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The Wyrmling Horde (Runelords) [Hardcover]

David Farland
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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16 Sep 2008 Runelords (Book 7)

The monstrous wyrmlings are growing in strength. These creatures have learnt to endow themselves with powers stolen from others, and their capacity for evil is still growing. The people of Mystarria were thrust into the land of the wyrmlings following the merging of two shadow realms, just some among many parallel lands, so now these creatures have millions of victims from which to draw power.

The only one who can mend the broken lands - the talented flameweaver Fallion - has fallen into the hands of the wyrmling horde. Now Fallion's allies must prepare to breach the impenetrable wrymling fortress to rescue him. And unless they can prevent the wyrmlings from gathering more power, these creatures may bring all the shadow worlds under their control.

It's not just worlds that are at stake, but eternities.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (16 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765316668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316660
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381,494 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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Book Description

The next thrilling installment in the most epic fantasy series since Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

David Farland has worked as a prison guard, missionary, business manager, technical writer and pie maker, but now writes full-time. He lives in Utah with his wife and five children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read. Train/holiday fodder. 9 Nov 2009
By R. M. Lindley VINE VOICE
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The Wyrmling Horde is set immediately after Worldbinder. Fallion has been captured, Jaz is dead and hope is fading fast. Initially I was disappointed with the book, and it bears many of the flaws that Farland's later Runelord books share - very scant description, sketchy characterisation, reliance on long established characters and a vague feeling the author is going through the motions. Anyone who has read the last 9 books Raymond E Feist has written will know what I mean. I was particularly disappointed by the visit to the netherworld - a veritable deadly paradise it may be, and words may indeed be insufficient to describe such a place to mere mortals - but heck, couldn't the author have at least tried? Apart from saying that the bees have nasty stings and the hailstones are bigger?

The overall tone is also one of a mid volume novel in a trilogy - characters shuffle around, forces move and alliances are forged in preparation for a concluding chapter. There are times when the whole thing resembles a Runelord shopping expedition as more and more endowments are sought and granted.

So, why more than 2 stars? Firstly, it reads at an excellent pace, helped by the sparse prose. Secondly, in the last quarter the assault on Rugassa actually takes place - I was expecting this in the next book. And there are some significant developments at the end.

I would fully agree with another reviewer that this is not a good a starting point for the Runelord saga. It is after all book 7 in a lengthy series. It is however
a workmanlike continuation of a patchy but occasionally excellent series. I just really, really hope Farland will take his time over subsequent volumes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent book in a Fantastic Series 3 Aug 2010
This is book 7 in a series and continues on immediately after World Binder. It may be an obvious statement but this is not a good place to start the Runelord series, partly because it is book 7 but mostly because this story relies heavily on the characters and locations presented in the previous 6 books. Without the familiarity of the characters, locations, allegiances, magic systems and in many cases family connections I think perhaps the new reader could find himself/herself a little bemused.

Much of this book is concerned with shuffling the characters, and various allies / enemies from place to place. This is quite probably a necessary book in the sequence and so perhaps lacks some of the magical qualities of the previous books, but does (I hope) set up the next book in the series to be a fantastic scintelating continuation, reminiscent of the previously well written, memorable, books in this series.

I can't wait for the next one !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a departure 4 Oct 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Whilst a fan of David's Runelord series what got to me about this novel was that it seemed to be more of a filler than a tale of any real importance to the overall arc. Don't get me wrong it is well written and the new characters intriguing but when you're so far into a series to date and there's no real relevance to the current series you have to wonder why it was released. With luck later novels will pick up on this and allow it to have a relevance that will increase the world in a new dimension. However I won't be recommending this to a number of readers, firstly the new and secondly to those on a budget as the others make a more cohesive offering that this one really doesn't add to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 20 Mar 2014
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It came quickly and as it was described in the description. It was a good book and I enjoyed reading it
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort... 28 April 2011
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I have read all of the series before this book and the first few are brilliant however, this book is truly terrible; it is too short with very large page margins and font size so it feels like only about 1/3 of a complete book. Amongst other things, it is unimaginative and has lost the magic of the previous books. He has tackled issues such as two worlds combining with very little imagination with tedious and frustrating story lines. I got the feeling the author had to write the book as part of the publishing deal rather than because he wanted to write it. He definitely should have stopped writing the series when the earth king died and not tried to continue the story as from that point on, the story deteriorated drastically.
I was extremely disappointed with this book and will now never buy any work from this author again. I feel with this book I was ripped off. Incidentally, the cover artwork on the American version looks as though it was created by a 5 year old!

Poor, poor effort, could do much better.
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