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Brotherhood of the Wolf (Runelords) (edição: 2000)

de David Farland

Séries: The Runelords (2)

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David Farland delivers the second in his high fantasy Runelords series, featuring a complex system of magic and a wondrous, expertly realized world. 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 two-thousand-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. Striking at far-flung cities and fortresses, Ahten seeks to draw out the Earth King from his seat of power and to crush him. But as they weaken each other's forces in battle, the armies of an ancient and implacable inhuman enemy issue forth from the very bowels of the Earth.… (mais)
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Título:Brotherhood of the Wolf (Runelords)
Autores:David Farland
Informação:Earthlight (2000), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 608 pages
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Great second volume of this fantasy story that packs a lot of story line into just a couple of days. This book keeps going with most of the characters we met in the first volume but introduces some interesting new ones that I hope will become even more important in the next one - especially the female characters. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
You could cut out 300 pages worth of this book if the author hadn’t felt the need to constantly remind the reader of how many endowments one person had every single time it came up. I know who has what and how many and who has none, it got so ridiculous that I started tuning it out. It’s actually making me hate the magic system, it’s not complex but the author treats it like it is with the constant reminders of how it works.

Overall this particular book was so drab and boring and just filled with nothing. Even the fights at the end were boring because it was all written in a ‘explain how the fight will go’ method instead of just having the fight happen.

I blacked out most of what happened in the middle because it was just so boring.

Also I am SO SICK OF HEARING ABOUT THE GREEN WOMAN’S BREASTS!! for goodness sake it is such an unnecessary description, it adds nothing to her character. I was hoping it would stop but no it only increased so I can tell what’s gonna happen in the next couple of volumes.

The only thing I liked about this book was Roland. ( )
  SweetKokoro | Jul 31, 2020 |
In a perfect world, I believe these novels should have been published as novellas. The end of book 2 is actually the end of "book" 8 and as far as I can tell, all of the Runelords Saga is one long story. I'm guessing, of course, but it feels very focused and quite epic.

It kinda has to be. The tale of the Sum of All Men and the Earth King deserves no less. Some strategies, much more along the way of consolidating or losing power, this particular book culminates in a massive uprising of monstrous Reavers that threaten both sides and all of humanity.

The epic battle is just that: epic. Very enjoyable. Massive. Bloody. :)

That being said, I now appreciate just how much I love Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle. There's a lot of similarities between these. But if you like the Demon Cycle, I'm pretty sure you'd love Farland's Runelords. With all that entails.

My only problem is with the direction of the plot at the end. Am I happy that it had to go this way? Not really. I mean, it may turn out pretty awesome, but hamstringing the Earth King made me a little pissed.

Fortunately, I'm pretty gung-ho about learning how these books will rectify that. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
The more I think about this book, the less sure I am that I liked it. All that talk of eating reavers and drinking blood just makes me feel a little bit ill. And it just took so long for everything to happen. I can't believe the entire book took place over the course of about a week. I didn't really like the way that Farland organized the book. I always had to backtrack whenever I got to a new character, and that is not only annoying, but also a bit confusing.

However, because I am such an avid reader, I am determined to stick the series out to the end. (At least the first four books, anyway.) Every series has to has a transition book—I'm hoping that this book was it. Everyone is still trying to figure out what the heck they are doing. That is why I wish time would go by a little bit faster. It would be nice if weeks would go by in just a few paragraphs. It just seems a bit unrealistic that worlds could change so vastly in a week. The series starts with just rumors of the legendary reavers, but a week later they are attacking by the thousands. And Gaborn needs to accept that he can't save everyone. He's starting to get on my nerves.

Let me just say that this book left much to be desired. But I still have high hopes for the next book. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 1, 2016 |
Raj Ahtan has fled from Gaborn Val Orden, the prophesied and ascendant Earth King. Tricked on the field of battle by a ruse, Ahtan is far from vanquished. Bolstered by the strength, speed, stamina, charisma, and beauty of thousands of men, he moves to strike at where Gaborn is weakest, to tear down the kingdoms of Rofehaven from within. But while Ahtan works to lure Gaborn into a trap, Gaborn realizes a greater enemy is threatening, and designs a plan that he hopes will ally Ahtan with him against this foe.

Taking place over the course of just a few days, [b:Brotherhood of the Wolf|144112|Brotherhood of the Wolf (Runelords, #2)|David Farland|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1400630733s/144112.jpg|1166994] picks up right where [b:The Sum of All Men|144127|The Sum of All Men (Runelords #1)|David Farland|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388196460s/144127.jpg|139049] left off without breaking stride. Gaborn is grappling with the ramifications of becoming the Earth King, as well as his marriage to Iome Sylvarresta, the daughter of the late King Jas Laren Sylvarresta. Determined not to use forcibles to increase his strength and power, Gaborn finds himself at an immediate disadvantage to Ahtan's super human abilities, not to mention vulnerable to any who does not share his qualms.

It is an ongoing source of dissonance for Gaborn: he sees the slavery and debilitation caused when ever one man gives his abilities to another, but is faced with an enemy that is prepared to end not just humanity but all life on the earth. Should he accept the endowments of other men to become strong enough for the coming battle, or should he rely on his new found abilities as the Earth King? With the selection by the Earth, though, comes responsibility above those of other men, and Gaborn must weigh the future of all men as he makes his decisions.

With how short a time as passes during the novel, events unfold at a breakneck pace. If only Farland would move his text as fast. Not atypical for an epic fantasy, Brotherhood clocks in at nearly 700 pages. Frequently I found myself wondering if a few of those pages weren't unnecessary to the story.

The result is that Farland develops his characters more than might otherwise be possible in such a short period of time. The length of the novel lends itself to more viewpoints than a shorter story might allow, and shows the reader a broader vision of the events unfolding. While the story never drags--per se--a faster paced story might have spent less time with each view point.

If The Sum of All Men was intended to introduce the main protagonist and antagonist of The Runelords series, then Brotherhood feels like a pulling back of the curtain. The threat to Rofehaven and the entire world is far greater than anything introduced in The Sum of All Men, and Farland takes advantage of the opportunity to hint at the scope of his series by introducing side plots, new abilities to what initially appeared to be small characters, and expanding his system of magic beyond the initial forcibles/endowments magic introduced in the first book.

Picking up a thick novel is always a risky endeavor. The time investment is long, and the pay-off may be a long time in coming. In the end, Farland provides, however, delivering a denouement that satisfies his promises, if not perfectly, at least satisfactorily. It's a worthy successor to The Sum of All Men and continuation of The Runelords' series. I ran into Farland at the Salt Lake FanXperience in April and picked up [b:Wizardborn|144109|Wizardborn (Runelords, #3)|David Farland|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388210779s/144109.jpg|1270521] from him there. I look forward to following where he takes Gaborn, Iome, Ahtan, and the rest of his growing cast next. ( )
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David Farland delivers the second in his high fantasy Runelords series, featuring a complex system of magic and a wondrous, expertly realized world. 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 two-thousand-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. Striking at far-flung cities and fortresses, Ahten seeks to draw out the Earth King from his seat of power and to crush him. But as they weaken each other's forces in battle, the armies of an ancient and implacable inhuman enemy issue forth from the very bowels of the Earth.

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