Rune of the Apprentice

Rune of the Apprentice

by Jamison Stone


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In a world where magic, technology, and nature have merged, the few who can control Runes hold dominance over all of creation. All believe that Aleksi, a sixteen-year-old orphan, was blessed to be born with a Rune embedded in his palm, but that’s only because they don’t know the truth―Aleksi’s Rune is so powerful it’s killing him.

Asura, a brutal emperor who uses Runes to conquer entire continents, will stop at nothing to kill Aleksi and claim the boy’s power for his own. With Aleksi’s Rune burning its way through his body and assassins hunting his every step, his survival depends on discerning ally from enemy and learning to tame the competing forces of light and dark within.

With the burden of his rune haunting his days and the prophetic whispers of a young captive priestess illuminating his nights, Aleksi will be able to unravel the mysteries of his past, rescue the girl in his dreams, and challenge the most powerful warlord the world has ever known only if the one thing keeping him alive―his Rune―does not kill him first.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941758915
Publisher: Inkshares
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jamison Stone was born in Massachusetts and raised throughout New England on a healthy diet of magic, martial arts, and meditation. He lives with a loving wife and wolf, but expects to have their pack grow soon. When he is not getting distracted by video games, Jamison is the director of Apotheosis Studios. Rune of the Apprentice is his first novel, however, there are more on the way. To learn more about Jamison and his various projects, visit

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Rune of the Apprentice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Clabe More than 1 year ago
An apprentice practitioner of magic with powers he does not understand, a master who has abandoned him, a price on his head, an evil master who threatens him, a beautiful high priestess and a displaced but capable and honorable pirate who saves him…what more could a fantasy fan want in a book? Rune of the Apprentice is a classic good-v-evil fantasy tale in which the rulership of the known world is sought by the powers of darkness. Aleksi is a young apprentice born with rune imbedded in his hand. He hasn’t a clue what the rune means, or and he certainly doesn’t understand its power. His early master, Rudra, has left him a cryptic letter outlining a path he should follow. The path is confusing and not well defined; more to the point, it’s dangerous…even life threatening. What Aleksi really knows is that he must find Rudra quickly if he is to survive the awaking of his rune, and he must learn about his family and their fate. The story occurs on Terra, a world quite different from Earth. The characters are well developed and generally likeable, except for Luka Norte whom the reader will mistrust from the start. Aleksi is a confused sixteen year old teenager, who despite his confusion has the clarity of mind to respond appropriately to danger even if his recognition of danger is sometimes a little late. Domadred now lives as a pirate captain outlawed on most continents after being framed in a political power-play after his father’s death. He is, however, a man of honor who sees things clearly. Saiya is a young, beautiful high priestess with who Aleksi forms a bond while in dreamscape. It seems apparent that Aleksi and Saiya have an as yet undefined higher purpose. Rudra, Aleksi’s enigmatic master seems to be universally hated; he is understood by none and felt to be a threat to all. Readers are not introduced to him or given enough information understand him in Rune of the Apprentice. Likewise, the role of the “academies” is never actually defined and one is never sure exactly who they serve and why. Rune of the Apprentice is nicely balanced between inner rumination and action as there are plenty of threats requiring action and plenty of questions both between characters and within characters, some of which have no immediate answers. It is well written and edited. This is a suburb fantasy adventure I couldn’t put down. It should provide hours of entertainment and adventure for readers of fantasy, or any lover of high adventure.
Kyle T. Cowan More than 1 year ago
Rune is a dense, but well written novel. I especially enjoyed the characters and historical descriptions of the world. Jamison Stone vividly tells a story that has mass appeal and sequel potential. I recommend this book if you like high fantasy or science fiction. Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jamison Stone has created a world of fantasy that can be matched by few others. His characters vibrate with life and the tension he creates is palpable. The story weaves its way through land and over sea, focusing on an ultimate adventure that is sure to be cataclysmic. I barnstormed through Rune of the Apprentice in a matter of hours and I'm desperately wanting to read the next in the series. Put this book in your 'must read' box!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"An engaging story filled with magic, swordplay, and even pirates! The world that Stone has imagined is vast, the political webs complex, and the interaction between the gods, magic, and men is well thought out and well described. Easy five stars"
RPH More than 1 year ago
Jamison Stone's novel, Rune of The Apprentice, presents the reader with a detailed and beautifully crafted new world. The descriptions of Terra's geography and its inhabitants are so vivid that I could easily imagine myself walking through the avenues, squares, and marketplaces of Mindra's Haven. But this book is not only about a well-crafted fantastic world. Probably one of Stone's biggest achievements is his capacity to portrait his hero’s internal struggle. Aleksi is young, powerful and good at heart but lost. Having the reader rooting for Aleksi from beginning to end requires the work of a skillful storyteller; Jamison Stone is definitely that person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was immediately captivated by the world created by Stone; the world of a teenage boy, Aleksi, cast out of innocence into the machinations of adult politics and manipulation. Aleski is forced into a life of danger, uncertainty and the possibility for a hopeful, better future. He has the skills and the magic, does he have the courage?
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CrankyBolt More than 1 year ago
I was asked to read the book ahead of time prior to release, and found it an easy task to do. I'm a huge fan of epic fantasy to begin with, so a slow intro for world building doesn't really bother me much. What kept me turning page to page in the story was the detail that went into the ocean faring adventure. Without spoilers, rather than a ground based epic fantasy, the majority of this book takes place on the open seas, and one a single ship, the Domadred. It's a pretty interesting way to handle an epic fantasy, but the reason it works so well is that you actually FEEL like you are going on a journey to a larger world. I think as a series, this holds amazing potential and I can't wait until we are 3-5 books in.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Stoica for Readers' Favorite It was odd that Aleksi was born with a Rune embedded in his right palm. Many feared him for this because it has not happened in ages on Terra. Now a young teen, Aleksi's Rune is waking up from its slumber and it is beginning to extend its metallic tendrils into his nervous system. Without the guidance of a Master, the Rune would reach his brain too fast and would kill him. With nothing but a cryptic letter from his missing Master, Aleksi sets out into the dangerous world pursued by his enemy's assassins and by the Enforcers of his own Academy which he has abandoned. But the biggest challenge the youth faces is controlling his anger so as to slow down his Rune's progression until he finds his Master. The world that Jamison Stone built is remarkable through the harmonious entwining of magic and technology. I've long been searching for a realm this satisfying. The narration is smooth and the descriptions complete the personality of each place and race of people. Characters are well crafted and they are one with the lands from which they come, thus creating a striking contrast when people from the different races of Terra come together. Fighting techniques are well described, making it easy to visualize the scenes. I enjoyed Rune of the Apprentice and I look forward to reading the sequels. I find this novel best appropriate for young adults due to its coming of age storyline, but also because of mildly violent and sexual content.