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Sinner

(The Wayfarer Redemption #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,687 ratings  ·  79 reviews
40 years have passed, and Axis and Azhure have taken their rightful places among the other Star Gods. Their first-born, Caelum Starson, now rules and all appears peaceful, but sometimes Caelum listens to the wrong advice.
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Published August 1st 2000 by Voyager (first published 1997)
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Heleen Rautenbach I would read the first books as well. The last 3 does make sense it is just better when you have read the previous books.
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Faraday & Zenith I just love and a few others. But there are a good bit of assholes in the book, both men and women!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: Gifs.

I really liked this.

Yes, it will make you hate (or seriously dislike) Axis, Azhure, and Caelum.



While some people would think these next three books weren't necessary, but they were IMHO. There were a lot of foreshadowing in the first three books, that have led to events in the last three books in the series.

I love how Faraday returns to kick even more ass, and has turned into a BAMF Queen.



I love how Drago has depth to his character, and I am, by the end of this book rooting fo
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Jackie
Apr 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the second series to the Axis Trilogy. If you liked the first three books, you will not like these three. However, if you didn't like the first three books, you might like these three. Everything I liked about the Axis Trilogy was basically ripped apart and set on fire, making it completely pointless to read. Sinner, Pilgrim, and Crusader ruined the Axis Trilogy as a whole.

Bottom line: If you have read the Axis Trilogy, do yourself a favor and erase these next books fro
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Joel Davies
The characters in the first three books of Wayfarer Redemption all share flaws and weaknesses, often times causing the reader to outright dislike them. Yet each character also had their redeeming qualities, and external influences that attributed to their actions.

In Sinner, almost every character is abrasive, arrogant, rude or stupid. Axis and Azhure seem hollow shells of the complex characters evolved over the previous books. Caelum acts like a four year old, not a man of 40 years!

The imminent
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Annie (Putt)
I have no idea how to rate this book because I have so many thoughts on it. Full warning ahead for spoilers.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Rape, abuse, mental abuse/rape, abortion/miscarriage, potential child abuse

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Okay, so, where to begin. I picked this up several months after finishing the Axis Trilogy, and it hooked me from the beginning. The story is captivating, the characters enticing, and it feels like you're coming home. The mash-up of the story becoming a fantasy and sci-fi is not original, but
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Kara Babcock
Wait, was it November when I finished the first trilogy?? How is it June already? Wow. Anyway, as promised, I’m back with the first book of the second trilogy set in Sara Douglass’ Tencendor universe. Whereas I am certain I read the first trilogy as a teenager, I’m not sure if I ever read the entire second trilogy. So some of these books might be new to me? They all kind of blurred together. If you want to read my reviews “from the beginning,” here’s my review of The Wayfarer Redemption, aka Bat ...more
Jenn
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book in the Wayfarer redemption series but I personally think this is the start of a new trilogy. The story starts out 40 year after the big battle. It does bring back the old characters but they are not the main players. The children are the main focus of the book.

This book captured me just as much as the other books in the series. I found that the characters seemed to have a little more depth to them. I found Caelum being the weakest character out of all of them. He annoyed me
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Elle
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Majorly impressed by this one. A hundred times better than the last.
Angela
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Sinner is the fourth book in The Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglass. When this book was released back in in mid 1990’s, when I first read it, it was originally called Battleaxe and was book one of the Axis Trilogy- the series later got expanded and so the name change. Part of my 2019 reading challenge was to read an Australian author- well how do I narrow that down, there are so many great Aussie authors, but Ms. Douglass was one of the first Aussie authors whose work I fell in l
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Donna
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Donna by: my sister, Dionne
At the end of the 'Axis Trilogy' my like of Sara Douglass as a fantasy author was waning, after reading the opener to the 'sequel' trilogy, it has almost been obliterated.
There is not much charm or eloquence to this novel at all. I found her writing to be crudely designed to shock, especially in the way she romanticises incest and condones the brutal murder of a child.
I believe she also has isolated fans of the original trilogy by making her 'old favourite' characters into hollow, unlikeable sho
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Anastasia
I liked this better than the first trilogy, I think for one reason: because I wasn't supposed to like the characters I didn't like. I never warmed to Axis in the first trilogy. In fact, I think I liked him less as the novels went on. Caelum, on the other hand, isn't supposed to be likable, which is good, because I think he's a total dick. Actually, there aren't many characters I like at all. Zenith, and perhaps StarDrifter.

The rest of my complaints about the original trilogy apply here - dumb na
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Katie
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to find anyone to like, much less root for in this book. This book even managed to kill whatever love I had for Azhure in the first 3 books with her reaction to Zenith's troubles. The universe is compelling as ever and the story is interesting, but I hate everyone at this point and am kind of hoping the Timekeeper Demons eat all of them.

Seriously. Death to Tencendor. It's filled with jerks.
Anne Platts
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written and engaging, comments of other reviews had a different experience to mine. The first trilogy gets us in with minimal investment, the second gives more, the characters have more depth in a world with more at risk, more nuance and complexity.
Rambling Reviews
Jun 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rebecca
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 2.5 stars... SPOILERS AHEAD so be warned.

I read the trilogy before this one, earlier in the year and found these three at a secondhand book fair. It was good to get back to a familiar world and characters that I knew after reading so many other books in between.

The writing is not particularly sophisticated - the sentences don't always flow and the editing could have been tighter. Every once in a while weird words like diminution, impinge and vacillation were used and they just
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Jo Rhett
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled through this the first time, and kept putting it aside. After not reading it for over a year, I picked it up. Finding myself missing memories of earlier events I went back to re-read the beginning... and found significantly more context than I saw on my first read. I ended up reading it cover to cover in a single day.

It's a deeply tangled plot with lots of internal references that intrigues me. I think it suffers because there are so few characters one can have sympathy for, that don
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Data
I see a lot of reviews that say some thing like "If you loved the first trilogy, you'll hate this book, etc." I say if you want to read the same book over and over, then do it. But if you want something different in the universe, try reading this. The tale of what is happening after 40 years of peace on Tencendor is not the tale of the first wars and triumph of Axis and Azhure. Douglass is not afraid to delve into the dark, and gets a little overzealous with the abusive, nasty nature of some of ...more
Martina Sanjaya
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivating, as the first series are. I was a bit doubtful at first, for the first series ended so complete, the villains neutralized, heroes became gods, peace rules over all; what else could be said? But Douglass proved this sequel could bring as much excitement as before, and I'm glad she did. Gods now became human, the weaker hero now became the strongest, the former villain now became the reluctant hero. I really like how Drago and Faraday turned out to be!
Christina Falana
I remember where I was when I finished this book. As soon as I saw the title again after so many years. I nearly threw my pristine hard copy of the book! I was outraged that I had to wait to find out what happened next. I even went back and read the book again to see if I'd missed something that would help me predict what was going to happen. I was just left in awe.
Virginia Adi
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not my favorite of the series....seems kind of midpoint.....unfinished
Erin Briggs
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If the first 3 books didn’t make you hate axis and azure these ones certainly will!
Isla Hotchkiss
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say an entirely unnecessary amount of rape for an otherwise engaging and well-written novel with a complex fantastical depth.
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

This book moves into the second story arc of the series. You can tell that it was originally supposed to be a trilogy - by itself, the first three books are a complete story. But, unlike some series that continue after they were supposed to stop, it doesn't feel like beating a dead horse. Like they were squeezing all the life they possibly could get out of the series. It's just a new story line! It's 40 years into the future, and it's the next generation of characters. (It's almost more of a
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Beaulah Pragg
Having read the first two books of the Darkglass Mountain Trilogy by Sara Douglass (a subsequent series), it was a fascinating leap to jump back into a time when Tencendor had not yet vanished beneath the sea and many of the characters who had been only legends were suddenly alive and 'breathing'.

'Sinner' is a book that can stand alone, but I suspect appeals far more to an audience that has already read Douglass' first 'Battle Axe' series because this set deals with the children and aftermath of
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
It's been forty years since the Prophecy of the Destroyer. Peace rules the land of Tencendor. Where Axis, Azhure and Faraday's children have grown. Many people do not like the rule of the Throne of Stars and seek to destroy the peace for their own gains. They want the kingdom of Achar back with Prince Zared as their king. Caelum does not want to see the kingdom of Achar reinstituted because it will cause strife among the races. Zared wishes to marry Leagh, Princess of the North but Caelum and he ...more
Trisha
So I finished book 1 of The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass. Of course, I'm confused by what the proper title of the series should be, because when I look on the internet for this series, it's books from earlier on in the world's timeline that first come up. Oh well...

I have read reviews that say the earlier (and possibly later) books are a lot better in that you care more about the characters in them...but as someone who has never read Sara Douglass before, i must say I really did enjoy th
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Lady Reads
Apr 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate giving books a one star rating; authors work so hard to bring a novel to life. I only do this, give the one star rating, if a book has serious or offensive flaws. This book has both.

I loved Wayfarer Redemption #3. I adored it. It was right up there with my favorite books of all time. Axis was so flawed but so brave. He was a worthy leader. Both Faraday and Ahzur were strong, decisive women and fair, beautiful mothers.

What you get in Sinner is the opposite of all these powerful character q
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Katie
The beginning for a second trilogy in the Wayfarer Redemption universe, but I enjoyed this one less - although the characters grew on me.
Chris Pacheco
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the Axis trilogy. Yet, i did not like the characters very much. There were a few here and there, but many of the main characters just sucked. I believe that since that was Sara's first story, it had the characteristics of a first story. But this. This... is something fucking amazing. Sara douglass is fucking relenbtless with the amount of suffering she puts on her cast. It truly reminded me of Ian Irvine(AUS). I love how what ever hardships the people in the first three books faced and ...more
Caprica
Apr 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished and was pleasantly surprised. I liked this and did not expect to. The first three books I read years ago and was very emotionally affected by the ending. When I found out that some characters returned in these books, I just didn't want to have to deal with them again. Douglass creates people that can be truly annoying and make you dislike them, which is unusual since they are usually the protaginists of the tale. I finally gave into reading the second trio of this series and glad t ...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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