Runelords

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,134 ratings

The Sum of All Men Publisher's Summary

David Farland's acclaimed Runelords series introduces a world where the social structure is based upon the magical exchange of "endowments" such as stamina, grace, and wit. The Runelords are those who receive these endowments from their vassals, becoming superhuman in exchange for the responsibility of caring for those they have deprived of strength, or beauty, or sight.

Young Prince Gaborn of Mystarria is traveling in disguise on a journey to ask for the hand of the lovely Princess Iome of Sylvarresta. Armed with his gifts of strength and perception, the prince and his bodyguard stop at a local tavern, where they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome's father. As they race to warn the king, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk - the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

©1998 David Farland (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Sum of All Men

    • The Runelords, Book One
    • By: David Farland
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 978
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 736
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 744

    Young Prince Gaborn of Mystarria is traveling in disguise on a journey to ask for the hand of the lovely Princess Iome of Sylvarresta. Armed with his gifts of strength and perception, the prince and his bodyguard stop at a local tavern, where they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome's father. As they race to warn the king, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk - the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A world of interesting magics and moral choices.

    • By Lore on 04-02-12

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 2

    • Brotherhood of the Wolf

    • The Runelords, Book Two
    • By: David Farland
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 625
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 458
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 469

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating

    • By Jake on 06-07-09

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 3

    • Wizardborn

    • The Runelords, Book Three
    • By: David Farland
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 448
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 357

    Wizardborn continues the story of the struggle of Gaborn, now the Earth King, who has lost his powers but continues to lead his people. He must contend with the threat of the huge, inhuman Reavers, whose myriads Gaborn and his forces must now pursue across the nation. It has become Gaborn's fate to follow, even into the depths.

    Raj Ahten, the great warlord endowed with the strength and qualities of thousands of men, once the primary threat to Gaborn, now struggles to retain his own empire.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • keeps up fast pace

    • By JoR on 03-05-11

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 4

    • The Lair of Bones

    • The Runelords, Book 4
    • By: David Farland
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 393
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 326

    Prince Gaborn, the Earth King, has defeated the forces arrayed against him each time before: the magical and human forces marshaled by Raj Ahten, who seeks immortality at any cost and has given up his humanity in trade; and the inhuman, innumerable, insectile hordes of the giant Reavers from under the Earth, whose unknowable motives are inimical to human life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A very good ending to the series

    • By Adnan on 01-02-11

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 5

    • Sons of the Oak

    • Runelords, Book 5
    • By: David Farland
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 218

    The story picks up eight years after the events of Lair of Bones and begins a new chapter in the Runelords saga focusing on Gaborn’s son, Fallion. Gaborn, the Earth King, has been traveling far from his home, to strange and unknown places. While beyond the edge of the earth, he finally succumbs to accelerated aging, the price of all the endowments he has taken. His death is the signal for a revolution, an attack from the supernatural realms by immensely powerful immortal beings.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Probably one of the best in the entire series

    • By Dacon on 06-21-16

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 6

    • Worldbinder

    • Runelords, Book 6
    • By: David Farland
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    After the events of Sons of the Oak, Fallion and Jaz, the sons of the great Earth King Gaborn, are living as fugitives in their own kingdom, newly invaded and secretly controlled by supernatural beings of ultimate evil. The sons are hiding until they can regain their rightful places in the land. Fallion seems destined to heal the world and feels the supernatural calling to act. When he summons his powers to do so, though, two entire worlds collapse into one, and every living thing in both worlds is transformed into an entirely new being - yet still somehow the same. Evil is certainly still the same - and may have influenced all of this for a terrible purpose.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Farland hits the reset button.

    • By Lore on 02-03-14

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 7

    • The Wyrmling Horde

    • Runelords, Book 7
    • By: David Farland
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    At the end of Worldbinder, Fallion Orden, son of Gaborn, was imprisoned on a strange and fantastic world that he created by combining two alternate realities. It’s a world brimming with dark magic and ruled by a creature of unrelenting evil, one who is gathering monstrous armies from a dozen planets in a bid to conquer the universe.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a good story line continues

    • By Kenneth Foster on 07-05-16

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 8

    • Chaosbound

    • The Eighth Book of the Runelords
    • By: David Farland
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    The world of the Runelords has been combined by magic with another one parallel it, the beginning of a process that may unify all worlds into the one true world. This story picks up after the events of The Wyrmling Horde and follows two of Farland’s well-known heroes, Borenson and Myrrima, on a quest to save their devastated land and the people of the new world from certain destruction. But the land is not the only thing that has been altered forever: In the change, Borenson has merged with a mighty and monstrous creature from the other world, Aaath Ulber.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent but....

    • By PowderRiverRose on 12-24-14
    • The Eighth Book of the Runelords
    • By: David Farland
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 07-01-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 140 ratings

    Regular price: $23.07