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on 29 April 2006
Sara Douglass's Wayfarer trilogy directly follows on from the Axis trilogy and is set forty years on from then. The Axis books were lightweight but very enjoyable and the first book in this series was the same. However, in Pilgrim, things seem to go awry. The basic story is sound; Time Demons have broken through the Star Gate and are wreaking havoc and madness on the inhabitants of Tencendor. Caelum Sunsoar, also known as the Starson, is the son of the god Axis and goddess Azhure, and supposedly the man who will save the land. Old favourite characters appear, including the magical, gentle Faraday and the twisted Wolfstar Sunsoar and the usual battles and quests ensue.
As the story unfolds however, the story gets somewhat strange and the writing becomes immature and repetitive. An army of vicious sheep (!), violent cows, maddened chickens and other assorted animals, led by a badger of all things, is causing bloodshed; whilst a 'mad eyed hamster' seeks revenge against mans inhumanity!! Although this is a fantasy book this is stretching things too far, the more so because it is written in such a serious way with no humour intended. Douglass goes into gory detail with every scene of violence, and there is much violence in this book. Another 'hard to swallow' aspect of the book is the burgeoning romantic relationship between Zenith Sunsoar and her grandfather. Nasty.
I am tempted to read the last book just to tie up any loose ends but have to admit that if it is the same as this one I may not read any of her other books.