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.
“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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
and looked at the dead
filled him with
that he must make a
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.
I enjoy epic fantasy and biological science books. While biological science appeals to my professional life,epic fantasy gives me a break.
This universe is setup great. The elemental magic system is not very original, but there take on it is different from most books. The real stand out element of their magic system is the concept of rune endowments, which can leave characters vulnerable throughout the story; allowing for a dynamic change in a characters role in the story.
The main character or at least the character that the story centers around is well developed and is portrayed as a protagonist that relays on intelligence and cunning. In general the whole cast of characters are well developed. The only weakness in cast characters is the human antagonist who is your typical take from everyone, world domination bad guy that is a bit overplayed. However, it is a minor weakness and does not keep you from enjoying the story. The real antagonist the evil higher power is less played out and enriches the story making up for the not so original antagonist in the first and (part of) the second book in the series. The introduction of the reavers threat in the second book continues to develop and they no longer seem to be an insect like machine, but rather a cunning enemy with a driving force to destroy mankind.
The narration is better done than most audio books.
Overall, this is a continuation to the story and balances sword, sorcery and the overall story. This fast paced fantasy thriller is a must read for any fan of the genre. This series is a true epic fantasy classic. There is a minor political aspect to the book, but if you more interested in political balance than warfare it may not be for you. The book is set over a matter of days and alot happens for just a few days. However, everything around the characters is supposed to move at a slower pace the characters because of "metabolism endowments"( a day can seem like a week or weeks) ; it causes you to be okay with the fast pace of the story.
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