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BattleAxe  : Book One of the Axis Trilogy - Sara Douglass

BattleAxe

Book One of the Axis Trilogy

Hardcover

Published: 1st January 2005
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A thousand years ago the Acharites drove the Forbidden from their land. Now strange sightings along Achar's northern border foreshadow their return. The barbaric tribes of the Ravensbund are pouring south with tales of fearsome beings who feed on the terror of their prey.

Axis bastard son of the dead Princess Rivkah is sent to the battlefront of Gorkenfort with his elite Axe-Wielders. Once there he must hand over command to his hated half-brother Borneheld.

But travelling north Axis falls in love with Faraday - Borneheld's betrothed and meets two priests who challenge the very essence of his beliefs.

The Sentinels walk the land the TreeFriend has been found and the people of the Plough the Wing and the Horn must set aside their differences and unite under one leader against the evil rising in the North...

About the Author

Sara Douglass was born in Penola, South Australia, and moved to Adelaide when she was seven. She spent her early working life as a nurse before completing three degrees at the University of Adelaide. After receiving a PhD in early modern English history, Sara worked as a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at La Trobe University, Bendigo, until 2000. Saras first novel, BattleAxe, was published in 1995 and she wrote a further 19 books of epic and historical fantasy fiction, a collection of short stories, and two books of non-fiction. Three of her novels won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy and many were short listed. Sara shifted to Hobart, Tasmania, in 2005 and lived there writing full-time and restoring her beautiful old house and garden, until her death in September 2011.

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BattleAxe
 
3.8

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80%

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Pros

  • Takes you to another world (4)
  • Compelling characters (3)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Easy to read (3)
  • Well written (3)

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      4.0

      Great book, look forward to buy part 2!!

      By Acacia

      from Adelaide South Australia

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      Pros

      • Compelling Characters
      • Easy To Read
      • Takes You To Another World

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          Comments about BattleAxe:

          Great fantasy novel, looking forward to reading rest of the series and more from same author.

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          4.0

          great fantasy series and read

          By susanne

          from nsw

          About Me Everyday Reader

          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Great For Any Age
          • Takes You To Another World
          • Well Written

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            • Gift
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            Comments about BattleAxe:

            great read and series always enjoy this authors books

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            1.0

            Very dissapointing

            By cantthinkofanickname

            from Tasmania, AU

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            Pros

            • Easy To Read

            Cons

            • Immature Writing Style
            • Limited Appeal
            • Poorly Written
            • Uninteresting Characters

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            • Younger Readers

            Comments about BattleAxe:

            I purchased this book with a degree of anticipation, I had friends telling me that Douglas was a great author and so when I saw this book on special I bought it hoping I had found a new author to read all of her books.... Wow was I dissapointed.

            I know this is her first book, so can only assume her subsequent books were a significant improvement, otherwise I am unclear how she gained a fan base. The characters are weak, the male hero is developed by an author not skilled in stepping outside her own gener to portray a male, something that can be difficult for any author I know, but in this book it is almost painful reading the effeminate portrayal of the male hero.

            I could not reccomend this book less, and am revisiting my desire to consider any more of Douglas's work.

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            5.0

            Love Sara Douglass

            By agrome

            from Queensland

            About Me Bookworm

            Pros

            • Compelling Characters
            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Read
            • Original Story
            • Takes You To Another World
            • Well Written

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                Comments about BattleAxe:

                I love Sara Douglass books. I would recommend all of her books to anyone. Her writing creates such a world beyond and her characters are compelling.

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                5.0

                EXCELLENT BOOK!!! A++++

                By Deck the Halls

                from Queensland, AU

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                Pros

                • Compelling Characters
                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Original Story
                • Takes You To Another World
                • Well Written

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                    Comments about BattleAxe:

                    This book is amazing, this trilogy is superb! This is definitely one that will be going on the top shelf to be reread over and over again through the years. Once you get the hang of all the characters, its a fantastic book, with gut wrenching plots, colourful characters, and very original magic/fantasy world. What a talented writer; it is such a loss to Australia and the world that Sara is no longer with us.

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                    Praise for previous books in The Axis Trilogy: 'The twists, revelations and foreshadowings keep you turning pages' SFX 'Absorbing. Those who like their battles bloody and realistic will get their desire, but here also are moments of great tenderness' Starburst

                    Sara Douglass

                    Sara Douglass was born in Penola, South Australia, and moved to Adelaide when she was seven. She spent her early working life as a nurse before completing three degrees at the University of Adelaide. After receiving a PhD in early modern English history, Sara worked as a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at La Trobe University, Bendigo, until 2000.

                    Sara′s first novel, BattleAxe, was published in 1995 and she wrote a further 19 books of epic and historical fantasy fiction, a collection of short stories, and two books of non-fiction. Three of her novels won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy and many were shortlisted.

                    Sara shifted to Hobart, Tasmania, in 2005 and lived there writing full-time and restoring her beautiful old house and garden, until her death in September 2011.

                    Visit Sara Douglass's Booktopia Author Page


                    ISBN: 9780732292133
                    ISBN-10: 0732292131
                    Series: Axis Trilogy
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Hardcover
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 576
                    Published: 1st January 2005
                    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
                    Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.4  x 4.8
                    Weight (kg): 0.874