Sons of the Oak (Runelords Series #5)

Sons of the Oak (Runelords Series #5)

by David Farland
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Sons of the Oak (Runelords Series #5) by David Farland

Certain works of fantasy are immediately recognizable as monuments, towering above the rest of the category. Authors of those works, such as Stephen R. Donaldson, Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind, come immediately to mind. Add to that list David Farland, whose epic Runelords series continues now in Sons of the Oak.

The story picks up eight years after the events of Lair of Bones and begins a new chapter in the Runelords saga focusing on Gaborn's son, Fallion. Gaborn, the Earth King, has been traveling far from his home, to strange and unknown places. While beyond the edge of the earth, he finally succumbs to the accelerated aging that comes from all of the endowments he has taken. His death is the signal for a revolution, an attack from the supernatural realms by immensely powerful immortal beings.

These forces have discovered that Gaborn's son is the resurrection of an immortal, one whose potential power is so great that he might be able to reorder the entire universe. Fallion's enemies have decided that they must control him, and failing that, destroy him. He is only a child, but he is the heir to Gaborn's kingdom, and so must flee to the ends of the earth to avoid the destruction of all that Gaborn accomplished.

One of the mightiest of contemporary fantasy epics continues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765341082
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: Runelords Series , #5
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 359,401
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.09(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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Sons of the Oak 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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The events of the story seem to happen at a rapid pace without really slowing down. At times though, it seemed a bit annoying. But, the action taking place in the book seems to propel the storyline to convey the sense of urgency that adds more depth to the reading experience.
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Looking back over the storyline it was a great idea and I truly think had he given this one the treatment and development of the other books even if it took another 100 pages it could have been possibly the best book in the series. I enjoyed a great deal enough to want to read more still. Still I think it is worth at least 4 stars on my own scale.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As with all of Farland's Runelords books, this one is action from page one until the end. New characters and adventures. As is Farland's style, he is again not afraid to kill someone off that you might think is essential. Give yourself time to read it because once you start, it takes all your strength to put it down! Great-great-great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasently shocked when I saw this book had came out the other day. It was only on a whim I looked for it since I had not heard of the 5th book being released yet. I truly enjoy the Runelord series and could not wait to read this new installment. I was shocked once again though when I completed it. This book has none of the carefully planned out storylines of the past 4 books. The introduction of the new characters is very shallow and you find yourself not even caring what happens to the majority of them. Some are even completely discarded with the main characters not even flinching at the loss. All in all I found myself very frustrated that no character like Gaborn emerged out of this novel. While his son was supposedly the new focus the story jumps around so much you do not feel for him as you did for Gaborn. All in all this novel felt rushed out the door lacking in the detail and emotion the Runelord books before this had. Disappointed would be a good rating for how this book left me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Farland does a pretty good job on the 5th book of the Runelords series. I enjoy his fantasy concept of endowments. The taking of endowments can make one powerful, but there's always a price to pay. The book reads well as it builds up to the characters fleeing to a remote island. Then there is a large time gap that Farland tries to summarize over a few pages. The lost years leaves a gap of character continuity that just doesn't flow very well. With that said I have to say I enjoy David Farlands writing and look forward to future Runelord books.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Shadoath in her persona of the One True Master tried to put all life under her control, the One True World shattered into a thousand thosand worlds each a pale reflection of the glory of the One True World. Also lost is the master rune, but on one of the worlds is where the runelords exists the knowledge will be regained and the worlds will join together into one.------------- The torch-bearer, an immortal reborn as Fallion, the Earth King¿s son, doesn¿t know his true nature although his sire has some idea. When the Earth King dies, the country of Mystarria is attacked by its enemies. Fallion, his brother and some trusty allies escape and make their way to the docks to find a ship that will take them to Landsfallen which is what Fallion¿s father told them to do. Captain Stalker plans to ransom them to the pirate Shadoath but changes his mind when he comes to know and care for Fallion. However, a betrayal causes Fallion and his brother to be captured and only by using his latent powers of fire and have his allies discover where they are do they have a chance of escaping and going inland, giving Fallion a chance to grow into his powers.--------------- This is the fifth book of the Runelands with the action taking place eight years after the events of THE LAIR OF THE BONES. David Farland¿s latest work involves the next generation of warriors who must fight the forces of darkness in the form of locus, sentient parasites that attach themselves to people and control them, while bringing light into a world made better by the earth king. Fallion has the seeds of greatness within him but he must be wary of using his power in a dark manner otherwise he will be no better than the evil beings that want dominion over the world. SONS OF THE OAK is a great fantasy with complex and compelling characters.--------- Harriet Klausner