• Runes of Issalia: The Complete Collection

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Jeffrey L. Kohanek
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Contains the complete Runes of Issalia series.

The Buried Symbol, book one

Rejecting his role as an outcast, Brock risks his life and obtains a false rune, marking him a member of the Empire's ruling class. Under a veil of deception and backed by natural talent, he then schemes his way into a school where the Empire's future leaders are trained. Can he maintain this charade? Within an academy of magic, science, and combat, he discovers secrets kept from society, among which is a forbidden magic he is able to wield. He is determined to tame his frightening new abilities. One misstep could destroy him.

The Emblem Throne, book two

The return of a forgotten magic sparks a prophecy of doom. A thin thread of hope remains, hidden with a long lost relic. Brock and his friends resume their training at the Academy. However, an expansive web of lies resides within the Ministry. The exposure of one such secret forces Brock and his friends to flee the school with their lives in the balance. Guided by cryptic instructions from the past and backed by a magic they have yet to master, these young heroes embark on a quest to unearth mysteries buried with the legendary Emblem Throne. However, the path is fraught with blood thirsty monsters and unsuspected danger. One mistake could seal the fate of everyone in Issalia.

An Empire in Runes, book three

A powerful magic. An unstoppable army. The final battle. Mankind's fate hangs in the balance. The eastern cities of Issalia lay in ruin, destroyed by a horde mindless monsters. Led by a teen named Brock, a squad of young heroes seeks a means of stopping this dark force from consuming the rest of the continent. The future of mankind hinges upon a powerful yet destructive magic. As foretold in an ancient prophecy, this rag-tag force gathers upon the Tantarri plains, prepared to face an army of giants. All the while, they must remain vigilant against a secret organization within the Ministry, who will do anything to prevent the return of Chaos.

©2021 Jeffrey L. Kohanek (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Best series I've come across in a long time

This is the first time I've written a review, despite having nearly 900 books in my audible library. Very refreshing to have an MC that's not a complete moron, or whiny and entitled, or an overpowered arrogant prick. The characters are likeable and relatable. The story kept my interest from beginning to end and was very fulfilling.

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The underdog progression fantasy

solid storyline, good pace, all the tropes I enjoy including the underdog hero fighting against oppression

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Struggled to finish.

The premise of the books are nice, but poorly executed. I tried to give it a chance, but the third book was just not working. It felt like a little formulaic with few interesting things in between. I ended giving up halfway into the last book.

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What if LoTR, WoT, and Harry Potter had a baby?

As you listen to Jeffrey L. Kohanek's masterpiece Runes of Issalia, you will quickly feel the influence of other fantasy works like Harry Potter, Wheel of Time, and Lord of the Rings.

And let me say right up front. It totally works for me! I loved every minute of the 26hr listening time.

The three book series follows our hero Brock as goes from being a zero to hero in this well crafted and well paced story. Without giving any spoilers away, I will warn future listeners that each time you think you've nailed down where story is going and what type of take it is going to tell, it will turn itself on its ear and you will spend a good amount of time going "Ok, I was expecting that, now what?!".

I have to give credit to Tim Campbell, he's a fantastic narrator. And does a fantastic job of setting the pace for the entire series. Speaking of his pace, unlike some other authors who tend to get lost in so much "world building" that they keep repeating details that they already gave us over and over (but, who are amazing at their craft), JLK keeps the story moving along at a pretty ideal pace.

Between Tim Campbell's reading and JLK's writing pace, I found myself loosing many hours at a time listening to the book. Which all sounds fine and good, until you realize its 4:30am and you've gone from "getting sleep for the night" to "taking a nap before work".

If you've listened or read any of JLK's other works, you will absolutely enjoy this one. Or, if you are a fan of "zero to hero" stories like Harry Potter and Wheel of Time (minus the 15 books to get there), I suspect you will become a fan of this one as well.

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I really enjoyed this book

Really enjoyed this book. I felt like action didn't stop for a minute. I really enjoyed this genre of zero to hero this is a classic example.

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Very Enjoyable Fantasy Story!

This is a Fantasy Story that is also a sort of coming of age story since the MCs are late teens. This was such a good and interesting Pagetuner that I listened to the entire Trilogy in 2 days. Some of the Romance was a bit mushy but for Teenagers that is what I guess we should expect. I felt this Trilogy was well written and the Narrator did a wonderful job with the characters voices and the entire storyline!
Highly Recommend

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Just about perfect

I really enjoyed this book. It has a good mix of action, magic and character building. This kept my interest throughout the entire book. The only thing missing are some intense sex scenes, but that’s just me. I hope there are more installments to come.

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Another great Kohanek Saga

A great "zero-to-hero" tale worth hearing from beginning to end. Jeffrey Kohanek is a tremendously talented author who produces consistently entertaining content and Tim Campbell brings the work to life.

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  • Cat
  • 06-05-22

A fast-paced, intriguing, academy-style YA fantasy

Runes of Issalia is a fast-paced, intriguing, academy-style YA read that is highly entertaining. Here we find a story about being the underdog, facing ostracism, forming friendships and, last but not least, enjoying some sweet puppy love!

The world-building is fantastic, I loved the magic system, and the secrets unveiled as the story progresses are masterfully handled.

This series has so much packed into its three books that it's hard to condense it all into one small review. There's a ragtag team of men and women who train at an academy, forbidden magic to uncover and master, and a dark army waiting to overrun the world.

There shall be laughs, there shall be tears, but... This series is definitely one I recommend to any YA fantasy lovers out there!

Note: I listened to the audiobook, and it was beautifully narrated by Tim Campbell.

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  • Janice Sales
  • 10-23-21

Brilliant books

Once started couldn’t put the books down Felt like I was actually in the story which was well read as well as written. Can’t wait to continue with this writes books as everyone I’ve read or listened to has kept me enthralled

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  • Richard Brookman
  • 03-11-22

it was rushed,

it was a good story but some characters were rush and and it seemed the author wanted to finish the story,a shame