The Barnes & Noble Review
Wizardborn, the third book in David Farland's Runelords series, will both satisfy and torment fans of Farland's epic fantasy saga. While the novel sufficiently advances the plot of Gaborn, the Earth King, and his battle to save the world from armies of monsters from the underworld, it also ends just before a crucial turning point in the story line. According to Farland's website, www.runelords.com, this is book three in a probable five-part series. So while this novel is packed with action, romance and surprising plot twists, it is also just rising action for a larger, more permanent conclusion. Be prepared to do some hair-pulling at this book's end.
The novel begins with Gaborn unsure of his powers as Earth King. But as he struggles to come to grips with past transgressions, he must also lead his people against hordes of hideous reavers from the underworld, not to mention his archnemesis, Raj Ahten, and a mad King named Anders. As Gaborn battles the reavers, he must rely on the talents of a young girl named Averan, who can see into the minds of the monsters. Averan
realizes that the reavers are more cunning and dangerous than anyone ever imagined, so Gaborn tries to lure her into leading him into the underworld and the lair of their leader, the One True Master, in hopes that he can defeat her.
Those interested in finding out more about the Runelords series should make it a point to visit Farland's website. I've visited countless science fiction/fantasy author websites, and more often than not have come away disappointed. Farland's website is well designed, highly informative and visually appealing. I particularly enjoyed the artwork page, which includes paintings from a variety of artists depicting scenes from the Runelords' story line. Very well done. (Paul Goat Allen)
To atone for his misuse of the Earth's powers, Gaborn the Earth King sets out on a quest to find the Place of Bones. As giant creatures known as reavers continue to threaten the land, a young girl comes into her powers as one of the "wizardborn," holding in her memories the secrets of the reavers. The author's imaginative approach to magic, coupled with a richly detailed fantasy world and a cast of memorable heroes and villains, adds depth and variety to this epic tale of war and valor. Recommended, along with previous series titles (The Runelords, Brotherhood of the Wolf) for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.