Reviews of The Buried Symbol
"I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great fantasy book. The world building is complex and clever, with all parts of the story being well thought out, from the characters all the way down to each and every detail of the scenery. All of this helps to make this a well-written and well-constructed fantasy read." - Books in Brogan Reviews
"I found The Buried Symbol to be a real page turner! The pacing was wonderful and straight from page one the author does a great job of "world-building." While some of the setting might feel like a trope that has been done before, some of us really like that. As an old RPG gamer I immediately felt at home and saw the beginnings of the party develop when Brock picks up his buddy and saw interesting traits that my mind categorized as "rogue" characterizations. Not enough stories come from that point of view--everyone is consumed by the glory of a fighter or the mysticism of a wizard, so I appreciated the difference in nature. They are not one-sided characters, though, and you can see/feel the emotional impetus and gold-hearted, heroic aspects that motivate even those acts that cross the law. Pick this one up--just be careful...you might not be able to put it down!" - Christopher Schmitz, author of the Dekker's Dozen series
"I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and well written, with a cast of fun, charming characters. The main character, Brock, was likeable and his motivations were easily understandable, however, my favourite character was definitely Cam, there was just something about him which I though was really sweet despite his size and I hope we see more of him in the next book. This book has echoes of Harry Potter, in the fact that for the most part it's set in a school and it follows a group of friends trying to uncover a mystery. I was intrigued by 'Chaos' and the 'Wailing War' and was a little disappointed not to find the answers at the end of the book, but I suppose that's being save for the next instalment!" - M.L. Sparrow, Author of Blood Moon Rising
"Brock isn't the only one on a quest, the reader also joins for the magical journey. Brock is a strong character, and is never willing to run and hide. He discovers many secrets, including something powerful and magical. I enjoyed this story and look forward to the next story. Never settling for what seems to be fate or destiny keeps the reader engaged with this story. Kohanek is a remarkable writer and tells a great tale." - Amy Shannon from Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
"I very much enjoyed The Buried Symbol: The Runes of Issalia, Book I. Author Jeffrey L. Kohanek has done a fantastic job in creating characters that his readers will connect with, relate to and truly care about. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is. His world creation abilities are simply second to none, and readers will feel as if they can simply slip through the pages to join Brock at the Academy or in the Empire. Any reader who enjoys a great work of fantasy, whether a young adult or not, would love this book. I am so pleased to recommend The Buried Symbol, and will be anxiously waiting for the second installment in this incredibly promising series!" - Tracy A. Fischer, Readers Favorite
"The Buried Symbol keeps you guessing until the very end. This story has the mystery and dark mood of Harry Potter, but the shocking plot twists of Divergent. The main character, Brock, is smart, caring, and an easy to relate to. From his awkward relationship with his father, to his need to impress his teachers, to his love for his girlfriend, anyone can relate to his angst to succeed." - Michelle Areaux, Author of Wicked Cries
M.L Sparrow's Favourite Quotes from THE BURIED SYMBOL
- "... Now I know why Hank always said that you gotta count your ales. You lose count, and it all goes sideways."
- "I miss the idea of her."
- "Be a good person, Brock, but be your own person."
- "The killing that paladins do should be done by those who wish they didn't have to kill."
- "The hall sped past Brock as he ran, racing the clock but clearly losing."
- "To not have a care, you first had to have nothing to care about."
- "Okay. So he hates me in a special way," Brock replied. "I'm touched."
- "For such a nice guy, you sure know how to get under people's skin."
- "Evil does not exist in power itself."
- "I will be famous, of course. You two will be famous for helping me be famous."