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Summary

David Farland delivers the second in his high fantasy Runelords series, featuring a complex system of magic and a wondrous, expertly realized world.

Raj Ahten, ruler of Indhopal, has used enough forcibles to transform himself into the ultimate warrior: the Sum of All Men. Ahten seeks to bring all of humanity under his rule, destroying anyone in his path. But young Prince Gaborn has fulfilled a 2000-year-old prophecy and become the Earth King, a mythic figure who can unleash the forces of the Earth itself. He has managed to drive off Raj Ahten, but Ahten is far from defeated.

Striking at far-flung cities and fortresses, Ahten seeks to draw out the Earth King from his seat of power and to crush him. But as they weaken each other's forces in battle, the armies of an ancient and implacable inhuman enemy issue forth from the very bowels of the Earth.

©1999 David Farland (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Substantial plotting, inventive magics, and enough fighting to gratify the most bloodthirsty fan." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Farland's action-packed climax is gripping...." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 23-01-17

THE DAYS

ENDOWMENTS
If you liked book one, you should like this. If you did not like book one, this you will not like. I should have liked both books. Stealing other people's endowments, metabolism, glamour, strength, stamina etc... sounds right down my alley. I think it might have been if there had been less explaining. David Farland isn't any better a writer than Dave Wolverton. Farland/Woverton has some great ideas, just needs less splaining, Lucy.

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He could not save this book, but he helped.

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  • Jake
  • 07-06-09

Captivating

This is a great book, its quite a bit better than the first and really serves to flesh out the world and magic, whereas the first book is mostly constrained to a small area of a single country this one wanders around quite a bit. The entire plot of this book takes place in the span of just over a week, starting immediately from where the first book left off - yet so much happens that there is never a dull moment.

The only problem with this series is that it turns out their are 8 of them in total, with the latest one to be published in October of this year (2009), and as of this review only the first two books exist in audio format. So if you want a series you can read strait through you might want to stick these on your wish list for now and check back later. This is definitely one to pick up though, the scope and quality are nearly on par with authors like Robert Jordan - and I truly don't say that lightly.

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  • Leowahine
  • 15-05-15

Don't do it!

This book is filled with such one dimensional characters ("I can't let the life of my unborn child keep me from saving my people"?!?!), that it made me gag. The bad guys are ridiculously bad and the good guys are so Dudley Dooright that not one ounce of dark is in there to give them any spice! BOOORRINGGG! I had high hopes for this book because the first book in this series was actually pretty good. I should have stopped there... The anticipation of a good book was , in this case, better than the book itself.
Don't waste your credit. You'd do better to go check out Jim Butcher, or Brandon Sanderson.

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  • Scott
  • 01-03-13

The epic continues

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this audiobook would be easy to recommend to a friend. The audiobook/book unlike some others is not a disappointment when the first book is so intriguing and interesting as "Sum of All Men."

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roland Boreson and Spring were both introduced in this installment of "The Runelords" these characters bring a new threat and heroism to the series all at the same time.

Which scene was your favorite?

The introduction of Spring and the Averan eating the brains of a dead Reaver and getting its memories. This is a whole big bag of unknown good or bad or other worms.

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  • Blane
  • 22-05-09

OK but not captivating.

I listened to both of Farland's Runelord books and just found something lacking. The story is fine but I just didn't care about the characters. The plot progressed but Farland needed to step back and help me know the characters and the world better. I don't know if I care enough about the story to read or listen to his next book.

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  • Caleb
  • 02-11-17

An OK Book

I picked up the second book because the end of the first book caught my attention. The author writes well enough, and does a good job at giving the characters/villains depth. The magic system is quite unique. However, the uniqueness really wore off in the second book.

The author really seems to have a formula for each of the first two books. Taking a very slow trudging pace for the first 2/3 of the book, then it gets more interesting the last third. However, I found much of detail of the book repetitive and uninteresting. The book is long, but not in a good way. The time investment for these books doesn't seem to be quite there for the investment. The author could have cut the book by at least a third, and have it be much better. This book didn't hold any surprises for the reader, or mystery, and the plot was too predictable. Not sure if I'll pick up the third.

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  • Tony
  • 25-04-17

nice

great build to the impressive resolution of book one, while opening the door to book three.

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  • Bobby Williams
  • 19-03-17

Great Continuation of a Riveting Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly recommendable because David Farland spares nothing in this book. Action, remorse, love, hatred, suspense, power... all were used in this book and all were used to the fullest of each words' meanings. If you are picking it up after "Sum of All Men," then you are not going to want to stop until you finished it, and then your mouth with gape. If you are picking it up just in general, you are going to be left with your gaping as you go back and read on the back story to this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brotherhood of the Wolf?

The most memorable moment of the story for me was the battle for Carris. You really get a full breath of how war in medieval times may have been, especially when you add multipliers with the addition the Great Powers and Reavers. Every character in this story is not spared some kind of gift or curse, and you are left wondering what they are going to do next after such an intense struggle.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is no way to say which scene was my favorite, as all the scenes in the story offered something that made you think, or wonder, or cringe.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Let's just say that there are parts in this story that will make you cringe and want to scream, "That's just not cool!"

Any additional comments?

I met David Farland at the Denver Comic Con back in 2014. As a struggling writer, he allowed me to ask some advice, and gave me some help books, however I was not familiar with his work. Now that I have read the first two books in the Runelord series, as well as his writing help books, I feel ashamed that I didn't learn of his writings sooner. He delivers great resonance with all other books in the genre, and the writing would make any movie that could be made of it outside of my imagination unworthy of its gift of storytelling. Once you pick this series up, you will not be disappointed, and not want to put it down. Ok, maybe you will, but only because you are moving on to the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-16

Amazing sequel

the sequel continued the amazing adventure that i was having in this fantasy world. it is by far one of the best fiction stories of all time.

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  • melody verm
  • 20-07-15

really good greatly worded 5outof 5 stars amazin

i loved it

the bear in the tree story is the best moment so good