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Runebinder (Runebinder Chronicles) Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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"Runebinder is wall-to-wall elemental magic and mayhem. Alex R. Kahler knows how to rock some socks." –Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns
"A roller coaster ride through a world of chaos and blood." –Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author The Forests of Hands and Teeth series and Daughter of Deep Silence
"Smart and original, this devastating fantasy has irresistible characters and startling twists around every corner. And can I just say: Sexy. As. Hell." –New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer
"Runebinder is the deliciously dark love child of an epic fantasy and a stark dystopian that will keep readers up all night." –Delilah S. Dawson, author of the Blud series, the Hit series, and Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon
"Runebinder is what the dark side of magic looks like. Bloody and brilliant." –Erica Cameron, author of Island of Exiles
"If The Walking Dead and Constantine had a baby and that baby was unabashedly queer as hell, it would be Runebinder. Visceral and haunting, Kahler has crafted a post-apocalyptic horror that will live in your bones long after the final page." - Tristina Wright, author of 27 Hours
"Dark, fascinating, and intense--Kahler has created a new hero and world you'll want to lose yourself in."--Cindy Pon, author of Want and Serpentine
About the Author
Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he's a Sagittarius. He's taught circus arts in Madrid, drummed with Norse shamans, studied writing in Scotland, and watched the Northern Lights from a hot tub in Iceland...and that's the abbreviated list. He writes fantasy for adults and teens, with special focus on LGBTQ+ characters and immersive mythologies.
Although a nomad at heart, he currently resides in LA.
Mainly because it's such a good travel hub.
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I devoured through this novel in a few days and can't wait for the rest of the series!
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 bloody 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.
This book starts off with an action-packed scene narrated by the main character, Tenn. Tenn is an average character. I feel like he’s got the typical chosen-one syndrome going on. He’s just trying to survive in a terrible situation, but everyone else wants him to be a special snowflake.
I do wish there had been more character development for Tenn. There was no opportunity for the reader to get to know him and his true personality; however, the same can be said of most of the characters. The relationships just happened super fast. This includes both romantic relationships and friendships.
While the characters were just alright, the world-building for this story was fantastic. It’s such a unique concept. Runebinder mixes elemental magic with rune magic and demonic, zombielike creatures. It’s kind of like The Walking Dead mixed with Avatar: The Last Airbender. I think there could have been more explanation in the beginning for how the world and magic system worked, but I enjoyed learning what I could.
All in all, this book is a great addition to the growing universe of YA fantasy stories. I would suggest going into it knowing that there’s a complicated magic system, though.
*Note: I purchased a copy of this book for myself. This in no way affected my opinion/review.
I just couldn’t stop Reading. The story was gripping, magical, beautiful and sexy and I love the main characters Tenn and Jarrett so much. (but to be honest all the characters were Fantastic). I already can’t wait to reread it.