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  • Sons of the Oak

  • Runelords, Book 5
  • By: David Farland
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Summary

Certain works of fantasy are immediately recognizable as monuments, towering above the rest of the category. Those of such authors as Stephen R. Donaldson, Robert Jordan, and Terry Goodkind come immediately to mind. Add to that list David Farland, whose epic fantasy series continues in this fifth installment.

The story picks up eight years after the events of Lair of Bones and begins a new chapter in the Runelords saga focusing on Gaborn’s son, Fallion. Gaborn, the Earth King, has been traveling far from his home, to strange and unknown places. While beyond the edge of the earth, he finally succumbs to accelerated aging, the price of all the endowments he has taken. His death is the signal for a revolution, an attack from the supernatural realms by immensely powerful immortal beings.

These forces have discovered that Gaborn’s son is the resurrection of an immortal - one whose potential power is so great that he might be able to reorder the entire universe. Fallion’s enemies have decided that they must control him or, failing that, destroy him. He is only a child, but he is the heir to Gaborn’s kingdom and so must flee to the ends of the earth to avoid the destruction of all that Gaborn accomplished.

One of the mightiest of contemporary fantasy epics continues.

©2006 David Farland (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

“An epic fantasy that touches all the keys.” (Barnes & Noble editorial review)
“David Farland’s Runelord books are among the best fantasies on the market today.” (Kevin J. Anderson,  New York Times best-selling author, praise for the series)

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A surprisingly good change!

I wasn't sure what to expect with this new instalment after the conclusion of the last book. I felt that without Gaborn there would be no point, but I was pleasantly surprised. It felt like a fresh start but had enough of the old to feel familiar and it was still packed with excitement and a great story that's building into something even bigger than the first four books. Ray porters narration as always was brilliant and flawless, my only criticism is the length of the book, it felt tiny compared to the first four books and I feel it could have been longer.

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  • Max
  • 14-12-21

Never judge a book by the cover

I’m so glad these books are included in the free catalog. I wouldn’t have choose these books if I had to use a credit and I wouldn’t have been missing out on a great epic series!
I’ve found few books out of the catalog that I’ve like I’m glad I gave this one a chance.
I’ll use a credit for his new book coming out in April. Thank you David Farland and Ray Porter who bought the character alive!!

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  • awnoka
  • 28-09-22

Fully engaging

The storytelling amazing! The reading stupendous. This volume takes the previous books and ratchets up 20 levels.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-05-22

A decent kidnapping/ chase story.

I expected less and got more. A decent kidnapping/chase novel.

The fifth book in Farland's Runelords series takes place eight (8) years after the defeat of the Reavers and Earth King Gaborn only appears in this novel by reference, wandering the earth disconnected from the world with not long to live, overburdened by the all the endowments he possessed. So despite fathering two sons (Fallion and Jaz) who he's not seen in years, we don't see Gaborn and only learn of his death (told not shown) secondhand early in the novel.

The focus quickly shifts as the children of an Earth King have some value in a power vacuum and we get assassination attempts, escapes, chases, pirate ships, kidnappings, and child torture. Fun times all.

Those hunting the children range from the base political to the more obviously dark/demonic (yes there's a new threat on the horizon). I particularly enjoyed how the use of endowments is treated a bit more negatively this time around, focusing more on the moral questions of the practice as well as the long-term effects (too many endowments of metabolism means you die at an earlier age).

The first 3/4 of the novel more brisk and narrative more straightfoward ("gotta get away"). The final 1/4, however, jumps forward 5 years in time where Fallion and Jaz are older and acting far more adult-ish than is probably warranted (there was a fair bit of precociousness earlier as well from the kids, which was jarring). This final 1/4 is where we have our big battle against the main demonic force intent on capturing the children and turning them to evil. It's a standard high fantasy battle sequence, competently written with some unique elements that really just exists to tie up the novel.

I'm slogging my way through the Runelords and while fairly disappointed in the last novel ("Lair of Bones"), I found myself enjoying this one quite a bit more. Here's hoping the train doesn't run off the tracks.

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  • Diana Bennett
  • 27-03-22

enthralling

the lives you encompass in your books is truly enlightening looking Forwarf to the next issue

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  • Jesse Schaffer
  • 24-02-22

this series gets better with each book

just a quick review the naration is great the story is solid and the magic structure is interesting. albiet a bit on the creepy side.. this series seems to be moving away from the forcibles of the original trilogy which is probably a good thing..

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  • Reyna
  • 03-02-22

Loved it but it made me sad!

I have enjoyed listening to this series. This book in particular made me sad. The fact that the Earth king and his wife aged so fast they didn't get to raise their boys. Also that the boys have to grow up so fast. But it really is a great series.

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  • Rob Hughes
  • 28-01-22

I was really worried

I was really worried with the changing of the Old Guard into a new generation however after you get past chapter 3 it gets to be really interesting and like how the story progresses

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  • Jacob
  • 13-01-22

Pretty good

Probably the best one so far. And adding words to hit the count so I can submit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-21

Emotional and exciting.

my favorite so far. The story has bloomed into something amazing... interesting. I am enthralled by the scope and intensity.

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  • garry davis
  • 22-09-21

Disappointed not so much

Now this is Is a lot better than the previous books The Sonmade more sense than the father Enjoyed the read Book 6