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Chaosbound (Runelords) Hardcover – 13 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765321688
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,959,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Farland is an award-winning, bestselling author with dozens of books to his credit. He has also written science fiction under his own name, Dave Wolverton, including the highly praised "On My Way to Paradise," which won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award.

David has also written novels in the Star Wars and Mummy Universes, and has worked as a videogame designer, most notably for Starcraft's Brood War.

In 1999 he set the Guinness Record for the World's Largest single-person, single book signing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found World Binder to be a good book but almost a bit shoddy. This on the other hand is a very good return to form for Farland. His vision is fantastic and his pace phenomenal. Some of the characters are a bit one dimensional but overall the effect is quite powerful. You get the feeling that the series has perhaps 2 more books left in it before coming to it's end.

I have all of Farlands books in the RUnelords saga and I have to say I am very impressed overall. It took me perhaps 4 weeks to read all of them and you do start to feel for the characters and the sacrifices they make.

As a reader you do get the feeling that there is much more to be revealed.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Written for fourth grader 12 Dec. 2009
By Realistic Opinion - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love David Farlands story, and have generally liked his writing style over the last seven books in this series. But this is the most sophomoric, poorly written science fiction fantasy novel I have ever read. It is written as if for a novice reader, where Farland will say something and then follow up with an explanatory sentence. Example, he once says that the provisions on the ship are getting low. Then next sentence says the food and water were running out. As if he thought we didnt know what provisions getting low meant. There are hundreds of examples of this kind of writing throughout. Plus, the story line was weak, and hardly advanced the cause of the overall story much at all. I cant believe the editors let this out for printing, other than that they just wanted our money. Well next time i wont be a fool and buy the hardbound edition, if i buy the next one at all. Highly disappointing. Feel cheated.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Horrible 18 April 2010
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This series makes you feel like you are reading Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series all over again. A really awesome first couple of books, and then a decent into mindless dribble. Extremely dissapointing. I hate to leave a series unfinished, so I sincerely hope it's finished in 1 last book (please, oh please, don't drag this out any longer).

On a side note (Page Count):
Sum of All Men - 624
Brotherhood of the Wolf - 688
Wizardborn - 496
The Lair of Bones - 480
Sons of the Oak - 432
Worldbinder - 400
The Wyrmling Horde - 400
Chaosbound - 352

Notice a trend?
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Chaosbound: The Eighth Book of the Runelords 24 Nov. 2009
By Mr Andrew G Coe - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Come on David Farland, this is a joke, the last 2 books could have been put into one, it appears you are trying to cash in on the series. Good book, though far to short and does not justify the hard back cost for such little content. Please make the next one a proper novel and finish the series.
Very dissapointed.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Poorly written, too short, not up to par from past books. 6 April 2010
By Chas-71 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book by far is the weakest link in the Runelords series. It was very poorly written, I have to agree with the assessment that it was written for a 4th grader. No offense to 4th graders - but that might even be an insult. It just felt to me like it was rushed - it wasn't written with the same care and the same quality that previous books had been handled with. I have no idea if there were deadlines to meet or what - but it should have been sent back to the author to rewrite instead of published. I read a lot of books and this is by far the most disappointing one that I have spent money on in quite a while.

Also the book was way too short. Maybe that was a good thing since it wasn't very good - but it could have easily been another 100 to 200 pages of better writing to flush out the story, have more meaningful dialogue between the characters, better action scenes etc... It just felt like something an inexperienced author would write, not something that an established and published author would write.

Hopefully if he continues with this story line, (which I'm sure he will) - the next book will be a much improved story. Please take the time to write the book properly and don't rush it. I'd rather wait an extra year in between books if that is what it takes to get a quality story out of authors that I like.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great addition to the series but too short to justify the cost of the hard cover 9 Nov. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was initially disappionted that the story focuses on Borenson and Family instead of Fallion. Hoever, after reading it, I realized that the Borenson's role adds nicely to the story/plot.

My only gripe (and this is about the prior book as well) is that the book is only 350 pages of large type print. I read 100 pages a day just on my 1 hour total train commute to/from work.

The point being is that the story is excellent and definitely worth reading for fans of the series, but please wait for the paper back. The hard cover is not worth the money. In contrast, I just finished reading the excellent "The Gathering Storm" by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson which was the same price and more than twice as long.

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