the buried symbol

Title: The Buried Symbol
Author: Jeffrey L. Kohanek
Publication Date: May 5th 2016

I recieved a copy from the author for an honest reveiw. This does not affect my opinion in any way.

the buried symbol

Goodreads Summary:

Discover a lost magic, long buried and forgotten…

Without a rune marking his role in society, Brock is doomed to an existence below the lowest rung of the social ladder. Unwilling to accept his fate, the teen risks his life to obtain a fake rune that marks him as a member of the Empire’s ruling class. He then embarks on a quest to join an institution where the Empire’s future leaders are trained.

As a student of the Academy, he soon uncovers a chain of secrets kept hidden for centuries, secrets that expose cracks in the foundation of Empire society. Among his discoveries is a powerful magic, long buried and forgotten.

Brock’s compassion and sense of justice are seeds that sprout tight friendships and a blossoming romance. An unwillingness to be bullied earns him a dangerous enemy, becoming a feud that escalates to a climactic showdown.


My Review

This is the story of a boy on th cusp of manhood, having grown up poor in the squalid area of the city, having watched his mom and , his aunt succumb to diseases that could have been helped if they had been able to pay for medicine, desperate to rise above his assigned station in life. For, in this world. one’s station in life depends o he runes which are given in childhood by the Ministry. Not everyone is lucky to receive a rune and these people referred to as the Unchosen, are doomed to exist at the very lowest rungs on the social ladder, unless like Brock, one has the audacity to have  rune illegally tattooed onto one’s forehead and pass oneself off as a Chosen.

What I liked most about Brock was his ‘balls’. Yes! He chose to take a high rune, that of the Ministry, gained entrance to their Academy and managed to excel without giving himself away to the authorities. I also admired his humble attitude; he certainly didn’t forget his origins and this kep him grounded and thankful. He is also quick to act selflessly and I loved the camaraderie between himself and his roomies I love the whole boarding school vibe.

The plot is not as tightly woven as I would have liked but it is exciting nonetheless. I really like the concept and its execution and the author’s way of writing is very engaging. It makes you want to ignore the little problems here and there and just immerse yourself into the story I  did find it necessary to suspend my belief a lot , to believe that Brock was able to obtain such a rune so easily and gain entrance all on the say so of a woman he had just met, without proper papers.

Also, though intriguing. the world felt incomplete. There wasn’t enough know about how the runes came to be used and integrated into the society. It appears that this is intentional to heighten the mystery that Brock and his friends will have to unravel. If it’s like that, I look forward to reading about it in the sequel.

Overall. a really great start to what promises to be an intriguing, adventure-filled,  fantastical series with a main character you can’t help but root for.

My Rating

4 1_2

About The Author


Jeffrey L. Kohanek grew up in rural Minnesota where comic books sparked his young imagination, inspiring 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 characters caught in fantastic plots to inspire young adults and the child within us all. His debut book is The Buried Symbol, an epic fantasy novel launched in May 2016.

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