Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Runes of Issalia series by Jeffrey L. Kohanek w/ Giveaway




The Buried Symbol (The Runes of Issalia #1) 
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Release Date: May 5th 2016 
Black Rose Writing



Discover a lost magic, long buried and forgotten...Without a rune marking his role in society, Brock is doomed to an existence below the lowest rung of the social ladder. Unwilling to accept his fate, the teen risks his life to obtain a fake rune that marks him as a member of the Empire's ruling class. He then embarks on a quest to join an institution where the Empire’s future leaders are trained. 

As a student of the Academy, he soon uncovers a chain of secrets kept hidden for centuries, secrets that expose cracks in the foundation of Empire society. Among his discoveries is a powerful magic, long buried and forgotten.

Brock’s compassion and sense of justice are seeds that sprout tight friendships and a blossoming romance. An unwillingness to be bullied earns him a dangerous enemy, becoming a feud that escalates to a climactic showdown.




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A noise woke Brock, who sat up to find his clothes still damp. He rubbed the crust from his eyes and blinked to shake the cobwebs from his brain. 
Recognizing  his  surroundings,  he  remembered  the  cave  they  had found  to  escape  the  rain. Early morning light emanated from the entrance, shedding light on Tipper, who  lay asleep beside him. In the dim light, Brock noticed something near Tipper. 
He  leaned  close  to  get  a  better  look,  finding  bones  he  hadn’t noticed  in  the  dark  of  night. Near the bones, rows of four parallel lines marked the surface of the rock. His chest  constricted as he realized that something lived here, something large. 
A howl echoed in the forest outside the cave. 
Brock urgently shook Tipper. 
“What? What’s happening?” Tipper blurted, sitting up in confusion. 
“Shh.” Brock whispered. “Be quiet. There’s something out there.” 
Tipper rubbed his eyes. “Huh? What are you talking about?” 
A shadow eclipsed the  light at the  mouth of the cave.  As Brock turned toward the entrance, his breath caught in his throat. 
Against the light of the morning sky, the silhouette of a massive four-legged creature blocked the opening. Whatever it was, they were in its home and it was angry. 
A  low  growl  sounded,  its  ferocity  rumbling  in  the  small  cave.  The boys  backed  away,  and Brock stumbled  when  he collided with a boulder near the rear of the  cave. He scrambled to his feet  as  his mind  raced.  The  beast  blocked  the  only  exit.  Like  the  banshee attack  at  Glowridge Pass,  they  were  trapped  in  a  hopeless situation  with  no  way  out.  His  mind  drifted  back  to  that event and he reacted. 
Brock scooped a bone from the cave floor and began scraping a symbol on the  boulder: the same rune he had drawn on Hank. 
The creature stepped forward, and Brock noticed the beast’s eyes, glowing an angry red. The smell of wet animal filled the cave, mixing with the smell of fear from Brock and Tipper. 
Spurred  by  desperation,  Brock  closed  his  eyes  and  began pushing with  his  will.  He  felt  the same  force  as  last  time,  just  beyond himself.  Pushing  harder,  he  latched  onto  it  and  his  body grew  flush with  hot  energy.  A  storm  raged  within,  threatening  to  destroy  him. He  opened  his eyes and poured the energy  into the rune. It glowed bright red, pulsing as the  boulder  began to shake. 
Brock  backed  from  the  advancing  creature  into  the  rear  of  the cave,  against  Tipper’s cowering form. 
The boulder suddenly burst. Bits of rock pelted him, cutting hands held up to protect his face from the beast. The creature leapt back from the blast, dozens of small shards hitting its face and body. It growled in rage. Brock lowered his throbbing hand to see what had happened. 
The boulder moved toward the beast. The round headless body of the rock advanced on four legs made of stone, emitting crunching and grinding sounds with each movement. 
The  hairy  beast  attacked,  swinging  vicious  swipes  with  its  huge  paws.  Sharp  claws  scraped the  hard  surface  of  the  living  boulder  and  bounced  off  harmlessly.  The  beast  backed  away,  but the boulder continued to advance. 
The  beast  attacked  again,  with  little  result  as  the  boulder relentlessly  forced  it  backwards. Suddenly, animal was outside,  its red eyes squinting  in the pale light of pre-dawn. It  made one last swipe and then bolted. 
The  boulder  turned  the  corner  to  give  chase,  one  leg  stepping over  the  edge,  and  it disappeared.  The  rumbling  and  crunching sound  of  a  small  rockslide  followed  as  it  tumbled away. 
The cave became silent. 
“What in the blazes? Brock, what did you do?” Tipper shouted. “What was that thing? What’s happening?” 
“I don’t know!” Brock yelled back. He was breathing heavily, trying to calm himself. “I don’t know, Tipper. I had to do something, and it just came to me. I don’t know what it is.” 
“It’s like what happened with Hank. You did it again with that big rock,” Tipper said. 
“Yeah. I know,” Brock replied. “I wish I knew what it was, but I don’t.” 
Brock  grabbed  his  pack  and  headed  toward  the  entrance. “Let’s get  out  of  here  before  that thing comes back.” 
Stepping  outside  the  cave,  he  looked  down.  The  rock-thing  lay  at the  bottom  of  the outcropping,  its  legs  broken  off  with  the  pieces still  twitching.  A  shiver  went  down  Brock’s spine. 
“That’s creepy,” Tipper said. 
Nodding,  Brock  began  to  climb  down  as  the  first  rays  of  morning sun  streaked  across  the valley.







The Emblem Throne 
(The Runes of Issalia #2) 
Release Date: October 6th 2016



Journey on a magical quest to save the world... 

As they strive to become Masters within the Ministry, Brock and his friends resume their training at the Academy, an institution founded on magic, science, knowledge, law, and combat. They soon discover an expansive web of conspiracies and deceit within the Ministry, hidden behind a veil of benevolence and piety. The exposure of one of those secrets forces Brock and his friends to flee the institution with their lives in the balance. 

Joined by a fierce Tantarri warrior, the group embarks on a quest to locate a mysterious throne that has been lost for centuries. Guided by the cryptic words of an ancient prophecy, and backed by a forbidden magic that they are still learning to wield, they journey across the continent to save humanity from extinction.




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An Empire in Runes 
(The Runes of Issalia #3) 
Release Date: April 27th 2017




A Long Forgotten Magic That Might Save the World...Or Destroy It

Led by a boy named Brock, a small team of teens urgently assembles a force to confront an army of monsters, one that ravages and destroys anyone or anything in its path. 

In a race against time, Brock attempts to train a group of recruits to wield the powerful magic known as Chaos, a magic that he himself is still learning to master. All the while, they must remain vigilant against a secret organization within the Ministry that will do anything to prevent the return of Chaos. 

As foretold by an ancient prophecy, the human army must face and defeat their ancient enemy on the Tantarri Plains. For if they fail, all will be lost.




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Jeffrey L. Kohanek grew up in rural Minnesota, where comic books sparked his young imagination and inspired fantasies of heroes with super-powers saving the day. His tastes later evolved to fantasy epics, featuring unlikely heroes overcoming impossible odds to save worlds born from the writer’s imagination. 

Now residing in southern California, Jeff uses that imagination to weave tales of engaging characters caught in fantastic plots to inspire young adults and the child within us all. His first book series, The Runes of Issalia, began in May 2016 and will conclude in Spring 2017.

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