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I won an early arc from goodreads and allow me tell you I was so excited. I really loved Runebinder and the globe Alex built. A globe 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 is book was completely various than Runebinder. Set in the same magically system world, but with the backdrop of Scotland, we no longer follow Tenn but Aiden. Aiden is an outcast and burning with the fire magic that he can’t seem to control or is completely controlling him. He’s set it upon himself to take down Calum, the Howl King of Britain, alongside his only mate Kianna.I love how complex but true the characters are. I also love that Alex isn’t afraid to discover sexuality within his characters; Aiden’s and reading from a mans perspective was very ough I can’t lie, I did miss continuing with Tenn and his story from the first book. You grow so in love with a hero that it kind of takes a step back when it’s someone else’s story you’re reading and the latest is left unfinished
The second installment of the Runebinder Chrinicles was just as raw and captivating as the first, centering the story around a powerfully flawed yet relatable antihero. Throughout the book, deep inner conflicts are explored and analyzed as epic wars ceaselessly rage. Kahler has once again woven for us an apocalyptic tale full of magic, destiny, and death, all within a familiar, modern context. As with the first book, I couldn’t place this down and am looking forward to the next.
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 little 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 created this book for me was the characters. I think I can probably explain best with an excerpt from the author's note at the end:"Aidan has been called 'difficult' more times than I can count. Unlikable. Narcissistic. Anger-driven. Over a decade ago, when Runebinder first came to light, I poured a amazing of my own emotions onto the page. As I struggled with what it meant to be gay, as I yearned for a globe where I didn't have to constantly explain myself, a globe where I could be heroic, so was Tenn born of fear, of sadness and of the amazing desire to be normal. To be necessary to someone. And to something. Aidan is more than the opposite end of that spectrum. Aidan is the next step in the narrative."Now I definitely have a soft-spot for 'unlikable' characters no matter what their sexuality, I'm beautiful much that person always yelling at the character in the book when they refuse to slay someone because that would create them ~just as bad~ as the other side, but having mad and unlikable queer hero definitely adds another layer of relatability to the narrative for me personally. Anyway, I absolutely love my fresh murder son [and his future demon boyfriend] and also my amazing bisexual trans daughter. Rarely do I ever obtain to read about such unapologetic characters [seriously, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop the whole time and I've never been so glad that it didn't]. I can't wait for the next book in this series
Aiden why are you sooooo me. Just gonna say it if you're a sagittarius, this book may be you. This is the second book in the Runebinder chronicles and it delivers a punch in the face amazing time. Welcome to your next obsession should you choose to read this book. I am so glad this book exists. 12 yo me is squeeing because finally a fantasy novel fit for queers to be the heros. Cannot wait till next book. Trying not to freek out!
I rarely don't finish a book, even the ones where I have figured out the outcome. I plow through hoping to come across something that adds life to the story. This book is one of the less than a handful that I've not even been able to create it past the first quarter of the this is the second book in the series, I read Runebinder and found it to be a decent story though it lacked the level of globe and hero building usually found in the first books of a series. I thought (erroneously) that Runebreaker would be a continuation of Runebinder and maybe add in more info about the characters and background. Nope - the author starts us off on a whole fresh set of characters. Maybe in the third book Kahler plans to bring everyone together and gives us a huge aha! moment where it all makes sense. Right now I just can't bring myself to even finish this book. I admit - I cheated and flipped forward to read the latest couple of chapters to see if things improved but found it just as difficult to finish those chapters. The main hero of Aidan is a complete and utter tool. Some stories I've read have had other characters that are written to be despicable and unlikable, but Aidan is past being a jerk even for the sake of the plot. I know the author made Aidan out of his own feelings about being and as the antithesis of Tenn, but ooo, about the third book in this series.... I think I will give it a test to see if the author pulls a rabbit out of his hat and brings the first two books together. Until then, this book is on the shelf.