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Sons of the Oak by David Farland
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David Farland continues his Runelords series, but introduces a new generation with new heroes, and new villains. Farland rushes to cut ties with the last book, killing off several familiar characters from the last series within the first 50 pages. He clearly wants us to realize that this is a new series.

So, this is a new series, but does it work? Mostly. There are a few familiar faces from the previous series who play large roles in the novel, but the cast of characters is mostly new. Our hero is no longer the Earth King from the last series, but now his son. Farland does a good job handling his protagonist, giving him just enough ties to Gaborn to make him feel familiar to the reader, but allows him the space to grow as a character, so that he isn't just another cookie-cutter cutout.

If you enjoyed the first books of the Runelords series, there's plenty here to like. It isn't the strongest book of the series, but it's not the worst either. It's great to see Farland exploring the other parts of his world, and not so fixated on the system of forcibles and endowments he's created. It's a strong entry in the series, and if you liked the previous series, this book is a good continuation.
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