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on 20 January 2013
Brotherhood of the Wolf is the second installment within the magnificent Runelords series, which exceeds all expectations with its complexity of plot and depth. Exquisite storytelling that is so absorbing and compelling, David Farland puts the `epic' in fantasy with his remarkable and totally original creation. Detailed, realistic and cleverly crafted the scope of world-building is just astonishing as to amaze whilst the character-study is fascinating. This stunning book is a delight to behold and kept me awake for hours reading into the early hours of the morning, not able to tear my gaze away from the pages that had enchanted me. This page-turner is a book that you will find extremely hard to put down, with such profound intensity and electric tension as to have you rooted to the spot!

Wolf Lord against the Earth King: the epic struggle begun in `The sum of all men' continues...

Gaborn has managed to drive off Raj Ahten, but the Wolf Lord is far from defeated. Striking at far-flung cities and fortresses and killing dedicates, Ahten seeks to draw out the Earth King from his seat of power, in order to crush him. But Gaborn is about to discover that his enemy is far from the brutal conqueror he imagined him to be. It seems that Raj Ahten has a very good reason for what he does - indeed, they may well be on the same side.
Still, an alliance seems unlikely and as they weaken each other's forces in battle, the armies of an ancient and implacable enemy issue forth from the very bowels of the Earth.

Just when you think you know the enemy and have grasped the plot, then David Farland incorporates another unexpected twist in the tale that shocks and intrigues you! It is not the enemies that we can see but what lurks in the shadows; those who are more powerful and deadly than you could have ever imagined will come forth...Fast-paced and full of heated conflict, bloodthirsty battles and significant events that change the course of the future this is a tale like no other and of such mighty magnitude as to astonish. This rare sweeping fantasy classic is so impressive and like nothing else you will encounter within this genre, hence I highly recommend it as an engrossing read! Amidst the bloodstained action, the interesting characters and the power-play between good and evil, this book will remind you why you started reading fantasy in the first place.

This fantastic, amazing book is a must-read for any fan of fantasy, sword and sorcery and those who enjoy the `old-style' of fantasy (such as works by authors like Robin Hobb, Tolkien and Raymond E Feist and not forgetting Kate Elliot whose style is similar). A book to loose yourself within and one that will leave you wanting to read on and find out what happens next in book 3...
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on 17 November 2003
This is the second book in the series, which is roughly divided into two parts, the first four parts with Gaborn and the later parts, picking up with Gaborn's son. It picks up the story where Sum of All Men left of, that means that this book can not be read as a stand alone.

Farland's writing is good, and even though he does not always have an eye for detail, that is not something you miss in his stories but instead it keeps him from explaining too much and it keeps the story going.
What is striking is that he likes to work with certain 'fantasy' stereotypes and then alter/twist them: f.i. some women are stunningly beautiful simply because they 'steal' beauty from other people by means of 'runes'. The whole series revolves around these runes, since these are a magical means that allows to transfer certain physical traits from one person to the next: traits such as beauty, strength and so forth.

Brotherhood of the Wolf is fastpaced, easy to read, and an entertaining storyline with more than one 'hero'.
I will present a few 'teasers' below, but I wil not present any spoilers.
A few new plot lines are added, which spices things up, such as the relationship with the other surrounding kingdoms and the Reaver storyline is told about in more detail: they become a real threat in this book.
Nice touch is that Gaborn just seems not ready to be Earthking and Raj Ahten seems so invincible that there is no way of stopping him, which, of course, leads to shifting alliances.

And in the end: all is set for book three and the conclusion in book four.
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on 17 September 2013
I dug the first book in this series out of a pile at the local tip and thoroughly enjoyed it - although it was difficult to understand all the unusual terms at first but it soon drew me in. I went hunting for the second book on Amazon and was surprised to discover that there were at least another 6 or 7 books in the series. The copy I received was nearly like new and an equally good read. I am now looking out for the 3rd book.
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on 18 July 2013
The second book in the series continues the good work of the first, and while a few of the characters are a little slow in their development still add value and interest to the story.

If you enjoyed the first book then you won't be disappointed by this one. Fingers crossed the 3rd is as good!
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on 15 November 2011
David Farland has achieved that level of excellence that any writer of an ongoing series strives for, that is each volume just gets better & Better. Having not long since read his 8th volume in the Runelord series all I can say is that the 9th is set to run headlong into new depths of Fantasy.
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on 1 March 2011
Like these books but its starting to look like it could be a never ending story. The plot hasnt progressed that far and there appears to be 8 or 9 books in the series not sure I will continue with this for that reason alone.
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on 11 September 2000
I read this book in 5 days time. Very hard to put down.
Many fantasy writers bring nothing new to the fantasy genre. Farland comes with something completely new - In this fantasy world it is possible to give a person's endowments (sight, metabolism, brawn, wit etc...) to another.
Farland takes this new ability and builds a world around it.
In my perception it is this innovativeness (I hope that is correct english) that distinguishes the good writers from the 'not so good'.
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on 5 May 1999
The first book of the series showed an author who had a lot of good new ideas and a thorough grasp of the internal logic involved.This second book continues to develop the ideas and at the same time provides a gripping and entertaining read.Thoroughly recommended.
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on 1 March 2009
I enjoyed this book but was a little confused by the title. The previous book was about the coming of the Earth King so I thought the wolves in question would be animals. All in all an excellent book which keeps you guessing all the way through.
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on 16 October 2014
An excellent continuation of the first book, full of unexpected twists, and setting up new characters (that I know come in later books) having read 5 6 & 7 before buying no one!
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