The Rune House

The Rune House

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by L.J. Hutton
     
 

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In 1574 a strange house is built on the Welsh borders, its shape an ancient rune, one of whose ambiguous meanings is an invitation to play - but an invitation to who or what?
Right from the start the local villagers are suspicious of the strange doctor who has appeared in their midst. Yet no-one, least of all the local squire and father of his new bride, have

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In 1574 a strange house is built on the Welsh borders, its shape an ancient rune, one of whose ambiguous meanings is an invitation to play - but an invitation to who or what?
Right from the start the local villagers are suspicious of the strange doctor who has appeared in their midst. Yet no-one, least of all the local squire and father of his new bride, have the power to gainsay the doctor’s orders for the perculiar design. With the house complete, a succession of abnormal events overtake the neighbourhood, even after the doctor’s death. But who has taken their revenge upon him and how long will the peace last?
For the families who come to live in the house over the centuries the house exerts a preternatural hold on them, drawing to it those who are weak and of evil intent. However, at certain times the balance between good and evil is righted, but by whom? And why can these fey people not prevent events, only react to them? For how much longer can they continue their resistance? The bizarre happenings seem to each following generation mere fantasies in the minds of old folk, until they in turn face their own crises and are forced to acknowledge their need for help from the most unlikely and unexpected of quarters.
In the present day, Robbie thinks that the only thing he has to worry about is the unwanted new detective joining him on the cold case unit. He couldn’t be more wrong. When a case of a missing child from Ric Drake’s past leads them out to Weord Manor School, they find themselves being drawn ever deeper into the mystery of the old house and its link to some very modern day crimes. As they struggle to make sense of a growing list of disappearances and murders, Robbie and Drake find themselves forced to look at their own lives too, and the decisions they come to make are ones they could never have dreamed of before they encountered the rune house.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045029438
Publisher:
L.J. Hutton
Publication date:
10/17/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
678,448
File size:
568 KB

Meet the Author

I was born and brought up in Birmingham (UK). In my mid teens I suffered from exposure to Tolkien from which I’ve never fully recovered! After leaving school I did a variety of jobs until redundancy threatened, at which point I escaped to university to do the degree I’d always wanted to do and discovered Tolkien’s academic work as well. As a (very) mature student I first acquired a BA in Medieval Studies, then followed it with an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon History. Old English remains a facination and one day - when and if I ever get the time - I'd really love to learn Old Welsh. By this time anything and everything medieval had become a bit of an addiction, as proven by my ever expanding bookcases of reference works (which one day might take over the house) and visits to every castle and ruin I could find. All this, coupled with a life of avid reading of fantasy, spurred me into writing about a fictional world as a way of exploring the ideas about the bits of history which remain obscure, or how things might have turned out differently.

Apart from the completed fantasy quartet set in the Islands I am also writing a historical series based on the Robin Hood legend and set very firmly in the late twelfth/early thirteenth centuries. The aim with these coming books is to return the legend to its true setting, but to tell more would be to spoil the fun...!

I currently live in Worcester with one husband and several recued lurchers, one of whom shares my photo - which is nothing unusual in my life! I support Evesham Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue.

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The Rune House 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've past this book by many times because it just didnt seem like it would be good, but it was. At first it was hard to get into going from past to present, but once you realized it all was tying in together, the pages couldnt turn fast enough. Good blend of present and medieval history, along with a little fantasy. Recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is intriguing, somewhat of a balance between fantasy and historical fiction. It goes back and forth between two very different timeframes, while bit by bit explaining how the two merge. It became a little overwhelming with characters and relatives towards the end, yet it is not essential to remember every bit of those interweaving relationships to understand the concept.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book held my attention from start to finish. I loved the mysteries and how they were solved. My only complaint is that by the middle of the book, the author adds so many characters that it's impossible to keep track of who's who without a family tree. It got to the point where I stopped trying to figure out who was involved at the moment and focused instead on the main characters who were very interesting on their own. Was kind of hoping this book would be the first in a detective series but the ending doesn't tell you one way or the other. I'm hoping that the author will feel compelled to write about these characters again. Other than the character over population, I highly recommend this book to lovers of detective novels with a helping of fantasy thrown in the mix.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Few typos
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read
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Exceptional character development and historical facts. I loved the true English text and while it did drive me to an English dictionary and online sites on a regular basis, i enjoyed the learning process immensely. I read it through one and then again with reference books and sites making notes as i went along. This is definately a book i will read over and over again making annotations all along the way.
Bridgette0 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and its flashing backwards and forwards between times. It is rather long--795 pages--and this might be a deterrent for some. I don't usually read any book that has a bit of the unusual as this one does, but the title was what intrigued me. I wanted to see what use the author made of "Runes."
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Good Story, kept me interested thorughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a hybrid of a fantasy and a historical fantasy. There are 2 different story lines at play, that merge together towards the end. Quite a few characters to keep track of, but not as many as in "A Song of Ice and Fire." Overall a good read, it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
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I'd like to give this a higher rating, but since I couldn't quite finish it, I can't. I found the plot and concept very intriguing, but there were too many characters and separate stories within the whole to keep track of, and too much repetition on the theme. I got too frustrated to keep going and stopped about 2/3s of the way through. It could have been a very engaging tale, but it desperately needs some brutal editing to cut out needless repetition, tighten up the story elements, and tantalize the reader with hints and insights along the way. My advice to the author - get an agent and a real publisher. This has great potential. To fellow readers, make a crib sheet of all the characters as you go. This is interesting enough that I'm going to wait a bit then give it one more try. JRB
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I won't waste time with a long review. I have no critcisms. Just read it!