb 20, 2015 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
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I started reading this series in the 90s when it first came out. I got through the first two books, waited for the third to come out, then life came along and kept me really busy with a job change and a cross country move. I had long since forgotten about these books until I ran across them the other day. So, I decided why not go finish this series 23 years later.
I clearly needed to reread this book, which I just finished. The writing definitely reminds me of 90s fantasy. A bit dramatic with the
Feb 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
[2/28/21]: Re-read this as a buddy read with my book BFF, Sarah. Honestly, this series is a comfort read for me so I enjoyed it as much as I did in highschool. Comfort reads ftw in 2021 tbh. I have been super busy the last several months launching my own business so I haven't been the best buddy reader but I did complete the book and we did txt about the book a little over txt so win win over here.

Re-read # (I have read this one so much through the years) (8/11/17):

Still awesome. Still want to g
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Sunni Oza
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Kara Babcock
Sara Douglass is one of those fantasy authors whose books I haphazardly read B.G. (before Goodreads), throughout my teens, as I encountered them in the stacks of my local library’s fantasy section. It was good times! As with my ur-fantasy experiences of David Eddings and L.E. Modesitt, Jr., these books almost certainly don’t hold up. Yet when I came across not 1, not 3, but all 6 books of this series at my local used bookstore and got them all with store credit … well, it was a no-brainer. This ...more
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Mike (the Paladin)
Apr 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
I was in the mood to start a large epic fantasy series and this one is checking most of the boxes.

It opens a six-book series (initially published as two separate trilogies) and features a human struggle to put aside its age-old enmity for two other races and join in battle against a deadly invasion of wraiths. A prophecy unearthed in a monastery challenges the humans’ beliefs of just who the enemy really is and their need to pursue an ancient battle against the “Forbidden”. These two hated races
Pamela  (Here to Read Books and Chew Gum)
I still loved Battleaxe as much as the first day I read it. Is it cliched fantasy literature? Of course! There are ridiculously attractive people making stupid mistakes, with evil brothers who have to fight each other, a prophecy, and some star-crossed lovers. It's not groundbreaking. But it's so much fun to read!

Sara Douglass' descriptions are gloriously sumptuous. She's built a world the feels real, with its own religion, folklore, and populations with their own history and culture. Magic in
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
Kevis Hendrickson
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen this starts out really slow but once the action gets started...I am hooked.

I loved Battleaxe and Faraday...and couldnt wait to get the next book in the series...UNTIL...I started to read the reviews for the next two books in this series.

I just have to say...Thank God I didnt waste close to 10.00 to buy the next book. I freakin hate when a character is protrayed as great at first but turns into a raging asshole who puts a woman through hell.

Sorry...Im not wasting my time on the rest of th
Nick Borrelli
May 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one I wanted to get to for a while because it was recommended for readers who like both Robert Jordan and Robin Hobb (both of whom I hold in very high regard). I really wanted to get a hard copy but couldn’t find one anywhere, so I ended up downloading it to my iPad, never mind though.

Years ago the people of Achar drove the forbidden from their lands, but now the northern tribes are fleeing south reporting creatures who feed off the fear of their prey. In answer to this King Priam sends his
Rambling Reviews
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 have to
Malynda Davis
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to break this one down into some of its major aspects:
Storyline/plot: A fairly traditional 'Chosen One' story meets an 'ultimate evil' (think Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc.). Nothing very special yet.

Characters: Some memorable ones, I find the Sentinel characters the most interesting, although we probably know the least about them, so mystery is working. On the other hand there are a lot of 'Mary Sue' types -almost every major named character seems to be super important for the
Lisa Guzman
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
If you do not love extremely elaborate fantasy stories, full of enchanted worlds and many characters, you will not like this. I was expecting it to be not very good, but it was recommended to me and I felt like I should at least give it a try. It is a big commitment--615 pages, and this is only the first book. I don't know that I am invested enough to read the other books. Still, it was something new to me, and I was entertained by many parts. ...more
C.P. Cabaniss
Sep 23, 2019 marked it as dnf

I decided after the prologue and reading a few reviews for this series that it isn't for me. The writing didn't grab my attention and there are some aspects of the story that I don't think will be things that I like. So I'm calling it quits early on with this one and moving into something I'm more excited about.
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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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