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  • The Wyrmling Horde

  • Runelords, Book 7
  • By: David Farland
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Summary

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 dark magic and ruled by a creature of unrelenting evil, one who is gathering monstrous armies from a dozen planets in a bid to conquer the universe.

Only Fallion has the power to mend the worlds, but at the heart of a city that is a vast prison, he lies in shackles. The forces of evil are growing and will soon rage across the heavens. Now, Fallion’s allies must risk everything in an attempt to free him from the wyrmling horde.

David Farland is an American author of fantasy fiction. He came to prominence when he won the L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award for On My Way to Paradise. He is also the author of Star Wars novels, of which The Courtship of Princess Leia became a New York Times best seller.

©2008 David Farland (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

“The Runelords is a first rate tale, an epic fantasy that more than delivers on its promise. Read it soon and treat yourself to an adventure you won’t forget.” (Terry Brooks)
“David Farland’s Runelords books are among the best fantasies on the market today. Great characters, a fascinating concept, and some really nasty monsters make each novel a pleasure to read.” (Kevin J. Anderson,  New York Times best-selling author)
“Strong storytelling and vital characters as well as an ingenious system of magic make this a good addition to most fantasy collections.” ( Library Journal)

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love it

really entrances with this book.

I find I am really hoping for the bad guys to get a kicking and that the author doesn't kill off any of my heroes

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If you could sum up The Wyrmling Horde in three words, what would they be?

An Awesome Read

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wyrmling Horde?

This is always such a difficult question as the story is striated over many books and the series is wonderful and imaginative.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Very much the interplay between good and evil

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

So very much so when the main character became entrapped and feared for life

Any additional comments?

David Farland is a truly great writer, try reading also books by John Ringo, Ann Rice Chris Fieldwater and Diana Rowland.

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  • 01-10-22

the Quelling Horde

The imagination of the author and the voice of Ray Porter is amazing q keeps you wanting more.

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  • Dr. Coleman
  • 25-09-22

End!!

I enjoyed the first several books, but am tiring of the endless downward spiral! Have an earthquake, eg painful shudder as Earth reconfigures, cause another tunnel collapse that mercifully kills the maimed, butchered Dedicates, vectors, and facilitators in the volcano. Sadly most of Rianna’s dedicates get killed by wormling horde, but a few that had gifted beauty and voice to her still rode strong with the proud and powerful horse women so she still had those endowments for a time. The Earth Warden and the Fire Weaver go to the Mouth of the World, joining Averan to combine all the worlds into one. Falian is healed, his dad is freed from Despair. People with linked minds can “talk” to each other but each mind is independent. Rune attribute recipients and dedicates can now share reciprocally as much and whenever they choose (no longer all to death). People spend long happy years enjoying each other’s company.

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  • tracy richardson
  • 11-09-22

HIDDEN GEM

Once I got into the series, it grew on me. Put me in mind of the real world we live in, how the high and powerful feed off the weak.

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  • Travis Mandenberg
  • 11-08-22

Do the rules of the world apply to the villians

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So far I write it all of the books in the series quite high, I still stand by that. But it almost seems like this book is struggling to make Dispair unbeatable.

The previous Earth King lost the majority Of his powers early on. This happened because of one error. Meanwhile, This Earth King Is literally what the planet should be fighting against, and The Earth just seems fine with whatever happens.

It has Already been established that the Earth spirit has some sort of intelligence, That the Earth spirit can judge whether someone is worthy, And that the Earth spirit is willing to take away its power even to the detriment if its mission if it believes that that power is being misused.

But it's looking the other way.

And everything else is progressing so fast, We are led to believe because the Earth spirit isn't placing any limitations onThe power that it is granted.

Display the part in the Following book as well. And it leaves the door openFor more and more gruesome acts to takePlace while the wormlings Run unopposed. While overallThere isn't many gruesome scenes, There is a point Where There's almost a Tiny incling that this is progressing toward torture porn. Honestly don't Think it ever is going to get to that point, But it's a possibility.

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  • Nevy81
  • 18-07-22

The worst so far

This whole book was just one big circle jerk. Nothing really happens and no one really accomplishes anything substantial.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-05-22

Moral limits of endowments.

Moral limits of endowments.

The magic system of Farland's "Runelords" system has always been frought with moral questions of when it's proper to divest someone of their strength/wit/metabolism/etc in service of another. Sometimes this is wholly voluntary (still creepy) and sometimes coerced/purchased (also creepy). Sometimes it involves juveniles (creepier). The books have never REALLY delved into this aspect of the magic system but for some hand wavy denunciations against the taking of endowments or the use of children.

So it was somewhat refreshing to find in "The Wyrmling Horde" a little more discussion about how grotesque the practice can be -- especially if you endow protagonist Fallion with compassion so he can feel the pain of the various prisoners that are being tortured by the evil Lord Despair (occupying the body of Prince Areth, this alternate reality version of Fallion's father, the Earth King Gaborn).

While I say this is interesting, it is only in passing as the plot is largely nonsensical otherwise (lots of attempts to form alliances to fight the wymlings). There is a very intriguing reveal of the goodly Emir being the alt reality equivalent of the evil Raj Ahten of the earlier novels. There's some like conflict insofar as those that knew Raj Ahten do not trust the Emir and the latter's efforts to convince them to.

As the series has gone on, there are glimmers of promise, but as before, characters remain thin, everything is solved by Epic Battles, and while many things are *described* -- few, if any, are developed. One more to go.

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  • Diana Bennett
  • 11-04-22

onward

on to the next chapter convene the end only hope will prevail chaos inferred onward

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  • Autumn Crawford
  • 01-04-22

they kill the main characters over and over again

all the sieges are repetitive talk about how great the castle is and then it falls within no time there's barely any real battles

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  • Lisa
  • 13-01-22

Bleak

7 books of unrelenting tales of loss, misery, failure and dispare. It is not for the faint of heart.

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  • Duff
  • 07-11-21

Keeps going downhill

Narrator is pretty good, but story lacks any soul and I'm having trouble maintaining interest in it.