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Rune Empire (Runebound Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 347 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Book 1 of 3 in Runebound|
|Age Level: 13 - 18|
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"Rune Empire is packed full of action, adventure, and mystery. Evil has risen from the depths of history, dark magic, unworldly creatures,powerful runes the are poorly understood by the empire that uses them,and our protagonists who are learning to survive in a suddenly deadly world - all the good stuff that you want in a really epic series. Can't wait to see where Sandell Wall takes this!" -- AC Cobble, Author of Benjamin Ashwood
"A story cracking with tension and energy that will not let you go. Whew! What a good read. Can't wait for the rest." -- Amazon Reviewer
"One of the best stories I have read this year. I look forward to the next book in the series" -- Amazon Reviewer
- Publication date : May 15, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 347 pages
- File size : 3099 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B071P28PRP
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #317,639 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The orphan who worked most of his life as adopted blacksmith apprentice shows arrogance which normally is reserved for a spoiled prince. There is hardly any explanation why.
The female lead who supposedly spend last years in strict and hard military school seems to be hot-headed and extremely undisciplined. Both traits hardly match both the upbringing and the training she supposedly had.
The plot has so many holes it boggles the mind. Even if you assume a barbarian chief is a complete moron it's hard to believe that when losing a war on one front he just plots to have a war on the other. If the Emperor and his most loyal suspect certain nobles of plotting to rebel against him - why the hell does he give him a whole detachment of army to control? In a remote border location where any treachery is bound to be fatal?
Why on a such apparently important mission - as an Emperor - you send only 2 people loyal to you? Why on such important mission do you send someone inexperienced, freshly out of the training? There is no reason! The author simply wanted to bring the main characters to a specified place and never bothered about things like basic logic when writing.
If the said noble is in control of the whole army and the Emperor in his stupidity sends just 2 people (one of those being a complete newbie just out of the training) why wait and not arrange an accident early?
If the said Emperor is so out of control of his country and army as the author tries to show in this book - why does anyone bother with any complex plots involving alien races. It seems pointless to go to all the trouble when you already are in control, and all you need is the head of the Emperor.
Sandell Wall has written a fast paced and gripping tale with numerous twists and turns. One has to wonder though how the empire has lasted. It seems that EVERYONE is either betraying it from within or attacking it from without. Frankly, both main characters seem to be spoiled, unbending, arrogant, and at times ignorant. Despite that and the frustration I felt, I thoroughly enjoyed "Rune Empire". There were a few minor editoral issues, which you can tell from my reviews that I HATE, but not enough for a thumbs down. The character development is actually pretty good, at least in the case of Aventine. She is highly emotional, but seems to grow as time goes by. Remus, on the other hand remains the same arrogant character from beginning to end. He is obviously much more than he appears. Part of me cannot wait to see who/what he is, another hopes someone puts him in his place. I still highly recommend "Rune Empire" and look forward to the next in line.
Awesome start - cannot wait to see what happens from here
If you're new to fantasy, skip this book, it's not in the top 500 books you should try first. But if you're looking for a new series after reading better books, this one will be good enough.
. Main characters are powerful and. Niave at the same time. I will definitely read the 2nd installment I recommend this story to fellow epic fantasy readers.
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Rune Empire is about… Well, it pretty much says it up front. It’s about a human empire founded on mystical runes which are effectively magical. And of course, the empire of man is using these runes with little regard for the source of all this delicious magic. No, of course not. So, what we have is much taking and harnessing of magic with little in the way of giving in return. That’s a formula that’s never going to work, right? Correct. Cue the conflict.
Now, the fantasy elements of this world all revolve around the runes (as-well as perhaps the interactions of a few non-human species). And this rune world is very cleverly thought out, with some really great examples of magical use (the “mining” town is really cleverly conceived). The whole world gels together nicely too, and this must be testament to the work that has gone into creating this consistency. Nice.
And the execution is good too. The language throughout the book is well constructed, with some specific areas which really go above and beyond. There are some word choices which are just really delightful, and this can raise a passage to another level. Very well done.
The pace was good too. This was a dead easy read, in part because the language was really great, but also because the story moved on at a great pace, never letting up but never getting too far ahead of itself. Maybe not an addictive page-turner, but you’re guaranteed to finish this fairly pronto.
Anything that didn’t quite work? Well, it didn’t quite conclude for me. As ever with fantasy books, this is part of a series, but the end of this novel did not end in its own right. Sure it tees up a fascinating second book, but it doesn’t quite satisfy as a standalone novel (not that it will stop me from reading on!)
There was quite a bit of head-hopping in here too. You know the stuff - we are well entrenched in the main characters thoughts and perceptions, and then for just the most fleeting moment we switch to the secondary character. Jarring to say the least. Need to be careful with this, especially in a book which has a few perspectives to deal with.
And finally, the protagonists cried just a little too much for me. You heard that right - cried. Tears. I really don’t mind a bit of crying (these are young characters being thrown into a brutal world), but surely not all the time? I think the effect would have been greater had the tears being used more sparingly.
So, overall this is a really well thought out book with a lot of unique elements, and well executed too. You won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure.