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Runelords excels because this novel idea is not mere window dressing--Farland uses it to explore fundamental questions of life and morality. The story's hero, the young Runelord Gaborn, struggles to define his role in this "shameful economy" while keeping his commitments to himself, to his people, to the woman he loves, and to the earth itself. We end up asking ourselves the same questions: Should you choose your friends based on insight or virtue? Is it better to be just or good? Competent fantasy lets you escape to adventure in faraway lands, but exceptional fantasy makes sure you have something to think about when you get back. Runelords accomplishes the latter. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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English is a mix of many languages but our simple forceful words about eating, fighting, and loving are firmly rooted in ancient Anglo Saxon history that few of us can relate but... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shamus
Anyone who likes traditonal Fantasy, be it Lord of the Rings, Shannara, or Recluse, will find this book dull. The story is fast paced... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004
Typical fantasy fare, though better suited to DAW publishers rather than Tor. I find this world's magic very interesting though.
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Review of The Runelords, by David Farland.
Having read the Runelords, I will review it and detail its components and rate them individually, and then seek to... Read more
The author has come up with an extremely unique, and quite fascinating way to handle magic ("endowments") in this novel. That premise alone kept me reading and reading. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by H. Alan Rosenberg
Yeah, like most epic/high fantasy this novel sports the 'ol Evilrulertakingovertheworldandcanonlybestoppedbylonefarmboy storyline, but Farland (which is NOT his real name) does... Read morePublished on June 16 2003 by B. Bly
Stop me if you've heard this one already. Okay, so there's this evil overlord, see. And he wants to take over the world, all right. Read morePublished on April 30 2003 by not4prophet
I found the concept of rulers of a land could take an aspect of one of their subjects and add it onto themselves to be absolutely fascinating both intriguing and terrifying at the... Read morePublished on April 11 2003 by General Pete