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

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...
  • 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 ...
  • ElmoVsBibo2.0
    Not as good as the first one, but still really great.
  • 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
  • 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, ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.*...
  • 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...
  • Rochelle
    3.5* rated up.Really enjoyed the direction this took. Loved the fast paced and action packed storyline. Aidan is a very interesting character and most definitely an anti-hero and I really like him. Love the magic system and the intrigue. The ending was a bit meh but I'm looking forward to the next instalment.
  • Mari
    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.
  • Natasha Deen
    The Runebinder Chronicles have characters that come off the page, that make no excuse or apology for who they are and the things they want from their lives, and their stories are surrounded by breathtaking world-building and a fantasy world that real to the touch.
  • Aidan Owen
    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.
  • Mityl
    This would be a lesson to me for thinking a book might be worth reading as the description is decently written. But then again, how do you judge for an ARC from an author you haven't read before? It just seems to be a number of vulgar sentences pieced together. This may or may not have made me throw up, but it definitely repulsed me.I received this book in exchange for a review.
  • Brandon Bowen
    Seriously dark fantasy, with moments of seduction and brief glimpses of hope for our antiheros. You start to understand why this world is so violent as it goes and there are moments of horror and grief that are devastating. It's amazing and sets up the final (?) book in the trilogy nicely.
  • Samuel Capri
    I absolutely loved this book
  • Komang Hutama
    Aidan's not that bad as a character but, Tenn still my best boy. I feel bad for Aidan somewhere along the way. I think he's just misguided?
  • Crazy4Books
    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...