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The River Runes

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Jonathan is a young man, on the cusp of taking his Master's place as magician of Third Chapel. Things are better than he ever expected; he's becoming closer to his father, he is in the midst of a blossoming romance, and his magical abilities are growing every day.

And then an exotic stranger named Bixby finds his way to Third Chapel. The faerie is curious about the people t
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Published May 9th 2011 by Ken Lindsey, via Smashwords (first published May 8th 2011)
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Kimberly Fujioka
In Ken Lindsey’s book River Runes, we enter the city of Caithiir. It is inhabited by humans but visited daily and protected through the river runes by magicians. Jonathan is the protagonist who is an apprentice to a magician. He is coming into his own. Soon he will assume the Master's place as magician of Third Chapel. However a curious newcomer makes his way into Third Chapel by the name of Bixby. He is a faerie. He is naïve and unsupervised. Trouble brews since the overwhelming force of Mother ...more
Jayde Scott
Jul 16, 2011 Jayde Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan is an aspiring magician in the city of Caithii and everything seems to be running according to plan for him. Until he meets Bixby who's a fairy. Bixby has done something to enrage Mother, which has set events into motion that might just mean the end of Bixby, but Jonathan is determined to protect his friend. Together with his Master, Jonathan is prepared to do what no magician would ever dare.

Jonathan is an interesting character coming from a good background. He's earnest, hard-working
Ashley Chen
Jun 05, 2012 Ashley Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book! When I saw the word magician in the synopsis, you know, I kind of squealed a bit and knew that I would love to read this book. I am a huge fan of magic and fantasy.

Jonathan reminded me of Merlin from the BBC show. He was very hard working and was very loyal. I saw him grew into a man. (If you know the show the opening changed from "boy" to "man"...yup I am getting teary eyed.) The plot might sound cliche, you know the whole protecting the city and all, but it was so fa
Masquerade Crew
Jul 12, 2012 Masquerade Crew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book has a lot to offer: adventure, magic, characters you both love and hate, and so much more. However, in my opinion, the thing that gives it the most charm is the setting. I love stories of ancient civilizations when towns were built with an outer wall. One particular scene hinted at some of the history of the humans of this particular city, Caithiir—that was one of the better scenes in my opinion.

Where this story lacks is in the quality of the editing. Some scenes were wri
I decided to participate in this book tour because I thought the summary sounded really interesting. I'm glad I gave it a go and read this book. The story follows the protagonist who is an aspiring magician called Jonathan. In the book we enter the world of Caithiir, a magical Kingdom where magicians live. Everything seems to be in order and going well for Jonathan until a mysterious newcomer who goes by the name Bixby enters the Third Chapel. Bixby just happens to be a faerie who is troublesome ...more
Alan Zendell
Jul 28, 2011 Alan Zendell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caithir is a human city surrounded by a hostile wilderness populated by faeries, though these faeries are not those of children's tales. We don't know how the humans got there, only that their ancestors were primitive nomads who evolved to their present state over many generations. True to the tradition of fantasy novels, the humans have a medieval technology supplemented by magic, while the faeries' power is entirely magical, albeit of a different kind. Humans and faeries are separated by mutua ...more
Benjamin Wretlind
When I was a wee one, I buried myself in quite a few fantasy worlds. As I grew older, however, and the lure of being scared out of my wits took over, I pushed fantasy back and let the horror take over. What was it, I thought, that led me from one genre to the next, and why have I never looked back?

Setting. To me, it was all about the setting. I loved to be transported to a world that was not unlike our own populated with vivid characters who fought and loved and died in front of me and did so w
Heather Boustead
The River Runes
By Ken Lindsey

He has stood in the shadows and observed the village grow into the bustling city but his mother, his ruler, has forbidden him to interact with the people of the town. But mother has been gone for a long time now and his curiosity grows everyday especially where the magicians are concerned. Soon he will build up the courage to venture into the city, but when he does, he unintentionally brings about a war between his people and the humans.

The author manages to create
May 03, 2012 Micheleann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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i found this book to be very intriqing. definatly a book to recommend to someone.altboigh i have to say was very surprized to see that it had faries in ot.. fairies that hzyed humans but one fairy who had the protection of the third chapel cause of johnthan who imlays apprentice who died cause of bixbys actions who was no longet welcome thete cause of two deaths.altnoigh johnthan vwholpved ponder fell in love with the first chapel calebs apprentice julianne lzter came to aboy who johnthan became ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Davy rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book. I'm not usually a fan of books like this for one reason. Most times these book go on and on with the details of the fantasy world that it ends up taking away from the story. Or the oppisite; it describs so little of the fantasy world that you have trouble keeping up with the story. The author gave you the right amount of side dishes without taking away from the meat of the story. It was very well put together and very hard to put down at times. I believe everyon ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“The River Runes” is an imaginative and engaging story of magic, faeries and conflict. An interesting cast of characters we grow fond of despite their imperfections.
Heather Davis
Jun 12, 2012 Heather Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I found this to be a very interesting story. Shows a whole new aspect to fairies. Definitely a good read for teens and young adults.
Lenore Wolfe
Nov 25, 2011 Lenore Wolfe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightfu! I highly recommend this book! I gave it five stars--a must read!
Jul 21, 2014 Fawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a whole new spin on fairies. You fall right in with the main character and can visualize exactly where he is and what he is doing without a lot of description involved. I'm not into books that you need to spend two pages reading how a building looks. Almost didn't pick this book, but glad I spent the read. There is a big fat opening at the end, leaving the possibility for a new book. Don't get me wrong. It does wrap up in the end. So you don't feel like you now have to wait around for th ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Lyndon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An MG/YA fantasy that pits the forest faerie against city-dwelling humans - each seen as a threat to the other's way of life. But some humans have magic in their veins which means the divide between the races isn't as wide as they first believed.
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Ken Lindsey is the author of the Gavin English Stories series, as well as the fantasy novel, The River Runes. Writing has been his first love ever since he gave up his dreams of being the next Hulk Hogan, some time back in the nineties. He has four beautiful children, and lives in Northern Idaho where he drinks far too much coffee.

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