Runebreaker (The Runebinder Chronicles #2) by Alex R. Kahler

Runebreaker (The Runebinder Chronicles #2)

Magic is sinAidan 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...

Details Runebreaker (The Runebinder Chronicles #2)

TitleRunebreaker (The Runebinder Chronicles #2)
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreYoung Adult, LGBT, Fantasy, Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Romance, GLBT, Queer, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Runebreaker (The Runebinder Chronicles #2)

  • Devann
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyI 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 ...
  • Cori Reed
    2.5 Stars
  • Ricky
    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 burn...
  • 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 ...
  • Suzanne
    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.
  • Tiera McMillian
    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 thi...
  • 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...
  • 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 differe...
  • Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
    5 Hearts Reviewed by Shorty for MM Good Book ReviewsAidan 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...
  • Chiara
    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
  • ElmoVsBibo2.0
    Not as good as the first one, but still really great.
  • Fen'Harel
    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, ...
  • 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 par...
  • Kate
    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.
  • 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 mak...
  • Jason S Wrench
    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 huma...
  • Megan Houde
    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...
  • Hpstrangelove
    Audiobook review. Narrator - Zach VillaI 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...
  • Lie
    I wanted to like this book more, esp. bcz I loved Aidan as a protagonist. Not because he was a good person, bcz we all know he wasn't. But bcz I was hoping all his rotten qualities and personality would be exactly what pulled him through in the end; and holding my breath as I was at the last pages reading the paragraph with his inner monologue about being a pawn I thought he'd pull something amazing. Except still a pawn, babey. Sucks to be Aidan ...
  • Erika
    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...
  • Lauren
    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 AN...
  • Blackandred04
    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 wi...
  • Jesus la Pinga
    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 fi...
  • Audrey
    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.*...
  • Joseph
    This was a journey to try and get through. I loved the first installment of the series and so when I finished that I immediately grabbed a copy of Runebreaker.This had all of the amazing aspects of the first book like casual diversity of characters spanning all sorts of lived experiences. The world building was great and I love when I, as the reader, get to learn about the world at the same time as the main characters.But OOF. The entire time I j...
  • 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: sarah...