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Reviews for An Empire in Runes

"An Empire in Runes is the last book in the amazing series The Runes of Issalia . It's everything I'd expect in the end of a great series. I have loved this series from the beginning and my adoration for it kept increasing per book but this last book really blew my mind. The author left no stone unturned, he unleashed the fury of his talent and it resulted in an amazing finale.
An Empire in Runes began with the aftermath of the takeover of the prison. The emotional atmosphere of the now released Unchosen was brilliantly portrayed. The different phases of emotions they go through is totally understandable. The consequential training of the Unchosen was a little bit daunting but the gang was able to achieve their goals of forming a Chaos army despite a few hiccups. Tenzi and Sinclair had a worse time getting troops to join the war mostly because of doubtful Prelates. The characters have gone through a lot and it positively reflected in them. They've come a very long way from being students at the Academy. Now they're brilliant warriors and magicians. One amazing thing about this book is that though the storyline encompasses quite a lot of characters, it's still very much about it's core characters.
The use of Chaos is an incredible plot that has paid off for this series and the ideology was thoroughly explored in An Empire in Runes. Brock, Ashland and the rest of the Unchosen prove how formidable their power is and this made them a major player in the ultimate war with The Horde. It was really inspiring seeing all of them as leaders in various forms especially Cam, He broke out of his shell marvelously and became a strong leader. Brock was particularly admirable with his way of keeping a clear head and formulating smart plans in the face of impending doom. Benny also shines with yet another brilliant invention of his, He's literally the Einstein of Issalia. I'm glad the romance between Brock and Ashland wasn't shelved, the special connection between them is still strong and amazing both mentally and emotionally.
The events towards the ultimate war was very well written thus making the book an extremely entertaining read. The tension, stakes and scenes were expertly placed. I was always on the edge of my seat. The very war itself is bloody, deadly, savage and long. Despite a lot of careful planning and well executed formations, it was not even remotely easy. The battle resulted in the loss of many characters, even some main ones.
The aftermath of the battle was equally terrible because the twists and turns that turned up was unexpected and sudden. Disheartening revelations were exposed, But thankfully the Truth prevailed. The events towards the ending was an active whirlwind but I loved it all worked out perfectly.
Brock's story is an amazing journey that I'm very glad to have witnessed, His story might have ended but I hope for more adventures in the world of Issalia.
The ending was so freaking beautiful I wept. It was nice seeing this characters settle in peace after everything they'd gone through. The ending was very happy and it was a worthy way to end an amazing series. The author is definitely one of my favourite and I classify his books as a must buy.
An Empire in Runes is a book filled with intense action, explosive magic (sometimes literally), sweet romance, monsters, gore and fabulous characters. It is a great end to the series, I recommend it to anyone looking for their next favorite read. I wait with bated breath for the next book from Jeffrey L. Kohanek.

P.S: The romance between Brock and Ashland is as intense and epic as ever, The heat is really turned on!!!!!.

P.P.S: That ending was a stroke of genius, I certainly didn't see it coming. I'm glad about the way Issalia seems to be evolving." - Cassie James, author of Queen of Fire


"An Empire in Runes is part three of a fantasy series continuing the story of Brock and his compatriots in their journey to confront a horde of monsters that destroy anything in their path.

We continue with Brock after they have taken over the prison which is holding on to people that are Unchosen, (without a rune). These are humans that have no standing in society but possess the power of Chaos within them. Brock begins to train these people. This is a power that even he is still not yet that comfortable with. However, there are those in the Ministry that are trying to keep the power of Chaos hidden and are working against Brock to prevent the return of it. They are willing to do anything necessary to prevent Brock from succeeding.

They have to be fast, for this ancient prophecy to be fulfilled. Brock and his faithful followers must do everything they can to prevent the end of days. Not only are they trying to build their forces to defend humanity but also they all must watch their backs from the mysterious faction in the Ministry that is trying to prevent them from showing the world the power of Chaos. If Brock reveals the return of Chaos to be among the Unchosen then this will disrupt the balance of society, which is built upon the runic symbols of the Chosen.

I really enjoyed the continuation of the tale of Brock and his followers. They have become quite a tight-knit group and have gone through so much together. It was nice to see the building of multiple relationships, romances, and friendships that were entailed within the content. The author has eloquently captured the joys and frustrations of the antagonist Brock in his effort to not only master a lost art but to also try to teach it to those that have the gift.

At times I felt that the story focused a little too much on Brock and his group without flipping to the other story lines to keep the urgency of the situation, but I was still enraptured in the web that was woven of everything that took place. The amount of action, adventure, twists, and turns keep you continually wanting to read more on finding out the eventual outcome of this well-written novel.

The literary standard was high and never faltered to describe the situations, surroundings, and conversations of the characters. I felt that the romantic scenes did leave some to the imagination, which was quite nice. This also kept the book open to a younger audience.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well-written fantasy stories, which do not disappoint. This is not a stand-alone book. Therefore, it is recommended that the reader begins this journey from Part 1." - Jeyran Main, Review Tales