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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Farland Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Runelords Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781455198405
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Certain works of fantasy are immediately recognizable as monuments, towering above the rest. Authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry Goodkind come immediately to mind. Now add David Farland to that list, whose epic fantasy series began with The Runelords.

Wizardborn continues the story of the struggle of Gaborn, now the Earth King, who has lost his powers but continues to lead his people. He must contend with the threat of the huge, inhuman Reavers, whose myriads Gaborn and his forces must now pursue across the nation. It has become Gaborn’s fate to follow, even into the depths.

Raj Ahten, the great warlord endowed with the strength and qualities of thousands of men, once the primary threat to Gaborn, now struggles to retain his own empire. His war of conquest thwarted, his very life is now threatened by the Reaver thousands.

And a young girl, Averan, who has eaten a Reaver and absorbed some of its memories, becomes a keystone in the search for the dark Reaver lair.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Farland once again proves himself a wizard at storytelling…This latest is certain to summon past readers of the series back to bookstores.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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.”

    Library Journal

  • “Farland’s massive and compelling saga, which began with The Runelords, continues at a breakneck pace…As in the earlier books, the danger and violence are larger than life, and many die. But any grimness is leavened by the strong theme of love and respect for the earth and its denizens.”

    Booklist

  • “Colorful, inventive magics, vigorous plotting, and gore aplenty.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan Mierek | 2/1/2014

    " I know that many people enjoy this novel, but for me it was hard to keep my attention focused on the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss | 2/1/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles Warren | 1/23/2014

    " The first 2 books grabbed my attention and were quick reads. Wizardborn did not completely grab me. There are plenty of good bits within but it lacks something the other novels had; the action of the first and the plot/character development of the second. Don't get me wrong, there is action and plot/character development but it is just not as well done as the previous novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanako | 1/14/2014

    " still having fun with this series. this one had a lot less of an ending than the first two - which was frustrating since i finished it while on vacation and the fourth book was here at home... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 10/20/2013

    " With no clear ending, I HAVE to read the next book. I think this is one of the things I don't like about this series, but it is one of the few. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 8/25/2013

    " My favorite of the series, so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clark Cutchin | 8/9/2013

    " This is probably my favorite of the the Runelords books. There is more explanation of how this fantasy world works, how the magic works and why things are happening. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 7/13/2013

    " 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). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariah aka **Khiller** | 7/5/2013

    " This was Great!.. cant wait to read "Lair of Bones"... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 5/14/2013

    " Enjoying the series and where things are going-not sure it can go on another 4 books without becoming very cliche', but I'm more than willing to keep at this for now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boyd | 3/24/2013

    " This series was new and inventive. The magic system was very well put together, as was the world. I loved the creatures in this series, and the characters as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dino D'Angelo | 3/14/2013

    " i found this one in the series to be a tad 'lenghty' compared to the others, however a great series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Landress | 2/4/2013

    " The story progresses nicely and reveals more about wizards and how they fit into Farland's world. The characters show more progression and prepare for the continuation in the next novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 9/5/2012

    " Lots of action. Good continuation of series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 7/24/2012

    " Perhaps my favorite of the series... adds a new twist to the story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/29/2012

    " Continuing to enjoy this series...a meaty fantasy with lots of depth and well developed characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Cordova | 6/18/2012

    " Truly terrific! The surprises knocked me back in my seat and compelled me to turn page after page as I eagerly devoured this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia McKean | 3/6/2012

    " It was a great series up until this book. It got boring and violent and I lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 12/8/2011

    " Farland is improving as a story teller. Though the beginnings of his books are still a bit sluggish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 8/16/2011

    " The one unique idea wears thin by the third book of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dino | 5/25/2011

    " i found this one in the series to be a tad 'lenghty' compared to the others, however a great series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 9/30/2010

    " Great book, I was enjoying the series but after this one I am all in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/16/2010

    " #3 in the Runelods series. Gaborn continues his quest to save the world from the Reavers. He is joined by Averan, who is wizardborn.

    Read-a-likes: Dragonlance Chronicles by Weis and Hickman, Wheel of Time series by Jordan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 8/11/2010

    " The story progresses nicely and reveals more about wizards and how they fit into Farland's world. The characters show more progression and prepare for the continuation in the next novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 7/27/2010

    " My favorite of the series, so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 11/29/2009

    " It was a great series up until this book. It got boring and violent and I lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariah aka **Khiller** | 10/19/2009

    " This was Great!.. cant wait to read "Lair of Bones"... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanako | 6/30/2009

    " still having fun with this series. this one had a lot less of an ending than the first two - which was frustrating since i finished it while on vacation and the fourth book was here at home... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 6/14/2009

    " Enjoying the series and where things are going-not sure it can go on another 4 books without becoming very cliche', but I'm more than willing to keep at this for now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/6/2009

    " Continuing to enjoy this series...a meaty fantasy with lots of depth and well developed characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 2/24/2009

    " Farland is improving as a story teller. Though the beginnings of his books are still a bit sluggish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jori | 10/27/2008

    " I know that many people enjoy this novel, but for me it was hard to keep my attention focused on the pages. "

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About the Author
Author David Farland

David Farland is the pseudonym of Dave Wolverton, an American author of fantasy fiction who lives in Utah with his wife and five children. He was a budding author during his college years but came to prominence when he won the Writers of the Future L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award for On My Way to Paradise in 1987. He has achieved much renown in the science fiction field, but fans may know him best as the author of Star Wars novels; The Courtship of Princess Leia was met with acclaim from critics and readers alike and became a New York Times bestselling novel.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered fourteen Earphones Awards, two Audie nominations, and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.