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(The Runebinder Chronicles #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  27 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.

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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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
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars
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
Roger Hyttinen
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Suzanne Schick rivera
Jul 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
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.
Danielle Chambers
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
Ashleigh | 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 the pull
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley, mine
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
Jesus la Pinga
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Foil
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:
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This book took a while for me to get into, as I have loved all of this author's previous books. Once I figured this is different characters from the first book, it made more sense. Aiden wants to rule Scotland and he will do whatever it takes to make this happen, even destroying friends, lovers and foe.
His power of fire consumes him and eventually will destroy him.
Aidan Owen
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found it unreadable, which is even more disappointing given how much I loved the first book in the series. I may try it again later. Perhaps it's just the mood I was in? Though, as others have pointed out, the main character is so angry, and so unlikeable, that I couldn't stick with it.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something about this series that I just really enjoy. Maybe it's the internal struggles, maybe it's the apocalyptic world or maybe it's just the magic.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, ya
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Wait I’m confused do we not get any resolution on the ending of book one? Or is this book going to be a different character, but then in book three this character and Tenn will meet up and everything will come together. Cuz there were still some things that I want answers for 🤷🏼♀🤷🏼♀. ...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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