The Brotherhood under Artor suspected The Forbidden had returned, the evidence reaching from the frontier regions of Achar in the Retreat of Gorkentown to Ravesbund to the northern Ichtar to Smyrton. None were left untouched. The first few chapters of The Wayfarer Redemption by Australian author Sara Douglass relate the history of the Axis Trilogy from the backstory to the present day troubles. King Priam is stuck between his two warring nephews, one he refuses to claim but leads the AxeWielders, the other who shall inherit the kingdom. Meanwhile, Brother-Leader Jayme fears the worse after listening to the reports coming in from the surrounding retreats.
When Jayme sends Axis to the Silent Woman's Keep in an attempt to uncover the mysteries falling at their doorstep, strange and unbelievable things begin to happen. In the midst of the trouble are the Sentinels who have walked the paths waiting for the Prophecy to come to life. Little did they know their champion would be a part of the royal Seneschal, carrying hatred toward the magic residing dormant within his soul.
Ironically, not far from Axis is a woman named Faraday. This is the woman who has the power to save his life. But to save his life, she must wed Borneheld and risk losing the man of her dreams. Only then can the darkness be held at bay until Axis is strong enough to take his rightful place. Duke Borneheld wants the kingdom at any price. He feels the Prophecy is directed at him and he would be the one to unite the lands. The Forbidden continually stalk the troops with numerous men dying. As word of the Prophecy spreads, Borneheld's troops begin to rally behind the BattleAxe for they believe that Axis is the one who will unite the races to save mankind.
The other main player is Tree Friend -- also called Lady Faraday. During the passing of time, Faraday realizes the truth of her love lies elsewhere as the tragic beginnings of all she knew were outright lies. Desperate to be with Axis but knowing she must fulfill her part of the Prophecy, Lady Faraday marries Borneheld.
The lies. The betrayals. The Acharites had deceived their people into believing all other races were the Forbidden. Yet things have a way of setting right what once went wrong. The Wayfarer Redemption is just the beginning of this quest to uniting peace throughout the lands. Douglass magically weaves together hatred, scorn, love, and the desire for freedom.