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.

My year in books (2018)

Some of the books I read in 2018

Why am I looking back at my year in books now?

Because when I looked at my year in movies, I was shocked at the number of times I went to the movie theaters last year. It was much lower than previous years and much lower than what I thought. What changed? The number of books I read last year. I read 217 books last year, yup this number is for real, and I feel into a romance novel pit.

I had planned on supporting LGBT+ movies by trying to watch any of them that played in theaters but then I thought why not books. So with a help of a few friends and a serious hit on my wallet I discovered an array of original, fun, and…sexy stories. I have new favorite stories and book series but mostly I found new favorite authors. So on this Valentine’s day I want to thank them for entertaining me. 😘