Books by the Doctor

Serpent Catch Series


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When I wrote my first novel, On My Way to Paradise, it got rave reviews, won a Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award, and stayed on the science fiction bestseller list for five months. Afterward, my editor at Bantam Books asked, “So, what do you want to write next?”

I answered, “I’d like to write a big fantasy, something like Lord of the Rings.”

She looked me squarely in the eye and said, “David, you just became a bestseller with a huge Latin American Cyberpunk novel. You’ve gone further with one book than most do in twenty years. We don’t want a fantasy from you.”

So I was ordered to write a science fiction novel, but I’ve never been good at following orders. I decided to write a fantasy that . . . kind of felt like science fiction.

I took some of the things that I’d loved as a kid–dinosaurs and Neanderthals–then mixed them with things that fascinated me about the sciences, such as space travel and genetic engineering–and devised a story that excited me: a fantasy about a young Neanderthal who lives in the far future, in a world that has been terraformed and then populated with plants and animals from Earth’s ancient past.

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The book was meant to be one monolithic piece at first, something like Lord of the Rings, but with no breaks. My publisher though, thought it would be too large to even be bound, and suggested a two-part series.

The first book in the series was called “a masterpiece” by some reviewers and sold very well, but then trouble struck. A new company bought out my publisher and decided to scrap the entire science fiction and fantasy division. So when they released the second half of the series, they slapped on a dark cover, printed only a few copies, and I went on to publish elsewhere. Oh, I got nice reviews. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction said, “In this book, [Farland] moves far beyond the first rank of science fiction writers and moves into his own realm entirely.”

But the book was not a huge success. Only one in four people who bought the first volume got to see the second at all.

More importantly, I was very ill when I wrote the books. I had chronic fatigue syndrome, and part of the time when I was working on the novels, I barely had the energy to write. Since I had small children and a full-time job, I felt strained to the max, and I feared that my prose wasn’t as polished as I would like.

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Then e-publishing came along. Suddenly I had this old book, one that I loved and had good critical success, and I had an opportunity to put on that final polish. I also had twenty more years of writing experience, and a lot more awards under my belt.

I’ve always felt that anything worth doing is worth doing well.

So I’ve rewritten the novels. I’ve expanded many scenes, and put in others, so that the books became significantly longer. I’ve cut out any wasted prose, polished the rest. Now I feel that the series is a powerful as I’d first hoped that it would be.

So I’m presenting the new version of the tale, along with my author’s notes at the end of each book. I’d originally wanted to call the novel “Spirit Walker,” and so I changed it to that. I’d wanted to call the final volume “Path of the Crushed Heart,” and so that is now corrected.

In other words, this now follows my artistic vision to a much greater degree.

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This month we are putting up the first book, Spirit Walk, as a feature in the Truly Epic Fantasy Storybundle. The other authors in the group are spectacular, people like James Artemis Owen, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, Tracy Hickman, Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Among the group are Hugo and Nebula Award winners, World Fantasy Award Winners, an Eisner Award Winner, a Newbery Medal winner, and a host of New York Times bestsellers. Just to name the honors won by these authors would take five pages.

But I wanted to offer the rest of the books in this series, too. So for a limited time, you can buy the following books here for only $5 total:

Serpent Catch
Blade Kin
Path of the Crushed Heart

I really do hope that you will enjoy reading them as much as I have writing them.

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Million Dollar Outlines

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Bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).

In this book, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.

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Blockbuster Book Signings

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Author David Farland set the Guinness record for the largest single-author, single-book signing. He knows firsthand that great signings don’t happen on accident. Whether you’re a new writer or a seasoned one, traditionally-published or self-published, Blockbuster Book Signings! will take your book signings to the next level.

Successful signings need weeks or months of planning. Start preparing now and learn everything you need to know to throw an event that makes readers yearn for more—more books, more you, and more signings.

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Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing

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All successful writers use resonance to enhance their stories by drawing power from stories that came before, by resonating with their readers’ experiences, and by resonating within their own works.

In this book, you’ll learn exactly what resonance is and how to use it to make your stories more powerful. You’ll see how it is used in literature and other art forms, and how one writer, J. R. R. Tolkien, mastered it in his work.

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NaNoWriMo Inspirations

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NaNoWriMo Inspirations will help you through your 30-day novel writing adventure. David Farland, best selling author and acclaimed writing instructor, packs years of experience and wisdom into each short, daily tip.

Need a quick refresher on elements of a good plot? On day 3 you’ll read about plotting a story, including The Inciting Incident, The First Try/Fail Cycle, The Second Try/Fail Cycle, The Climax, and The Denouement. Characters feeling a little stale? Days 9 and 10 will show you what you REALLY need to know about creating characters.

You’ll need more than just writing advice to get through the November frenzy.

Near the middle of your month-long journey to write a book, Day 17’s chapter is on Dealing With Mental Exhaustion. Day 21 is all about defining yourself as a writer.

Grab a copy of NaNoWriMo Inspirations, and start your daily writing practice off with a quick tip from David Farland.

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Write that Novel!

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Drawing from over three decades of experience and success in the fiction writing market, New York Times Bestselling author David Farland shares here dozens of articles on everything from how to structure your plot to analyzing your audience. Indispensable to aspiring novelists looking to perfect their first work of fiction.

In addition to writing novels, David Farland has worked as the lead judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests, as a green-lighting analyst in Hollywood, as a videogame designer, as a screenwriter, and as a creative writing instructor at Brigham Young University. With his emphasis on practical advice on penetrating large markets, he has mentored dozens of authors who have gone on to become #1 international bestsellers.

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Self-editing for Fiction Writers

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Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.

In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.

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Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

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This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination.

Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories. With specific examples, he spells out your narrative options—the choices you’ll make in creating fictional people so “real” that readers will feel they know them like members of their own families.

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Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

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This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz Veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!

He’s made millions of dollars selling screenplays to Hollywood and now screenwriter Blake Snyder tells all. “Save the Cat” is just one of Snyder’s many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying – and saleable, including: The four elements of every winning logline

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On Writing by Stephen King

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“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

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Story by Robert McKee

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Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the “magic” of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

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The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

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You know the authors’ names. You recognize the title. You’ve probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book’s unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing.

You know the authors’ names. You recognize the title. You’ve probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.This book’s unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing.

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Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress

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A truly unforgettable story is defined by its characters. Their motivations, their changes, their actions compel us to read on, anxiously trying to discern what will happen next.

In Dynamic Characters, award-winning author and Writer’s Digest columnist Nancy Kress explores the fundamental relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story.

Kress balances her writing instruction with hands-on checklists to help you build strong characters from the outside in. Blending physical, emotional and mental characterization, you’ll learn to create characters that initiate exciting action, react to tense situations, make physical and emotional transformations, and power the plot from beginning to end.

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How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card

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You’ve always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it’s done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You’ll learn how to:

utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres

build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore

develop the “rules” of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants

construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages

find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published

submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer

The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

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Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman

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Every novelist dreams of it–writing the book that rockets to the top of the best-seller lists. Now, they can see how it’s done, up close, in a book by an agent who has sold manuscripts that turned into hits. Here Albert Zuckerman covers the essential elements of the blockbuster novel and shows writers how to put them to work in their books. Zuckerman covers the subject thoroughly, from creating outlines and building larger than life characters to injecting suspense and more. His instruction is decisive, direct and clear and is supported with examples from Gone With the Wind, The Godfather and other blockbusters.

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References for Research

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

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One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them. This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.

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Trees by Allen J. Coombes

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Trees of all kinds, shapes, and sizes are examined, with detailed specifications

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Birds of North America: A Guide to Field Identification by Chandler S. Robbins

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Spot the silhouette of a Northern Goshawk in flight. Identify the raucous call of the Red-winged Blackbird. Discover the secret of picking out a Chipping Sparrow from its look-alike cousins. It’s simple with this classic field guide, a treasured favorite among amateur bird lovers and exacting professionals.

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Fashion on Costume by Joan Nunn

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Here is an updated edition of Joan Nunn’s detailed survey of costume in the Western world over the past eight centuries. She not only gives the reader a vivid visual impression of the clothes themselves, but also outlines the historical and social background and the changes in manufacturing techniques and fashionable life that have influenced the way costume has developed and the manner in which it has been worn. The book is illustrated throughout with hundreds of line drawings.

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American Medical Association Family Medical Guide, 4th Edition

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The Long-Awaited Revision of the Bestselling Family Health Guide

The American Medical Association is the nation’s premier health authority-an organization that both patients and doctors look to for state-of-the-art medical information and guidance. Now, for the first time in 10 years, the AMA has updated its landmark medical reference-a book that belongs in every home.

This new edition of the American Medical Association Family Medical Guide has been thoroughly revised to bring it up to date and make it more accessible than ever before. Opening with a brand-new full-color section that walks you through key health issues, it follows with several new and expanded sections on everything from staying healthy and providing first aid and home care to diagnosing symptoms and treating hundreds of different diseases and disorders. This classic guide is the definitive home health reference for the twenty-first century-an indispensable book to keep you and your loved ones healthy.

* Authoritative guidance on hundreds of diseases and the latest tests, treatments, procedures, and drugs

* New or greatly expanded coverage of genetic testing, sexuality, learning disabilities, preventive health, infertility, pregnancy and childbirth, substance abuse, home caregiving, and first aid

* A host of new and updated features-including full-color spreads on important health topics, Q&A sections, first-person case histories, and newly designed symptoms flowcharts

* New chapters on diet and health, exercise and fitness, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress, genetics, complementary and alternative medicine, staying safe and preventing violence, cosmetic surgery, and preventive health care

* A new section on health issues at various life stages

* 64 pages in full color and almost 1,000 illustrations and photographs

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Oxford English Dictionary

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The Oxford English Dictionary is the internationally recognized authority on the English Language, defining more than 500,000 words and tracing their usage through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of literary and other sources. The text on the CD-ROM comprises the full text of the OED 2nd Edition , plus the three Additions volumes, as well as 7,000 new entries from the OED’s continuing research.

Most importantly, OED v4.0 on CD-ROM boasts superb search-and-retrieval software, designed specifically for the electronic version, enabling you to investigate the Dictionary in ways not possible with the print edition. Questions which might have taken years of patient research can now be answered in seconds.

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Fiction Books by David Farland/Dave Wolverton

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Grand Prize Winner of the Hollywood Book Festival, placed first in all genres, all categories.

Winner of the 2012 International Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel of the Year!

Finalist in the Global Ebook Awards.

Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .

Bron Jones was abandoned as a newborn. Thrown into foster care, he is rejected by one family after another, until he meets Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognizes him for what he really is–what her people call a “nightingale.”

But Bron isn’t ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know. Bron’s secret may be the most dangerous of all.

In his remarkable young adult fantasy debut, David Farland shows why critics have called his work “compelling,” “engrossing,” “powerful,” “profound,” and “ultimately life-changing.”

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The Golden Queen Trilogy

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When Gallen O’Day is hired to as a bodyguard to escort a young woman through the woods to the forbidden ruins at Geata Na Chruinn, it seems like an ordinary job—but all too soon, he finds himself fleeing for his life from creatures that seem like escapees from a nightmare—the alien dronon, led by their golden queen. With his best friend, a genetically engineered talking bear named Orick, and his girlfriend Maggie, Gallen soon finds himself tangled in an interstellar war that he never knew existed, racing across a host of worlds, confronted by a future unlike any that he had ever imagined.

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On My Way to Paradise

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Won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for “Best Novel in the English Language”

Here is a powerful first novel, at once disturbing and compelling–the chronicle of one man’s odyssey of self-discovery within a world at war. ON MY WAY TO PARADISE.

In a world of ever-worsening crisis, Angelo Osic is an anomaly: a man who cares about others. One day he aids a stranger. . .and calls down disaster, for the woman called Tamara is also a woman on the run, the only human with the knowledge that will save Earth from the artificial intelligences plotting to overthrow it.

Fleeing the assassins who seek him as well as Tamara, Angelo seizes the only escape route available: to sign on as a mercenary with the Japanese Motoki Corporation in its genocidal war against the barbarian Yabajin. Jacked into training machines that simulate warfare, Angelo “dies” a hundred times. . .and is resurrected to fight again. In a world of death, he dreams only of life–and the freedom to love once more.

“I hesitate to tell you that this is Dave Wolverton’s first novel. The book is so mature in its sensibility and so strong in its artistry, so deep in its invention that most of us who write fiction would be proud to have such a novel as the culmination, not the beginning, of our career. Many fine words that have won Hugos and Nebulas pale beside this book.

“I believe that this novel will be remembered as the first book by the finest science fiction writer of the 1990s. I suspect that we may someday look back on On My Way to Paradise as the first stirring of one of the great American writerse of our time. I know for a fact, however, that people who read science fiction because the want an exhilarating combination of intelligence and adventure will love every page of this book.”

Orson Scott Card, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Serpent Catch & Path of the Hero

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Long ago Earth’s paleobiologists established the planet Anee as a vast storehouse of extinct species, each continent home to life forms of a different era. For a thousand years the starfarers’ great sea serpents formed a wall of teeth and flesh that protected Smilodon Bay from the ravaging dinosaurs that swam across the ocean from Hotland. Now the serpents are gone and Anee is being ravaged by tyranny, war and slavery.

Tull, son to a human father and a Neanderthal mother, feels doomed to toil his life away as a common field hand, but his mission becomes clear when he takes action to save his homeland. Tull must seek a distant river in the slave nation of Craal, where young serpents can be found. Legend has it that Adjonai, the Neanderthal god of terror, is king of Craal. Yet only by facing this dark enemy can Tull hope to bring home his serpent catch alive.

Catching the serpents is only the beginning. Before he can lead his people to freedom, Tull must first free himself from the beast within.

He must break the fiery chains of Adjonai as he leads an uprising against the powerful Slave Lords, but the ultimate battle for Tull and his allies will come against the Creators, machines with minds of crystal waging a program of total genocide against all life on Anee.

About This Book:

Serpent Catch is a collection originally published as two novels, Serpent Catch and Path of the Hero. This duology was published under David Farland’s given name of Dave Wolverton.

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In the Company of Angels

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Best-seller and Winner of the Whitney Award for Best Book of the Year!

“Reading Farland’s book is not just an engrossing exposition. It is like being a member of the 1856 Willie Handcart Company…. Farland’s novel takes the reader into the characters’ heads to confront their fears, hopes, dreams and dark, unrelenting doubts.”-Deseret News

Based on the true story of the Willie Handcart Company of 1856, In the Company of Angels unfolds the triumphant tale of pioneers who struggle against unendurable hardships—persecution, buffalo stampedes, rampaging Indians, lingering starvation, and the early onset of the coldest winter in US history—to find the gentle homeland of the soul.

David Farland’s moving masterpiece echoes the drama of Gone with the Wind and the glory of Ghandi, sweeping from the green fields of Denmark to the icy peaks of the Rockies in a saga that elevates and enriches those that it touches.

In the Company of Angels tells the story of three people Eliza Gadd, Captain James Willie, and Baline Mortensen.

Eliza Gadd is the feisty, sophisticated wife of a Mormon clergyman. When her husband answers his leader’s call to abandon his cottage in England and settle in the Rocky Mountains, Eliza’s world comes apart. She may help her husband pull a handcart with everything that they own across the plains of Utah, but she won’t bring herself to bow to a god she doesn’t believe in.

Stalled by setbacks, the pioneers find themselves forced to take their journey perilously late in the season. The lives of Eliza’s children hang in the balance. But how can she reason with people who believe they are in the hands of angels, and that their leaders, like the Apostles of old, have the power to raise the dead?

Captain James Willie has given a vast fortune, all that he owns, to bring “the poorest of the poor” Mormon saints from England to Utah. Yet as he watches his people starve and the tribulations begin to mount, he finds that his prayers begin to go unanswered and his faith is challenged like Abraham’s of old.

Baline Mortensen is a nine-year-old girl fleeing the intense persecution of her home in Denmark. With a child’s pure love, her greatest hope is to learn to become a servant of God—speaking the words that the angels would speak, doing the things that a saint should do. Unexpectedly, she finds herself at the heart of a storm, becoming the glue that binds this band together.

In the Company of Angels is a beautifully written, powerful account of a perfect storm on dry land.”-Kenny Kemp, Author of Dad was a Carpenter

“This book is wonderful, a true masterpiece. Buy it now – but keep a hanky handy!”-LDS Forever Friends Book Nook

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The Runelords Series

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In a world where strength or beauty can be bought or stolen, young Prince Gaborn Val Orden is born into a “shameful economy.” Those who love him and serve him best must often sacrifice their strength, wit, and other attributes in service to the land they love, for in Gaborn’s world, a “runelord” gains power by taking it from those who willingly surrender it.
While visiting the kingdom of Heredon on a quest to court the beautiful, like-minded princess Iome, Gaborn discovers that her land is under attack by a vicious lord who has taken so many attributes, he’s all but invincible.

Suddenly Gaborn finds himself embroiled in a battle to save the woman he loves from an unstoppable foe—a deadly struggle that will take the world to the brink of doom.

 

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Of Mice and Magic

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More than anything, Benjamin Ravenspell wants a pet. But when he buys a mouse named Amber, he gets more than he bargained for. No sooner does Ben take her home, than Amber turns him into a mouse too. You see, Amber has magical abilities, and it so happens that Ben is a familiar—a creature that stores magical energy. Together they each form half of a powerful wizard. Alone, they’re just vermin.Soon Ben and Amber will find themselves pitted in an epic battle against a magical enemy who is as crazed as he is evil, and the fate of the world will depend on them learning to work together.

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Short Fiction

Barbarians

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A short story prequel to David Farland’s The Runelords.

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Charley in the Wind

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David Farland’s first short story, written as a student while attending BYU. Written about the emotional emasculation of young boys, the story is strongly rooted in Farland’s childhood, and carries a strong emotional journey.

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No Bird

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Based on a childhood experience, No Bird is a short story by David Farland that captures gritty realism, drawing on other experiences from his years working as a prison guard.

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The Smiling Man

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This story began as a writing assignment for a class taught by Eloise Bell. With the assignment, we were asked to start a story by taking something that had happened to us personally, and write about it.

I had worked as a prison guard in 1983 and 1984, and one day the prison went into lockdown as we feared a riot. At the time I found an inmate hiding in a coat locker, afraid that he would be killed in the coming riot if he were forced to go back to his cell, so he begged me to kill out of mercy.

So in this story, I tried to capture the potency of that image, along with the sense of madness that you sometimes feel when trouble surrounds you in a whirlwind, and there is no escape.

At the time that I wrote this, I had been reading Raymond Carver and was enamored with the gritty realism movement. However, my own studies into why people read had led me to develop what I called my “Stress Induction/Reduction Theory of Storytelling.” An article about this will be provided at the end of the book. So this was my first attempt at writing a story using my new approach.

This story won first place in the Ann Dody short fiction contest. Shortly thereafter, it was published in a small literary journal called Inscape.

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Skyfish

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Henretta Bloom hates everyone. If she doesn’t hate you now, she soon will.

This award-winning story is one of David Farland’s early works, when he first began blurring the lines between literary mainstream and fantasy realism. Set in his home town in Oregon, Farland explores the psyche of those whose lives become centered solely upon themselves.

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