Right after reading these two books, I’ve this weird sense of déjà vu. The story arc itself has strong biblical undertones to it, what with the Armageddon-like final battle, the rebirth, the blood sacrifice … it was as if I was reading something meant for heavier reading.
But there’s one theme that’s kind of common with other fantasy epics I’ve read, and that’s the topic of incest. I don’t know about you, but I noticed that this seems to be a recurring subplot in quite a number of authors’ works … Melanie Rawn, MZB comes to mind. I’m digressing, however, so let me get back on the review track and introduce these two Sara Douglass gems properly.
Pilgrim and Crusader bring Sara Douglass’ epic fantasy series centred on three diverse races to a climactic ending. Pilgrim traces the journey of the TimeKeepers across the land of Tencendor and bears witness to the carnage they spread as they raced to resurrect Qeteb; while Crusader deals with Drago’s quest to reclaim his true heritage as Starson and the crusader destined to battle the evil Qeteb in a bid to save Tencendor.
Without giving away the entire story, loyalties were sorely tested and long-held prejudices would have to be discarded in order for Drago to fully embrace his identity as his people’s saviour. Along the journey, magical abilities were uncovered, hidden feelings and untapped talents amongst the human population were revealed, while the once-magical Icari enchanters have to come to grips with the loss of their power with the dissonance of the Star Dance, and cope with forging a new life with their own bare hands.
As the questors’ journey draw nearer to the final confrontation, Faraday has some new lessons to learn – that of trusting her heart, forgiveness and letting go of the past, while Zenith discovered surprising truths about herself that resulted in a most horrible consequence. And the murder of RiverStar is finally revealed, to the shock of everyone else.
Since I’ve been following the series, Ms Douglass has held me enthralled with her powerful narrative, lush details, plot twists and imaginative building of the universe she created in BattleAxe. She has woven in inspirational messages of trust, hope, peace, and perseverance, and brought home the power of a simple human emotion known as love. Most appropriately too, she has finally given Faraday her happy ending.
I’m going to leave you with this awesome trailer that a fellow fan, Bridget, created.