The land of Tencendor has been at peace for more than 40 years since Starman Axis defeated the monster Gorgrael. Tencendor's three races live in harmony and Axis retired to the ethereal sphere, leaving his son Caelum SunSoar on the Throne of Stars. Caelum has known only peace, so when ancient evil and old jealousies threaten to destroy his family and his kingdom, he has to dig deep to find strength to fight.
With exciting plots and easy, involving prose, Douglass always offers epic fantasy above the run-of-the-mill. Although Sinner is still far above average, this fourth entry in the Wayfarer series doesn't quite live up to the high standards of the previous volumes. Since four decades have passed since the events of the last book, some of the urgency that propelled the first three volumes is lacking and a few of the original characters seem a bit flat. The newer characters, particularly the conflicted Caelum, make up this lack, although fans of the series may miss the stronger females of Starman.
This is a good novel for readers new to the fantasy genre and it's possible to read without knowledge of the previous volumes. Fans of the series, although facing a bit of disappointment, will likely still find this an enjoyable entry in a strong series. (Sep., 464 pp., $26.95)
Jen Talley Exum