Jeffrey L. Kohanek

A note from the author:

Greetings, fellow adventurers! This is fantasy author Jeffrey L. Kohanek, sharing a bit of background about me and my first book.

From a young age, I’ve felt driven by an internal desire to create. With an early love for heroes with super powers, I found my childhood-self creating my own comic books. In 4th grade, I stepped through the wardrobe and never looked back, eschewing comics for journeys to wondrous lands such as Narnia and Middle Earth. In my teens, my love for epic fantasy grew to a crescendo with the Belgariad and Riftwar series both capturing my imagination, leaving me enthralled with the idea of discovering magical abilities and learning to harness them. When I finally decided to write my own epic fantasy series, it was with the desire to instill that same sense of wonder in my readers.

The Buried Symbol is the first book in The Runes of Issalia trilogy. It is a zero-to-hero story set within a world where runes have inherent meaning. Citizens are marked at birth, assigning them their vocation and caste status for life. The main character is among the 1% who receive no rune, which makes the teen an outcast. When he illegally obtains a fake rune, he journeys to a school for the elite and enters under a false identity. There, he begins to uncover secrets long-hidden, including a lost magic that he learns to harness. With the reader sharing in the discovery process, the magic system is well defined and logic-based. Being a trilogy, there are underlying plot lines and conspiracies throughout, with only the tip of the proverbial iceberg becoming exposed in book one.


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A Fresh Coat of Paint

December 3, 2018 by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

Finding reader love for Lyra and her tale has never been the issue. Check out review snippets below as reference:

  • "ROGUE LEGACY by Jeffrey L. Kohanek is the story of a girl who met Fate head on and created her own destiny as a strong, intelligent warrior who will forge ahead into the unknown setting the stage for the future and the Runes of Issalia." - Tometender Book Blog Review ★★★★★    
  • "Love the characters. It has some great twists and turns to the story. Readers will enjoy reading it. I look forward to reading more of Jeffrey's books." - Amazon ★★★★★
  •  "Rogue Legacy is the best possible prequel the series could have, I loved everything about it from the worldbuilding to the characters. It will resonate to the series fans. Jeffrey Kohanek has once more written a tremendous book." - Goodreads ★★★★★
  • "An enjoyable read with wonderful characters. I recommend this story wholeheartly." - Amazon ★★★★★
  • "I hadn't read the books that were released before this book until after I finished this one. As soon as I did finish it tho I immediately looked for the other books and I'm currently reading those. I loooove this story so much" - Amazon ★★★★★
  • "My first read from author Jeffrey L. Kohanek was excellent! I'll be reading more from him." -  Amazon ★★★★★

Instead, Rogue Legacy has never been successful in finding READERS in the first place and has sold far fewer copies than any of my other novels. It's a shame that more people haven't discovered this fun, heart-warming fantasy adventure.

In hopes of rectifying the situation, I sought out a new cover design that was more suitable to the story found within. This new cover coincides with a relaunch as I hope to get the book into more reader's hands and Lyra into their hearts. Yes, a cover DOES significantly impact a book's success and I hope this new one will grab the attention of readers and draw them in as so many other wonderful books do. Along with the cover, I have a new tagline that conveys to readers what the story entails:
"A fantasy retelling akin to The Princess Bride, but in this one, the girl saves herself."
The old and new covers are posted below for comparison. What do you think? Do you like the new cover? Does it make you want to know a bit more about the story? Feel free to email me with feedback at

Best Wishes,