Battleaxe by Sara Douglass

By Sara Douglass

Epic fable within the culture of Trudi Canavan, Fiona McIntosh and Robert Jordan. 1000 years in the past, the folk of Achar drove the Forbidden from their lands. yet now the northern tribes of the Ravensbund are fleeing south back, with nightmarish stories of creatures who feed upon the phobia in their prey. wintry weather has come early, and with it the promise of warfare. Axis, bastard son of the lifeless Princess Rivkah, is distributed north to the battlefront at Gorkenfort along with his elite Axe-Wielders. as soon as there, he needs to quit command to his hated half-brother, Borneheld, Duke of Ichar and inheritor to the throne. yet in the course of the lengthy trip Axis falls in love with Faraday -- Borneheld's betrothed -- and unearths himself reassessing the very essence of his ideals. With the destiny of the realm striking within the stability, Axis needs to unite the feuding lands less than one banner sooner than it truly is too overdue and the evil emerging within the north engulfs all of them for sturdy.

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Axis' face hardened, but he held his tongue. Roland stepped back and glanced at both men. "Well. Enough. I would scarcely have expected this behaviour from such high commanders. If you lead men, both of you, then you will have to learn a little more self-control. " There was silence for a moment, then Priam stepped forward. "I think the news was grim enough to make anyone lose their wits for a moment. But the Duke of Aldeni speaks wisely, and I am glad that at least one cool head remains in this room.

Jorge nodded slowly. But Jayme looked anxious and concerned. "But Axis, are not the Forbidden in the Icescarp Alps and the Forbidden in the Shadowsward the same? " "Or is there something stranger still than the Forbidden, stronger than the Forbidden? " Roland asked. " Jorge was angry with himself as much as anyone else. "We just have no idea what it is that we face. " Borneheld slapped the table with his open hand, attracting everyone's attention. If he had lost his temper earlier, then he appeared cool and decisive now.

Jayme was already up and at prayer when Axis slipped into his quarters. The Brother-Leader was kneeling at the altar in his room, praying before an exquisite silver and gold icon of Artor the Ploughman. Axis knelt quietly behind him and bowed his head in prayer, trying to find some ease of mind in the rhythms of the ancient words and rituals. But prayers could not comfort him this morning, not after the nightmare he had endured, and after a few minutes his thoughts drifted to the daily problems of commanding a force of four thousand men.

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