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Rune of the Apprentice (The Rune Chronicles) Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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Now other than that it is an ok book. The character has an unexplainable blind spot in his education about the recent war which strains suspension of disbelief. It is a coming of age story of an over powered individual.
I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy but this lacked any of the pull that makes me a genre fan. I kept reading hoping it would come together for me but it did not. I cannot recommend this book.
ETA: in fairness my husband read this and liked it more than I did. He found it a bit derivative (50 years of reading fantasy and science fiction will do that) but felt it had more flow than I did. He really liked the "Waterworld" setting and Aleksi.
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.