The Buried Symbol: The Runes of Issalia, Book I

The Buried Symbol: The Runes of Issalia, Book I

by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

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Overview

Discover a lost magic, long buried and forgotten...

Without a rune marking his role in society, Brock is doomed to a life below the lowest rung of the social ladder. Unwilling to accept his fate, the teen risks his life to obtain a fake rune that marks him as a member of the Empire's ruling class. He then embarks on a quest to join an institution where the Empire's future leaders are trained.

As a student of the Academy, he soon uncovers a chain of secrets kept hidden for centuries, secrets that expose cracks in the foundation of Empire society. Among his discoveries is a powerful magic, long buried and forgotten.

Brock's compassion and sense of justice are seeds that sprout tight friendships and a blossoming romance. An unwillingness to be bullied earns him a dangerous enemy, growing into a feud that escalates to a climactic showdown.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612966922
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 05/02/2016
Series: Runes of Issalia , #1
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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The Buried Symbol: The Runes of Issalia, Book I 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Harry Potter and/or epic fantasy, this book is for you! The main character, Brock, is likable and easy to relate to. The rest of the cast of characters are interesting and entertaining. The world that the author has created is detailed and complex, but introduced in a way that is easy to follow. Having a theocratic society that exerts control over its citizens by assigning runes that define their roles is quite interesting and unique. The school of magic that the main character attends in the second half of the book is a bit reminiscent of Hogwarts and even more so, the University in The Name of the Wind. This story really sucked me in, drawing sympathetic emotions of sadness with Brock's loss and the thrill of achievement with his victories. While reader questions regarding the main plot are resolved by the end of the book, there is a deeper undercurrent of conspiracy and secrets that are teased, leaving the reader longing for the next installment. I know that I'm certainly looking forward to book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thouroghly enjoyed The Buried Symbol: The Runes of Issalia book 1. I would definitely recommend it. The story line is very clever and detailed. The characters will pull you in and bring you to really care about them. If you like fantasy, you will love this book. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In The Buried Symbol (The Runes of Issalia, Book 1) by Jeffrey L. Kohanek, having no rune mark on his forehead makes 17-year-old Brock one of the ‘Unchosen,’ doomed to an existence below the lowest rung of the social ladder. After losing his beloved aunt, he’s unwilling to accept his fate and risks his life to obtain a fake rune that marks him as a member of the Empire's ruling class. He then embarks on a quest to join an institution where the Empire’s future leaders are trained. As a student of the Academy, he soon uncovers a chain of secrets kept hidden for centuries, secrets that expose cracks in the foundation of Empire society. Among his discoveries is a powerful magic, long buried and forgotten. I like the illustrations and the way they are sporadically placed at the beginning of some chapters. It certainly makes Kohanek’s created world more imaginable. The world building concept is interesting, where a rune mark determines the social standing of a person. As a protagonist, Brock has enough depth to make readers relate to his plight and root for his desire to change his fate. His days at the Academy are absorbing to read. I even felt like I was Brock himself, learning and discovering some shocking truths about the Empire. Although there are some slow parts in the narrative, overall the plot is well-paced and adequate for Book 1 of the series. The Buried Symbol is an easy read, and has all the necessary prerequisites for a fantasy novel with thrilling action, magic and ethereal creatures. It’s solidly well-written for its intended YA readers, but adults can enjoy it as well.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In an excellent new entry in the genre of fantasy for young adults, The Buried Symbol: The Runes of Issalia, Book I by author Jeffrey L Kohanek is a book that will suck readers in from the very first page and will keep them reading obsessively throughout. Follow the story of protagonist Brock, a teenager who at first looks ahead to a life filled with despair. Destined for a life even below the lowest rung of the social ladder, Brock decides to risk everything to get a fake rune that would mark him as a member of not just a higher class, but that of the rulers of the Empire. He gets accepted as a student of the Academy, the institution where future leaders are trained and, before long, uncovers secrets that could very well shake the foundation of the Empire to its very core. One of those secrets is a magic that has been long forgotten, but is more powerful than most have ever witnessed. Brock’s new life is further enriched and complicated by friendships, a possible romance, and the making of an enemy that could bring down everything that he has been striving towards. Will Brock survive his time at the Academy? You’ll need to read this excellent book to find out! I very much enjoyed The Buried Symbol: The Runes of Issalia, Book I. Author Jeffrey L. Kohanek has done a fantastic job in creating characters that his readers will connect with, relate to and truly care about. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is. His world creation abilities are simply second to none, and readers will feel as if they can simply slip through the pages to join Brock at the Academy or in the Empire. Any reader who enjoys a great work of fantasy, whether a young adult or not, would love this book. I am so pleased to recommend The Buried Symbol: The Runes of Issalia, Book I, and will be anxiously waiting for the second installment in this incredibly promising series!
fatimaaaxo More than 1 year ago
So, I found this book very easy to read. It wasn't the best; it wasn't mindbogglingly awesome, but I certainly didn't hate it. Sure, I had a few issues but... we'll deal with them later. There were so many amazing elements - the world, the characters... They were so refreshing to read about! As always, we'll talk about the protagonist first. I found Brock to be a very pleasant character, to say the least. He was so agreeable and nice, I had no problems reading about him. It's just that, his character kind of lacked depth. He read more like an 11 year old to me. He seemed one-dimensional. I wanted to see what really went on inside him. I just thought his motivations were shallow; I wanted to connect, but unfortunately that did not happen. The cast of characters was so charming, though! The bond between Tipper and Brock was really something special and I actually felt like their friendship had an amazing dynamic. What I thought didn't have an amazing dynamic, however, was Brock and Ashland's relationship. I didn't like how fast Brock found himself infatuated with every single woman he met. I mean, come on. Their relationship was so predictable, and the moment she was introduced I was all, "Yep, we're doing this again." I just wish more effort was put into building up their romantic relationship instead of it just being an afterthought. The world-building and setting were very refreshing, though. They weren't very complex, and they made this book just what I wanted to read at that moment. The world is very nicely fleshed out - but not too detailed -which I thought was perfect. I loved the overall undertones of adventure and mystery and friendship in this book. To me, it slightly echoed Harry Potter. Also, the author does leave many things to be desired at the end of the book. So many unanswered questions and loose ends... I'd love to know what happens next! Overall, I thought this was a pretty solid read. It has great potential and lots of intriguing questions that I must know the answer to. The main character is kind of too underdeveloped, so what I'm hoping for is that he grows more as a character in the sequel. Well-written and with an appreciable amount of action, The Buried Symbol is definitely a wonderful read.