The Runelords by David Farland
The Sum Of All Men (, Book 1)

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The first book of an epic heroic fantasy. Young Prince Gabon, a Runelord prince who has received endowments of strength and perception, encounters many adventures as he travels in disguise to the fiefdom of King Sylvarresta to ask for the hand of the king's daughter in marriage.
 

About David Farland

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DAVID FARLAND lives in Saint George, Utah.
 
Published July 1, 1998 by Tor Books : Tom Doherty Associates. 479 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gaborn’s father, Orden, gathers an army at Castle Longmot to defy Raj Ahten’s frowth giants, flameweavers, and nomen, but after a terrible struggle Raj Ahten defeats Orden in single combat and razes Longmot by the power of his Voice alone.

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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.

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However, this novel is vitally important to the structure of the series, even if it isn't the most exciting book in the series.

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The Bookbag

Summary: The continuing saga of Fallion Orden's quest to recreate the One True World, thus saving all the shadow world fragments from the evil that stalks them.

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Summary: A fast paced fantasy spanning the continents and oceans of the Runelords world, as the young prince begins to discover the powers within him and resist those without.

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SF Site

For example, a common man can grant his strength to his Runelord, living out his days as weak as a baby, while the Runelord becomes twice as strong.

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SFFWorld.com

Submitted by tony (Jan 11, 2001) I am 16 years old , my mother is really into Jordan's wheel of time series but about 3 years ago she found "The Sum Of All Men" the first part in the Runelord series she read it and liked it a lot , I was reading the Wheel of Time series and waiting for the next ...

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SFFWorld.com

After reading the reviews it seemed a good read, interesting in the least and I must admit it was great in the beginning and halfway through the book I had actually already bought the second book in the series, wanting to get right on with my reading after I finished the first.

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(Dec 12, 2002) A joy to read and easy to comprehend, David Farland weaves a story of heroism and glory accompanied by dark deeds and cold-blooded murder.

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CNN.com

This passage follows Gaborn's oath to honor the runelords' oldest traditions, taking gifts of power only from those who offer them freely: Iome looked back to Gaborn's face, and found herself wanting to memorize it, to hold this moment in her memory.

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