I read the first of the Runelords series by David Farland a week ago, and I thought it was a lot of fun. “But wait,” you say, “didn’t you go to a class he taught in Dallas? You hadn’t read his book before then?” He has a lot of books! I’d read Million Dollar Outlines before I attended, and I recommend that as well. It just isn’t as fun as Runelords.
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. The pair races to warn the king of the impending danger and realizes that more than the royal family is at risk–the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.
This clip gives very little away, and I didn’t know what to expect going into the book. It jumps right into things with a fight and intrigue as we dash about the world watching our heroes try to stop the bad guy. And he is a terrible guy, for a variety of reasons. Taking over the world is only one of them.
The setting is pretty standard fantasy fare with woods, hills, horses, swords, and kings. But the magic system sets it apart. The magic is impressive and comes with a ridiculously high cost, though not always to the user. The system that develops around it is fascinating and disturbing in some cases and left me thinking about it long after I’d set the book down.
By the way, I like woods, hills, horses, swords, and kings. I didn’t even know fantasy could exist without those things until Mistborn, so we know how I like my stories. This was right up my alley then, and I probably would have enjoyed it even with a lesser magic system.
The one problem I could identify is I cared more about some of the side characters than the main characters, which still isn’t a big issue since I still enjoyed the main characters. I found myself worried about the side characters though, perhaps because we didn’t know what they were up to all the time.
You can find it on Kindle here, and it is very reasonably priced. Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments!