"When God made the world, he did it with a whisper. Thus it is with all great works, they are begun and finished in silence..."
From the Book of Sumis
Three thousand years ago the Virtues abandoned the world when mankind turned their backs on them to worship their fallen brother, Malasephus, who grants power to the ambitious, glory to the vain, and pleasure to the hedonist.
Only a few scattered people cling to the old ways of the Sumis and rune magic. They ward their homes and villages with the sacred symbols that protect them from the dead who wander the night.
When Jan's village of Sommerstone is destroyed and everyone he knows is murdered he sets out on a quest to avenge their deaths by joining the Tair, nomadic warriors who hunt the servants of Malasephus. What he doesn't know is the Virtues have returned, and they have chosen him to be the Whisper of God, and his quest for vengeance will change him in ways he can't imagine.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just what I was looking for in this fast-paced story that doesn't jump around much, instead choosing to follow a strong, male protagonist consumed by revenge in this coming-of-age tale. The book reminded me a lot of the Warded Man, though it definitely holds its own in the fantasy genre. Fantastic fight scenes, excellent world-building, fully flushed-out characters, engaging plot, and gritty realism, this is really a gem for the price. It's only too bad I finished it in a day and will have to wait ~6 months or so for the next one... One note to make, those expecting to see even a spark of romance, a crush, a heroine/love-interest, anything along those lines will be disappointed save for maybe the first chapter. Just a fair warning since the first chapter is a tad misleading in that sense (This isn't the book to read if that's what you're looking for); I hadn't realized how standard such characters were in most scifi/fantasy novels of similar themes until I read this book and found it lacking.
I bought The Rune That Binds on recommendation from a friend. I wasn't expecting much from a first-time author, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Rune that Binds is not an epic tome like the Lord of the Rings, which is a good thing! It actually could have been a bit longer, but I'm not complaining. The book is much more like the fantasy I grew up enjoying than anything I've read recently. In fact, I think kids could enjoy this as much as adults (though all the dead people walking around and trying to kill the main characters might be a little scary for a younger audience). I was slightly disappointed with the ending, but it is the first of a series, so I guess I shouldn't expect to have everything resolved in book one. What fun would that be, after all?
The Rune That Binds is a work of classic fantasy that should appeal to a broad variety of readers. Mr. Goff's writing is purposeful and direct--a necessity to portray the complex world he has created for this series. He doesn't try to be edgy, or avant-garde, which is a breath of fresh air in a genre that suffers from too many experimentations gone wrong. It's a short read, but the story is left open for future works, which is always bittersweet. Goff doesn't wrap everything up with a pretty bow at the end--giving the reader a reason to anticipate the next installment of the series.