"Dark Fantasy at its finest!"
When we left our intrepid hero, Conar, the caravan he was a
part of had just been attacked and Conar managed to escape
into the desert. After a bit, his pursuers no longer feel
the need to chase Conar since his horse had taken a quarrel
in the side and he has no supplies with him. They know the
desert will get him eventually, and it will not be a
pleasant death. Conar rides the horse until it dies. By this
point, Conar is beginning to hallucinate due to thirst.
However, he is determined to keep going and refuses to give
up and die. Eventually, he's reduced to crawling and then
finally passes out. Luckily, he's found by Balizar, who
just happens to be the brother of an old friend from Boreas.
The woman tending Conar is a dead ringer for Liza, Conar's
dead wife. Their little band of nomads are known as the
Samiel who have taken up the cause of slavery and do what
they can to help people taken as slaves. Naturally, Conar
tries to keep his identity a secret because he knows Prince
Jaborn is still after him and instead goes by the name of
When his family back in Boreas finds out Conar is fighting
against slavery, they just know he's going to end up in
trouble, so off some of the Wind Force goes to Rysalia,
where Conar is now. Meanwhile, back in Rysalia, Conar has
finally healed to the point where he can fight again and
he's heard that Storm Jale was taken as a slave. The Samiel
plan an elaborate rescue of Storm. Not surprisingly, just
when they're ready to save Storm, another group of riders
approaches. This group turns out to be none other than
Saijin. Conar's old friend, Yuri, and some other companions.
Unfortunately, they arrive too late to save Storm, who dies
in Conar's arms due to the abuse he's taken.
The Wind Force finally arrives in Rysalia, along with
Catherine, Conar's pregnant wife, and Meggie. They hear that
Conar has been taken to Abbadon, Jaborn's stronghold and so
they arrange for a guide to take them there. Naturally, they
end up being ambushed and taken.
What is Jaborn planning? Why how will the warriors of the
Wind Force play into Jaborn's plans? And Conar, what will he
do when he finds out his friends are being held by Jaborn?
What of the woman who looks like Liza? Will Conar always see
his dead wife in her?
WINDDECEIVER, WIND LEGENDS SAGA: BOOK 8 takes us on a wild
ride of adventure and danger, betrayal and trust. Charlotte
Boyett-Compo kept me on the edge of my seat reading to find
out what happens next in this thrilling series. There are
plots and subplots galore in this series, but they're never
overwhelming. This is not a lighthearted read, instead, it
is dark fantasy at its best as we discover just how much one
man can endure. We also see just how evil and twisted some
men may become if allowed to do so. But we also experience
the best in human nature in the age-old battle of good
versus evil. Honestly, I cannot wait to start the next book
in this series and to find out how it all ends. This is a
story, and series, that will stay with me for a long, long
time and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted October 23, 2007
Felling of the Oak...
Jaleel Jaborn has found the ultimate revenge. Not by cutting the mighty oak--known as Conar McGregor--off at the knees. No. His torture is much more insidious. Much more devastating. He prunes the leaves one by one as a helpless Conar is forced to watch, unable to save any of his friends. Pitched into a nightmare not achievable by even the Domination, has Jaborn finally managed to fell the powerful DarkWind, or can the soul of the Samiel rise above the ashes much like the Phoenix of old, and exact a revenge more deadly than anything ever seen?
Protected by the Daughterhood of the Multitude all his life, will their guardianship be enough to save Conar's soul? Or is it too late even for them?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
LENGTH: Epic Novel