Runemaker | Alex R. Khaler

The Runebinder Chronicles: Runemaker by Alex R. Kahler
The end is here.
Tenn thought the spirits wanted him to find his fellow Hunter, Aidan, to win the war against the undead. But with Aidan on the brink of self-destruction and Tenn reeling from his lover’s spite, their fated convergence seems far from promising.
Especially because Aidan no longer appears to be fighting for the living.
With the Dark Lady whispering commands and Tomás guiding his hand, Aidan slips deeper into darkness. And while the world rallies for its final battle against the Dark Lady’s minions, Tenn finds himself torn between saving the boy who’s slipping away and fulfilling a prophecy he can’t understand—one that will require him to harness the most powerful magic the world has never seen: the Sphere of Maya.
And depending on who unleashes its power, that magic could either save humanity . . . or erase it.

How was it?

Any book that makes me feel strong emotions on purpose, whether it’s love for a character that I’m cheering for or hate for a character that I downright want to strangle, is worth the read. I didn’t like Aiden in Runebreaker, book 2 of The Runebinder Chronicles, he annoyed me so much that I wanted to put the book down. In Runemaker though, he is still as annoying, arrogant, and stupid but Tenn and the others counter balance his bouts of idiocy that are eye rolling.

Detestable character aside Runemaker is a bit of a slow burn that tip toes to the edge of boring before picking up so fast that it sort of feels rushed toward the end.

The plot is quite entertaining but the readers are made to feel so many strong emotions that are not so masterfully handled, it makes the general flow of the story a bit wanky. There are big emotional highs followed by deep pitfalls of gloom and angst that would make this nauseating if it was a rollercoaster ride. However it does give a sense of Ying and Yang to Aiden and Tenn, since the first usually annoy and enrage while the second gets depressing at times.

Runemaker is one of those one-time reads, you read it, sort of liked it but would definitely not revisit it. If I didn’t feel like it was the intention of the author to make Aiden the way he is I would have been harder on this book.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

February Readings | Magic, Soldiers, and Dystopia

Title: Crownbreaker
Series: Spellslinger #6
Author: Sebastien de Castell
Genre(s): Fantasy, Magic, Action, Young Adult, Adventure, Fiction
Page count: 410 (eBook)
Published: 17 October 2019

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Title: Where There’s Smoke
Series: Panopolis #1
Author: Cari Z
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance (M/M), Short Stories
Page count: 88 (eBook)
Published: 27 April 2015

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Title: Runemaker
Series: The Runebinder Chronicles #3
Author: Alex R. Kahler
Genre(s): Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult, Romance, Queer
Page count: 304 (eBook)
Published: 3 December 2019

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Title: Blaze
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #5
Author: Jocelynn Drake, Rinda Elliott
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery, Crime, Romance (M/M), Suspense
Page count: 260 (ebook)
Published: 22 June 2018

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Title: Legend
Series: Legend #1
Author: Marie Lu
Genre(s): Young Adult, Dystopia, Action, Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Page count: 305 (ebook)
Published: 29 November 2011

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Title: Micah’s Soldier
Series: Forgotten Soldier #0.5
Author: Jessie G.
Genre(s): Short Stories, Contemporary, Romance (M/M), Military Fiction
Page count: 27 (ebook)
Published: 11 November 2015

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Title: Promises Part 3
Series: The Bounty Hunters #3
Author: A.E. Via
Genre(s): Crime, Contemporary, Military Fiction, Action, Romance (M/M)
Page count: 260 (ebook)
Published: 23 June 2017

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Title: Mainly by Moonlight
Series: Bedknobs and Broomsticks #1
Author: Josh Lanyon
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Magic
Page count: 222 (ebook)
Published: 1 August 2019

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Runebreaker | Alex R. Khaler

The Runebinder Chronicles book 2: Runebreaker by Alex R Kahler published 27 November 2018
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 bloodlust he can’t control and dark whispers that may not be entirely in his head, he and his magic-eschewing friend Kianna will do whatever it takes to liberate their broken world. Even at the risk of confronting the Church. Even at the risk of losing his humanity.
But power isn’t the only thing on Aidan’s mind. He’s falling for the intoxicating Tomas, an Incubus who offers everything Aidan desires. For a price.
And if that price burns the world down, well…Aidan is used to playing with Fire.

How was it?

From United Stated in Runebinder the story moves to the United Kingdom and follows Aiden, an American hunter binded to fire and stranded in Scotland. Let me tell you one thing, Aden is a bit of a p***k. Oh did I miss Tenn 😣, not only because he’s an interesting character and I fell in love with him but also because Aiden is straight up annoying. I wanted to slap that kid so bad – which should tell you that the writing is still engaging and pretty good – Aiden is so arrogant that it’s not even funny.

I guess having an affinity for fire, and what it’s usually associated with in the collective culture, it would make sense in a way that he is the way he is, that his personality would reflect that. The amazing thing that Alex – the author – did was to keep me interested in the story even if I didn’t much like the character and was rolling my eyes, and taking breaks all the way through.

Runebreaker is probably a divise book for anyone who finishes it, if you get that far. Did anyone just straight abandoned this book? If you did how far did you get?
If you got through it, was Aiden too much or do you like that kind of character?

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Runebinder | Alex R. Kahler

Runebinder by Alex R Kahler published 14 November 2017
When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity. But greed and thirst for power instead caused mankind’s downfall. 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 civilization in the first place.
They are losing.
Tenn is a Hunter, resigned to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tomás and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he’s become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind.
If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.

How was it?

I was looking for something to start the year with and I chose this one. The first thing I immediately liked about the book was the unapologetic way some characters were introduced and treated. It’s not justified, they are who they are, and do what they do, it’s refreshing. What happens to the main characters doesn’t necessarily raise the stakes right away but does give you a healthy fear for the ones you start to like. It also makes the story feel realistic while stirring away from the archetype/ stereotypical characters in a group dynamic.

Tenn, the main protagonist, is a little winny and a bit of a reluctant hero but he never gets annoying. The more time I spent with him the more I liked him. He was smart, daring, and cared for the people around him. Runebinder is entertaining and worth the read, but I doubt that the story will have a lasting impression on me, anyone else feels this way?

Rating: 3 out of 5.