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Publisher's Summary

J. R. R. Tolkien, Tamora Pierce, and Sarah J. Maas fans are raving over this USA Today best-selling author’s newest fast-paced fantasy teeming with secrets, magic, and betrayal.  

A blood sacrifice. A power-hungry mage. A magical bestiary.  

When the ruling mage of Snowfallen chooses Bryn’s mother as the next sacrifice, Bryn decides she’s had enough. With her own burgeoning magic, Bryn claims a forbidden grimoire and brings a host of dangerous - and potentially evil - creatures to life.  

But will her new power save her mother or turn Bryn into a mage far more vicious than her enemy?  

©2018 Alisha Klapheke (P)2018 Alisha Klapheke

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Great story to listen to and read

I enjoyed reading this book and just got done listening to it. I loved this story (and the full Uncommon World series) so was excited to listen to this while I was driving. I was a bit disappointed in how "digital" it sounded, but that just might be my sound system or maybe the narrators tone.
Rune Kingdom is a fresh take on Norse lore and the characters bring this story to life. I found myself immersed in their world with the way this was written and how descriptive the narrative is. I like how the characters in this stand alone are more mature than in some of the series- it shows growth in the characters and author. I highly recommend this series and this book.

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Fantasy world

A great fantasy! You felt like you were living in the shoes of this world! From war to love! Narrator was good

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Pretty good

This was a fairly good book overall. The world and characters were good. There were a few spots where I got lost.

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Rune Kingdom I really enjoyed this book it had an interesting and entertaining story can't wait to check out more books from this author

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Rune Adventure

A terrific magical tale with lots of action and YA intrigue. Bryn’s coming-of-age journey is captivating and consistently delivers to keep you engaged. The narration was oddly robotic sometimes but I’m not certain if that was solely the narrator or how it was recorded. Overall a great fantasy novel :)

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This is a great adventure of a girl, Bryn, that no longer believes in the ways of her people. This has other worldly qualities to the story. Bryn and her three friends were all born around the same time. They call themselves the hatchlings due to their names. Her people believe that a powerful Mage protects them as long as they offer a sacrifice each year. Bryn lost her grandfather last year to the sacrifice and her mother is the possible sacrifice for the current year. Bryn goes on a hunt for a lost book of runes to try to prove to her people that the powerful Mage has been lying to them. I enjoyed listening to it. If you like Norse folklore mythology then you would like this book.

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Pretty good story but something about the flow of the story felt a bit off, not sure what. The narrator did an okay job, but felt to unnatural.

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Fantastical, Beautiful World Building

I got to listen to this at the courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book of hers I have gotten to enjoy and I’m already picking out others!

Amanda Dolan is an excellent narrator, and she makes this well worth your audible credits.

The world building in this story is really enthralling. It reminds me of the richness of the Wheel of Time series from Robert Jordan. I love the almost Viking like culture that is imbued with magic, and the power struggle that runs throughout the story.

Bryn is an interesting character to follow. She is complex and doesn’t fully understand herself and her own motives until the very end. The growth of her character is very engaging, and the dynamic she has with her friends as they try to both support and ground her is intense.

This story felt very real despite the obvious fantasy of it. Bryan’s desire to protect the people she loves, while gaining power, and fighting injustice is relatable, and tangible. While the magic is fantastic, it somehow feels rooted in something realistic, that there is a steep price to pay when you have great power only enforces the feeling.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to picking up more from this author!

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Question what you always known

This is amazing fantasy novel which if you read sky in the deep will fall right along with the vibes from that series. The Nordic influence is very rich in this story. Bryn is a strong character that questions how things have always been in her world. Why are things the way they are? Characters like this really shape the world they are in and have the tendency to come out stronger at the other end. Since this is a stand alone novel Bryn starts out as young reckless youth but due to a variety of situations she becomes an mature adult. So this story while starting out in the young adult realm does at the end land squarely in adult fantasy.

The lesson i took from this novel is that there is value in questioning and confronting things in society that you see that are not right. By doing so we end corruption and favoritism in our world. We strive to make things better by striving for change. A wonderful novel and i really wish it was not a stand alone and that there was more story.

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Good story, so so narration

Overall 3.75. I enjoyed the storyline, and found it to be compelling. The main character is very young and almost annoyingly arrogant, but that seems to be by design. Not entirely predictable, with some nice world building. The narrator was just ok, with a near robotic intonation most of the time, and not a lot of variance between character voices. I think it may have taken away from my overall enjoyment of the book, as a result.

*I received this book free in exchange for my honest review.

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  • 02-09-21

Interesting story

The story was interesting and well thought out. I liked the world building and there is some great descriptions of the, at times, flawed characters. They make some pretty bad decisions for pretty bad reasons at times but that all comes with their maturity level I guess. It was the first time I listened to this narrator, and she did a pretty good job I reckon - though her selection of voices is not that extensive, I definitely see some potential in her vocal inflections and tempo changes.

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  • 01-11-20

an interesting world

the world and the characters are well built making it an interesting experience. I got a code from the Facebook's group audiobx