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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,360 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Farland Narrator: Ray Porte Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Runelords Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Farland once again proves himself a wizard at storytelling…This latest is certain to summon past readers of the series back to bookstores.”

    Publisher's Weekly

  • “Ray Porter keeps the battles fresh with a tone of wonder as the events unfold. He uses pace effectively to vary the intensity of the battles and to show the vulnerability and humanity of Gaborn and his allies. Porter narrates as a historian, with subtle clues to his biases and prejudices, but a general dedication to telling the story objectively.”


  • “The author’s inventive approach to magic and his skill at depicting complex, believable characters make this tale a good choice.”

    Library Journal

  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this booka lot, it has an interesting system of majic and the pace of the book is good. I am lloking forwards to the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by William Campbell | 1/30/2014

    " One of the freshest fantasy books I'd read in a long time. An unusual magic system, driving story, and unexpected ending made for a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Neil | 1/14/2014

    " I remember really enjoying this book, the first in its series. The magic system was pretty fascinating, and the characters were interesting, if not always memorable. The first trilogy stayed interesting to me, but I didn't really enjoy the later ones much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kenneth Geary | 1/10/2014

    " This is a decent start into a great series, a lot of people complain that it is slow but as a start to a nine book series i think it builds a good foundation. The magic system is unique and awesome. "

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