The Sum of All Men by David Farland audiobook

The Sum of All Men

By David Farland
Read by Ray Porter

Blackstone Publishing 9780812541625

The Runelords Series: Book 1

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David Farland’s acclaimed Runelords series introduces a world where the social structure is based upon the magical exchange of “endowments” such as stamina, grace, and wit. The Runelords are those who receive these endowments from their vassals, becoming superhuman in exchange for the responsibility of caring for those they have deprived of strength, or beauty, or sight. Young Prince Gaborn 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, the prince and his bodyguard stop at a local tavern, where they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome’s father. As they race to warn the king, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk—the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

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Summary

Summary

David Farland’s acclaimed Runelords series introduces a world where the social structure is based upon the magical exchange of “endowments” such as stamina, grace, and wit. The Runelords are those who receive these endowments from their vassals, becoming superhuman in exchange for the responsibility of caring for those they have deprived of strength, or beauty, or sight.

Young Prince Gaborn 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, the prince and his bodyguard stop at a local tavern, where they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome’s father. As they race to warn the king, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk—the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Farland once again proves himself a wizard at storytelling…This latest is certain to summon past readers of the series back to bookstores.” Publisher's Weekly
“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.” AudioFile
“The author’s inventive approach to magic and his skill at depicting complex, believable characters make this tale a good choice.” Library Journal
“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

Reviews

Reviews

by Andrei 9/13/2017
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Starts ok, becomes boring towards the end

Ok story and ideas, however i hated the writing: the author feels like he needs to re-iterate over everything that the characters think or do from every angle, over and over again. What could be said in 1 sentence stretches over entire paragraphs, with every character action being explained or justified in excruciating detail.
by Michael1 9/13/2017
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Was Ok

This is one of those books that, for me, took a long time to get going, and after it did, still flirted with regressing back to mediocrity for most of the book. Then about 2/3 through the book, after many days of frustration, I finally reached a point where I wanted to read rather shuffle my feet through the pages. And for that last third, I was able to enjoy the book. Despite that, I'm not sure I want to continue reading the series, and I am finally glad that I am done with this book. Nevertheless, I'm giving this book three stars out of five, mostly for the last third which I enjoyed alot.

Author

Author Bio: David Farland

Author Bio: David Farland

David Farland is the pseudonym of Dave Wolverton, an American author of fantasy fiction who lives in Utah with his wife and five children. He was a budding author during his college years but came to prominence when he won the Writers of the Future L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award for On My Way to Paradise in 1987. He has achieved much renown in the science fiction field, but fans may know him best as the author of Star Wars novels; The Courtship of Princess Leia was met with acclaim from critics and readers alike and became a New York Times bestselling novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 21.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English