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Wizardborn Audiobook

Wizardborn: The Runelords, Book Three

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Publisher's Summary

Wizardborn continues the story of the struggle of Gaborn, now the Earth King, who has lost his powers but continues to lead his people. He must contend with the threat of the huge, inhuman Reavers, whose myriads Gaborn and his forces must now pursue across the nation. It has become Gaborn's fate to follow, even into the depths.

Raj Ahten, the great warlord endowed with the strength and qualities of thousands of men, once the primary threat to Gaborn, now struggles to retain his own empire. His war of conquest thwarted, his very life is now threatened by the Reaver thousands.

And a young girl, Averan, who has eaten a Reaver and absorbed some of its memories, becomes a keystone in the search for the dark Reaver lair.

Spend some more time among the Runelords.

©2001 David Farland (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Farland once again proves himself a wizard at storytelling….This latest is certain to summon past readers of the series back to bookstores.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Colorful, inventive magics, vigorous plotting, and gore aplenty.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Farland’s massive and compelling saga, which began with The Runelords, continues at a breakneck pace….As in the earlier books, the danger and violence are larger than life, and many die. But any grimness is leavened by the strong theme of love and respect for the earth and its denizens.” (Booklist)

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    JoR S.F. Utah 03-05-11
    JoR S.F. Utah 03-05-11 Member Since 2016
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    "keeps up fast pace"

    This is the best book in the series so far. I haven't listened to the 4th yet, but I liked Wizardborn more than the first two(I gave all 4 stars). David Farland blends deep philosophy with near thriller-style pacing. The Runelords is a very different fantasy series for those two reasons. I highly recommend giving them a try, but you've got to start with the first or you'll be lost.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-05-13
    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.

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    "The Story Continues..."

    This book continues the story of the new "Earth King-Gaborn as he follows the horde of Reavers. He has lost his powers and now questions whether or not the Earth will help in the upcoming fight in which man-kind will soon face. Raj Ahten who has more endowment and thus the most powerful man in the world is struggling just to keep his empire under his rule. This book is well written and bridges the gap between "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "The Lair of Bones." The narrator Ray Porter does a good job of bring the book to life in this audible edition of the print book. I would recommend this book for any Epic Fantasy book readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-03-10
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "An excellent fantasy though lacks humor"

    If you are looking for the 'fantastic' part in a fantasy, this is your book.

    World is vivid, and it is serious where people with power held up to serious responsibilities. The magic system is unique, and story line moves at a fast pace. Characters are flushed out, and narrator does justice to them.

    My only gripe is that this is a very serious book and does not stop for any light moments. Though, given the background and pace of the book, i am not surprised.

    I hope that Audible goes ahead and get the next book in series. I knew that series was not complete on audible, but i dont regret my decision of reading the three books which are available so far : )

    I recommend this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blair Mission, TX, United States 09-25-10
    Blair Mission, TX, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Series"

    This series has been real good so far. So good that I find myself extremely frustrated at audible for not putting up the next book. This one ends at a particularly suspenseful moment and I am dying to see what happens. Its out of stock at Barnes and Noble too so hurry up Audible!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thugsnarf 3000 08-30-16
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    "Choices and Consequences"
    Where does Wizardborn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Automatically among the top of my favorite books i've ever read. Absolutely loved it. I immediately went through the rest of the series and am now awaiting the final book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sir Borenson is my favorite character, and I think it's because it was really engaging to watch his struggle with the terrible choices he had to make, not just in this book, but throughout the series. Wonderfully written, and I totally related to him on those levels, even though I am nothing like the character.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantasy novels usually base themselves in their world building and lore, and hang everything on that. Runelords, even though the world building and lore is absolutely amazing and among the best i've ever read, these book then go a step further. The story deals with choices, actions, and consequences. How would people react to these situations, and what then would the results of those reactions be? Full of wonderful characters, expertly written, and perfectly narrated, it doesn't get much better than this. I highly recommend this book (and the entire series).

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    Brian Jessop 09-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty descent book"

    This is a fast paced book, which I like. The characters are well developed and have deep personalities. Overall this book was thoroughly entertaining.

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    emilya 07-27-15
    emilya 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating"

    Intriguing continuation to the saga. I enjoyed listening to the drama unfolding but the never ending battles are sometimes too much!

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    J.L. Shockley Dutch Harbor, Alaska USA 06-14-15
    J.L. Shockley Dutch Harbor, Alaska USA 06-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Catchy but not quite great"

    I've listened to three books in this series and overall, I like them. I don't think they're the best books ever but I'll probably keep listening to them, at least for now. I like the general plot and the premise of magic as a commodity to be, essentially, bought and sold (although the welfare state that is created as a result is a bit unbelievable), and like the way some of the various earth "powers" are starting to rear their (sometimes) ugly heads and make themselves known. Some of the verbiage is a bit stale - for instance, the characters far too often feel things "to the core," making me wish the author had found some new or at least different turns of phrase to describe the way people respond emotionally to intense situations.

    My biggest gripe is the narration. I'm probably dating myself here, but Ray Porter's narration is like listening to 20-some-odd hours of the BBC News in Special English. Those of you who lived overseas before the Internet, in the days when shortwave radio was the best thing since sliced bread, should know what I'm talking about:

    Gaborn

    PAUSED


    and looked at the dead


    REAVERS.


    What he

    SAW


    filled him with


    ANXIETY.


    He

    KNEW


    that he must make a


    DECISION


    but he

    FEARED...

    Once I'm about 15 hours into the book I can finally cease dwelling on the very odd cadence and stress of the narration, but for the most part I find it distracting at best and really annoying at worst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 06-06-15
    Steve 06-06-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story"

    Great story, really good reader! I'm looking forward to the next book! Can't wait to see what Avrin becomes.

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    J. Hattendorf Arlington, Texas USA 06-01-15
    J. Hattendorf Arlington, Texas USA 06-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inyeressting but slow pace"

    The overall story in this series is interesting. However, the pace of the books is slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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