Worldbinder by David Farland

November 14, 2007 – 9:15 pm

OK, just finished the 6th book in the Runelords series. As with the prior novels, it was quite enjoyable. I doubt it will ever be a bestseller, but it had some good points that I appreciated.

The good:

  1. A common theme is love and loyalty.
  2. No extra marital relationships treated in a favorable way, and rapes are treated as they should be – repulsive evil.
  3. The heroes try to defend the weak and abused.
  4. Daylan Hammer lives by a code that does not allow him to manipulate people. He sticks to that code no matter what.
  5. The good kings ( Fallion and King Urstone ) weep for their people. They truly care for them.

The bad:

  1. Magic that, by it’s very nature, uses people ( they take the strength and other good attributes of people and siphon it to their liege lords ).
  2. No infinite personal God. It is more of an animistic worldview, with reincarnation, otherworldly powers, etc. It is kind of a hard worldview to describe. There is worship and devotion to certain beings, but they are not really “gods” in any sense of the word. There are “Elemental Powers” for the earth, wind, water, and fire, all of which have some sort of personality and command the loyalty of certain followers.
  3. Not really any savior figure, like our Lord Jesus.  The closest is Areth Sul Ulstone, who gave up his soul in a vain attempt to save a city.  This seems noble, but is it ever right to do something that is wrong and sinful to save others?  The problem here is the lack of an infinite personal God. With our God, He sent His son to die for our sins, but He did not do anything sinful.  He is perfectly righteous, unlike Areth.  Areth “died” by sinning ( giving his soul to the wicked enemy of all ), but Jesus died innocently.  I hope this makes sense.

All in all, I appreciate the positive elements of this story.

  1. 2 Responses to “Worldbinder by David Farland”

  2. Well I’m confused. I don’t know what’s the problem here. What’s wrong. At first I thought it looked really smart, but I’m not sure any more

    By Bob on Apr 10, 2008

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