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The Sum of All Men by David Farland
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Mar 27, 14

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Read in May, 2001

QUICK STORY: As various nobles fight it out, Raj Ahten, the villain, takes over various lands one by one. Prince Gaborn and his father try to stop him and in the process involve another kingdom called Silvanesti. But, there is a greater need . . . the Earth is rejecting humanity and only one such as Prince Gaborn can fully protect and extract the powers/mysteries of the Earth.
SHORT WORD FEELING: Good prose but characters weren't entirely fleshed out as much as they could; great idea on endowments and how they would work on the body; flaw with villain since he was fooled and was supposed to be a genius.

GENRE: Fantasy (Epic subgenre)

CONCEPT: Lords of the lands can drain locals to increase their own powers which creates a race or super human beings and even Gods; one particularly powerful lord devotes himself to taking over the focus on two kingdoms (who are about to marry son and daughter).

MARKETING APPEAL: The endowment idea is fresh and creative. Never been done before. Promises an epic scope; battles between nations; a somewhat complex villain; a love story (not a good one though!), earth and fire magic; surprises and some economical and moral issues regarding the endowments

SCORING: Superb (A), Excellent (A-), Very good (B+), Good (B) Fairly Good (B-) Above Average (C+), Mediocre (C ), Barely Passable (C-) Pretty Bad (D+), Dismal (D), Waste of Time (D-), Into the Trash (F)

DIALOGUE: B- STRUCTURE: B+ HISTORY SETTING: B CHARACTERS: B EVIL SETUP/ANTAGONISTS: B+ EMOTIONAL IMPACT: B- SURPRISES: A- LITTLE THINGS: A- MONSTERS: B+ PACING: A- OVERALL STYLE: B- FLOW OF WORDS: B- CHOICE OF FOCUS: B- TRANSITIONS/FLASHBACKS/POV: B COMPLEXITY OF WORDS/SYMBOLISM/THEMES: B-

OVERALL GRADE: B


OVERALL STYLE: See EXTREME ANALYSIS for information (below). I also liked how each chapter had a title that revealed what was going to happen . . . sort of similar to how Moorcock set up his ELRIC series.

LITTLE THINGS: The mention of the Days (scribes who travel with important people and keep track of their doings and who know all and report to a superior) was very interesting. Additionally, the mention of the TIME LORDS was interesting, too. Archetypes of earth vs fire with the magical system. And, another cool thing: forts that are protected with magic so that heavy duty spells don't destroy the place....
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Ryan Curry Think you would definitely benefit from reading the rest of the series!


Ryan Curry Ya. Farland goes into some really interesting ideas. Especially the the books towards the end of the series. The books are pretty quick reads, so I think you should give em a shot. For sure. :)


StoryTellerShannon I'll keep it in mind. Thanks.


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