Axis is "brought back to life" I guess you can say (it happens very early), but Azhure doesn't.
The first book I thought was amazing, but before you read them, you need to read both Threshold and Beyond the Hanging Wall. Darkglass relies heavily on those as well as the entire Wayfarer books.
Threshold takes place a LONG time before Battleaxe/Enchanter/Starman
Beyond the Hanging Wall takes place sort of between the six Wayfarer books. You remember in Pilgrim that part of the tax issues in the west was because of mines? Yeah, that's all in BTHW.
I have read both Threshold and Beyond the Hanging Wall (though I don't remember BTHW all that well, maybe if I have time I'll reread.) I'd like to see more of the world that Tencendor was a part of, so I don't know, we'll see.
The world Tencendor was part of is destroyed, though...
Axis goes through a charming period where he's all emo about being with Azhure, but eventually gets over it.
I've really enjoyed the first two Darkglass Mountain books. I'm really happy with the character developement and I'm dying for the third book after the way the second ended. As mortenavida
pointed out, you do need to read Threshhold and Beyond the Hanging Wall. Threshhold is the preface to what Darkglass Mountain is, and BtHW tells the background story of the principle male character in the Darkglass Mountain series.
Wait, so the main character in Darkglass Mountain is Maximilian, right? (The prince, I think that was his name...?) Is Garth in it at all?
(It was a while since I read BTHW...)
Yeah. Maxel's the big center character, much like Axis was in the Battleaxe books. Garth is in it, but he's a much less explored character than some of the other characters you meet in the Darkglass Mountain books.
(repeatin what everyone else said)
the Tencendor series has like... 2 characters in the DarkGlass Mountain series...
three tops if i'm counting wrong.
but only 2 main characters.
i need to find the other two books as well... they stopped selling them right when i wanted to read them, so now i gotta order them =/
Jumping in to say I liked Axis/ Azhure too! You're not completely alone :D Though they did turn into totally jerkasses in the Wayfarer trilogy...
Also backing up the reading Threshold advice, it's actually my favourite book of Sara's, and it will really help you get a grounding in what the mountain is and what the south's like.
And reading BTHW will give you the background on Max, Ravenna, Garth and a whole bunch of others that'll probably help you sort out the emotional mess that situation turns into.
Yay, a fellow Axis/Azhure fan! We gotta stick together :D
I did read Threshold and liked it a lot, and it'd be interesting to see the aftermath of all of that (even if it's a long time later, which I guess it is).
I read BTHW too, though I don't remember it as well. I remember Max and Garth but refresh my memory on Ravenna again?
Ravenna's the marsh witch girl that comes with Garth to help free Maxel.
Just jumping in here to reiterate that you really need to read Beyond the Hanging Wall to be able to understand what's going on in this series. Oddly enough, it's not so important to read Threshold in order to understand, but you should read Threshold anyway because it's such a good book!
I'm not a huge fan of the Tencendor books (my favourite Sara Douglass series is The Troy Game), mainly because I detest Axis, so I'm probably not the best person to talk to about the Darkglass Mountain series...If you ship Axis/Azhure, you might find it a bit distressing to read about Axis on his own, but the first book doesn't really focus on him, and in the second book he gets about a third of the narrative devoted to him.
Troy Game <3
Up until the last book where the focus switches to Grace. Seemed rather out of place and strange to me, but I suppose that's a topic of another post. ;)
Well, the events in book 3 certainly suggested that Grace was going to become a central character, but as a Noah and Weyland fan, I, like you, wasn't particularly happy with the shift in focus.
I'd be interested to read that post!
Do we have any idea when the last one comes out? I NEED to finish the series, but the release date for Infinity Gate keeps changing...