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Wizardborn (The Runelords #3)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  7,883 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Prince Gaborn Val Orden has lost his powers and has to rely upon a girl who is apprenticed to the earth wizard Binnesman. He must convince her to help him rid his land of reavers, but she is timid and time is running out.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Orbit (first published 2001)
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Feb 04, 2008 Juliet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2008
I didn't like this as much as the first two books. I felt that the story could be actually cut in half and the first part to be connected to the second book and the second half to be part of the fourth and the last book of the series. It did answer a few questions (like Averan) and it's still a great opening for the last book when Gaborn is finally going to tackle the treacherous road to find the master of the reavers.
May 09, 2008 Ronando rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers who don't know what else to read
Recommended to Ronando by: Josh
Shelves: fantasy_scifi
I just started the book. So call me a crack whore. Yeah, I bitched and moaned about the other two... maybe I actually like the series... but don't tell anyone.

ok, I finished the damn book and finished the 4th book too. Overall I give the series a three out of 5. There was just enough interesting items that kept me reading but it just lacked. I'll go into detail in my review of book 4.

Jun 05, 2008 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Good books find a muse and follow it. The muse may take many forms, a theme, a style, a character, or other. Whatever the form, if the book is true to its muse you can always respect the book, even if you don't necessarily like it.


As you've probably guessed, this third entry in the seven-part Runelord trilogy has lost its muse and wandered back into the well-worn ruts of high fantasy. The heart of the first book was moral choices about sacrificing people for power, made very concrete by the
K. Axel
This is what I wrote after first having read the book; "This book is the third in a series of five. The greatest force in this book is the fantastic descriptions of places. The Runelords are powerful lords with exceptional strength, wit and grace, and there are many strange races like the ferrin and fravth giants. These ideas and many more are what carry this book (and the series) to the end. You just can't let go, and I cant wait to read the last two books in the series. My favorite character o ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re_read, fantasy
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Jul 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have much the same reaction of many others - the idea & concept of this story are great, however Farland can't seem to quite hold the stories together...

In book 1 the Reavers are so hard to kill that it takes 40 Runelords to go after 1, and 8 or so die in the process. By book 2, one commoner (and a fool at that) manages to kill 9 by himself. In this book, the author has the giants joining up with Gaborn, but he seems to forget that they are there for a while, when suddenly he remembers "oh
Kenny Cross
Apr 22, 2010 Kenny Cross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
The Runelords series is a jaw dropping, fist pumping in the air, jump up and down on my bed, kick-ass fantasy series. THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF is the best book I've read in the last 5 years, hands down. WIZARDBORN seemed like the bridge between one ass kicking session and the next. I enjoyed it immensely but it seemed like the 'take a deep breath before the shit really hits the fan' book - and THE LAIR OF BONES will be where the shit really hits the fan.

READ the RUNELORDS series if you like h
Jul 19, 2010 Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this installment even more than the second book.

I liked the dichotomy of Raj Ahtan and his desire to help his people versus his absolute greed. I also enjoyed the little girl's lessons in being a wizard, and the twist at the end with yet another wizard.

It made me want to go out and read the next book in the series right away so I can know what happens to these characters, and how they overcome the incredible odds that Dave has set up here.
Feb 01, 2016 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers with a strong stomach
Shelves: fantasy, lds-authors
This book was better than the 2nd one. It still bothers me that it takes so freakin' long for everything to happen in such a short amount of time. It just seems a bit unrealistic to have the entire world change in the course of a week.

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Charlie Holmberg
Mar 24, 2015 Charlie Holmberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 16, 2011 Marcelo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book clears the bad taste the previous one, Brotherhood of the Wolf, left in my mouth. It actually manages to avoid the curse of epic almost entirely: when it seems the story will begin to drag, the narrative starts its climb towards the climax.

Another staple of this series is back: caring characters that become important to the reader so quickly that the heart aches when something bad happens to them. Not that this is a tragic story, it's very uplifting as a matter of fact, but the tragic
Aug 15, 2015 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was better than the second. For the first time, Raj Ahten becomes a legitimately interesting villain who has motivations beyond evil. This book also balanced the emotional aspects of impending disaster pretty well, and like its predecessors, it is well written and reads pretty quickly.

Downsides: the refusal to call testicles anything other than "walnuts" pissed me off all out of proportion. Raj Ahten loses much of his interest by the end of the book. The numbers discrepancies mentione
Dec 17, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Wizardborn is a great story that is much more fluid and entertaining than it's previous novels. However, it is the third book in the series and is not at all a stand alone novel. Without reading the two before this, you will not understand what is happening. I found myself reading chapters about side characters who aren't seen again for the entire second half of the book, only to be brought up again is a quick one-paged explanation of their whereabouts. It seems that Farland finished quickly and ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Bryce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Gaborn is diminished, and he has to learn to guide his people and fulfill his duties to the Earth without his full range of powers. Raj Ahten tries to deal with problems in his homeland. A bunch of other characters run around and do stuff.

This volume is an improvement over the second book, that is for certain. But, it definitely feels like the middle of a series--everything is setting up for something else down the line. That made it a little hard to get into the flow of the story. Also, the num
Kenneth Hayes Geary
This book was alright but it was really just more of the same of the last two books. Some interesting things happen but those things could have just been spilt into the end of Brotherhood of the Wolfand the beginning of The Lair of Bones. The rest of the story was like blah blah blah reavers kill, we kill reavers, chase them down, oh i'm a wizard (yeah we know it wasn't a surprise).

On a side note this series really picks up after this book, so don't give up on it.
Aug 31, 2012 Lionel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une bonne surprise, qui part d'un concept très "vidéogame" pour façonner tout un univers cohérent autour. Quelques longueur en avançant dans les tomes, mais j'aime le côté sans retenue de Farland (Là-dessus il me fait penser à Goodkind), les héros sont très très forts, mais les méchants encore plus et le monde court à sa perte. Pas le livre de l'année, mais ça passe très bien le temps.
Sep 11, 2012 Meo rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The writing is as workmanlike as ever but some of the spark seems to have gone. Confrontations between the Reavers and the Human Armies take centre stage, and the personal battles of two very different individuals (one of them apprentice Earth Warden) are subsumed. There are one or two surprises on the way, but few and far between.
I gave this book 4 stars based on a few of the characters as opposed to the book as a whole. Farland still has the tendency to forget things, or to just leave subplots to die silent deaths. I like the fact the characters aren't just cut and paste templates of fantasy genre characters (most of them).
Trent Weber
Sep 28, 2015 Trent Weber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wizardborn reaffirms that the Runelords is the best series of books I've read thus far. David Farland is able to bring forth such vivid imagery that you truly feel as if you are there.

This entry makes it difficult to know who to cheer for and can make you second guess who you thought your heroes were.

While not as riveting in my opinion as the first I did enjoy it more than the second. This is one heck of a page turner. The author managed to completely sidestep the mid book slog fantasy usually
Scott Cook
Jul 23, 2013 Scott Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Farland has not dissapointed in the first three books. I like how he takes a situation and I know what the outcome will be but then it takes a very realistic twist that I wouldn't have expected from high fantasy. Great writing and plenty of fun action and surprises with great attention for detail that makes the "Runelord world" come alive.
Jul 18, 2013 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
I think I read this third book in the series out of sequence but it was the only book in the series I took with me on vacation so I had no choice. Although reasonably enjoyable, I can see this series heading in the same direction as 'wheel of time', where either nothing much happens for books on end, or it takes two or three books to describe things that happen at the same time. I sort of bought several books in the series quite a while ago so I will eventually read them all regardless. Unless I ...more
Oct 11, 2013 Stanford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The series continues. I think the last two books are even better than the first two. The story becomes more global involving other countries and intrigue. The prince as the earth wizzard has the duty to both proetct his country and to do what is best for man, and to protect the earth and all life in it. The characters become even better. The conflict between the triangle of The Earth Prince, Rah Ahten, and the reavers becomes more invloved, intense and interesting. Great read
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Jan 20, 2014 Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the best book of the this series underrated series, at least so far. I give this book 3.5 stars and will round up to 4 stars. Too bad it's the last one my library has, so I may have to break down and get the 4th book as this one is very open ended.
Feb 15, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. By far the best book in the series so far. Looking forward to #4. Mr. Farland is very creative. I love some of the unique qualities of the Reavers, especially their language facility. I also particularly like the way Averan is developing.

As a reader, Mr. Farland kept me in a continual state of frustration - in a good way. He skipped from character to character in their character development. He'd be going along with one character and I could hardly wait to see how they developed next. T
Vincent Riddle
Apr 28, 2015 Vincent Riddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that Gaborn's powers are diminished, his story is sapped of energy. What's a hero to do when the Powers of Earth have forsaken him? And how can a reader root for him with any conviction?

Fortunately, the Earth King has a lot of friends and acquaintances embarked on their own journeys. Heroes are never in short supply in the Kingdoms of Rofehaven and Indhopal. And therein lies a weakness with Wizardborn: The protagonist's story is propped up by a bunch of exciting extras. Maybe there's method
Brian Allen
Jun 07, 2015 Brian Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has very much the same flaws and strengths as the last book; good characterization overall, strong story points, compelling bits of humanity, massive battles, and great internal struggles. Seriously, the battle scenes were awesome, love me some good monster slaughters. However, the distances traveled were still wonky, and a couple of "surprises" weren't all that surprising. I would give this a solid 3.5. I would recommend this to anyone new to the genre or those who want to watch peopl ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Alec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world David Farland has created in the Runelords series seems to me like the universe, expanding and apparently gaining speed. Mixing metaphors, I don't know when the series will hi its first corner, right now its just running away and hasn't giving any indication of starting to turn and come back to an end point. All of that being said, I'm enjoying the series quite a lot, this book providing the perfect distraction on a couple of cross country flights.

In Wizardborn, the reader is given a b
Mar 03, 2016 CLARK PICKETT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little good news would help

The story is good, the characters engaging but the Lois's and suffering are too much. Need some light moments or positive things to balance and provide rest areas for the reader. The description of the reavers never gives a clear mental image. Exaggerated numbers make scenes unimaginable and writer seem childish. Still, good read and am going on to next book.
Julien V
For sure, Wizardborn has a tighter focus than the previous book, Brotherhood the Wolf. However, the story slows down to a snail's pace. We don't get any sense of wonder in this one, nothing new is being introduced. Plot development is absent, or paper thin. It stops short of being boring: there's constant action - fighting against reavers ad nauseam- but that's all there is. So by adding non-stop action and hack writing, Wizardborn ends up resembling a R.A. Salvatore Drizzt novel, minus the joy ...more
Петър Стойков
Дейвид Фарланд е много добър писател и поредицата Повелители на Руните определено е интересна и си заслужава четенето, но ми се иска да беше обърнал повече внимание на някои неща, които след неколкодневно заплесване в създадения от него свят почват лекичко да ми лазят по нервите.

Като цяло, тези неща са характерни за целия фентъзи жанр и неговата епика, като почнем даже още с Толкин - увлечени в огромния размах на събитията, които описват, авторите се съсредоточават върху героите и действието и
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David Farland is the author of the bestselling Runelords series, including Chaosbound, The Wyrmling Horde and Worldbinder. He also writes science-fiction as David Wolverton. He won the 1987 Writers of the Future contest, and has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award. Farland also works as a video game designer, and has taught writing seminars around the U.S. and Canada. He lives in Sa ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Runelords (9 books)
  • The Runelords (Runelords #1)
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf (Runelords, #2)
  • The Lair of Bones (Runelords, #4)
  • Sons of the Oak (Runelords, #5)
  • Worldbinder (Runelords, #6)
  • The Wyrmling Horde (Runelords, #7)
  • Chaosbound (Runelords, #8)
  • A Tale of Tales (Runelords, #9)

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