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(The Runebinder Chronicles #2)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  73 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
Chelsies Reading Escape
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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. ...more
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
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, ebooks, audiobooks, arc
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
5 Hearts Reviewed by Shorty for MM Good Book Reviews

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.
Amy Aelleah

Okay, so I don't recommend waiting the two years I did between reading book one and book two. Don't do that. Don't be like me and wait so long that you have little idea what is even going on at the start of this book. Seriously, all I could even vaguely recall were the broad strokes from the first book. I meant to reread it before this book, but I have a habit of saying I'm going to and then not doing it. My reason for waiting so long was that I actually genuinely like Tenn and discovering t
Ben Truong
Runebreaker is the second and penultimate book in The Runebinder Chronicles series written by Alex R. Kahler. It centers on Aidan, a hunter, living in a post-apocalyptic world gone mad.

Unlike Tenn, Aidan is full of rage and the pull of Fire and the whispers of the Dark Lady are hard to ignore. In some ways Aidan is unlikable as he's egotistical, arrogant and there are times when he seems irredeemable. However there is a reason for this, which makes Aidan such a compelling antihero.

Aidan is align
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Runebreaker even quicker than the first book, but I'll be honest in saying that it wasn't as good. Sure, the incubus stuck around to wreak some more delicious havoc, and a post-apocalyptic Scotland was a refreshing change to that of America, if not just as bleak, but it was the MC of Aidan that rendered it the inferior book. Aidan was an anti-hero at best, even a villain, and while it was actually quite amazing to have such an unapologetically callous and cruel protagonist in a book rathe ...more
Công Anh (Cat)
Dec 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really Kahler, this is the best you have to offer in terms of writing style and story mapping?

This is one of the few occasions when the writer tries so hard to "renovate" themselves and just ends up making a character with bad personality traits and poor world-building/plot. This is worse than book 1 and trust me, the story just drags on wihtout much progression. Yes, we get it, he is angsty and is attuned to fire but do you really have to repeat it every goddame page? There is absolutely zero w
Jason 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
Shelves: tbc-series
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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
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, this doesn't live up to the first book. The main character, Aidan, is largely unsympathetic and his fiery personality comes off as a cliché. While I appreciate the LGBT representation, the characters needed work- besides Aidan, Kianna is the only other prominent character, and her personality revolves around shooting and stabbing things. I found myself missing weepy Tenn and blondie and the twins. Luckily, this book still features sex demon Tomas. Thankfully some of the main chara ...more
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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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