David Farland is the author of the bestselling Runelords series, including Chaosbound, The Wyrmling Horde and Worldbinder. He also writes science-fiction as David Wolverton. He won the 1987 Writers of the Future contest, and has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award. Farland also works as a video game designer, and has taught writing seminars around the U.S. and Canada. He lives in Saint George, Utah.
According to Farland's Web site, the Runelords series, of which this is the fourth book after 2001's Wizardborn, was inspired by a hallucination. It also reads like one at times, full of rich and brilliant descriptions, but not always making much sense. Magical endowments-attributes such as sight, brawn or endurance transferred between people, leaving one crippled and the other superhuman-permit Averan, a nine-year-old wizard-in-training, to keep pace with the Earth King, Prince Gaborn and his cohorts as they search underground for the Queen of the Reavers. As those above ground prepare for war, Gaborn learns that his elemental powers are nothing compared to those of the Glories, forces of light who exhort their followers to love all men equally and beware the corrupting powers of the One True Master of Evil. The author rushes the action in the final chapters, the last one so condensed it reads almost like the summary of another complete book. Hopefully, the strength of the setting will help Farland to find a better pace for future volumes; this one, despite its promise, is strictly for the fans. (Oct. 27) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
In an attempt to free his people from the sorcerous monsters known as reavers, Gaborn, the Earth King, undertakes a perilous journey deep within the earth in search of the reavers' "One True Master." Other enemies await him, as Raj Ahten, the powerful ruler of Kartish, seeks to conquer the lands of the Earth King to add to his growing empire. Farland's latest addition to his epic Runelords series (Wizardborn; Brotherhood of the Wolf; The Runelords) features complex heroes and villains and a unique system of magic gained through sacrifices from both willing and unwilling victims. A good choice for most fantasy collections, particularly those owning the earlier volumes. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"The apparent conclusion of the Runelords brings the saga's conflicts to a resounding climax in a three-cornered confrontation. . . . The suspense is real, the action is nonstop, and the characterizations continue to convince. . . . [this is] a series that has put Farland on high-fantasy readers' maps." --Booklist on The Lair of Bones"The Runelords Saga comes to a gripping conclusion in David Farland's The Lair of Bones. . . . Farland's imaginative use of magic and detailed world-building contribute to the impact . . . Gaborn is a flawed but likable hero whom readers will be sorry to leave behind. Fans of Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind will enjoy Farland's Runelords." --Romantic Times"Sometimes truly terrifying, sometimes impossibly sweet, The Lair of Bones is a tale sure to entrance any reader. This is a superb story with deeply empathetic characters." --Sara Douglass"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 bestselling author of A Forest Of Stars and Dune: The Machine Crusade