Sunday, October 11, 2020



The third entry of David Farland’s Runelords series opens on the second day in the month of leaves, beginning with a prologue where King Anders entertains guests in South Crowthen, and wants to kill Gaborn’s queen. Meanwhile, Gaborn and Raj Ahten are at each other’s throats, and Myrrima receives training as a sorceress. The Domains of Man diagram present in previous installment plays some role in the third book, with several battles occurring through the text. The enigmatic reavers also return and serve as antagonists, the book ending with Gaborn wanting to break sacred seals.

All in all, the third book of Farland’s series is moderately enjoyable, although a list of dramatis personae, descriptions of the various characters, and plot synopses for prior novels would have certainly been welcome, given the relative complexity of the plotline. Even so, the battles are well-described, and there is fairly decent mythos, and while there are maps prior to the text, more throughout the story, maybe a few illustrations of the action, would have been nice as well. Ultimately, only those who earnestly think well of the book’s predecessors will definitely enjoy the third installment.

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