The Runelords

The Runelords

by David Farland

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Overview

The first book of the saga of The Runelords

Young Prince Gaborn Val Orden of Mystarria is traveling in disguise on a journey to ask for the hand of the lovely Princess Iome of Sylvarresta. Armed with his gifts of strength and perception, Prince Gaborn and his warrior bodyguard stop in a local tavern along the way. Immediately, they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome's father. As the prince and his bodyguard race to warn the king of this impending danger, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk, the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765399083
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/15/1999
Series: Runelords Series , #1
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 648,502
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.39(d)

About the Author

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.

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Algis Budrys

David Farland is the single greatest discovery of my professional career.

Orson Scott Card

When I reached the end of this first volume, The Runelords, and saw grace arise from a devastating battlefield where too many great hearts lay dead, Farland had earned the tears that came to my eyes. It was not sentiment, but epiphany.

Terry Brooks

A first-rate tale, an epic fantasy that more than delivers on its promise.

David Drake

The characters are real, the action fast, and the sum a brilliant and engrossing novel.

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The Runelords: The Sum of All Men (Runelords Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. I liked how his logic was incorporated into some of his characters as well as the way the story went. It is nice to have a book where the main character isn't an airhead. Warning, If you like a clear cut definition of good and evil in your books you may not like this one or the series. Furthermore if you do not like the type of logic that suggest that everyone has the capacity for good and evil or the logic that causes you to actually think about the characters motives this book may not be for you either.
Bruce_Wayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just reading this. I've been bored with most of the books I've read recently but this is actually quite refreshing. Nicely different. Reminds me of a computer game with power-up's (you'll know what I mean when you read it) but not in a bad way! It's my 1st book by this author and I' already looking forward to the next in the series.
sapphire--stars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I found the concept of endowments, forcibles and Dedicates very interesting and took an interest in several of the characters. I have not read many fantasy epics and would like to start. So I may in time come back and look upon this novel less favorably in comparison, but for the time being I enjoyed it. Not as much as Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses series...but I highly doubt I will ever favor ANY fantasy novel series as much. What a wonderful find The Thirteenth House was (and in a used bookstore in the Keys too!).Enough rambling, back to the Runlords. There are three more books in this series and then an additional series with four more books. I feel like I may read the rest at a later date and have enough interest to try, but for now I am content. The conclusion of the story was rather anticlimactic but perhaps this will be remedied in the sequels. Overall, above average and for myself probably worth a future buy.
Radaghast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the most unique magic systems I've ever read. It has been years since I've read the Sum of All Men, and unfortunately, I never looked into the rest of the series. I plan to change that soon.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book quite a bit more than I expected to. It's a quick read that offers pretty much non-stop action, with Farland throwing in several surprising plot developments. On the other hand, don't expect much in terms of character development (the main protagonist Gaborn is pretty much the only character with any hint of depth--I wished that we had gotten more of Myrrima). The most interesting feature is an unusual magic system that raises challenging ethical questions. As to the subsequent books in the series, I found the second book to be a big letdown, but the third was a bit better. I suppose that someday I will get around to buying book four to see how the series concludes.
HayMicheal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As far as I am concerned, this is the best fantasy series ever written. As soon as you read the first brutal encounter, you come to realize that Farland is not afraid to give good characters a bad end. Right then, it becomes more real, even though it is set in a fantasy world. It is kind of a gritty reality.
humouress on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Runelords by David FarlandThis also seems to be in print as The Sum of All Men by Dave Wolverton. (I wonder if I can count it as two books for the 75 Book Challenge?...)The southern Wolf Lord, Raj Ahten, is marching north, having already taken the countries of the south under his sway. Two old friends, the Kings of Orden and Mystarria, both Runelords, find themselves defending their lands against him. At the same time, the long prophesied Earth King is anointed, whom it is said will arise at a time when the Earth is in dire need.In explanation, a Runelord is a leader who is gifted endowments, such as strength or sight, from those under him (or her) in return for his protection. The endowment is literally transferred, leaving the donor permantly weak, blind etc, and lasts for the rest of the lifetime. A Wolf Lord is one who takes attributes from animals.While I found this an interesting story, with some interesting concepts, I felt there were a lot of (small) gaps. Though this was quite a long book, at 600+ pages, there were a lot of places that were lacking in detail, so things didn't quite make sense, or characters' motivations were rather vague. But I seem to be in direct opposition in my opinion to the recommendations listed on the cover - so maybe it's just me!
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was just not my thing. It was just a little too dark and a little to epic for me. I could not get into the characters and just could not continue with the story.
peacebeard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My wife who doesn't read fantasy genre books bought this book for me at a "dollar store." I figured it would be absolute trash since she got it for $1, but I was pleasantly surprised when I read the book. Farland has created a richly imaginative and unique fantasy world.I have read all seven books in the series two or three times. Farland ranks up their with Moorcock, Le Guin, Zelazny, Tolkien, Brooks, Robertson, Feist, Jordan, Eddings and Kurtz. Avid fantasy readers must read Farland. You won't regret it.
xmol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the simplest words possible, The Runelords is one of the best series I have ever read. The idea is something new and refreshing: it goes beyond the regular sword-and-sorcery and delves into the fantastical. Farland not only explores the power of the Runelords, but the repercussions of the people they leave in their wake. Raj Ahten is a villain for the ages: mainly because it is hard to tell if he is a villain at all.
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. An interesting twist on the 'power' source.
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Oddly enough, for me, this book alternated between i cant put it down and i can hardly pick it up. You just hate to see what ills befall your favorite characters but you also cant help but hang in anticipation for the next chace or the next challenge. All in all, i loved every minute of it. Well done.
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Really refreshing story. Brings back memories from when i was younger and was real big into reading still. A truely epic saga a honest MUST read!
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