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I was initially turned off to the whole "one man fulfills his destiny in the fight against good and evil" vibe. The first couple paragraphs read like a list of fantasy tropes. The book is extremely theatrical and nobody speaks like an actual human being. However, I eventually got into the story and got past the dramatic presentation. The narrator slurps while speaking, which is a bit distracting, but he puts emotion behind all of the characters. Make sure to listen to the sample to see if this book is for you.
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Rune of the Apprentice is the first novel in a series called Rune Chronicles by Jamison Stone. Aleksi was born with a rune on his palm in a world where control of runes imparts extreme power. Those who can control runes become powerful and can control others. However, Aleksi's instructors don’t know that his rune is so powerful that the awakening power is slowly killing him. Thus, to save his life, Aleksi sets out on a quest to find his absent mentor who is wanted for crimes against humanity. During this journey, Aleksi meets a variety of people including a ship full of pirates, fighters, and a captive priestess. He becomes entangled in their lives, while still trying to maintain his secret and prevent his rune from killing him.
This story had a lot of potential to be really good, but it was too confusing for me. It is a complex world and the workings of it were not completely clear. However, the magic structure did seem to be unique. Fortunately, in spite of the confusion, the story was pretty interesting. There were a lot of characters, and I actually liked the pirate ship captain and his crew a lot. Aleksi, by comparison, was not as exciting and preoccupied. His coming of age story must progress through the next novels, but he appears to grow little in this novel. The growth is intellectual and hopefully, that will translate to character changes as the novel continues and he comes to terms with a revelation from this novel. A lot of the story takes place on a ship, which is not as confining as it may seem. However, there was a lot of description of the ship’s components like the different rigging and the boom that could get boring. The novel ends at a stopping point, but there is not resolution. Overall, the story as a lot of potential, but the world needs to be a little better explained.
This novel was narrated by Kevin T. Collins. I personally found the narration irritating. Each word was so deliberately forceful that it was distracting, but an effort was made to make the characters distinguishable. The production quality of the novel was good. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys high fantasy with unique magic structures and sea-bound stories.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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