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The Runelords by [David Farland]
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"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

"The characters are real, the action fast, and the sum a brilliant and engrossing novel."
--David Drake, author of The Lord of the Isles

"Farland gets a prospective series off to a dynamic start with a compelling, action-packed story set in an intricate created world in which magical powers are unusual and convincing." --Booklist

"The world of fantasy has a new king.  David Farland is already one of the best fantasy writers there has ever been!"--John Jarrold
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This first in the Runelords series is set in a society in which vassals give up attributes, such beauty or strength, to their lord, who accepts them as "endowments" that strengthen him. The young prince Gaborn leads the opposition to Ahten, who strives to become invincible by harvesting as many endowments as possible. Ray Porter keeps the battles fresh with a tone of wonder as the events unfold. He uses pace effectively to vary the intensity of the battles and to show the vulnerability and humanity of Gaborn and his allies. Porter narrates as a historian, with subtle clues to his biases and prejudices, but a general dedication to telling the story objectively. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00FO74WIK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Fantasy (April 1, 2007)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2007
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1725 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 628 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 324 ratings

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David Farland is an international and New York Times best-selling author with over 50 published novels. Best known for his Runelords, Serpent Catch, Golden Queen, Ravenspell, and Nightingale series.

He began his career writing under his name real name Dave Wolverton, when in 1986 he won L. Ron Hubbards Writers of the Future Contest. In the mid-1990s he began to follow his love for writing fantasy and Science Fiction under the pen name David Farland, where he became best known for his international best-selling Runelords series. Then In 1999 he set the Guinness Record for the World's Largest single-person, single book signing

He has also trained hundreds of best-selling writers, including Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and many more. Spend an hour learning from this master and discover how YOU can create the next Million Dollar Idea.

Brandon Sanderson,

#1 Bestselling Author of the Wheel of Times, Way of Kings, and Mistborn

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&quot;I still use the writing techniques he discussed, and constantly reference him and his instruction when I teach creative writing myself. . . His explanations led me directly to getting an agent, and subsequently, my first book deal.&quot;

James Dashner,

#1 Bestselling Author of the Mazerunner

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&quot;He understands storytelling and writing on a freaky level. All of us feel like we owe a huge debt to him.&quot;

Brandon Mull,

New York Times Bestselling author of Fablehaven and Beyonders

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&quot;Aside from being a talented writer, David Farland is an excellent writing teacher. Hearing him teach live and reading his written advice has helped me focus many of my own thoughts about the writing process. Those who would like to learn more about the craft of writing would be wise to pay attention.&quot;

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