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Posted July 17, 2011
Great Fantasy, Great Book
When I was a wee one, I buried myself in quite a few fantasy worlds. As I grew older, however, and the lure of being scared out of my wits took over, I pushed fantasy back and let the horror take over. What was it, I thought, that led me from one genre to the next, and why have I never looked back?
Setting. To me, it was all about the setting. I loved to be transported to a world that was not unlike our own populated with vivid characters who fought and loved and died in front of me and did so without all the technological trappings we have now. When fantasy books no longer transported me to that world, I turned away.
So, with trepidation I took hold of THE RIVER RUNES by Ken Lindsey and hoped for the best. Would I be transported to the world of my youth? Would the characters speak to both my inner child and my adult self? Would I find that chivalry had not died? In short, would I like it?
In the world occupied by the characters of THE RIVER RUNES, I found my inner child once again. I was easily transported to the city, to the magicians' castles, to the walls where the battles took place. I felt for the characters, watched them grow, and got my insides all twisted up when they made mistakes. I tore through the battle scenes page after page and felt the tension inside me grow.
In short: THE RIVER RUNES is a page-turner, a great story of love and conflict, and a true fantasy in every sense of the word. There were loose ends that could have been tied up better, and personally, I would have liked to have stayed in that world longer, but I often think that if I really want to stay in a book longer, then the book must have been very good.
It was exactly as I remembered fantasy being when I was that wee one, and I am very glad I read it.
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Posted December 12, 2013
4 stars from a guy who usually doesn't care much for the fantasy
4 stars from a guy who usually doesn't care much for the fantasy world type books is a big deal. Usually I stay away from these books because the authors either detail too much of the world that I get bored or they don't detail it enough so as I can't get that into the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ken Lindsey did just enough of both. He created a detailed world without dragging on and boring the reader. This fantasy world he created gives us readers a new spin on Faries and magic. This is a book that is really hard to put down.
Posted June 12, 2012
I found this to be a very interesting story. Shows a whole new a
I found this to be a very interesting story. Shows a whole new aspect to fairies. A good read for teens and young adult.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2012
I decided to participate in this book tour because I thought the
I decided to participate in this book tour because I thought the summary sounded really interesting. I'm glad I gave it a go and read this book. The story follows the protagonist who is an aspiring magician called Jonathan. In the book we enter the world of Caithiir, a magical Kingdom where magicians live. Everything seems to be in order and going well for Jonathan until a mysterious newcomer who goes by the name Bixby enters the Third Chapel. Bixby just happens to be a faerie who is troublesome and doesn't fit into Jonathan's life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I was pulled into the book from the very beginning. There was always something going on so you never felt bored. It was a great story, for adults and children, so everyone can enjoy. Ken's writing was beautiful and he explained everything very well. You could easily picture the places and characters he described.
The character's had dept and I felt for them throughout the entire book. Overall, this was a heart-gripping story about love, conflict, equality and all the things that fantasy should be. I recommend this book to people of all ages. You should take a trip into the beautiful world of Caithiir and join Jonathan on his journey.
Posted June 6, 2012
I really loved this book! When I saw the word magician in the sy
I really loved this book! When I saw the word magician in the synopsis, you know, I kind of squealed a bit and knew that I would love to read this book. I am a huge fan of magic and fantasy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jonathan reminded me of Merlin from the BBC show. He was very hard working and was very loyal. I saw him grew into a man. (If you know the show the opening changed from "boy" to "man"...yup I am getting teary eyed.) The plot might sound cliche, you know the whole protecting the city and all, but it was so familiar and different at the same time. Some of you might know that my sister is a bigger fantasy fan, but I also really enjoy the genre. When I read this book, it felt like home, which is ironic because the setting was so not home.
I loved how well described the book was. I felt like I was transported to the world where magics and castle existed. The emotions of the characters transferred to me. I felt their pain and joy. The battle scenes were amazing. I totally wanted to bring out my "let's pretend this is a huge kickass sword sword" and kick some butts!
The romance was amazing as well! There was a lot of emphasis on friendship, which I think YA lacks these days. So very well done Ken for homing in on friendship. This book totally rekindled my heart for fantasy.
Posted June 5, 2012
The River Runes By Ken Lindsey He has stood in the shadows and
The River RunesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
By Ken Lindsey
He has stood in the shadows and observed the village grow into the bustling city but his mother, his ruler, has forbidden him to interact with the people of the town. But mother has been gone for a long time now and his curiosity grows everyday especially where the magicians are concerned. Soon he will build up the courage to venture into the city, but when he does, he unintentionally brings about a war between his people and the humans.
The author manages to create an interesting story full of Fairies and magicians and the coinciding war between these two factions it is so well written and thought out that you can imagine yourself there in the midst of the chaos. With fairies that eat humans and a bloody battle this almost seems to be a man’s book but then the author encompasses romance between some of the characters that is sweet and beautiful adding a different dimension to the book altogether. This novel brings to life the complexities of love and the growth of a young man into a strong warrior, if you are a fan of fantasy, and I do not mean the vampire romance craze, well then you will love this book.
Posted April 30, 2012
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