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Rune of the Apprentice (The Rune Chronicles) Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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The core cast of characters are varied and have just enough of a hint of background that I was interested in learning more about them.
With the exception of the first few chapters, the story flows smoothly with enough detail and action interspersed to keep things interesting.
I've seen other reviews mention a cliffhanger ending, but I don't believe that to be the case. While this is clearly meant to be the opening book in a series of stories I do feel the ending point was appropriately chosen. It was satisfying while obviously leaving the story open to be resolved in future installments. After all, it's clearly indicated that this is Book 1 of the Rune Chronicles. Don't expect resolution to the overarching story line within the pages of this book.
Interesting and rather unique setting. The world has plenty of room and opportunity for exploration and revelation about its history. I'm genuinely curious to know why things are they way they are.
The core cast of characters are developed well for a first book. While many could fall into generic fantasy tropes they are still uniquely interesting and flawed enough to make them likeable. (I really like the new take on the classic berserker stereotype.)
The author very vividly paints battle scenes in such a way that it's clear what is happening. I've seen a lot of established authors in the genre struggle with this.
The pacing in the beginning of the book is off a bit. We're introduced to a world vastly different from our own and the author goes to pains to make sure we learn (too much) about its peoples and regions right off the bat. The story suffers from this info dump in the beginning, which is further complicated by a few jumps in viewpoint from character to character. After the first few chapters things get flowing quite well, but I did struggle getting into it in the beginning.
All in all, I'm glad I picked up this book and I'm looking forward to future installments in the series. This is a great first effort for a new writer and I expect he will only continue to improve with experience.
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.
The world and characters Jamison Stone created are really good and has a lot of potential.
I am looking forward to the second book.