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