The Sum of All Men (The Runelords, Book One)

The first book of the saga of The 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. Armed with his gifts of strength and perception, Prince Gaborn and his warrior bodyguard stop in a local tavern along the way. Immediately, they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome’s father. As the prince and his bodyguard race to warn the king of this impending danger, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk, the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.


David Farland is derivative of no one, yet he writes within a tradition that is as old as storytelling. The tale is set in heroic times, in a land glimpsed only from a distance, but serves only to clarify and magnify tales that are also true for us in our relentlessly unheroic times.
—Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author of the Ender’s Saga.

David Farland is the single greatest discovery of my professional career!” —Algis Budrys

The world of fantasy has a new king. David Farland is already one of the best fantasy writers there has ever been!” —John Jarrold

The Runelords is that rare book that will remind you why you started reading fantasy in the first place.” —Paul Hughes

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.” —Terry Brooks, #1 New York Times Bestselling fantasy author

Book categories: Fantasy and The Runelords