Runebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles, #1) by Alex R. Kahler

Runebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles, #1)

Magic is risen.When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity, but greed and thirst for power caused mankind's downfall instead. 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.But they are losing.Tenn is a Hunter, resigned...

Details Runebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles, #1)

TitleRunebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles, #1)
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt, Magic

Reviews Runebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles, #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    I won an arc copy of this in a Goodreads/Firstreads giveaway. This cover is so freaking awesome and I admit I judged a book by its cover. I didn't realize exactly what it was about. The beginning started out good, well accept for one thing but the author did that part really well. But I just wasn't feeling the rest of it. The concept of all these monsters is really cool though! The book seems to have mixed reviews so you could be one that loves i...
  • Ben Alderson
    This is my new favorite book. First, it was a lot of elements I love. Elemental control, mage, witches, evil magic, post-apocalyptic world, burning desire, deep and interesting characters. But to top it off it displays a gay romance without explanation. I have NEVER connected to a character like I have with Tenn, so much so that 50 pages in I was in tears because I connected with him so much.Alex is one of my new favorite authors and humans and I...
  • Crazy4Books
    The magic and all the deadly creatures were super fascinating in this LGBT fantasy. The main character Tenn is a hunter who battles monsters as well as depression. I liked the world and the lore about the gods, but some of it was a little confusing. The plot was compelling and intense. The amount of death and violence was captivating. I also loved the mystery element. A book without a hint of mystery is like a character without personality. It...
  • Amber Robertson
    Thank you NetGalley for sending me an eARC in exchange for reviewDNF @ 10% It's been a while since I've had a DNF. Like, a really long time. However, Runebinder really wasn't the book for me. I feel as though I may have DNF'ed it a little early but when the word 'lust' is mentioned twice within a page I can't help the gag that leaves my body and forces me to drop my phone. Can't deal. I also was struggling with the writing style. I'm not sure if ...
  • Cori Reed
    Okay. I have THOUGHTS.I think, on the surface, I would have given this book 3 stars. It's not a masterpiece, but it's entertaining and I wanted to keep reading. THAT SAID, the way Alex Kahler wrote a dystopian/fantasy where LGBT+ characters are a norm, not questioned, and very much the heroes, was FANTASTIC. So much respect for this novel. I will absolutely be picking up the rest of the series, whenever that may be.
  • Connor
    [2.5 Stars] Here's the thing: I really, really enjoyed the concept of this fantasy post-apocalyptic world. Magic comes back to Earth, and everything goes to hell after the corruptibility of humans is capitalized on by vengeful gods. I loved the elemental control and the concept that people could elect to attune to the different spheres and control water, earth, air, and fire. People having grouped up for survival fighting off hordes of deranged f...
  • nät
    imagine The Walking Dead and Avatar: The Last Airbender, but a lot more sexier and a lot more gay. and a whole lot better! I do wish there was more explanation on how the magic system works though.
  • Hailey
    SEE THIS REVIEW AND MORE AT LITERATURE DREAMS! "Find the boy that Water weeps for. His words will shape the world." Runebinder written by Alex R. Kahler is book one in "The Runebinder Chronicles".Although November's theme is Blast from the Past, I promised to review some new releases. Today I am fulfilling that promise. Runebinder was published this month on the 14th.Story in a Sentence: In a world destroyed by the misuse of magic and greed for...
  • Azbaqiyah
    Wow...I dare said that this is one of the best dystopian theme book that I had read.
  • Chiara
    A copy of this novel was provided by Harlequin Teen Australia for review.Here are four things I think you should know about Runebinder:1) It’s a queer YA fantasyWhich are quite rare, even though there are more and more popping up. It’s still such an exciting thing to discover that a queer YA fantasy is heading to shelves, and when I heard about Runebinder it was no different. I was super keen for this story, and the added bonus that it’s #o...
  • Sarah
    3.5/5 STARSI received an ARC of this novel from Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.I really wanted to love this book, it had been hyped up to be the next big fantasy series, with a LGQBTI+ rep as well - I was completely sold. I didn’t dislike it, I didn’t love it – I just liked it.The unique world Kahler has created is fascinating, however it is delivered in my opinion quite messily – which leave...
  • J.A. Ironside
    3.5*And I'm still not entirely sure what I just read. Sort of magic based dystopian urban fantasy with zombie like creatures and necromancers. Anyway I did enjoy this a surprising amount considering that I felt no deep tie to the characters. It's a good, solid fantasy, it just didn't quite hit the tropes I want out of a fantasy novel and there's nothing wrong with that. I liked Ten. It was good to see another queer protagonist and still have them...
  • Delia Evin
    I won an arc of this book through a goodreads giveaway.So I really really hate when a book is DNF for me, but unfortunately in this case it is. I really really tried to get through it but I just couldn't. First off let me start by saying that the premise of the book sounds great and it was immediately something I wanted to read. I started reading this book with high expectations but with each page that I got through it didn't get better. This rev...
  • Tabby
    First OffSeriously freakin out about the awesomnessAnd the writing so good Oh and for the so called (LOVE TRIANGLE) Shit I shipped bothNow I need to go to read some..... Do I want to read Runebinder again?
  • Cindy
    4.5 stars!dark, intense, and fascinating. loved the new world kahler created in this dystopic fantasy, and loved our hero tenn as well.
  • Bec
    Here's my review - it's spoiler free.I wish I fell in love with this. :(
  • Līga Sproģe
    DNF after 3 chapters*uggly crying* This was supposed to be good! This just reads like a movie, and not a good one at that. More like that cheap crap that went straight to DVD and you need lots of booze and funny comments from friends to get throught it.
  • Jess (◕‿◕✿)
    i don't know how, but somehow this book made me cry.RTC.
  • Kirsti
    YA fantasy with a leading gay character, monsters, magic, romance? Um, yes, this is the book for me! As soon as I read the back cover I was sold. 'Magic is risen. As Magic rises, humanity falls.' proclaims the back. Sounds awesome!I will say, I did have some issues. I felt like the beginning was rushed and it didn't calm down for a good 80 or so pages. It was honestly exhausting! Because of the rushed pacing, I never felt fully grounded in the st...
  • Mary Nguyen
    Disclaimer: I received an ARC in an exchange for an honest review.I don't know to feel about this book. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. The last 75 pages were interesting though.It's weird. The pacing of this book isn't slow. You start off with intense action and delve right into the world. But.... I just didn't feel connected to it.The relationship between Tenn and Jarret is odd. It's cute but odd. The author tries to downplay the inst...
  • Leah
    Check out the full review on my blog!
  • Natasha
    Review also on my blogTwitterBookstagramI received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Runebinder can be best described as a regressed future America with elemental magic, featuring a gay main character. The main character Tenn has power over water. There is also a theme of magic being seen as being associated with the devil in this world. So for me, this book really fell in the middle. I had trouble complete...
  • Jesse Nicholas
    Fresh and exciting!Full review to come.
  • charlotte
    intriguing, but a bit purple prosey and i got kind of irritated by the main character so,
  • Elisabeth
    Starting this book, I had high hopes and thought I was going to love it. The book description was great and a book right up what I normally would devour. But, the main character was pretty whiny, his thoughts and speech were just disjointed and not well spoken. The story could have been great, but ended up being maybe just fine. There wasn't a lot of(if any) character development with any of the main characters, and the world building was weak. ...
  • Kathy Ding
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. The plot follows the typical YA genre structure--lone teenage boy singled out for being able to save a world where there are no adults and complete sentences. The kids who are responsible for saving the world have no real life experiences so it's really difficult to believe they are each willing to die for any reason at the drop of a hat. There is also no explanation as to why the prophecy picked out this unrem...
  • Ryan
    I went through a lot of different feelings while reading this. At one point, I was thinking it'd end up a 2.5, though it remained a solid 3 for most of it. It wasn't until the last stretch that it bumped it up to a 3.75 for me. A lot of this has to do with bias. Give me a queer novel and I will absolutely be more generous with it because I feel it does something incredibly important.That said, I can see where people have some issues with the writ...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    I almost DNFed Runebinder. I wanted to love it because it's diverse. It's YA. It's fantasy. I mean, you can't lose, right?Heh. About that. . .So this book's major problem right off the bat for me was the fact that I had no idea what was going on. For starters, I thought this was a fantasy (as in, a story set in another world) but it's actually set in OUR world in some alternate future where magic comes back and screws things up. So it's more dys...