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The Emblem Throne

(The Runes of Issalia #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  33 reviews
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, an institution founded on magic, invention, politics, and combat. However, an expansive web of lies resides within the Ministry, hidden behind a veil of benevolence. The exposure of one such sec
Paperback, First Edition, 292 pages
Published October 6th 2016 by Black Rose Writing
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The world is on the verge of extinction and the knowledge to defeat evil hides within the cryptic words of an ancient prophecy and the discovery of a throne long hidden from human eyes. Brock has returned to the Academy in order to earn the right to be called a Master within the Ministry. When the very Ministry they strive to emulate is vile and corrupt and Brock’s secret is uncovered, the group must run for their very lives as the clock ticks down on world destruction and domination by powers o ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Emblem Throne picks up where the Buried Symbol left off. As Brock and his friends return to the Academy, he is quickly exposed as an Unchosen and imprisoned, to be shipped off to work in a mine. But Brock's friends break him out and they escape the academy. On the run and hunted as outlaws, and one step ahead of invading hordes of nightmarish monsters bent on humanity's extinction, Brock and his friends race against time to find the Emblem Throne and uncover the means to deliver mankind from ...more
Cassie James
Thank you to the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, In no way does this influence my opinion on the book.

I enjoyed The Buried symbol a lot and I was excited to get into The Emblem Throne. The adventures of Brock and his friends is one that never ceases to be fascinating. I was curious about the direction this book will take after the ending of the previous one and I got a lot more than I expected. I had high expectations for this sequel and it surpa
James (ObservantRaven)
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
When it comes to second books in a series, I am always wary whether they are going to live up to the first book. I am glad to say that The Emblem Throne very much lives up the expectations set out by The Buried Symbol.

The Emblem Throne picks up shortly after the end of The Buried Symbol, and we are quickly drawn back into the story as the characters discuss and think on what happened at the end of The Buried Symbol. I found this extremely useful because there have been many times when I have rea
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars: (review request submitted by the author for an honest critique)

Many characters we met in book one, The Buried Symbol, are back and ready to assist Brock in his mission to save the world. Along the way, we meet several of their family members and begin to understand why they joined the Ministry. Cameron has two jealous older brothers. Ashland has an evil uncle but the sweetest and most loving parents. Benny, his father is a sweetheart and now sporting a wheelchair thanks to Benny's in
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 q ...more
Denis Mcgrath
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brock, who is destined to be a Master of Order is dismissed from the Academy and imprisoned when it is discovered the he has the rune of Chaos on his forehead, the antithesis of the rune of Order. His campions free him and they escape, encountering horrible creatures along the way who intended to ravage the population. They master some of their magical powers and prepare for a great battle. Great fantasy and I was disappointed to have to wait for the sequel to find out the outcome. The story may ...more
Kerry Dillenburg
Worthy of your time and money. I rarely spend to obtain good reading material with all of the free books available. However when exceptional works pop up I have to splurge and feed the book demon within and fill it's belly (and my desire for great reading) with another diamond in the making. I highly recommend this marvelous series.

See above. I just got started and kept on going. Sorry. Oh cuddle sticks...the review grinch is demanding 20 words of intense thought provoking analysis. Ok. Good bye
Mike Cross
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The adventure continues

Lots of magic, lots of death, inc some main characters.

Interesting to see the characters develop into leaders, followers and their different roles, a good way of showing that everyone has an important part to play in the adventure even if not physically strong or adept.

And a really nice read.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't read the first book in The Runes of Issalia but I still managed to understand the start of this book quickly, which is book II in the series.  The first few chapters introduced me to the characters, and as they left the Academy I found myself being being transported into their lives and journey.  I had to keep turning the pages way past the time of which I should have been sleeping. 

For anyone wanting to read this book I would recommend that you start with book I and take the compete
Maia Gomez
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again, the author outdid himself! This book is even better than the first, which I thought wasn't even possible! Once again we enter the epic adventure to travel with Brock and his friends. After unsavory circumstanced force the group to flee the Academy, they embark on an exciting adventure into unknown lands wrought with mystery, intrigue and adventure that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat! Experimenting with Chaos along their journey, they discover new talents and encount ...more
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also very good!

I am looking forward to the next installment of this series. This pure fantasy with well defined heroes and villains and really scary monsters thrown in .
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brock and his friends return to the academy to start their second year of study. Brock and his girlfriend Ashland had both been unchosen and were risking their very lives to be at the academy where if they were found out to have falsified their rune marking they could be killed outright by the ministry. They also found out that they both could harness the rune of chaos which the ministry declared evil but they both knew they were far from evil, so why the secrecy, what was the ministry afraid of ...more
Laura Ruetz
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a solid fantasy book. I read it before reading the first book, but had no trouble following any of the action or knowing who any of the characters were. I really enjoyed the characters, Brock and Ashland, and the rest, and their quest to uncover the truth about Chaos, a different type of magic, than what the Ministry teaches. Armed with an ancient book, they flee only to find themselves in the center of a prophecy, and a fight for the future of the world. They are complex and well writte ...more
Fiona Andrew
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
I am never disappointed reading books by Jeffrey L. Kohanek, he consistently write stories that enthral, inspire and transport you to another world and time. This is the second book in the Runes of Issalia, its as exciting as the first. The main characters are still here with the exception of a few who were lost on the way. The story is quickly heading towards its conclusion. I for one can’t wait. Grab your coffee, or tea, or wine, curl up in your favourite reading place and lose yourself in the ...more
Jo McCreery
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emblem Throne

A fantastic follow on to book 1, enthralling and the story continues to draw you into the various scenes. Can't wait to see where things go in book 3
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oddly hard to put down

Once again I find myself entertained by this series. Not sure what to expect at first I find this story fascinating and can’t seem to put it down.
Dave Neuendorf
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
There are some new and interesting characters in this second book of the series. More Chaos powers are discovered. The author proves that he's willing to kill off some of the main characters.

The attainment of the goal, finding the throne, turns out to be anticlimactic. I would have preferred a more logical progression toward the goal.

I liked it enough to read the next book when it comes out.
Not bad

I have been intrigued by the story and the world building, however this book does need a new pair of eyes in terms of editing. There are a couple of spots where words are missing or the wrong spelling of a word jarred me out of the story.
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one series I would love to follow. The first part titled The Buried Symbol was an unputdownable read. I picked this book to continue from where I had left in part one. And I was in for a pleasant surprise.

The plot took off from the cliffhanger in the earlier volume. There is a sudden twist that gets introduced and that changes the entire perspective of the reader. To describe what it is would entail spoiler alerts. Hence, do read this book to know more about the story.

The narration took
So close

I genuinely really enjoy the story, sort of reminds me of the wheel of time. I just can't get over the simple characters though! The "he's got you there Cam" thing makes no sense. If you're a teenager who got caught by your friends being all mushy you don't then go on am empassioned speech about how wonderful love is. Every one of the characters seems to fall in love after one kiss. There's basically no complexity to any of the character interactions, if I was there I'd be worried I was
Ole-Henrik Markussen
Jun 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This is a spoiler-free review.

The book completely went to the gutters about 1/3 of the way through. It's clear the author has a plan with the book, but the execution is severely lacking. The characters motivation are unclear. The plot moves from A to B unnaturally, forced by the author needing to further the preplanned plot. This is done by the characters making illogical choices and acting like idiots. It just doesn't make any sense.

There were weak parts of the first book that I forgave and was
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Continues where the first one left off and the stakes are raised. The pacing is fast and the characters quickly find themselves out of the school setting and trying to fulfill the one hopeful vision out of the thousands of terrible endings with the combined use of the Order and Chaos magics. I'm enjoying seeing how the magic is being utilized in different ways and the history of it being unfolded. ...more
Nigel P
Still a reasonable tale

The story is ok, I’m irritated by....continuity I guess. These are supposedly intelligent people yet they walk into the place they are/will be most at risk without consideration or planning, they have at hand a powerful toll that requires some preparation yet fail to prepare themselves when they opportunity in some cases and plan in detail at others - irritating but, quite an interesting idea and tale.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I again liked this book in the series and most of the plot, but some bits felt overdone on the romance - so much love at first sight and sadness when separated a few days later - and it felt a bit like the multi point of view work didn't add too much and was being done just to show it could be done. ...more
Kyle Dougherty
This one felt similar to the first. Stuff just happens, everything is predictable and nothing feels like it stands out. Still it's an easy read that I didn't hate my time going through. I'll probably finish the series but it's hard to recommend unless your TBR list is small. It's definitely not bad but it never becomes good either. ...more
Daniel Brehm
The second book finished, and I can't wait to read the third. Once again, the book would be excellent for young adult readers. Although I'm enjoying the series, the prose is a little sophomoric, and easy. Overall, it's still an enjoyable read. ...more
Sanketsinh Chauhan
Can become more dramatic and adventurous
Andrew F
Overall this is a good book

This is a good quick read. The characters are growing a d getting ready for the final battle. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story

Enjoyable. Well written and worth the read.
It continues the story from book 1 and concludes in 3. Looking forward to it.
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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 c

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