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Brotherhood of the Wolf: The Runelords, Book Two | [David Farland]

Brotherhood of the Wolf: The Runelords, Book Two

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.
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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.

What the Critics Say

"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 06-07-09
    Jake 06-07-09 Member Since 2011

    I average three books a week, but as I cannot afford to purchase that many books I frequently re-read those I already have. If you are here looking for reviews, I typically only review those books I feel particularly strongly about or have some insight that hasn't yet been posted in a review.

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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leowahine 05-15-15
    Leowahine 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-01-13
    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.

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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blane 05-22-09
    Blane 05-22-09
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    "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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ali Cross 03-28-15
    Ali Cross 03-28-15 Member Since 2014

    inetsupergrrl

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    "Pretty good"

    Wasn't OH MY GOSH BEST BOOK EVER, but it was still good. I thought it lacked a bit in editing rather than story.

    Will definitely read the next one!

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    LT 01-30-15
    LT 01-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    You won't be able to stop listening. Book one was just as good. Now I'm off to listen to book thee.

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    "Excellent, epic ,compelling!"
    What made the experience of listening to Brotherhood of the Wolf the most enjoyable?

    Great storyline. Unique plot.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Awesome


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Enthralling epic adventure!


    Any additional comments?

    Just love it. Have read first and more than halfway through second book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Riveting!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Brotherhood of the Wolf the most enjoyable?

    I've enjoyed this series for several years, but it was great to hear the characters given a voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've always been partial to Borenson, he's a badass who laughs in the face of death and taunts his foes...


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to any other of Ray Porter's performances, but I will keep my eyes open for them...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is an impossibility. Most of my audible books are over 24 hours long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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