Praise for The Runelords
“This rich, complex page-turner features a likeable protagonist and a fascinating new fantasy world.”
“The intriguing hook behind Farland’s first novel—and launch of a new fantasy series—is a complex magical technology whereby abilities such as wit, brawn and stamina are transferable from person to person. The magic is basic to Farland’s story, not just painted on, and it and the society in which it plays out are rigorously and imaginatively elaborated.”
“A bloody, violent, grim saga, with thoughtfully devised magics, and a well-turned plot: overall, reasonably satisfying and involving.”
“Farland gets a prospective series off to a dynamic start with a compelling, action-packed story set in an intricate created world in which magical powers are unusual and convincing.”
“The author’s inventive approach to magic and his skill at depicting complex, believable characters make this tale a good choice for most fantasy collections.”
“A new series, set in a world of mages and earth wardens, kings and knights equitable, glamors and Voices, endowments and Dedicates, force horses and reavers. Swords flash. Cruelty abounds. Men and women obey their lords and die for it, or worse, do deeds so terrible they cannot bear to live with them. [Farland] explores the very nature of virtue and finds disturbing contradictions at the heart of every moral question. Good men and women find themselves serving evil for good reasons; people who long served evil waken and discover their honor. Love can be noble and self-sacrificing; it can be lusty and filled with pleasure.
“When I reached the end of this first volume, The Runelords, and saw grace arise from a devastating battlefield where too many great hearts lay dead, Farland had earned the tears that came to my eyes. It was not sentiment but epiphany.”
—Orson Scott Card, author of The Seventh Son
“The Runelords is a first rate tale, an epic fantasy that more than delivers on its promise. Read it soon and treat yourself to an adventure you won’t forget.”
“In The Runelords David Farland has created a vivid, detailed, different world that becomes perfectly believable. The characters are real, the action fast, and the sum a brilliant and engrossing novel.”
—David Drake, author of The Lord of the Isles
"With The Runelords, David Farland breaks new ground in fantasy fiction and
wakes up anyone who thought they'd read everything the genre had to offer.
Definitely a new name to watch in the field."
—Kevin J. Anderson
“David Farland is a consummate stylist, and his characters are so alive they walk right off the page. The Runelords is a wonderful fantasy novel.”
—Robert J. Sawyer