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Chaosbound: The Eighth Book of the Runelords by David Farland
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Cover Artist: Kekai Kotaki
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765321688
Date: 13 October 2009 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The eighth Runelord novel takes readers away from the children of Gaborn. Instead the readers will follow the adventures of Sir Borenson as he deals with the aftermath of the combining of two shadow worlds. The immediate aftermath shows how things will be changed. Alone of his family, Borenson has a shadow self which grows in size to monstrous new proportions. He takes his family and travels to reunite with his other family. But his journey won't be simple, a legend is growing, and his path will be forced. The ultimate choice is whether he tries to maintain his Borenson self, or gives in to his alter ego, Aath Ulber.

From official release/information:

Product Description: The world of the Runelords has been combined by magic with another parallel world to form a new one, the beginning of a process that may unify all worlds into the one true world.

This story picks up after the events of The Wyrmling Horde and follows two of Farland's well-known heroes, Borenson and Myrrima, on a quest to save their devastated land and the people of the new world from certain destruction. But the land is not the only thing that has been altered forever: in the change, Borenson has merged with a mighty and monstrous creature from the other world, Aath Ulber.

He begins to be a different person, a berserker warrior, as well as having a huge new body because of the transformation of worlds. Thousands have died, lands have sunk below the sea and, elsewhere, risen from it. The supernatural rulers of the world are part of a universal evil, yet play a Byzantine game of dark power politics among themselves. And Aarth Ulber is now the most significant pawn in that game.

(Source: Tor Books)

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