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Farland, as I shall call the author, creates an extremely unique world, runlords for fantasy standards. There seemed to be 2 kinds of magic in this world, one was called giving endowments.

The Runelords Series by David Farland

Emotionally, it’s not as hard-hitting as it funelords to be. Magic is their source of energy. Certain works of fantasy are immediately recognizable as monuments, towering above the rest of the category. With thousands of endowments taken from other men and women he is truly a man among men and takes over Castle Sylvarresta without a single drop of blood being shed.

Runelords are constantly in conflict over power. The novel begins violently. A close approximation of the female lead. The Earth King is commonly given immense power in magics wielded by the Earth Wardens, the common wizards of the Earth. Perhaps it’s more than is wise, but say what you will, at least The Runelords isn’t one of those VLFN’s that’s got three times as many pages as it has story. While The Runelords has its share of first-volume nitpicks — it gets off to a rocky start, takes a while for its narrative intricacies to unravel — it bodes well for Farland’s career prospects in the long term.

But then it veers off into fairly arbitrary moral standards and inconsistent miracle-work okay, maybe that reinforces the christianity angle. The method of creating forcibles, and the supervision of their creation, is part of the duties of a special class of magician called a facilitator. They use basic weapons, favoring the spear most of all. The best way to slay a Reaver is to attack its brain through the mouth or the “sweet triangle”, an area on the back of the Reaver’s head where its bone-plates do not quite meet.


There was not one moment where I felt any disbelief. They are also the most technologically advanced of the extant species.

Runelords receive endowments such as strength, wit, stamina, vision, and metabolism from their subjects making them many times stronger, faster, smarter, and healthier than normal men while their subjects become derelicts, fools, and mutes. Barring that, the free will requirement can be further bent by the use of “vectors”: The Runelords is that rare book that will remind you why you started reading fantasy in the first place.

The setting is alive with details. Reavers are somewhat like insects, communicating through scents and having various “castes” which perform different functions within their “hives”, though they do not have a collective intelligence.

And I feel like screaming when a word or two is used too much. Yes, I realize that this book predates all of that, but it has the same problems, so I’m lumping it in with them.

But I would be super uncomfortable for the first little while. Of great importance to the story is its political setting.

Basically the basic jist of a Runelord is that if one man is the “lord” he can take endowments or gifts from others to increase those powers in himself ie I can endow you with my sense of sight and you will be able to see twice as well, but I will then be blind. The pair races to warn the king of the impending danger and realizes that more than the royal family is at risk–the ver Young Prince Gaborn Val Orden of Mystarria is traveling in disguise on a journey to ask for the hand of the lovely Princess Iome of Sylvarresta when he and his warrior bodyguard spot a pair of assassins who have set their sights on the princess’s father.


Their lives intertwined with purpose, and their re As a writer who reads rather critically, I often find myself guessing the ending of a book, and sighing in disappointment as the plot plays out exactly as I’d expected, or worse, falls apart into meaningless mush.

The idea is definitely original.

The whole idea that you could draw out the talents and strengths of other people to add to your own – though Raj Ahten used it as a way to make himself almost invincible – was so cool!! There is so freaking much exposition setting things up in this book that there just isn’t any room for more than a rudimentary, bare-bones plot, or any character deeper than funelords, boring, unlikeable drones that have zero personality, or reason to exist.

The Runelords

But still sort of relevant. There are three more books in this series and then an additional series with four more books. And they’re both more than fine with it. This then, is the goal of my own writing–to use davd techniques he taught so well that like well-stitched clothing, the wearer is so focused on the look and feel of the garment that they never think about seams and fasteners.