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(The Runebinder Chronicles #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Magic is sin

Aidan desires only one thing: to rule. Arrogant, headstrong and driven by the element of Fire, he will stop at nothing to bring the evil Howls that destroyed Scotland to their knees. But Fire is a treacherous element, and the very magic that brought him to power could burn his world to ash.

Especially with the blood of his fellow Hunters on his hands.

Driven by a
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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Sep 17, 2018 added it
All right, it’s time for my favorite kind of review, RRH (Rachael’s Rant Hour). This will be a mini-review, seeing as how I only got about 65 pages in, but first I’ll break down what was GOOD in Runebreakers.

Good Shit!
- Lots of casual diversity! All the main characters are gay, trans, and/or people of color.
- That’s it.
- No really, that’s it.

And you know, I usually can pull through when a book has really good diversity because I love reading books with characters like me in it, even if the bo
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I haven't read the first book in this series, but from what I understand this is more of a standalone set in the same universe with a small cameo by characters from book one towards the end. At any rate, I never felt confused while reading it and was sucked in right from the beginning. I definitely thought the world-building and magic system was very fun and unique, but what really made this book for me was the characters. I think I can probably
Cori Reed
2.5 Stars
Well, at least Kahler's author's note at the end of the book directly addresses one thing that bothered me about reading this one: how bloody unlikable our protagonist Aidan is. Nowhere near as emotionally open as Tenn, or as loving, Aidan - likely because he's open to Fire instead of Water - is self-absorbed, destructive, and manages to be even more susceptible to the sinister machinations of a certain incubus. And he has a way of basically burning almost every bridge that he crosses, losing to ...more
Grace W
His whole series is one big Yike. I really wanted to like it and I do love Tomas but................. that’s pretty much all
Roger Hyttinen
This is the second book in the Runebinder chronicles by Alex R. Kahler. I was excited when I received the ARC of this book as I loved the first book in the series, Runebinder. I assumed that this story would be a continuation of the first book, but it wasn't at all.

Though it's set in the same world, Runebreaker follows a different main character named Aiden, and the story takes place in Scotland. I have to admit that I was a tad disappointed as I was looking forward to reading more about Tenn's
Jul 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't. I tried, but this is the first book I have DNF'd in years. Right form the start it felt forced with gratuitous tropes.
Tiera McMillian
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars..maybe..I am on the fence here between not liking it and it was ok. *I received a copy of this via NetGalley and the publisher Harlequin TEEN in exchange for an honest review.* I originally wanted to read this book because I had read the first in the series and I was hoping and praying for maybe some explanations or some sense to be made in this book that the first one lacked. I will tell you right now you will get no answers from this book to questions from the first book. You will ...more
Danielle Chambers
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, arc, ebooks, audiobooks
3.5 stars. I didn’t realize upon starting this book that it wasn’t a direct continuation of the story. That it could in theory be read as a stand-alone. I think that threw me quite a bit. I knew the story followed Aiden from reading the description but I really thought it would jump between him and Tenn. it does not. Aiden is a basically brand new character in a whole other country.

Aiden is the opposite of Tenn. Aiden is an asshole who wants power and has no regrets about anything. He kills as
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Kahler follows up Runebinder with a fiery sequel. While Tenn has been fighting his battles, across the seas Aidan is fighting for power and there is little he won't do to gain it.

"There was no room in this world for sadness and regret. There was only the flash, the burn, the energy and excitment. Life was a flame, not a flood. You lived and you burned and you burned out. Drowning was not an option."

Runebreaker has a completely different feel to Runebinder, Aidan is full of rage and t
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
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Aidan was not what I expected. He was arrogant and intoxicating all at the same time. His quest to rule was all consuming. He did not let anyone get in his way including those close to him. Intense scenes and gripping events hold the reader captive as you sit there spellbound with the story playing out.

I loved everything about this book. It gave an insight as to who Aidan is and what he hopes to achieve. I was hoping he would mend his ways as h
This read exactly like an NA novel and while it was great, it was supposed to be for a YA audience. Again, publishing: DO NEW ADULT
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first one, but still really great.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book just felt 'meh' to me. Between the grammatical mistakes and very linear plot (no surprises, no exciting side character motivation) this book was pretty cut and dry.

I feel like it had a small improvement to plot compared to the first novel, but not by much.
I liked how the author didn't stray from difficult topics such as murder and torture - I enjoyed that in a not weird way! But the protagonist? He was just an angsty teenager. I swear, I was waiting for the whole, "It's not a phase, mu
Chelsies Crazy4Books
This sequels follows a different character on a completely different continent. I usually enjoy villain stories, but I had a difficult time connecting with the main character. Aidan was power hungry without ever giving us any real reason why. The trick with a good villain story is to make the reader care about them in spite of their flaws and that didnt happen here. Aidans fire urges and whiny internal monologue got annoyingly repetitive. His partner in crime Kianna was a fierce no none sense tr ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, I could not get into this book at all. I found the writing to be subpar, the plot to be a bit boring and the constant grammatical errors and ebook formatting issues to be distracting.

Aidan was not a very intriguing and relatable character to me. As much as I tried to like the story since I tend to gravitate towards this genre, it feel flat for me.
Jason S Wrench
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, I had no idea that this was actually book #2 in a series, which to me says that the author did an excellent job ensuring that new readers were able to keep up with what was going on in the book with no prior knowledge.

As for the book, it's an urban dystopian fantasy book where there are four basic factions. The Kin (the evil people), The Hunters (most of whom have some kind of magical ability), The Church (self-explanatory), and regular humans stuck in the middle of all of the above. The ma
Megan Houde
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won an early arc from goodreads and let me tell you I was so excited. I really loved Runebinder and the world Alex built. A world in which the apocalypse has come and all that was left behind were empty souls called the howls(once-human beasts spawned by magic) and people who were intuned with the elemental magic.
This book was completely different than Runebinder. Set in the same magically system world, but with the backdrop of Scotland, we no longer follow Tenn but Aiden. Aiden is an outcast
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, audible
Audiobook review. Narrator - Zach Villa

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, although it was still good. Aidan is not a likable character at the beginning of the story, so I found it difficult at first to care about him. We end up getting glimpses of the past so we eventually know how he got to where he is and what motivates him.

What happened between him and his parents, especially him and his mother, really gets to me, mostly because I'm a mother and can relate to how much I want a go
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the electronic advanced reading copy to read and review early.
This is the second book in the Runebinder series, and even though it takes place in the same world as Runebinder and Tenn's story, Aiden's story is much different. Tomás is a common character in both stories. Aiden's attuned to Fire and a much different Hunter than Tenn. He's passionate, arrogant, selfish, and everything else you'd expect a fire user to be. He lets his fire sphere burn away his doubts and regr
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I thoroughly enjoyed Runebinder, and I was excited to start the second book in the series. Unfortunately, this main character, Aiden, wasn’t nearly as compelling as Tenn was in the first novel. These stories happen right after one another, but Aiden’s story is all over the place. There are weird time gaps, missing information, and plot holes that just make you wonder if your book had a chapter torn out of it.

There aren’t any, and I mean ANY, redeemable qualities for Aiden by the end of the book
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yes. YES! This is why I always read the second book! Runebinder was so bad but I love this one so much. Lets get into what this book did right, unlike the first. To start off, the characters are good! Aidan and Kianna were compelling and had so much character, unlike the ones from the first one. Their only defining character traits were that they all had tragic pasts. Besides that they were bland and burning. Another thing was the relationship with Thomás. It felt so out of place with Tenn, but ...more
Jesus la Pinga
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-of-queer
So much love for this book, where Runebinder was full of love, love from the character and love for the character, and need...Runebreaker is full of hate, malice, lust and passion, and a love/hate relationship with the lead. In the end I definitely mad my choice of what I thought of spoilers... and Alex....Iamgonna need that next book like now, like right now, like GIVE IT TO ME!!!! Ok as a fellow sag, perhaps I'm filled with too much fire...Thank you Alex for this wonderful series that ...more
Decent books with some good casual rep. I just don't care anymore.
There are so many other books I want to read that I'm gonna let this series go.
If you like elemental magic based on Keltic and/or Nordic runes this is for you. I would normally love it as well but I feel like I'd prefer it being done slightly differently.
The age of the characters in book 1 didn't really seem to align with their experiences, knowledge, and skill and I feel the same here.
How do these hunters know the stuff and stil
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty fantastic book. I'm a little disappointed in myself because when I started reading it, I didn't initially b register that it was a sequel and I hadn't read the original. But as a standalone, it was awesome. And I'm sure it would be even more so if you read Runebinder first. It is wonderfully written and the story readily draws you in. This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys fantasy, dystopian fiction, LGBTQ themes and magic.

*I received a copy of this book for free. The opini
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a journey to try and get through. I loved the first installment of the series and so when I finished that I immediately grabbed a copy of Runebreaker.

This had all of the amazing aspects of the first book like casual diversity of characters spanning all sorts of lived experiences. The world building was great and I love when I, as the reader, get to learn about the world at the same time as the main characters.

But OOF. The entire time I just wanted to punch Aidan in the face. And when I
Sarah Foil
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Runebreaker is the second book in the Runebinder Chronicles is a high tension and high intensity book. The main character, Aidan, is unlikeable to his core, but he is fun to follow. The world of this series is engaging and fun to get to know, but being familiar with the first book in the series would most likely help. I felt like the plot was slow moving, but the tension the plot sets up carried me through to the end. READ FULL REVIEW HERE: ...more
Jan 08, 2020 added it
Be ready BFF for a story about the anti-hero. You spend the hole story hoping some action will redeem him, something will spark his guilt, humanity, or conscience.... but no. It’s hard to read about a main character when you’ve been trained to like and root for them only to find out you’re probably supposed to be doing the inverse for this character. It makes for a hard but nevertheless interesting read. And gotta say, I still can’t wait for the next book.
Nelson Allen
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
This was a fantastic read! It was very different than the first, and I feel Kahler really gave Aidan a powerful voice in this book. Tenn and Aidan are so different, and you can feel that in every page of the book. As is normal now with this series, the casual mention of the queerness of characters is so refreshing and nice. Everyone has a unique story that isn't defined by their sexuality. I really love the way Kianna was handled! I am excited to continue this series!
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Alex (A.R.) Kahler is the nomadic author of quite a few books and series, including THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS and RAVENBORN. When not writing or on the road, he can be founding climbing things and drinking copious amounts of coffee. Although born in Iowa, his heart resides in Scotland. And about a dozen other places scattered across the globe. Including, currently, SoCal. Track his travels on Instagram ...more

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