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3.23  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  31 reviews
It's the eve of the Festival of Greatness and Dane has a big problem. He's yet to choose his nickname. Dane the Dangerous? Dane the Despicable? He can't decide. But when Dane sees his proud father shamed by the evil tyrant Thidrek the Terrifying, Dane's indignation earns him a moniker that sticks—Dane the Defiant! And when Thidrek kidnaps Dane's beloved Astrid in hopes of ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by HarperCollins (first published April 5th 2008)
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Jul 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
Where to begin? Well, it starts off with that Portentious Language From Olden Times but rather quickly devolves into half-joking, half-modern ('em was NOT a Viking phrase) writing. It wasn't until halfway through that I realized that the authors were screenwriters - this book over-explains and clearly dramatizes events with an eye to seeing it Live.

If you haven't read this, don't. It'll be out as a movie soon. I can see it as a Disney offering, with Mike Myers voicing the Ice Giant. or the Tyran
Mark Buxton
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
My name is Lut the Bent, and I should have spoken sooner about my disturbing dreams. I saw Dane, Voldar's son, riding a great wolf amid blood and chaos, as members of our tribe were slaughtered. I knew I had to tell Voldar when Thidrik the Terrifying entered our village. Thidrik is pure evil and not to be trusted. Unfortunately, Dane took the Shield of Odin into the woods along with Astrid, our most beautiful maiden, and left the village defenseless. Now, Voldar has been killed by Thidrik, Astri ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it

Well, I think this book is pretty ok, it's not like “THE BEST” but it’s at least enjoyable in some ways. I feel like this type of plot is used often, and well I don’t like to read the same story with different plots, it just doesn’t feel right. There’s a bully (Jarl) and there’s the damsel (Astrid), and the hero (Dane), and the villain… haven’t we heard this before. I say I love some good plot twists, but this book Doesn’t have one, it was so easy to know what will happen next. I’ve been talking
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a bit disconcerting and didn't quite work for me, although it could work for the right reader. I realize I'm not in the target audience, but I have enjoyed other Middle Grade fantasies (like Ranger's Apprentice).

It is a coming of age/quest fantasy story, set in Viking culture with Norse mythology elements. However, it's a deliberately "disneyfied" setting. The story is constantly attempting humor with anachronistic concepts and scatological situations. The whole thing becomes chil
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: This was one of those books that I just grabbed at the library with a kind of indifference like 'it looks like it could be good, I'll give it a go'. I wasn't really sure of it, but when I started reading it I really instantly fell in love with the story, characters and writing style. It was just really funny, but with a good mix of drama and adventure thrown in as well. The characters were great, and it was overall a very pleasant surprise! It's definitely not a his ...more
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Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-teen, reviewed, fantasy, arc
RuneWarriors is set within an ancient world of Norse mythology when mythic creatures roamed the earth. It is the story of a teenager named Dane the Defiant who sets off on a quest to retrieve the Shield of Odin (known to make the person holding it invincible) and find his beloved Astrid, Mistress of the Blade. Both the Shield of Odin and Astrid were stolen away by the reigning tyrant, Thidrek the Terrifying, who unexpectedly attacks the village during the Festival of Greatness. Dane, along with ...more
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
What could have been a really enjoyable historical fantasy was hindered by what appeared to be horrendously sloppy writing and editing.
The characters, fourteen, constantly act and are described as if they are years older. I can forgive that. What I had trouble forgiving were things like:

1) The character names. Two of the main characters were named Dane and Jarl. Not so bad in a modern setting, but bear in mind that this is set a thousand years ago, in Scandinavia, when Dane was a nationality and
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay so... I grab this book thinking that it might be one of those cool, really interesting fantasy reads. I read the jacket, seeing that it was about Vikings, and I thought, "Hey, this'll be fun. I would like to learn more about Vikings." This book was a huge disappointment! I wanted to read about Norse mythology, since I dont know much about it, and the book just barely touched on the Odin and Thor story.
This book was strange. The main character Dane the Defiant is hardly defiant at all! He's
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
First, I listened to this book in my car.

This story is about a young viking boy, Dane, trying to become a man. He has to save the country from a vicious ruler who has killed his father, stolen the girl of his dreams and is bent on ruling everyone and thing with cruelty. The stupid part was the fact that the hero is like 12 or 13 years old and the things he says and does do not reflect a child of that age. The story was at times so hard to listen to because the dialog was ridiculous. It seemed a
William Bentrim
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Rune Warriors by James Jennewein and Tom S. Parker

This is a young adult saga involving a Viking quest. It has all the heroic quest features with creatures, sidekicks and villains.

This is a book that should play well with the young teen. It is an easy and quick read. The dialogue is not stilted with fake language. The characters are highly flawed and demonstrate normal immaturity. Dane the defiant has to deal with his own personal foibles while becoming a chief protagonist. Demonstrating how riv
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book took a while to decide what it wanted to be. First, it started out as what was seemingly historical fiction set in the age of Vikings. Inexplicably, at some point the author's decided to make the book a strange Viking fantasy and throw in actual magic and bizarre anachronisms (many of which detracted from the overall quality of the book). I would have certainly preferred the historical fiction version of this book, and I may have even enjoyed the fantasy version (without the anachronis ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This book might have been good, but there were a few parts that just kind of ruined it. First, what was with the bathroom talk. I mean, usually the author does not put going to the bathroom in their book, but these ones do, and even one of the solutions to their problem relies on "going" in the water. Also, near the end, it seemed like Grelf, the tyrant's assistant, was actually a businessman transported from the 21st century. I mean, words like "real estate?" "Merchandise?" The concept of adver ...more
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Rune Warriors is an exciting adventure into the past that encompasses both ancient cultures and mythology. It does a great job of mixing both humor & drama. You can actually smell, see, & hear the boisterous ancient Vikings....from their hearty meals to their colorful language to their warrior pride. I wouldn't recommend it to really young kids because of some of the violence, but, it would be fine for teens. The mix of reality and Norse Mythology are well blended and believable. Surely, ...more
Teen (BTSYA): This book was very entertaining and funny. This would be good as a gift and I'd recommend borrowing it from the library. I liked the humor and the plentiful action a lot, and there were interesting references to Vikings and Norse mythology. I would recommend it for boys because it contains flatulence jokes and other humor along those lines.

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Okay, so apparently, I read this. When: no clue. But it does sound vaguely familiar and not in a positive way. What I thought: don't really remember. But what with all the negative reviews and that fact that I certainly didn't like it as I never mentioned it to my sister and never re read it, (Now that I think about it, I'm not even sure if I finished it) I am content with never re reading it and saying that it was rubbish.
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy and young teen
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: library
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
A Viking we go...! This is a fantasy hero quest that is a quick read, and I think is meant for a more young male teen audience, as the hero is that age and so is some of the humor! In this novel we have monsters, beasts, bad guys, heroes, sidekicks, damsels, Vikings and Valhalla! Basically, Dane the defiant battles Thidrek because he has woman napped her, as he wants her as a trade for the dangerous Thor's Hammer. Some smiting ensues!
lushly detailed (authors write screenplays), and mix of old style viking talk (ye, thy, etc). infused w/modern day humor (dane the insane) doesn't exactly work. still, messages peppered throughout early chapters (ownership, responsibility, parental expectations, leaving legacy behind). difficult to read aloud, large vocabulary and...dense. More required from readers to understand meanings behind writing
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, youngadult, audio
Meh. I needed something to listen to in the car, and I just was too lazy to go back to the library and get another book when this one turned out to be underwhelming. The rich voice of the reader helped me stay with it, too. It feels like the target audience for this book is ten year olds, and maybe I would have liked it when I was ten, or maybe even then I would have found it simplistic.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
As a fanatic of Nordic lore and culture, I really did not like this book very much. I realise though, that this book is aimed at people younger than I am, and may be of interest to said age group. But for me, the plot was trivial, the characters were too Hollywood fake, and in general, I feel like I just watched a Disney movie.
Teenage Viking warrior, Dane joins forces with his rival, Jarl the Fair, to retrieve the Shield of Odin, revenge his father's death and save his lady love, from the evil Thidrek. Lots of adventure! fun! Boys will enjoy.
audiobook-meh. The adventure scenes don't come soon enough, too much exposition/character explanation. The language the characters use is an interesting mix of quaint Viking oaths and modern sayings. I was thinking this would be a good alternative for Percy Jackson fans, but it isn't.
Hmmm, this book was very accurate with Norse legends, but the writing style could be a bit more developed.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
good book i liked the boyish humor but a bit too romantic for my taste
Oct 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book. It's just not that good. The sections seemed disjointed and the story doesn't flow that well.
This was a Good Beggining for the WHole Story
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Didn't finish this. I honestly wasn't enjoying this book anyway, so it's better for me to just end where I was instead of slogging through and actually finishing the book.
Barb Klein
I haven't read this book yet, but being a big fan of Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase, and The 39 Clues, I have come to understand a little bit about books that try to weave reality and fantasy or mythology. it seems to me that if these same books were being written about Adventures from the Bible, people would not be so harsh to judge the language of the time, the use of alcohol, or the believability of the storyline. That said the good reviews sound to me like reviews of the wonderful series' I hav ...more
Marie Kilpatrick
Aug 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Nothing spectacular, but fun to read.
Travis Clemens
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
It was a good read based on Vikings' folklore/beliefs. I really liked it.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Kind of slow, but got better toward the middle.
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