I remember one very good book about boy on island (I think it was pretty big - there were like towns or villages). The island was connected to "real world" through some kind of portals. There was one more world which was like bad or something (you could use portal to get there as well). I remember there was one scene where the main character (boy) needed to get through one of the portals so he froze guards in time using spell. This boy was one of several Wizards who use runes to do magic. I think one of runes is called ehwaz or something like that.

Do you have some idea what is this book called. It is trilogy. I've read it about 3 years ago. I'd say it's from 2005.

  • Welcome to the site! You have a good start here. If you could take a look at this guide to help jog your memory and edit in any more details, that would be great. Every little bit helps us.
    – amflare
    Commented Nov 18, 2017 at 21:13
  • "Ehwaz" is the name of an actual letter from the runic alphabet, so that is probably remembered correctly,
    – Buzz
    Commented Nov 18, 2017 at 21:18
  • Thank you. I've edited my question according to guide. Commented Nov 18, 2017 at 21:29
  • Harry Potter???
    – Möoz
    Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 9:07
  • No, Harry Potter doesn't do magic using runes Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 12:59

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The description reminds me of the trilogy Book of the Stars (Goodread page of the first book) by Erik L'Homme. I read this trilogy in French, so I might have some names wrong in English.

In the books, there exists three worlds:

  • our world, without magic, called the Real world
  • a medieval fantasy world with magic called the Uncertain world
  • an island which is in between the two worlds mixing modern technology and magic

The Uncertain world is dangerous because it is where the Shadow, an evil and powerful character lives.

The island is pretty big, at least large enough for a few towns, mountains and forests (map).

In the island, there is a guild of wizards that preform magic using runes. Wizards can travel between the three worlds using wooden gates covered in runes. I think the gates are guarded by knights. The main character is a very powerful wizard apprentice and in the first book, he goes to the Uncertain world with friends to rescue a classmate who had been abducted. He also several time use magic to freeze enemies.

The trilogy was published in the early 2000s.

  • Nice answer, the best way of answering these is to do a point by point comparison, but this looks pretty good!
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 12:51
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    To support your answer, I'll add that the main character freezes the guards when he tries to get through the portal on at least two occurences.
    – Orlahm
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 16:40
  • @Vrashnak I thought so but I wasn't totally sure
    – j_4321
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 16:55
  • Yes that's it, thanks. Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 15:48

A Wizard of Earthsea? I know there is a Runemaster. From the Google Books description:

The island of Gont is a land famous for wizards. Of these, some say the greatest - and surely the greatest voyager - is the man called Sparrowhawk. As a reckless, awkward boy, he discovered the great power that was in him - with terrifying consequences. Tempted by pride to try spells beyond his means, Sparrowhawk lets loose an evil shadow-beast in his land. Only he can destroy it, and the quest leads him to the farthest corner of Earthsea.

It started as a trilogy, but ended up with 5 books:

  • A Wizard of Earthsea
  • The Tombs of Atuan
  • The Farthest Shore
  • Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea
  • The Other Wind
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    It's been a while since I read the Earthsea trilogy, but I don't remember needing any portals to go from one island to another. You just sail there. So the OP's description didn't ring any Earthsea bells with me.
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 15:16

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