The Buried Symbol by Jeffrey Kohanek

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They tell Unchosen, “Accept your fate and you’ll be rewarded in the next life.”

The threat of execution is their recourse.

Rejecting his role as an outcast, Brock risks his life and obtains a false rune, marking him a member of the Empire’s ruling class. Behind a false identity, he schemes his way into a school for society’s elite.

Can he maintain this charade?

Within an academy of magic, he discovers a web of secrets, including a forbidden magic he is able to wield.

While he is determined to tame his frightening new abilities, one misstep could destroy him.


Jeffrey L. Kohanek grew up in rural Minnesota where comics 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, Jeffrey’s published fantasy books include the Runes of Issalia trilogy, the follow-up four-book series, Wardens of Issalia, and the stand alone title Rogue Legacy.

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