The Lair of Bones: The Runelords, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Prince Gaborn, the Earth King, has defeated the forces arrayed against him each time before: the magical and human forces marshaled by Raj Ahten, who seeks immortality at any cost and has given up his humanity in trade; and the inhuman, innumerable, insectile hordes of the giant Reavers from under the Earth, whose unknowable motives are inimical to human life.
Now there must be final confrontations, both on the field of battle, with the supernatural creature that Raj Ahten has become, and underground, in the cavernous homeland of the Reavers, where the sorcerous One True Master who rules them all lies in wait—in the Lair of Bones. The survival of the human race on Earth is at stake.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 46 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 09, 2010|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #121,605 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,232 in Action & Adventure Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,055 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#8,379 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
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Compared to the first three books in the story, this one measures up well. Solid and frequent action, well-described monsters and settings, believable characters (for a fantasy), and the grand battle at the end. These are all present in each of the Runelords books, and are what has made the series a success. There are some major differences here though. One, Farland does a great job here of refocusing the story on the main (and important) plot lines. In Wizardborn , Farland had allowed the explosion of plots and characters really slow down the progression of the overall story, as he introduced Barron Waggit (dropped here) and had to focus a lot of attention developing individual story lines. Here, most of that work was done and he was able to keep the focus on the central aspects of the plot. Two, Farland makes a valiant attempt here to finally explain the thought process behind a Dedicate-to-be willingly (or unwillingly) deciding to give up greater endowments. Chemoise and the children in Indhopal that decided to become Dedicates to Gaborn and Raj Ahten, respectively, showed what sort of people in what sort of situations would give up endowments. This was something that Farland had been routinely criticized for before, with readers not understanding how anyone could possibly be willing to do this. Finally, here is where the realm of the Runelords stops expanding. No more new lands to explore, no more new monsters/creatures to reveal, THE LAIR OF BONES reads like the last book in a series in that it really works to wrap everything up and not introduce anything new.
I'm happy with the series as it stands after this book. Still, I'll check out the next in the saga. Recommended.
The book ends somewhat suddenly and doesn't realy set the reader up in regards to later books in the series. There are some storylines that could be continued, but since they weren't well constructed in this book, I am not so sure I would go and read them. (spoiler) the last 10 pages of the book take place over a few months time (a longer stretch of time than teh entire three books took up)...
I think this book could have been great, the only reason I gave it the three stars instead of 2 or 1 was because the previous three books were good, and I wanted to see how the series ended. David Farland: you can do better!
If you have followed this series, you will not be disappointed, there are the signature Farland unexpected twists even in expected situations, there is the valiance of the human (and nonhuman) spirit in the face of overwhelming odds, there is the tension between what is right versus what is expedient in difficult times. <New characters and realms are introduced with just enough complexity to whet the reader's appetite without overwhelming them or distracting from the main course.
I highly recommend this fourth book, and even though it successfully resolves the series, it does leave open wiggle room for a second series if the author so desires....Here's to hoping the author so desires.
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The lair of bones runelords by David farland.can't wait for his next book.recommended!!pure class!