Rune’s Folly (Tower of Shells #1) by Garen Glazier

Rune’s Folly
Garen Glazier
Publication date: February 5th, 2019
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult

By day, Tansy McCoy is a florist making charmed bouquets for the citizens of Junonia, capital of the Kingdom of Terranmar. By night, she’s an assassin and the keeper of the Dangerous Garden where deadly blooms grow. Together with the town tailor, butcher, baker, and metalsmith (just don’t call her a candlestick maker), she is part of the Guild, a secret group of spell-wielding thieves and mercenaries. Their task: consolidate all that remains of the realm’s fading magic under the ruthless King Zeno’s control.

Impetuous loner Tansy chafes under her Guild demands. She longs to quit her town and trade and head for the hills. Unfortunately, King Zeno has other plans. He wants to marry off his daughter to Terranmar’s famously reclusive wizard, Rune Hallows, and he’s willing to have the Guild kidnap him to make it happen. Fail to deliver the wizard and the consequences will be swift and deadly.

Reluctant but determined, Tansy sets out on the long journey to faraway Wentletrap and Rune’s desolate tower by the sea. To get there she must cross a swamp full of sinister surprises, battle a werewolf, and outrace a bloodthirsty band of revenants, while she wrestles with her own magical powers that seem to be expanding in unpredictable ways.

But reaching Rune’s tower is only the beginning. When Tansy learns the real reason behind the king’s contest, she’ll need to decide whether to give in to the growing forces of magic ready to reclaim Terranmar or embrace her newfound powers to save the kingdom.

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I have to tell you that I really liked it.

I was honestly more excited by the second half than the first because it is of course when things started happening and we got some good action going on.  But then to be fair, it is the first book of the series and I think the author took a good amount of time to set things up for us.

However, as I went deeper into the book it got better and I really enjoyed the characters and the overall story.  I am guessing there is a book 2 coming around the corner, and I am really curious and how things will go from there.

There wasn’t anything huge at the end, so, for now, I can pretty much live with how Rune’s Folly ended without too much anxiety. We all know how I do not like to wait, but waiting is easier when there is no massive cliffhanger slowly eating at me.

We do get to know Rune and Tansy and I did like them, however, I believe we will see them grow more as the story unfolds.

Rune’s Folly was really well written and easy to read. I finished it all in one go and truly enjoyed it.  It was overly descriptive at times and we all know I am not crazy about that (personal taste) but it did not take away from the story.

I do believe Garen did an amazing job with the world building and as I mentioned, I am so curious as to when book 2 is coming out.  This makes for a good Fantasy series and I am hooked.

I am going to highly recommend Rune’s Folly to you all, and I hope you love it as much as I did. As you can see I am not giving away too many details, but I would say that if you are in the mood for some magic and good storytelling then you will enjoy this book.

Now the important question is: When is book 2 coming out?

Author Bio:

I have always called Seattle home and find the perpetual gloom to be a wonderful writing ally. I like coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in my living room and singing in my car. The opening scene of Up makes me cry. Three Amigos makes me laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are my guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. I prefer boxing classes to yoga, and I get some of my best ideas when I’m running. I loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master’s in art history. In an ideal world I’d go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. I’ve never been an early bird, and I feel strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.

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