• Chaosbound

  • The Eighth Book of the Runelords
  • By: David Farland
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (786 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The world of the Runelords has been combined by magic with another one parallel it, the beginning of a process that may unify all worlds into the one true world.

This story picks up after the events of The Wyrmling Horde and follows two of Farland’s well-known heroes, Borenson and Myrrima, on a quest to save their devastated land and the people of the new world from certain destruction. But the land is not the only thing that has been altered forever: In the change, Borenson has merged with a mighty and monstrous creature from the other world, Aaath Ulber.

He begins to change, becoming a berserker warrior with a huge new body. Thousands have died. Lands have sunk below the sea and, elsewhere, risen from it. And the supernatural rulers of the world are part of a universal evil yet play a byzantine game of dark power politics among themselves - a game in which Aaath Ulber is now the most significant pawn….

©2013 David Farland (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Predictable and depressing

Pretty much it is a story where everything goes wrong, everyone fails, and nothing goes right.

The writer not only let's plot points from previous books disappear, but he forgets what he wrote in previous books.

It is an entertaining story mostly. I am invested in the saga.

I hope I am surprised when the next book is released

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disappointed really

depressing really depressing cannot figure out who's the villain the character in the story or the author I have read 8 books so far I think I will not waste money on book 9 try to give the author a fair shot by reading 8 books I felt like the author just kept letting the villains get away so he can write more books no Heroes just clumsy attempt

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I was hoping for redemption but found none.

Sadly I didn't even make it halfway through this story. The previous 2 books were nothing but gloom and ever more gruesome torture porn. I was hoping that this is where a ray of light would begin to shine but instead found a jarring shift back in time to and a story about characters which I feel should have been woven throughout the previous books. In the end I decided that I could guess well enough what would happen without subjecting myself to whatever horrors and hopelessness were bound to come next. This is where the series lost me.

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Too over the top for its own good

I would actually give the story 3.5 stars. It keeps your interest, but the incredibly overwhelming odds the protagonists constantly face in everything they do gets old fast. Forget easy, nothing they face is even of average challenge level. Other than that, it's a good tale except for.the ending which seemed a little too abrupt.

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  • 03-30-19

Good but little forward progress

For those who listened or read the series, this book continues the tale and does contain excitement and intrigue, but does little to progress the plot of the series or move toward a conclusion.

I like the characters and narration is very good. What detracts from this book is the same thing that has detracted from the rest of the series, the theft of gifts to create the heroes and villains.

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Excellent but....

If you could sum up Chaosbound in three words, what would they be?

It's excellent but...

What did you like best about this story?

That is was so exciting and pulled on into the moment.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent as always. He truly holds the characters and story together.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh I laughed and cried in many places, especially at the deaths of so many characters. The pain of Fallion in the last book is multiplied in this story by all the horrible events taking place. When Mirama (sp?) died.

Any additional comments?

I hope the story really doesn't end here. I feel somehow cheated. I get the feeling that the author finished the book this way because of the death of his own wife of which I'm greatly saddened to hear. I understand there was a book 9 but it's been pulled for some reason and I guess I don't expect the series to continue as it may be to difficult for the author to do. He appears to have moved on to other stories.

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Very little story, Narrator makes this bearable.

Chaosbound presents very little plot progression, as it follows Mirama and Borinson's family as they adjust to the new world. While it was nice to see the brotherhood of the wolf mentioned again, I am not a fan of the last third of the book. I feel like this was just tacked on by publishers to make more money, as it isn't as exciting as the earlier books.

TLDR; very plot middle to end, inept planning (you expect for me to believe an ancient undying lich lord would only have 5 guards blocking that doorway when they KNEW their plan?!?).

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  • 03-22-22

For the love of God, just end it.

Like the other review, basically everything that can go wrong, does. I really want to like this series and have stuck it out this far but I am done. It needs to end because the story may have "jumped the shark". The performance was wonderful and the story is good, don't get me wrong but geesh.... end it already! Not sticking around for another.

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OH MY GOD

This series just keeps getting better it’s so good and iv enjoyed every book I’m gonna be sad to finish it but I so look forward to it these months of diving into this universe has been great this series is truly a masterpiece.

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it's OK but it is free

the author has way to little comedic relief and over 8 books it adds up to a non stop gloom and doom filled story with maybe a total of 1 almost joke from Jaz in book 6. it's a good story but way way to many of th we good characters die and it ruined alot for me. also the fact that death is all around and nobody gets any closer to the goals of the story is disappointing.