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Subject: David Farland - Runelords - opinions on this series?
Date Posted: 6/5/2009 4:38 PM ET
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Has anyone read the Runelords series?  Can I get your thoughts on it?  I'm looking for a new series and have never read any of this one.


Date Posted: 6/8/2009 10:23 PM ET
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I read the first one. I hated it. It was depressing and sad and hopeless, imo. Other reviews I saw were all "oh, this is gritty, if you like 'reality' in your fantasy, this is for you. No happy endings", etc, etc.

I haven't read any others. Hopefully someone who had a good experience with the series as a whole will be able to counter my bad experience :-)

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 3:09 AM ET
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i had acquired the first two or three in this series, then heard enough bad things about it that i got rid of them unread.

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 7:25 AM ET
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Doesn't sound like my kind of thing.  Its had enough that George Martin kills off everyone I like, lol.  Maybe I better pass on these books.  I don't mind a little "gritty reality" but I do prefer a happy ending!

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 3:46 PM ET
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I started the first book, but put it down halfway through. I liked the magic system, but I was upset that he ripped off "Ozymandius" by Percy Shelley. I never finished it. The writing wasn't very spectacular, either.

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 11:52 PM ET
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Actually I liked the first 3 books.

I don't think it is that depressing, and it progresses well.  After like book 4 tho, it changes characters and style and to be honest, never got around to book 7.  But the first three are interesting.  And yes some people are going to die, but if you go through the end of the first 4 books, you end up getting to a happier spot.   However the system of magic is neat, and the moral implications and discussions are very enjoyable.


Date Posted: 6/10/2009 5:39 PM ET
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I enjoyed the first book in the series but just couldn't get into book 2, so I got rid of the rest. That might not have been the fault of the books though.

In May I started, and couldn't finish, a number of books: Flight of the Nighthawks by Raymond E. Feist, Impossible Odds by Dave Duncan, Childe Morgan by Katherine Kurtz, The Bakers Boy by J.V.Jones, Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson and Magyk by Angie Sage.  Maybe I just need a break from fantasy.LOL

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 1:34 PM ET
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actually, just started reading the series; the first was such I wasn't sure that I wanted to go forward; but I am happy that I did; it's kind of like George Martin's books: I wasn't sure that I would even enjoy the book (fire and ice) but was glad I stuck with them; just very sad that Martin has never bothered to finish the series; as his others are quite uninteresting; wish he would pass off to another author like Patterson does;

I am now reading Son's of the Oak: some books in the series areĀ better than others; but that is the same in any series; Haydon's series I enjoyed tho had to "wade" thru a lot of words: and in my opinion she should have stopped (finished) one of the books way before she finally did; never did get the 4th; in my opinion she should have gone on to a different series;

Runelords is different in that a couple of characters remain in them, but new ones are added; that is what makes it interesting to me;

I did read Kate Forsyth's "witch" series: and again, some of the books were better than others; but it was definitely worth reading;