The story is about a man stripped of powers he once had given to him by the earth to "save the seeds of humanity through the dark times to come". He faces the reavers--a monstrous race that threatens the human race, with the help of two earth wardens and an army by his side he hopes to defeat the reavers.
This report prepared by Jeremy Thomsen
Tor, Apr 2001, 27.95, 428 pp.
Gaborn leads his forces in an attempt to cleanse his nation from the odious Reavers. However, the horde retreats heading back to its underground lair. Reluctantly, Gaborn knows he must follow if he is to ever end the Reavers threat to his by finding the proper path.
Dreams of world conquest are long over. At about the same time that Gaborn chases the retreating enemy, the powerful Raj Ahtan realizes that the Reavers threaten his kingdom. However, he deals with a smarter breed that has learned how to more effectively and efficiently fights the humans.
Averan, a warden, becomes an apprentice, but her ability to eat Reaver brains becomes more important to humanity. She is able to understand what the Reavers intent is in a collective way and that may enable the fight to finally go underground to the lair of the Reavers.
WIZARDBORN, Book Three of the Runelords, is an exciting fantasy adventure that is quite different from the two previous novels as action takes a back seat to understanding of the prime characters. The story line overall is fast-paced, but at times slows down to provide more insight into the key cast members especially Raj. For those who read the first novel (see THE RUNELORDS) this is a bit of a disappointment, as Raj seems more human and less like a killing machine in a sort of evolution similar to Darth Vader from universal villain into a sacrificing father. Still, David Farland has written an entertaining tale that his fans will enjoy once they adjust to something that is a bit different.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner