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Douglass, Sara. Enchanter.

(The Wayfarer Redemption, Bk. 2) Tor. 669p. c1996. 0-765-34196-4. $7.99. SA *

Axis, the Starman, works to unite the people of Achar, so they can defeat Goragel, his evil half-brother, who would plunge the country into eternal winter. Borneheld, Axis's human half-brother, also stands in his way. Borneheld hates the Icarii, a birdlike people who once ruled Achar, and the Avar, the people of the forest. Borneheld also hates Axis because Borneheld believes that Axis's birth caused their mother's death. Thrown into this mix of great sibling rivalry is Faraday, Borneheld's wife, who is in love with Axis, and Ahzure, an emotionally wounded woman who becomes a great warrior, who also falls in love with Axis.

The battle in this, part two of The Wayfarer Redemption series, takes place between Borneheld and Axis's armies with some fighting on the side with Goragel's Skraelings. According to the prophecy Axis must unite the three races in order to stand a chance to defeat Goragel. He is also to marry Faraday, which means Borneheld must die. Faraday has foreseen the battle that will take place between the two men but hasn't foreseen her loss of Axis when he falls in love with Ahzure.

Ahzure is an enigma within a mystery. One character thinks her the reincarnation of an evil Icarii Enchanter; she handles some of his possessions with ease. Axis and his father are both in love with her--she feels unworthy of the attention. She has her own magical powers, which she is unaware of until attacked, and must protect her child. She has terrible scars on her back that have been there since childhood, but is unable to say how they got there. Her ability with the bow and arrow makes her a valuable commander in Axis's new army; her archers gladly train under her and give her their loyalty.

I am enchanted with this series and would recommend it for high school and adult readers. There are some adult situations with the love triangle between Axis, Faraday and Ahzure, but no detailed sex scenes. This book will be too long for most junior high readers but fantasy fans will not be afraid to dive right in, especially if they have read the first book.

Stacey Conrad, Middle School Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Date:Jul 1, 2002
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