Specifically, whenever dialogue is n The world building in this novel is quite good. While I appreciate the authors specificity, two or even three adjectives in a row just slows the reading down and makes certain sections redundant or a bit of a chore to read. It takes the reader out of the immersion created by world building, and actually causes a few issues with comprehension. If someone just cut half the adjectives out of the novel, specifically the large number of back to back adjectives, I think it would do wonders for readability. All in all, its still well worth a read, and I'm interested to see what happens to these characters and this excellent setting in the future!
I received a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for a fair review of the work. Oct 25, Tyler Sparrow rated it liked it. The book has all of the ingredients needed to be great, but doesn't quite deliver. It's an interesting read and a great idea, but it needs work. The setting is fantastic and well thought out, but there is much too much exposition and internal monologue.
There are some loose ends left open by the end of the book, and while I'm aware this is the first in a series, I feel things were foreshadowed and promised for this book that weren't delivered to the readers. While the setting is unique and intrigu The book has all of the ingredients needed to be great, but doesn't quite deliver.
Some of the characters come very close to having the layered intricacy that makes reading about them pleasurable, but the book comes just shy of fulfilling. I would read this book if I had nothing else to read and not consider my time wasted, but I would honestly rather read something else. Jan 05, Alan White rated it it was amazing. It is an epic-fantasy, and Jamison deftly spins a compelling tale of adventure, and skillfully propels the reader or listener, with an outstanding version of the Audible App through page after page of drama, the magic of runes, and even the philosophical disciplines of empire building.
He creates characters full of depth and purpose, and his descriptive prose envelopes you. He genuinely seems to enjoy painting vivid descriptions of landscapes, the eerie facets within dark personalities, and even the innards of impressive naval vessels. As I reached the final paragraphs of the story, I started imagining how some of the built-up conflicts and characters might play themselves out in the future.
I enthusiastically await future installments of The Rune Chronicles. The story feels familiar in some respects, young apprentice has to leave the fold because of threats from the dark side. Along the way, he finds friends and foes. Stories fit a relatively small range of archetypes, but what sets them apart is how well the characters are written and how well the story holds your interest. In that regard, Mr. Stone has done quite well. I started out a bit distracted by his ornate descriptions, but once I got to relate to the characters, they ceased to intrude.
The The story feels familiar in some respects, young apprentice has to leave the fold because of threats from the dark side. The story follows a strong logical current and the characters are very relatable. It might have been my affinity to the characters and the story itself, but it felt as if the writing improved with each chapter!! The story had a suitable ending and left me eager for the second installment.
If you like Star Wars or other hero's quest type stories, I definitely recommend this one!! All the best, Jay I was a little apprehensive to read this book as it seemed more "fantasy" than my normal tastes. I was quickly enthralled with the story and finished the book within 48 hours. Although the main character, Aleksi, is the obvious focus of the story, I was especially overjoyed with Stone's detail in describing the world he created for this tale, the fascinating and larger-than-life cast of supporting characters, and the "Dreamworld" that Aleksi journeys into.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I hi I was a little apprehensive to read this book as it seemed more "fantasy" than my normal tastes. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I highly recommend it as a wonderfully entertaining and engaging story. I hope that there are more Rune books to come! Rune is an intricate tale set in an even more intricate world that begs you to sip deeper on the hearty ale this story is. Jamison Stone weaves this tale like a master artist crafting the finest tapestry.
Take your time, let the world and characters waft around you, drawing you in. You'll be very glad you did. For a first book this is very good. Over all I would say average. The editing should have been better. The world and characters Jamison Stone created are really good and has a lot of potential. I am looking forward to the second book. Oct 25, Tal M.
Klein rated it it was amazing. Jamison Stone presents us with a fresh, superbly crafted fantasy epic that conquers both world and character building. Rune is tantalizing to the imagination, and invigorating for the soul. I have been given an edited updated copy and after reading it I have found that it is much improved and the story arc is enjoyable. Best of luck in future books. Would someone please give him a thesaurus. I fear that I may have developed a conditioned twitch in response to the words "luminous" and "numinous".
I couldn't finish this. Rune of the Apprentice is the first book for author Jamison Stone and it is a fast read with an engaging story. For a first novel, his writing style is very mature and it pulled me through the story in a fantasy world of his creation with swords and sailing ships, but also with some powerful magic based on runes.
The main character, Aleksi, is fleshed out well as a youth apprenticed to the Masters who know the knowledge of the day and control the rune magic in the world. His character continues Rune of the Apprentice is the first book for author Jamison Stone and it is a fast read with an engaging story. His character continues to develop through the entire book as pieces of his story are revealed.
The beginning of the story points to the idea that he is important for some reason, but that is what sets up the mystery that will follow you through the book. I will not give away any spoilers but you will be wanting the next book in this multi-book series. Even though this is his first published novel, his writing skills are well developed. There are some areas that more experience will continue to develop and I fully expect that readers will see that growth happening through the series and I am looking forward to following it.
I have seen other new authors grow and develop with each new book or series and I am waiting to see Jamison Stone follow that path, too. The book is well worth the time to read and it should prove very enjoyable. The world building in Rune of the Apprentice is excellent. The author has gone to a lot of trouble and taken much time to craft his universe and all the characters within it. Page by page you are immediately drawn into the world of Terra.
I liked the supporting cast a lot and the friendships that were forged between the characters. The action scenes flow well and keep you on the edge of your seat. To sum up, Rune of the Apprentice is a wonderfully descriptive and well-crafted read with many carefully thought-out and developed characters. The plot itself is very engaging and a natural page-turner. I look forward to reading the second novel in the series. Jul 12, David rated it liked it. While I generally read established authors, I'm not averse to giving new authors a try.
I met Jamison Stone at Balticon and was intrigued by the world so I bought his book and promised a review which I normally do anyways. The book is far from perfect, but does a decent job at telling an interesting story. The setting, which is usually what I value most, is quite cool and I want to learn more about Terra, Runes, and all the strange things of this world.
Plot-wise the book has some quirks and c While I generally read established authors, I'm not averse to giving new authors a try. Plot-wise the book has some quirks and could use some improvements, but nevertheless manages to pick up a good pace as the story progresses. The secondary characters are great and help bring the story to life. Unfortunately, the main character is a bit shallow which detracts from the novel given that there is such a strong focus on him.
Despite some of these drawbacks, I still enjoyed the novel. For my full review, check out my blog: Jamison Stone delivers an epic fantasy in the classic sense, but with modern fresh sensibilities. Stone's world-building skills really shine as Terra opens up before us. Aleksi brings us into this adventure and makes for a fantastic teen hero. The other characters are richly detailed and fleshed out well. Rudra, Luka, Domadred- all play their parts to give readers an epic tale making us want more.
Stone strikes a great balance between action and introspection and is sure to please fantasy fans o Jamison Stone delivers an epic fantasy in the classic sense, but with modern fresh sensibilities. Stone strikes a great balance between action and introspection and is sure to please fantasy fans of all ages.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Videos About This Book. To learn more go to: Jamison Stone was born in Massachusetts and raised throughout New England on a healthy diet of magic, martial arts, and meditation. He lives with a loving wife and wolf, but expects to have their pack grow soon. When he is not getting distracted by video games, Jamison is the director of Apotheosis Studios. 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.
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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. One person found this helpful. Full disclosure the author is a friend. That being said i love the world he created. The characters have depth and make you cheer for the good guys.
The details of the world are beautiful. Only cons i have are the constant referrals to the youth but are easily forgivable being a new author. He sometimes gets too engrossed in detail for some people but i think it helps build the world. I honestly cannot wait for the next installment. Rune was a wonderful book, Stone has crafted a world which he describes in detail allowing a fill picture of what he wants us to see form.
His characters are unraveled slowly, letting us get to know them a long with Aleksi. The tale is tall, and epic, a journey I looked forward to getting back to every time I closed the book The ending left me wanting more and I'm thrilled to find out Rune will continue. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The first thing I have to say is that apparently, according to the author, all parts of beautiful women are supple and his entire world can best be described as profound. Had I heard or read that Saiya was profoundly supple my creepy meter would have forced me to stop reading.
The Audible made this much harder to overlook, so readers may think this book is 4 star worthy. 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 was drawn in by the narrative from the start, and really appreciated the depth of the worldbuilding. Imaginative and detailed, Rune is an excellent introduction to the author and a promise of great sci-fi to come!
For a first book this is very good. Over all I would say average. The editing should have been better. The world and characters Jamison Stone created are really good and has a lot of potential. I am looking forward to the second book. Very good first effort. The 1 star review complians that it took her weeks to read it and that there was a cliff hanger ending. Well there is no cliffhanger hanger ending. And I got through it in one sitting so don't let that 1 review turn you away.
I paid for this book and feel it was money well spent. Great cast of characters but only a few viewpoint changes. Most of the story follows Aleksi. World building was solid if not exceptional. I will read book 2. A great read for young adults who enjoy Dark Fantasy! See all 78 reviews. I was excited a few years ago, when I discovered that Donaldson had decided to write a sequel series - The Last Tales of Thomas Covenant - but as with most books I'd like to read, it takes me awhile to get around to reading them.
Now is the time for Donaldson's sequel.
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I will say I enjoyed this first novel, but there were a few issues. The most difficult hurdle was this: And there were many, many characters in this book. It took me quite a while to get them all straight. Thank goodness for the first part of the book, which takes place in the land we are familiar with good old planet earth , and the story line here was easy to follow and gripping.
It kept me going when Donaldson moved his characters into The Land and kept me grounded as that narrative wove it's way into the fantasy world. But it was tough going for awhile. The trick is to keep reading the books more closely to each other so you don't forget who the characters are and what the plot is. Thank goodness I intend doing just that this summer, and reading the remaining three books. It was fun to reacquaint myself with this beloved series and I look forward to continuing the literary journey in the weeks to come.
Jan 06, Muzzlehatch rated it did not like it Recommends it for: It's a shame, the first chronicles was really quite original in many ways and though overwritten, never lost site of the compelling storyline. The second series had more of the writing faults so manifest here, but the core concept was pretty interesting and kept me going. This on the other hand took me a year and a half to finish; How depressing. This on the other hand took me a year and a half to finish; SRD regularly and continuously exhibits faults that should have been ripped out of him when he was in grade school; there is a passage near the end of the book describing a trip through time that he devotes a dozen pages to, without really describing anything beyond Linden Avery's tortured feelings, and this is all too typical.
The ending in Revelstone offers a tiny bit of redemption; the scene in the Close between Avery and her group, and the "Masters" the deathless Haruchai from previous books reminds me of a few earlier, similar monologues -- but on the whole this is the most overwritten, hamhanded piece of fantasy writing that I have ever read, and I can't imagine that I'll be reading the sequels. Jan 01, Victor T rated it it was ok Shelves: Way back in the 80's I discovered Donaldson and Thomas Covenant, unfortunately it was in the initial publication and I had to wait between books to continue the storyline.
It was a enjoyable wait.
The Runes of the Earth by Stephen R. Donaldson
Then I discover that there has come a third trilogy, but as the major character was no more, it continues with an offshoot in the persona of Linden Avery. I detested Linden in the second trilogy, she whined, she moped, she made me truly dislike her. Donaldson was always a bit of a word whore, ma Way back in the 80's I discovered Donaldson and Thomas Covenant, unfortunately it was in the initial publication and I had to wait between books to continue the storyline. Donaldson was always a bit of a word whore, making pains to use a five syllable word where a three would do just fine. In "Runes", he out does himself.
Between the volume of excessive prose, character self-loathing, and incomprehensible trust tossed about like waves in a storm it makes my head hurt. Covenant was loved and hated by those he dealt with, and abused faith and trust by his simplistic disbelief in the Land, but he remained a character to be reckoned with. Linden Avery just makes you wish to smack her in the back of the head. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a Donaldson fan. I will finish this, as well as the rest of the series. But, and I stress that, do not jump in to this here. Sep 06, Seth Mullins rated it it was amazing.
I first read this volume of the series when it was released in , and recently revisited it. Few novels have affected me as profoundly as the "Covenant" series, and Donaldson's return to this work filled me with the same wonder that I'd felt after discovering the original trilogy in my teens. It doesn't feel like escapism to me, but rather an immersion into the undercurrents I first read this volume of the series when it was released in , and recently revisited it.
It doesn't feel like escapism to me, but rather an immersion into the undercurrents that uphold and move the reality that we know. The sometimes archaic vocabulary within it, which some readers take exception to, actually deepens the sense for me that I am visiting a place both ancient and contemporary; timeless. I love characters that are allowed to make mistakes and where the reader can try and second-guess the character because the process is so expansive.
Know-it-all heroes that are whiter than white are boring and horrible to bear. Transporting real and therefore flawed people into a strange environment where they have to learn what's happened and make horrible mistakes that come back to bite only much, much later is far preferable to books where the reader has to catch up with the characters who already know everything and are all perfect or unimpeachable. Even the fantasy characters are flawed and it's great seeing how the conficts get resolved. First time I read this book, it was long after reading the first two chronicles.
Unfortunately, that hampered my enjoyment of the book more than I would have expected. This time around, I read it after rereading the first two, and suddenly I saw it in a different light. I would definitely recommend this classic to anyone enjoying the first two chronicles. And make sure you recently read the first chronicles to fully enjoy this one. Jan 03, Coralie Bourne rated it it was amazing. This is definitely one of my favorites. Thanks to Rob for recommending it. I loved the anti-hero Thomas and plot. A must read series.
Feb 09, Geoff rated it really liked it. This is my second read, as I wanted to catch up before reading the second book. The ending got me juiced up, but I felt that the book was just setting up the story for the series, so I wasn't that impressed. With the second reading, I gained a better appreciation of the book. Some of the smaller parts in this book, became more relevant, and I now understand their positioning within the story. Whereas, I might have n This is my second read, as I wanted to catch up before reading the second book. Whereas, I might have not thought much of them during the first reading.
So, it opened me up to a lot of things that were going on within this book, that I might have just skimmed over while reading it the first time, or missed them altogether. So after the reread, I now have a better appreciation and understanding of this book. This book is much more complex than any of his previous Thomas Covenant books. I feel a reread is almost necessary to make sure that you get all of what is happening.
This is a great read, and I'm excited about the next three books! Now, you can find out about the story in other reviews, but I will say it follows the same themes as before: Anti-hero, despair, and saving The Land. But, this is supposed to be the final confrontation with Lord Foul, so this time it is really saving The Land for good.
And, I will say that the despair is worse than ever. So, it's not a happy story, but none of the previous books in this series have been happy the slaughtering of the Giants, for example.
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But, not happy stories. Donaldson usually shows you how beautiful everything is, then he destroys everything that was beautiful, and only then can Thomas or Linden overcome Lord Foul, and save The Land. So far, it looks to be the same, but even more so. Also of note; through his previous books, the mistakes made by the characters, with good intentions, always come back to bite them in a future book. It is also the case with this book. It's the same type of book as the other books in this series, but this one is much more complicated.
Aug 15, Magill rated it liked it Shelves: In my distant youth, I found the Thomas Covenant books to be quite intense which, combined with my frustration with Covenant and his self-doubt more than any other characteristics , made for a challenging read. Well, 6 challenging reads plus, I think, a re-read of the first trilogy. I debated long and long internally, of course about picking up the new series but backed off, due to the above paragraph, as well as not wanting to get trapped in endless waiting for the subsequent tomes.
Then I In my distant youth, I found the Thomas Covenant books to be quite intense which, combined with my frustration with Covenant and his self-doubt more than any other characteristics , made for a challenging read. Then I was lent the book, and the die was cast. Admittedly, I do not use a dictionary and tend to just get the impression of what the author may mean, so that did not slow me down As for the book itself, a decent re-entry in The Land, setting up a lot, with a helpful summary of the past at the beginning of the book. I don't recall particularly liking Linden in the 2nd trilogy and found her hard on the head still with her angst and anxiety and obsessions some warranted this time around , but some good and loyal companions, and a dramatic change in The Land and its people a great loss so room for the story to go.
Seems to have some promise. Oct 15, Cams rated it really liked it.
I don't quite know why I waited so long to read this. I've read the first chronicles twice and the second thrice. I love those books so much. So why did I wait?
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At first I was simply unwilling to start another series before they were finished. I've done that before and it's a pain. Are you listening GRRM? Then I kind of fell out of reading much other than in audiobook format, which AFAIK this first final chronicle is only available abridged. Why do they even do that? But a recent reread of the se I don't quite know why I waited so long to read this. But a recent reread of the second chronicles got me into the final chronicles, at last!
I enjoyed the opening scenes, but when we got to the Land I was a little unsure. It felt like more of the same and a little contrived, but as the story unfolded I got drawn right back in and having to use the dictionary again to look up words whose meaning I had forgotten from the other chronicles. I read the last quarter in one sitting - that's where it really ramps up into a cracking finale.
I'm going to keep going this time and hope that the story continues at this pace. Inchoate, cymar, argent, puissance and all! Dec 28, Tobin Elliott rated it liked it Shelves: This one should be subtitled Arrogance because almost every major character shows it at some point. As a starting point for the four-book Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant , it does its job adequately.
We're shown the main characters and taken back to the Land. However, once there, very little happens, and Linden Avery, on at least two or three occasions, reminds us that this big, sprawling book takes place over a few days. Now that most of the characters are met though I suspect we still need t This one should be subtitled Arrogance because almost every major character shows it at some point.
Now that most of the characters are met though I suspect we still need to get a giant or two into the mix , the story will actually pick up pace, because most of what happens in this one is hand-wringing and waiting. Having said all this, I do remind myself that I have to give Donaldson time.
When I first picked up the paperback of Lord Foul's Bane way back in , it took me three tries to get past page Once I did, I fell in love with this series. I expect to do so again. Oct 10, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: To read Thomas Covennt Chronicles is to love language and the use of words.
While the conversational language is terse, the descriptions and inner emotional thoughts are lyrical. Now his estranged son is forcing his wishes on her. Linden the Chosen One recognizes the hand of Lord Foul in the young man's actions. When he kidnaps her son To read Thomas Covennt Chronicles is to love language and the use of words. When he kidnaps her son Jeremiah, they end up back in The Land and Linden must face her lost again, fknd her son and defeat The Despiser alone. Dec 10, Tomi Ocampo rated it did not like it. This is a good book. This novel is the first in a 4-book series that concludes the Thomas Covenant saga.
Ten fictional years have passed in "our" world since the events of White Gold Wielder, the last novel before this one, and as usual, more than three thousand have passed in the Land. But also, more than 20 years had passed between the publication of the last book and this one, and more than thirty since the first time I read the original two series.