RuneWarriors by James Jennewein and Tom S. Parker
Release date: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
“RuneWarriors” is the story of Dane and his friends, a band of 13-year old Vikings who set out to avenge their town and rescue the lovely Astrid from the grips of Thidrek the Terrifying.
Boys that like fart jokes will probably like “RuneWarriors.” Come, on, I mean one of the characters is named “Fulnir the Stinking.” However, although the story really picks up and becomes fairly engaging towards the end, this book has a lot of issues. One incredibly frustrating thing was the frequent use of anachronism. I would expect a book for ages 8-12 to attempt to connect with the readers in some way, but not the blatantly modern terminology used here. The characters would have been more believable as 15 than they were at 13, which might have allowed the writers to bump up their targeted ages to 10-15, which would have allowed for the style to flow much more smoothly.
Basically this is a fun adventure book, but definitely not a great one.