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I already have several Rune books in my library so, why by another? I feel each book adds to the whole, this book is no different. Having said that, it is slightly different, in that, while most books give you an overview, then on to the meanings of the symbols for divinatory purposes, this book I feel adds more to the overall picture. Part two invites the reader to explore the runes for magical purposes, with ideas to experiment with. The three aett's or families, are explained. The rune meanings are explained in three sections, Primary themes, Additional meanings and Magical uses. In summary, a very useful guide, well explained ( there is also a free gift within). So, if you are embarking on your runic "journey" this guide, I feel would make an excellent companion.
The book is very bland but the most frustrating part was that it was bought as a gift in advance and so when it was opened and there was one duplicated rune and one missing it was too late to returns. Very poor indeed and avoid this item
Let me start by saying that I highly enjoyed this book and I really like the way Lisa Chamberlain writes. It also seems that Chamberlain publishes her books by herself and not through another publisher. If that is the case, then huge respects to her for that achievement! I did encounter some parts in the book that I didn't feel matched the rest of the content in quality, but this are easily fixed problems which I hope the author takes to heart as constructive criticism if she ever decides to write a new edition.
The biggest improvement that could be made to this book is better explanation of reading of the runes. Chamberlain presents a rune reading system that reads the runes differently if they happen to point towards or against the caster/reader, non-reversed and reversed runes. This is completely fine, but it was never explained what it meant if the runes land blank side up, it wasn't even mentioned that it meant nothing (if that was the case), it was simply never mentioned. If I was to use the rune reading system in the book, I wouldn't know what to do if a rune lands on the blank side since it is never explained what it means or if it means anything at all.
I'm also familiar with a different way to read runes, that read runes differently if the runes lands rune side up or blank side up. Here the rune side up has one meaning and the blank side up has a different (often opposite meaning). This is different to the system presented in the book where the runes apparently only have meaning if they land rune side up, with the rune pointing either towards or away from the caster/reader. Of course Chamberlain can present the system she herself most prefer in the book, but I think the system she presented should be explained more in detail, especially the meanings of blank runes which is not explained in the book.
That is the biggest improvement to be made. Another smaller improvement to be made is the quality of the images in the book. The images in the book are kinda blurry, like if they were printed out of an office printer, but they are readable and useable. However if the images could be made to be more sharp and clear, that would be a great improvement. Lastly I noticed a small error in the explanation of the meaning of the rune Berkana, page 110. You wrote Tiwaz in there where you probably meant to write Berkana, when you mentioned possible meanings related to the gender of the querent.
Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and these minor problems makes me rate the book 4/5, but if these minor problems were to be fixed, I would easily give it 5/5. Overall a very good book, and I look forward to future works from the author.
It's ok gives a good explanation of the runes only thing I don't like is some of the symbols on the cover don't match the symbol on the inside although they mean the same thing there taken from the old and some symbols from the new
I have had to buy two copies of this book as my friend got so attached to the first one I bought her I didnt have the heart to take it back from her so I bought myself another one :) I'm a Norse Pagan and The Runes are a path in that polytheist outlook I wanted to learn more about. I watched a channel called The Wisdom of Odin on youtube and they recommended this book as a no-nonsense and direct approach to the Elder Futhark Runes, their meanings and their uses. And that was spot on, i have since started carving my own Rune set.