Hello, everyone! If you’ve been looking for a longer series to read that is as addictive as Harry Potter, The Runes might just be for you.
Now, I’m not saying it’s as good as Harry Potter – do not come for me. I would never insult you, Potters. However, I have to say I’ve been fairly addicted to this series and it hasn’t disappointed me so far. The Runes was written by Ednah Walters and it has 7 books out: Runes, Immortals, Grimnirs, Seeress, Souls, Witches and Goddess, respectively. I’ve only finished reading the first 3. Grimnirs, the 3rd book, Souls, the 5th book, and Goddess, the 7th one, are from Cora’s perspective. Cora can be considered the sidekick of this series, but I guess she got so much love that the author decided to give her her own story. They’re all related to each other, though, so I do believe you should read them all in the correct order. Otherwise, you’ll be missing pretty crucial details in Raine’s story.
Here’s what Goodreads has to say about Runes:
Rated at 4.01 ⭐⭐⭐⭐:
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behaviour and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbour with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.
Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
I truly loved the first book and see myself finishing the series. Even Cora’s books are interesting enough to keep me from skipping them. The world that is discussed in Runes reminds me a lot of Shadowhunters/The Mortal Instruments, but at the same time, it’s very different. It’s very easy to love the characters but especially Raine’s parents. I would definitely give the 3 books I’ve read:
And if you love this series as much as I did/do, I’m sure you’ll be interested in knowing that Ednah also decided to create a few books from Eirik’s point of view, starting with Demons.