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Brotherhood Of The Wolf: Book 2 of the Runelords Paperback – Import, February 1, 2007
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The epic struggle begun in THE SUM OF ALL MEN continues in BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF.
Gaborn has managed to drive off Raj Ahten, but Ahten is far from defeated. Striking at far-flung cities and fortresses and killing dedicates, Ahten seeks to draw out the Earth King from his seat of power, in order to crush him. But as they weaken each other's forces in battle, the armies of an ancient and implacable enemy issue forth from the very bowels of the Earth. . .
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"A first-rate tale, an epic fantasy that more than delivers on its promise. Read it soon and treat yourself to an adventure you won't forget."--Terry Brooks
"With The Runelords, David Farland breaks new ground in fantasy fiction and wakes up anyone who thought they'd read everything the genre had to offer."--Kevin J. Anderson
"Farland creates a fresh and unique world that emphasizes the complex issues of humanity, loyalty, and sacrifice. . . . highly recommended for all fans of fantasy." --KLIATT
"Brotherhood of the Wolf, the sequel to The Runelords, is equally as strong in characterization, setting, and action. . . . A surefire read for fans of the first book."--Booklist
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- Publisher : Orbit; New Ed edition (February 1, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 688 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1841495611
- ISBN-13 : 978-1841495613
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.24 x 1.61 x 7.76 inches
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David Farland (the pen name for author Dave Wolverton) continues his magnum opus in this, the second book of The RUNELORDS Saga. His world building takes a step up as he spreads his hands across the expanding world that acts as not only the background to his story but also as a major character and force. Farland continues to develop and refine the unique magic system that he has created that touches lives on both the givers and the receivers side of the equation.
Taking place over the course of just a few days, Brotherhood of the Wolf picks up right where The Sum of All Men left off without breaking stride. Gaborn is grappling with the ramifications of becoming the Earth King, as well as his marriage to Iome Sylvarresta, the daughter of the late King Jas Laren Sylvarresta. Determined not to use forcibles to increase his strength and power, Gaborn finds himself at an immediate disadvantage to Ahtan’s super human abilities, not to mention vulnerable to any who does not share his qualms.It is an ongoing source of dissonance for Gaborn: he sees the slavery and debilitation caused when ever one man gives his abilities to another, but is faced with an enemy that is prepared to end not just humanity but all life on the earth. Should he accept the endowments of other men to become strong enough for the coming battle, or should he rely on his new found abilities as the Earth King? With the selection by the Earth, though, comes responsibility above those of other men, and Gaborn must weigh the future of all men as he makes his decisions.
With how short a time as passes during the novel, events unfold at a breakneck pace. If only Farland would move his text as fast. Not atypical for an epic fantasy, Brotherhood clocks in at nearly 700 pages. Frequently I found myself wondering if a few of those pages weren’t unnecessary to the story.
The result is that Farland develops his characters more than might otherwise be possible in such a short period of time. The length of the novel lends itself to more viewpoints than a shorter story might allow, and shows the reader a broader vision of the events unfolding. While the story never drags–per se–a faster paced story might have spent less time with each view point.
If The Sum of All Men intended to introduce the main protagonist and antagonist of The Runelords series, then Brotherhood feels like a pulling back of the curtain. The threat to Rofehaven and the entire world is far greater than anything introduced in The Sum of All Men, and Farland takes advantage of the opportunity to hint at the scope of his series by introducing side plots, new abilities to what initially appeared to be small characters, and expanding his system of magic beyond the initial forcibles/endowments magic introduced in the first book.
Picking up a thick novel is always a risky endeavor. The time investment is long, and the pay-off may be a long time in coming. In the end, Farland provides, however, delivering a denouement that satisfies his promises, if not perfectly, at least satisfactorily. It’s a worthy successor to The Sum of All Men and continuation of The Runelords’ series. I ran into Farland at the Salt Lake FanXperience in April and picked up Wizardborn from him there. I look forward to following where he takes Gaborn, Iome, Ahtan, and the rest of his growing cast next.
His concept for the series is quite unique, but the whole issues with endowments becomes a bit overdone towards the end of the book. It's hard to remember who has 100 endowments and who has 1000. I also feel like it is in a weird way difficult to swallow that someone would become a Dedicate. I wish he would work more on the issue of dedicates and what these people have to endure.
What David Farland has done that Robert Jordan cannot seem to develop is the ability to write a story that takes place in a matter of days. Farland can describe a battle scene to perfection and while I wish he were just a bit more graphic he has come to the forefront as a master in this arena.
It's unfortunate that there are reavers in this book because they sound like something out of cthulu mythos and should have been replaced with something a bit more energetic.
Here are my picks for fantasy writers:
1). GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
2). TAD WILLIAMS
3). DAVID FARLAND
4). ROBERT JORDAN
RECOMMENDATION: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SERIES
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If you enjoyed the first book then you won't be disappointed by this one. Fingers crossed the 3rd is as good!
I like it so much I'm reading all 8 book's again while I wait for book 9 to be released