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Crusader

(The Wayfarer Redemption #6)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,914 ratings  ·  69 reviews
The last book of the Wayfarerer Redemption, an enthralling continuation of The Axis trilogy, by the bestselling Australian author Sara Douglass


The protecting magical forests of Minstrelsea have been blasted from the surface of Tencendor, leaving demons and Hawkchildren free to feed. At the Maze, Queteb stands victorious over the body of Caelum SunSoar yet boiling with ange
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Published June 4th 2007 by HarperVoyager (first published January 1st 1999)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
That was such a wonderful ending!! It makes me happy!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Robert
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This last installment in the Wayfarer's Redemption series was very weak. The character seemed to be poorly written in comparison to past books. To me, they lost their dynamic natures and became two-dimensional characters that you would expect more out of the villains or side characters, not the main protagonists. For example, Dragonstar comes back to Sanctuary and in the course of a single chapter he, Azure, and Axis are all friends on good terms, despite 40 years of brewing hatred between them. ...more
Donna
Dec 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Donna by: my sister, Dionne
A poor conclusion to a mediocre trilogy, and not wholy worth further comment.
Christopher
Mar 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh.

I started reading this series several years ago because my then fiancee adored the original trilogy. I wished I had read all of the books before marrying her, I would have known earlier to run away.

This is a series about incest, rape, and people with a martyr complex. The underlying theme is that people can spontaneously change personality at different points in a story for the sake of the plot, and as a reader you're not supposed to question the changes. I'm just glad that I never personall
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Susan
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blech. I read it so I'd know what happened, but it was hardly worth it. Over and over I felt like the author created magic that could just happen to do whatever the plot needed. I'd give some examples, but she usually pulled these devices out to resolve some big crisis and to tell you would mean a whole review of spoilers.

It just didn't work for me.
Jacinta Hoare
A frustrating way to end an excellent series. The paperback version was thrown from one end of the room to the other in disgust.
Austin McConnell
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Utter rubbish. I'm truly surprised that I didn't throw away this book without finishing it long ago. The only good thing that comes with the ending is now I'm free to start a better series. Fortunately, almost any random series I pick off the shelf qualifies
Shane White
Feb 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing destruction of the characters and world created in the battleaxe trilogy , and douglass' world breaks the key rule of fantasy ; even wild imagination requires a degree of structure and logic and avoidance of deus ex machina
Elle
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot understand how the latter three books are so much better than the first three. Nothing accounts for it. In any case, this conclusion, while at times—once more—wrapping up with a little TOO much ease, a little TOO much Deus ex Machina (seems to be a Douglass issue), and with *ahem* many of the same character traits and flaws apparent in other characters quite SIMILAR to one another in other series (I am staring without shame at you, Brutus and Axis), I am still nevertheless impressed, an ...more
Beaulah Pragg
And so closes the story of Tencendor, begun in 'BattleAxe' Trilogy and continuing into the Wayfarer Redemption, Sara Douglass managed to fill six books with an epic, twisting tale that introduced and made me care about many different characters and their intertwining lives, all pummeling toward an inevitable show down and an even more inevitable conclusion - I always knew how this story would end (I had the unfortunate privilage of having read the Darkglass Mountain books before these), but I st ...more
Katie
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series was long and at times extremely painful. Many of the characters are completely unlikable, the magic inconsistently powerful and at times just downright silly/nonsensical. On the whole though, some parts of the series were really good and it all ties together (mostly) at the end.

The ending is weird. It's not the happy ending you expect, but it is a happy ending.

I don't think I'd recommend this series to anyone. It's just long and frustrating and when you get to the end it kind of red
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Jenn
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a tad irritated that I had to rush to finish this book in one day since it's due back at the library tomorrow.

overall great book. I have loved this series and loved watching the characters develop. I have to say that the original characters though have gotten quite annoying in these latter books. The one character who got on my last nerve is Faraday. She always seems to be whining and so indecisive. In a way can't blame her considering her past.

It was nice to see Dragonstar (drago) final
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tim cooper
The book gets high marks for finishing the 6 book saga. It started so strong and then fizzled in the end. Books 4 and 5 took me forever to read almost swearing me off of reading all together, and finally this book ended it. I won't let that happen again, no more long boring fantasy trash. Sorry to the fans, this was just way to over the top.
Chris Pacheco
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara Douglass must've been one spiteful bitch writing this last Tencendor book. If I was one of those people who happen to get seriously angry when a book doesn't go their way, then I would probably stay away from this trilogy all together. I on the otherhand love that S.D. seriously fucks up Tencendor's day and its pretty awesome.
Psych_Panda
I liked these, but not a lot. The ending of the series was just "meh" and I could do without trying to tie in real world / Christianity stuff. Definitely a cool universe with some interesting characters. But that said, I would probably never re-read these.
Rebecca
Dec 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was struggling to make it through this book, after reading the five previous. I could see at the beginning that they were going to win the battle with their moralistic high ground against the bad demons. I hate it when books start preaching a message about why good people are good and how love wins over all, always blah blah blah. But I was sticking with it ok.
Until Raspu turned into a butler, with his own uniform and staff to run. I really started skimming the words when it detailed his two
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Angela
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

Crusader is the sixth 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
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Tabitha Deasún
Mar 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Tabitha by: an old friend
Shelves: no-thanks
This book was absolutely terrible. It's a rare case when I have nothing good I can find to say about a book, but here we are. . . I was so disappointed. Understand that I absolutely loved the first part of this series - the first trilogy/3 books. I was then so excited to learn there was another trilogy/second part to this series. Then the author took everything I enjoyed, including the potential bits of promise in terms of interesting characters and plots in the second part, and just ruined it b ...more
Martina Sanjaya
Reading this book, somehow my mood worsened by each chapter I've read. Then the unecessary, super silly 'Roxiah' thing really killed my patience for good. For some times I felt like Douglass didn't really know where to bring around so many characters with their own tangled fate. Their character just become more and more undecided, instead of stronger. True, the ending was meant to be grand, but instead felt like petty and weak. The last fate of the demons, for example.
Will stop reading this auth
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Sarah Thompson
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After originally starting this series (Battle Axe) back in high school (more than 10 years ago), I can say I was extremely caught off guard with the progression of the second trilogy, especially with the ending of this book. Almost has a 'Lost'-esque type ending. I'm curious if the ending will be explained more in the stand alone novels and third trilogy. Just have to wait and see. Still love this series, my fave fantasy series of all time.
Christina Falana
I don't like how the author ended her series. You can feel that the author just doesn't care about half of the characters anymore. I want to think that it was me losing touch with the fantasy but no. The characters are just thrown here and there and the illusion of our greatest hero was thrown in the mud and we were faced with poor choices and a greed that didn't make sense. It also ended with a hint at more story to be told.
Eddie
Oct 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a pile of crap.

Ridiculous, unbearable and utterly boring. The only reason I didn't throw it in the trash halfway through was my hope that it would redeem itself by getting better towards the end. It didn't.
Data
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: everything_but, kat
Wrapping up from the first five books, does that make this a sextology? Maybe better stick with a sextet ;)
There seems to be plenty of action in this book, but sometimes point-of-view changes are so rapid, they serve to remind that we are tying loose ends into a whole. It gets in the way a bit.
Virginia Adi
Got kind of tired of it all
Olaf Thunderfoot
No sympathy at all for Wolfstar this time around.
Kyle Cormican
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Each individual book of this trilogy I rated as two stars, but the trilogy as a whole might deserve three stars. That being said, the trilogy is worth a re-read
Jewel
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
disappointing end to a marvelous series
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

I enjoyed re-reading this series so, SO much, and I'm sad that it has to come to an end! I'd forgotten how easy it was to be consumed by this world. It's so unique and complex! Sara Douglass has truly created a world like no other, and perhaps that's why this series stuck with me after 10 long years. I know it will stick with me for years to come, as well!

Holy crap, there's so much death in this book! I know it leads to rebirth...but STILL. It was really hard to watch all of the characters I
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Cynthia Peters
All the loose ends were tied up, but I felt that this series had a lot more potential in the first three books than the last three, especially this one. There were way too many powers at work in this book to my liking. Then, there was the inclusion of an over-power in Tencendor and not on the other continent of that planet that left me wondering if there is a whole different spread of higher powers over there. This was just so strange to me. There also was a lot of throwing in of strange magics ...more
Jeff Young
While I will continue to recommend the first trilogy, in good faith to the buyer I will not be able to do this for the second. What starts as a well grounded fantasy that has unique points to offer itself to the reader in the first three books decays into a mixture of SF & F elements that goes beyond reasonably challenging the reader's ability to suspend disbelief. The SF elements never truly feel justified in their inclusion, the use of Earth was never really necessary, and the idea that you ca ...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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