Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler

Runebinder

Magic is risen.When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity, but greed and thirst for power caused mankind's downfall instead. Now once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civ...

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Runebinder Reviews

  • Cindy

    4.5 stars!

    dark, intense, and fascinating. loved the new world kahler

    created in this dystopic fantasy, and loved our hero tenn as well.

  • Crazy4Books

    The magic and all the deadly creatures were super fascinating in this LGBT fantasy. The main character Tenn is a hunter who battles monsters as well as depression. I liked the world and the lore about the gods, but some of it was a little confusing. The plot was compelling and intense. The amount of death and violence was captivating. I also loved the mystery element. A book without a hint of mystery is like a character without personality. It builds suspense and drives the reader forward.

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    The magic and all the deadly creatures were super fascinating in this LGBT fantasy. The main character Tenn is a hunter who battles monsters as well as depression. I liked the world and the lore about the gods, but some of it was a little confusing. The plot was compelling and intense. The amount of death and violence was captivating. I also loved the mystery element. A book without a hint of mystery is like a character without personality. It builds suspense and drives the reader forward.

    In Runebinder, we try to uncover why Tenns coveted by the human prophets as well as the monstrous kin. Theres a lot of inner struggle going on and Tenns self pity was difficult to read at times, but I understand he's dealing with depression. He was relatably humble and flawed, but his choices at the end were kind of frustrating. The romance was heartbreakingly adorable. I also thought the twins were awesome and that the incubus was intriguing, but I was wary of getting attached to anyone with all the killing going on.

    The way the story is told felt a bit odd at times. Im not exactly sure why. Maybe its the third person perspective while only following one character or the use of past tense in some places. I dont usually notice analogies, but this book has an abundance of them. Not all of them were necessary, but some were pretty clever. I also wasnt a big fan of the jock stereotype in the first couple pages, but I thought the LGBT rep was great. The writing style just takes some getting use to, but the engaging story made it easy to keep reading.

    This story leans heavily on the chosen one trope without any real explanation as to why Tenn was chosen. I saw the major twist coming, but the second part was unexpected. The pace was well balanced between backstory and fight scenes. I was never bored which is a major accomplishment. I expect the writing will improve as the author publishes more books. The Goodreads ratings had me a little worried at first, but I ended up really enjoying it and after the way things ended Im looking forward to the sequel.

    *received in exchange for an honest review*

  • Delia Evin

    So I really really hate when a book is DNF for me, but unfortunately in this case it is. I really really tried to get through it but I just couldn't.

    First off let me start by saying that the premise of the book sounds great and it was immediately something I wanted to read. I started reading this book with high expectations but with each page that I got through it didn't get better.

    This review will contain a few spoilers for some of the ch

    So I really really hate when a book is DNF for me, but unfortunately in this case it is. I really really tried to get through it but I just couldn't.

    First off let me start by saying that the premise of the book sounds great and it was immediately something I wanted to read. I started reading this book with high expectations but with each page that I got through it didn't get better.

    This review will contain a few spoilers for some of the characters and plot, so don't read past this point if you don't want to be spoiled.

    One thing that I did really like about the part of the book I was able to read through, was that the main character is a gay man. It was refreshing to have a lead character be gay, and to have his love interests reflect that. It's too often that it's just a secondary character that is gay for the sake of diversity, without being provided any love interests. But really that's where the compliments for this book end with me.

    It could have been a great book with a great gay lead, but instead the main character, Tenn, is whiny, his thoughts and speech were disjointed for me and very rarely does he sound like a well spoken character. His "love" interests, if you can call them that, are pathetic and tacky. The "good guy" love interest, Jarrett is introduced as this somewhat mysterious figure but just comes across as stale. Also both the main character and him know each other from their shared past. In fact, they even dated at some point. Now the reason they don't immediately recognize each other, even though only a few years have passed since this version of Earth went to hell, is because magic has altered their appearances. But really, I couldn't understand how based on the descriptions provided by the author. A few scars and some muscle mass does not a physical transformation make.

    The "bad guy" love interest, Tomas, is an incubus, although he seems to dislike being called that? Why? Don't know, couldn't bring myself to read till the end of the book to find out. He does however have a weird tendency to say things that make absolutely no sense. His dialogue was atrocious (all of the dialogue is bad). At one point the author described him as wearing skintight black pants, snakeskin cowboy boots, and no shirt. I'm sorry. That description alone should have been enough to make me stop reading there because anyone who puts a character in that kind of outfit and thinks it's attractive has no taste.

    The character descriptions of everyone honestly is literally just emo kids from high school. No joke, the author himself even uses the word emo to describe a character. Also apparently after the world fell apart, the characters decided to change their original names to the ones they now call themselves. (ie: Jarrett used to be Kevin, and the lead Tenn used to be Jeremy) Why? No idea. Honestly I think Jeremy is a vast improvement over Tenn, but that's me.

    Overall I couldn't take anymore of the main character's internal, badly written, dialogue. 40% in and I gave up.

    This book seems to have been written by someone who wanted to create a cool post-apocalyptic magical world and instead created at best some subpar fanfiction for the genre.

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    Hello I just randomly found this book on GR and I went to check out what it is about and landed on

    of which I'll share a little extract for you lazy kids because I believe everyone, queer or not, will benefit from reading what the author said:

    Hello I just randomly found this book on GR and I went to check out what it is about and landed on

    of which I'll share a little extract for you lazy kids because I believe everyone, queer or not, will benefit from reading what the author said:

    I just legit teared up reading this last part and y'all can't believe how excited I am to read this book when it comes out

    Also you can read an

    and it sounds really promising so I'm even more excited *__*

  • Sarah

    3.5/5 STARS

    I received an ARC of this novel from Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

    I really wanted to love this book, it had been hyped up to be the next big fantasy series, with a LGQBTI+ rep as well - I was completely sold. I didn’t dislike it, I didn’t love it – I just liked it.

    The unique world Kahler has created is fascinating, however it is delivered in my opinion quite messily – which leaves the reader frustrated with the book. There is a lot to t

    3.5/5 STARS

    I received an ARC of this novel from Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

    I really wanted to love this book, it had been hyped up to be the next big fantasy series, with a LGQBTI+ rep as well - I was completely sold. I didn’t dislike it, I didn’t love it – I just liked it.

    The unique world Kahler has created is fascinating, however it is delivered in my opinion quite messily – which leaves the reader frustrated with the book. There is a lot to this world that Kehler has created, from the world itself (it's kind of post-apocalyptic like Earth but post-apocalyptic because of Magic and Necromancers) to the magic, the rules of the magic, gods and the creatures/beings that roam in it.

    There was a lot of information that just wasn’t put across in the right way because there is literally so much to learn of this world.

    I found a few things were briefly brushed upon, but given that this is a series, I am sure that we will learn more about those things in the coming books.

    I honestly didn’t really enjoy the main character Tenn, he was increasingly frustrating, immature and ill tempered. You know why he is like this as you read the novel but it didn’t stop me from rolling my eyes and wishing he would just stop and use his brain for a moment.

    I really enjoyed the side characters quite a bit, especially the twins. I find them quite fascinating and I look forward to learning more about them in the coming novels.

    I am completely living for the LGQBTI+ rep in this novel though. It’s so blood good to read a YA Fantasy Novel with LGQBTI+ rep.

    Plot wise, the book did have a relatively good plot – but I found it was quite dragging. However, this is the first novel in a series so it is painting quite a bigger picture.

    The book and the events that occurred within it interested me, and I am looking forward to reading book two and seeing where it takes the characters next.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    I won an arc copy of this in a Goodreads/Firstreads giveaway.

    This cover is so freaking awesome and I admit I judged a book by its cover. I didn't realize exactly what it was about.

    The beginning started out good, well accept for one thing but the author did that part really well. But I just wasn't feeling the rest of it. The concept of all these monsters is really cool though!

    The book seems to have mixed reviews so you could be one that loves it 😊

    Happy Reading!

    Mel 💕

  • Amber Robertson

    It's been a while since I've had a DNF. Like, a really long time. However,

    really wasn't the book for me. I feel as though I may have DNF'ed it a little early but when the word 'lust' is mentioned twice within a page I can't help the gag that leaves my body and forces me to drop my phone. Can't deal.

    I also was struggling with the writing style. I'm not sure if it was just the eARC version but it was formatted

    It's been a while since I've had a DNF. Like, a really long time. However,

    really wasn't the book for me. I feel as though I may have DNF'ed it a little early but when the word 'lust' is mentioned twice within a page I can't help the gag that leaves my body and forces me to drop my phone. Can't deal.

    I also was struggling with the writing style. I'm not sure if it was just the eARC version but it was formatted a tad strange that let to me getting lost, quite a bit. I really couldn't deal. Not only that, but I feel like you're just expected to know what's going on in this world. It's an urban fantasy mixed with a dystopian from the seems of it but

    was explained by 10%, something that frustrates me because it leaves me wondering if I missed something pages back.

    I'm sure the diversity through this is great, but I just really couldn't get into the writing. I may come back at a later date when I can purchase a physical copy, but for now its a

    .

  • Cori Reed

    Okay. I have THOUGHTS.

    I think, on the surface, I would have given this book 3 stars. It's not a masterpiece, but it's entertaining and I wanted to keep reading.

    THAT SAID, the way Alex Kahler wrote a dystopian/fantasy where LGBT+ characters are a norm, not questioned, and very much the heroes, was FANTASTIC. So much respect for this novel. I will absolutely be picking up the rest of the series, whenever that may be.

  • Hailey

    written by Alex R. Kahler is book one in "The Runebinder Chronicles".

    Although November's theme is

    , I promised to review some new releases. Today I am fulfilling that promise. 

    was published this month on the 14th.

    In a world destroyed by the misuse of magic and greed for power, Tenn has been singled out by a dangerous Kin

    written by Alex R. Kahler is book one in "The Runebinder Chronicles".

    Although November's theme is

    , I promised to review some new releases. Today I am fulfilling that promise. 

    was published this month on the 14th.

    In a world destroyed by the misuse of magic and greed for power, Tenn has been singled out by a dangerous Kin named Tomás but when another hunter named Jarrett comes bearing the news that he is a prophesized one, Tenn needs to decide which side he is on.

    Before I preordered this book, I scrolled through Goodreads and found this comment with a quote from the author. It struck me straight in the heart and I knew immediately that this is the kind of author I want to support.

    I wanted to love it. I honestly wanted to. I would love to write an amazing review and tell everyone to read it, but I can't. I pride myself on writing honest reviews and I cannot give this book a good one.

    The main problem with this book is lack of explanation. Why is Tenn the chosen one? What does that mean? How will that impact the fate of the world? Why does Tomás want Tenn? (This was kind of answered.) Why does Tomás hate being called an incubus? What does Tomás mean when he says that Jarett has an alternative motive? The questions were endless and barely answered. I understand that this is a series and we will learn more as the story progresses but I would have appreciated a basic platform to then build upon.

    The confusion was only made worse by the introduction of new characters. I couldn't comprehend why the mattered, what was their role, and how they came to know the other characters. To be fair, it was answered with most of the characters but in a vague way that still left me confused. A perfect example of this is Tori. She goes from being barely introduced to becoming a character that Tenn nearly kills himself for. Now I understand he has a deeply emotional character, but even Devon and Dreya were all about saving her too. In summary, the introductions of characters and their dynamics did not flow.

    Now I loved how the author did the LGBTQ element. It is so original and refreshing. Here is another quote from the author:

    The amazing thing is he actually accomplished this. I am ridiculously impressed. It didn't feel forced or overpowering. I genuinely enjoyed his "code queer" approach. Incredible. I loved it.

    Ironically, I do have a problem with the relationships. Tomás' relationship with Tenn made complete sense. I mean he is incubus? It is a pretty safe bet that Tenn is going to be immediately attracted to him. I also really enjoyed Tomás because I have this thing for psychotic bad boys. I always ship in favor of the bad boy no matter the consequences. Anyways... Tenn's relationship with Jarrett's bothered me. I understand that he knew Tenn from one of the magic schools before the monsters unleashed hell. He was a year ahead of Tenn and they had a flirty relationship involving studying in a library. Despite this adorable backstory, how did Tenn and Jarrett go from a bud of a relationship to being full out lovers? Also are they lovers? They kissed a couple of times and slept in the same bed, but I never got the impression that they went to fourth base. I guess it could have meant the less "saucy" version, but I didn't get that impression from Tomás. Regardless, their dynamic was just way too instantaneous for me. It didn't feel natural, which was really disappointing because they were so cute together.

    I am obsessed with monsters. If you read my blog, you know this. I was so excited when I discovered that monsters played a huge role in this book. Now I don't know if I am being picky, but I didn't like them, especially the Howls. When reading about monsters, I want detail. I want to be able to clearly picture them because without that I can't be scared. I heard a lot about them but didn't see a lot of action. Despite this, I LOVED Matthias and Tenn's relationship. The clues gave me shivers. The whole game idea was excellently executed. It was very exciting to read about.

    Overall, this was disappointing. The premise was cool but done in a way that left me with too many questions. The main character was adorable, but not what I want to see in a "chosen one" trope. The ending was confusing yet very intriguing. I am giving it a rating of

    rounded up to 3. I am rounding up due to the impressive execution of what the author calls a "queer code". I have never seen it work before so I feel that Kahler should get some extra credit. At this point, I am debating whether or not to continue the series, but I am definitely considering it. We will see...

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  • Ben Alderson

    This is my new favorite book.

    First, it was a lot of elements I love. Elemental control, mage, witches, evil magic, post-apocalyptic world, burning desire, deep and interesting characters. But to top it off it displays a gay romance without explanation. I have NEVER connected to a character like I have with Tenn, so much so that 50 pages in I was in tears because I connected with him so much.

    Alex is one of my new favorite authors and humans and I hope we get news on the sequel soon!

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