The Sum of All Men (The Runelords, #1)
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The Sum of All Men

by David Farland
Release date: 1998
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy

Four days before Hostenfest, the young Prince Gaborn Val Orden enters the city of Bannisferre incognito. He is expected to marry the Crown Princess, Iome, to cement their lands alliance, but soon events overtake such plans.

Raj Ahten, Wolf Lord of the Southern Lands, is invading the Northern kingdoms of Rofehaven to increase his power bas as a prelude to facing the barbarian hordes of Inkarra. To the northerners there seems little difference between the two enemies. Before there is time for old alliances to be reforged – or for a new alliances to be born – Raj Ahten has taken an entire kingdom and is moving northward... thanks to the "endowments" of wit, brawn and glamour he has drawn vampire-lile, from the conquered masses.

Gaborn and Iome are amongst those who continue to oppose Raj Ahten's seemingly unstoppable conquest as a world goes to war and the powers of the Earth King are woken...

(updated 2016-09-10)

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David Farland's The Sum of All Men is the first book of the long running The Runelords saga. I know that this book is anything but perfect, but it was nice to read a bit different kind of epic fantasy for a change. The world and the plot is interesting, but the writing is a bit weak and it's easy to see that Farland isn't used to writing high fantasy. The Sum of All Men is a readable (but not enjoyable) fantasy book and the events move forward with a fast pace. In my opinion Farland ... (more)
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