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Publisher's 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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  • Jake
  • 07-06-2009

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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  • Bobby Williams
  • 19-03-2017

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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  • Scott
  • 01-03-2013

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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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 23-01-2017

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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  • Leowahine
  • 15-05-2015

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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  • Jazzmin Bechtel
  • 26-08-2021

Unique yet feels classic

This was a great listen. I struggled to finish for some reason but I found just interesting enough. Somehow I still loved it and will be listening to book three.

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  • Joe
  • 13-07-2021

Really wanted to like it.

Okay. Imagine Hitler or Stalin just wiped out tens of thousands of your countrymen, your family, severely harmed you and your loved ones, and then in the act of trying to kill you and the remainder of those you care about, gets severely hurt and is at your mercy. You have several volunteers who would end this threat forever, chomping at the bit to end him. As leader of the free world, what do you do? Let him go? Yeah, me neither. I believe in peace when you can have it, but absolute evil threats? It is not justice to choose not to eliminate it when you can. That and the characters were mostly pretty shallow. After the good start with the first book, this one was less than hoped for.

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  • vko
  • 02-07-2021

excellent

definitely loving the books so far. I'm probably going a bit too fast through the them in anticipation of the next scene... some subtleties are missed, but for me this story is just right.

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  • Mitch McGlaughlin
  • 18-06-2021

Good book

This book in the series seems like it could have been a lot shorter, sometimes it dragged on without much purpose. I still like the story, but if you are looking for an action hero this series is not for you.

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  • spencer labbe
  • 05-06-2021

Don’t waste your time

It’s fine. But not worth paying money for. Spoiler below.
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I’m probably nearly 20 chapters in and Gaborn hasn’t done shit. Raj atahn has already conquered pretty much all of his home land and he is only now leaving sylveresta. He literally hasn’t moved at all leaving us with several new character intros that are equally as boring, and word of all the bad stuff going on while he just sits there not even taking any endowments.

I have speeded up the audiobook to 1.3x to try and get through it but if I wasn’t so bored I wouldn’t bother.

Others can explain the plot holes and pieces that make this series bad writing but I could care less about that. I don’t mind reading bad writing so long as there is action and characters who have sensible responses. I got that barely from the first book but not at all from this one yet.

Maybe it gets better but it should have already done so by ch 20.

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  • Tomas Petrén
  • 02-06-2020

Much better than the first.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with the second book in the series since I found the first one lacking, but I'm glad I did. Better pacing a much better flow. Will not hesitate to continue on to the next one.

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