on June 5, 2012 :
The River Runes
By Ken Lindsey
He has stood in the shadows and observed the village grow into the bustling city but his mother, his ruler, has forbidden him to interact with the people of the town. But mother has been gone for a long time now and his curiosity grows everyday especially where the magicians are concerned. Soon he will build up the courage to venture into the city, but when he does, he unintentionally brings about a war between his people and the humans.
The author manages to create an interesting story full of Fairies and magicians and the coinciding war between these two factions it is so well written and thought out that you can imagine yourself there in the midst of the chaos. With fairies that eat humans and a bloody battle this almost seems to be a man’s book but then the author encompasses romance between some of the characters that is sweet and beautiful adding a different dimension to the book altogether. This novel brings to life the complexities of love and the growth of a young man into a strong warrior, if you are a fan of fantasy, and I do not mean the vampire romance craze, well then you will love this book.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
Benjamin X. Wretlind
on July 17, 2011 :
When I was a wee one, I buried myself in quite a few fantasy worlds. As I grew older, however, and the lure of being scared out of my wits took over, I pushed fantasy back and let the horror take over. What was it, I thought, that led me from one genre to the next, and why have I never looked back?
Setting. To me, it was all about the setting. I loved to be transported to a world that was not unlike our own populated with vivid characters who fought and loved and died in front of me and did so without all the technological trappings we have now. When fantasy books no longer transported me to that world, I turned away.
So, with trepidation I took hold of THE RIVER RUNES by Ken Lindsey and hoped for the best. Would I be transported to the world of my youth? Would the characters speak to both my inner child and my adult self? Would I find that chivalry had not died? In short, would I like it?
In the world occupied by the characters of THE RIVER RUNES, I found my inner child once again. I was easily transported to the city, to the magicians' castles, to the walls where the battles took place. I felt for the characters, watched them grow, and got my insides all twisted up when they made mistakes. I tore through the battle scenes page after page and felt the tension inside me grow.
In short: THE RIVER RUNES is a page-turner, a great story of love and conflict, and a true fantasy in every sense of the word. There were loose ends that could have been tied up better, and personally, I would have liked to have stayed in that world longer, but I often think that if I really want to stay in a book longer, then the book must have been very good.
It was exactly as I remembered fantasy being when I was that wee one, and I am very glad I read it.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on July 16, 2011 :
Jonathan is an aspiring magician in the city of Caithii and everything seems to be running according to plan for him. Until he meets Bixby who's a fairy. Bixby has done something to enrage Mother, which has set events into motion that might just mean the end of Bixby, but Jonathan is determined to protect his friend. Together with his Master, Jonathan is prepared to do what no magician would ever dare.
Jonathan is an interesting character coming from a good background. He's earnest, hard-working and loyal to his friends. Bixby is someone who doesn't quite fit into Jonathan's life and plans. I liked the contrast in characters there.
The River Runes was a great read for both children and adults. It was a colourful read set in a fantasy world that seemed believable and well developed. I enjoyed the paranormal aspects of the magicians and how they protect the city and its mortal inhabitants. Young readers will enjoy Jonathan's development from a teen into something much bigger carrying a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. The importance of friendship is emphasised throughout the book, which makes The River Runes an excellent gift for kids and teens, not least to help them build self-esteem and teach them friendship and responsibility along the way.
The language was age appropriate with good description that made it easy for me to understand how Caithiir is built.
All in all, an interesting read for the young and the young at heart, which I enjoyed very much. Would definitely recommend to parents and their kids as well as anyone who's interested in magic and fantasy.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on July 9, 2011 :
In Ken Lindsey’s book River Runes, we enter the city of Caithiir. It is inhabited by humans but visited daily and protected through the river runes by magicians. Jonathan is the protagonist who is an apprentice to a magician. He is coming into his own. Soon he will assume the Master's place as magician of Third Chapel. However a curious newcomer makes his way into Third Chapel by the name of Bixby. He is a faerie. He is naïve and unsupervised. Trouble brews since the overwhelming force of Mother has been set in motion, and there are consequences. How can Jonathan and the magician, Imlay, protect Bixby?
This book is dramatic, in that, events are always unfolding and since we care about the fully developed main characters, we as readers want to read on. The language that the author Ken Lindsey uses to describe the city and the magician and his apprentice working on the runes is very detailed and precise. You can easily picture a scene of what is happening. It should be made into a movie.
I especially like the subtle comparisons between the humans who live in Caithiir and real people in everyday life. They are so ignorant of the forces that impact their lives—the power of the river that they so desperately try to control and the magicians everywhere around them. At the same time they think they are so in control when they are not.
I really liked this book. I will not give away the plot or the ending. All I can say is, “Read it!”
Review by Kimberly Fujioka
(reviewed the day of purchase)