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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.
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"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." --Orson Scott Card
"The intriguing hook behind Farland's first novel--and launch of a new fantasy series--is a complex magical technology whereby abilities such as wit, brawn and stamina are transferable from person to person. The magic is basic to Farland's story, not just painted on, and it and the society in which it plays out are rigorously and imaginatively elaborated." --Publishers Weekly--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #221,232 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This introduces a moral dilemma for many good leaders - they don't want to take these attributes from people without making sure they truly want to help. Bad guys will extort others into it. Then of course, people become so powerful it's easier to kill those who dedicated their strength than to kill those who received strength. Which again introduces moral dilemmas for the good guys.
Unfortuneately the series gets rather preachy after the first book. With "pragmatists" being derided throughout the first book, "cynics" derided throughout the second. In the second book especially this gets rather old very fast, and I found myself skimming through sections featuring the protagonist and reading intently the other characters' adventures!
I think the main weakness also is that the protagonist is simply not as endearing as the other characters. While the author continually tries to convince you that the protagonist is "right" (most of the time) and the others who think he is too idealistic are "wrong", you end up agreeing with the other characters. Though I suppose readers who are pacifists who truly believe violence is never the answer may like it.
One of the main enemies, the Reavers, are also a very interesting creation. In the 3rd book we start to learn more about them.
Despite its flaws it is still interesting and a fun read, and I recommend it.
R.I.P. to an outstanding writer.
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Although the story is fairly standard fantasy stuff there are two things that really stand out;
1) The magic system, whereby people can be empowered by taking enhancements from people - making the person recieving the the enhancement more powerful but leaving the donor a wreck. At times this can be quite horrific or saddenning, depending on the situation, whether the enhancement is taken by force or freely given and as a plot device it is really well used.
2) The description of the world. Right from the very first page this land jumps off the page. It feels real and alive. For me, this makes a story all the more enjoyable.
All in all, quality storytelling and characterisation, set in a believable land - It took me a while to start this series but I'm really glad I did.
Been a few years since I first read it but the concept stayed with me. Great read second time round.