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Sons of the Oak: The Fifth Book of The Runelords (Runelords, 5) Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2007
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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.
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“A resounding climax. . . . The suspense is real, the action is nonstop, and the characterizations continue to convince. . . . [this is] a series that has put Farland on high-fantasy readers' maps.” ―Booklist on The Lair of Bones
“The Runelords Saga comes to a gripping conclusion in David Farland's The Lair of Bones. . . . Fans of Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind will enjoy Farland's Runelords.” ―Romantic Times
“Sometimes truly terrifying, sometimes impossibly sweet, The Lair of Bones is a tale sure to entrance any reader. This is a superb story with deeply empathetic characters.” ―Sara Douglass
“David Farland's Runelords books are among the best fantasies on the market today.” ―Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of A Forest Of Stars and Dune: The Machine Crusade
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- Publisher : Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (August 28, 2007)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765341085
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765341082
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.09 x 6.82 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It fails on so many levels, though. These include:
1) It reads like a Children's Book. The language is simplistic, the sentences kept short. Kids are the main heroes. There's a cute Ewok-like companion for comic relief. And so forth.
2) It reads like a Children's Book with Rape. If this sentence bothers you - and it probably should - you should understand why I gave this book one star. In the first chapter, a girl child is raped by space demons and impregnated. The cute Ewok-like companion is brutally murdered and tossed overboard. And so forth.
3) Farland still can't do character development worth a damn. He has a kidnapper / child slaver suddenly reverse his opinion on child slavery with no character development why. Evil characters become good, good characters become bad, and he NEVER justifies it in the text.
4) His writing is worse in this book than in his earlier works. "The guard smiled at the children, because he knew, with their oath, that they were children no more." Ugh.
I'd recommend against the Runelords entirely, but if you've read through Lair of Bones, just stop there.