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The Buried Symbol by Jeffrey L. Kohanek – An Epic YA Magical Fantasy Book About Ancient Powers

Discover a lost magic, long buried and forgotten… Brock is doomed to a life below the lowest rung of the social ladder. He has no rune to mark his role in society, but he refuses to accept this fate. Instead, he risks his life to obtain a fake rune and mark himself as a member of the Empire’s ruling class, where he joins an institution where the Empire’s future leaders are trained. But he finds that in the Academy, there is a chain of secrets that has been hidden for centuries, revealed through the cracks in the foundation of the Empire society. Because Brock discovers magic – old and powerful, buried and forgotten. This discovery, coupled with his sense of justice, his compassion, his friendships and his blossoming romance, and his unwillingness to be bullied, makes him a dangerous enemy. And with this comes a feud that escalates to a climactic showdown.

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Our Summary

The Buried Symbol is an epic YA magical fantasy book set in a fictional Empire. The story follows Brock, who obtains a rune that gives him a place in society, and enters the Academy where he finds knowledge of an old and ancient magic that complete changes his life and relationships – and hurls him headfirst into the final showdown. Fans of the Harry Potter series and A Wizard of Earthsea will love this sword and sorcery book that will leave you breathless.

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What Readers Are Saying

I loved this book! I thought the plot was very well thought out and very entertaining. The main character Brock is so likable. His character captures you right from the start. The other characters and the relationships between them are fun, genuine and real! My book club read it and everyone really liked it. I am really looking forward to the next book” – Gina Roberts, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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This pulled me in and kept engross in the story till the end. I would class this as a great young adult story that is also enjoyable for adults and as adult (over sixty) I enjoyed book so much I had trouble going to bed I wanted to read the next chapter. The idea of a world that at birth people are marked and this mark then funnels people into their future life positions was sort interesting. ” – Book Hoarder and Proud of It, Amazon reviewer ★★★★★
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I love the storyline, it draws you into the world so eloquently. It’s exciting and unique. The hero is someone you would want to be friends with in real life! And there were twists in the plot I never saw coming!” – Amazon customer ★★★★★
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About the Author

Jeffrey L. Kohanek grew up in Minnesota, where he cultivated his love for comics, fantasy heroes, and fantasy epics. He now lives in Southern California. You can visit him online at, and follow him on Twitter @JLKohanek.

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Similar Books

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

Preview the Book

The Buried Symbol is a YA epic fantasy novel that will appeal to fans of sword and sorcery, magic, coming of age, empires, student life, academies, forging friendships, tackling social problems, ancient magic, faked identities, and heroes who are determined to make their own paths.

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