Diamond Bonds by Jeff Kish

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

A kidnapped girl. Nations in conflict. Legends of an ancient kingdom. And one amateur thief finds himself at the center of it all.

Era cares only of surpassing his father’s infamy as a master thief – until he stumbles onto a kidnapped girl and promises to return her home. Dreaming of a quick and easy reward, Era and his thieving partner Jem set off to return the girl to her wealthy father. However, when bounty hunters and elemental mercenaries attack to recapture the girl, her claims of ignorance begin to ring hollow. When the girl’s own elemental talents are revealed, Era begins to question what else she may be hiding.

As Era fights off foe after foe with his untrained earth shaping skills, the temptation to simply collect the reward on her head sparks an inner conflict between his moral foundation and the future he has always wanted.

In this first book of the Runics series, Jeff Kish delivers fun characters, escalating stakes, and even a hint of romance as this exhilarating novel introduces readers to the unique and marvelous continent of Castuni.


Swept away by charming characters, thrown in amongst enemies, and bound to your seat as the plot unfolds. Thus sets the stage for Diamond Bonds as it captures and refuses to let go of your attention.

Fast paced action with thrilling details meets the humor and complicated personalities of unforgettable characters. The story is set in a fantasy world with fantasy powers which are easily described so as to not overwhelm the reader with trying to understand; the information is given subtly but clearly and by the first half of the book the reader will consider him/herself a local!

There is absolutely no profanity or cussing and no sexuality at all (except for a couple of kisses), keeping the book a clean and entertaining read. Though the main characters are in their later teen years, I see no reason to keep this book for that age group alone; 13 and up would enjoy it without a doubt.

I know that many of the readers may be cautious because of the “powers” present, so I am going to inform those reading this review that the powers do not have a “dark” and “light” side. The powers are a normalcy and though some of the battles may be intense, there is not those conflicting good powers versus bad powers, there are just different degrees of knowledge of how to use their abilities.

So overall, I give Diamond Bonds a full 5 out of 5 stars for my audience and highly recommend it to teens both young and old 🙂

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