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The Wyrmling Horde (The Runelords #7)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,137 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
The Saga of the Runelords is written in the finest tradition of Tolkien and other works that rise above the fantasy genre to special and individual heights.

Now the epic story continues: at the end of Worldbinder,Fallion Orden, son of Gaborn, was imprisoned on a strange and fantastic world that he created by combining two alternate realities. It's a world brimming with dar
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published 2008)
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The eighth book of well-done Runelords series, Wyrmling Horde just came out, and I was excited. Despite the fact that Tor set a word-count restriction on the author, resulting in a much smaller book starting with the previous Worldbinder (which resulted in a truncated feel to that ending), the series has been a good, solid read. So i delved in.

A few chapters in, I was horrified. The recap from book seven was contrived and forced. Very disappointing was the questionable cast of characters asked
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In theory, each book should have a beginning, middle, and end. It's the beginning and end that readers enjoy the most. That is why I think many fans of the Runelord series dislike the latter books in the series; books 6 and 7 consist mostly of the boring middle part that we're just trying to get through to get to the end.

Instead, things just keep getting worse and worse, and it's to the point now that things are so bad there is no frame of reference anymore. It is difficult to relate to the char
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I can't believe all the 4 and 5 star ratings. What book did you people read? I think David is running out of ideas. This series has never been at the top of my list, but I've enjoyed reading it until now. This is the worst book of the series. It's more of the same thing over and over again. Nothing seems to really happen.

I kinda liked where books 5 and 6 went with the story, but now it's just, blah. Which interestingly, is what I thought of the third book, the third chapter of the first story ar
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A very disappointing read. I was really looking forward to this and it failed on so many levels. It was slow, filled with mindless descriptions and repetitive writing. The plot failed to move at even a snails pace and I feel that the story itself wasn't moved along at all. To me this should have been chopped down by 150 pages and been a section of a quality book instead the entirety of a pathetic book. Its quality that matters in writing Mr. Farland, Not quantity. I say this as a fan, and I hope ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
The writing is simply poetic.

Warning--while the cover looks YA--it's very violent and graphic.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wyrmling Horde is the seventh book in the Runelords Series, a series which I started reading earlier this year and have enjoyed periodically throughout the year. One of the reasons I've enjoyed the series is that it has confronted the cost and morality of the magic system of the book head on. In earlier books, this dilemma has been a central theme and I've documented my interest in this theme in other reviews of the series.

It is becoming increasingly obvious as the books have progressed that
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been more of a fan of Science Fiction than I have of Fantasy which makes sense for someone who grew up watching Star Wars and Star Trek with my Dad. I have always loved thinking about the future and what amazing things will be possible, whereas fantasy always feels like I am looking back at things that are definitely not possible. (I also think that the best horror is always about what is possible and not what is fantastic.) In spite of all that I still find myself reading a lot of ...more
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Farland, aka Dave Wolverton, has created the most interesting fantasy series, world, and system of magic in the world of fantasy to come along in decads. All I can say about this one is WOW! STUNNING! What sets him apart from all of his competitors is how he so effortlessly merges deep philosophical concepts--forgiveness, Christ in the Garden of Gethsemene, Biblical allusions, drawing from his own LDS theology, and so many other issues--with slam bang action that takes your breath away. Th ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just can't get used to this new world, these last books might as well have been a new series. The story seems to slow down alot in this installment. All the villains are ridiculously impossible to defeat, and it seems to become a gimmick of the series now ("you didn't think the villains could become even worse, did you? Well: there you go!"). The only thing that saves the story are themes about the goodness of people toward others (enemies included) and self sacrifice for the greater good. I a ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The magic in these books is heartbreaking as well as truly unique. If you choose to become a runelord, hundreds of people must give up their lives for you, and so Farland's true heroes bear great emotional burdens as well as great power. Because of this, they are very real people, with hopes and moral dilemmas that you rarely see in high fantasy. The action is gripping as well, and the villains are evil with a capital E.
Jonathan Scotese
The first two were out when I started reading them. I loved them, and the third as well. It just goes downhill. The power of the plot overwhelms consistency and the worldbuilding, and the plot is pstrangely reachy and weird.

What he does right is the interesting world building, but Brandon Sandersom does it so much better. That is not quite fair, because I think Sanderson was a student of Farland, in which case he learned well. Blah.

So sad they stop being good.
Drew Nelson
Though the runelords series has lost some of its original fire, it's still a good story and a fun read. As it has been throughout the series, things are not always pleasant and bad things (terrible things, really) happen to good characters. The early runelords books are some of my favorite, but I'm afraid most of the later ones are fairly average.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
i enjoyed this - but then was a bit grumpy - i try not to start series until they are already done. my brother started me on this one and i didn't think to ask whether it was a complete series or not...and now i have to wait for the next book...which really means that by the time it comes out and i start reading it...i will have pretty much no idea what happened in these seven books. :)
Farland is just milking the success from the first 4 books. I cant believe he did not end the series here. Its getting a bit tiresome now. He needs to conclude the series because he is fighting for ideas and a decent story line. Nevertheless, the way the book ended you have to read the next one to have a peace of mind
Byron Smith
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent continuation of the ever loved saga known as The Runelords. I was not as entertained as previous books. However, I feel that this is a common feeling among epic stories. The days of Trilogies seem to have faded with The Wheel of Time. I still enjoy Mr. Farland's work and look forward to the next installment.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this book as the story brings out some very strong female characters, they have taken the lead in this book and i thoroughly enjoyed reading it!! the story keeps getting darker but will they be able to overthrow the wicked ones?
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how he has moved this story along to delve into the entire universe. This is a good addition and certainly sets up the final book in this series. I like how he has been tying these 2nd 4 books back to the original 4 book series.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Really easy and quick read. I really like the plot twists and new characters now that the two worlds are combined. Hopefully the Glories have some pretty awesome ideas though, because Lord Despair has a lot of power right now.
Joshua Brewer
Battle of evil versus good with a twist.

A story filed with both love and strife you will find yourself looking forward to that next page, chapter, book.
Oct 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is not the best book in the series but it beats many other writer's works without a doubt
Morgan Schreffler
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the previous installment Worldbinder. It's about time Farland put the "rune" back in "Runelords."
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like the last several books of this series, it was not a very memorable book. I've already forgotten the ending.
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh... good author, but seven books in... whatever happened to one good stand-alone novel?!
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dark addition to the Runelords saga, was not a let down after the well-done Worldbinder.
Aaron Anderson
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-fantasy
I enjoyed this one a bit more than the last. Probably because there was more tension and fighting.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
That was an non-ending. I hate that.
Kenneth Geary
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
This is one of those series that gets better as it goes on instead of dragging on it speeds up and the danger increases.
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Nicely done... There's not a whole lot of forward progress, but you understand the background of the situation a lot better and it's interesting enough that you don't get bored.
It was pretty good book.
Micah Bucy
Sep 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Series was average at best until this book. I finished the book but will not be continuing the series. The story crawls. The characters lose their luster. Not much more to say.
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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)
  • Wizardborn (Runelords, #3)
  • The Lair of Bones (Runelords, #4)
  • Sons of the Oak (Runelords, #5)
  • Worldbinder (Runelords, #6)
  • Chaosbound (Runelords, #8)
  • A Tale of Tales (Runelords #9)
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