December 10, 2018

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

Title: Runebreaker
Series: The Runebinder Chronicles #2
Alex R. Kahler
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian, LGBT
Pages: Hardcover384 pages
Pub Date: November 27th 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Book Source: Publisher
My Rating: 2 Stars
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Synopsis: Magic is sin

Aidan 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 his head, he and his magic-eschewing friend Kianna will do whatever it takes to liberate their broken world. Even at the risk of confronting the Church. Even at the risk of losing his humanity.

But power isn’t the only thing on Aidan’s mind. He’s falling for the intoxicating Tomas, an Incubus who offers everything Aidan desires. For a price.

And if that price burns the world down, well… Aidan is used to playing with Fire.

About the Author: Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he's a Sagittarius. He's taught circus arts in Madrid, drummed with Norse shamans, studied writing in Scotland, and watched the Northern Lights from a hot tub in Iceland...and that's the abbreviated list. He writes fantasy for adults and teens, with special focus on LGBTQ+ characters and immersive mythologies.

"This addition to the Runebinder universe continues to expand the scope of queer YA fiction, asserting that LGBTQ characters can assume any narrative role: hero, villain, partner, lover, traitor, and, in this case, anything but the traditional tragic victim." –Booklist

"This fantasy-dystopia blend is action-packed from bloody start to unsettling end....An often gripping series starter." -Booklist on Runebinder

"Runebinder is wall-to-wall elemental magic and mayhem. Alex R. Kahler knows how to rock some socks." -Kendare Blake, New York Times Bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series on Runebinder

"A roller coaster ride through a world of chaos and blood." -Carrie Ryan, New York Times Bestselling author The Forests of Hands and Teeth series & Daughter of Deep Silence on Runebinder

"Smart and original, this devastating fantasy has irresistible characters and startling twists around every corner. And can I just say: Sexy. As. Hell." -New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer on Runebinder

"Runebinder is the deliciously dark love child of an epic fantasy and a stark dystopian that will keep readers up all night." -Delilah S. Dawson, author of the Blud series, the Hit series, and Star Wars: The Perfect Weaponon Runebinder

"Dark, fascinating, and intense--Kahler has created a new hero and world you'll want to lose yourself in." -Cindy Pon, author of Want and Serpentine

"Runebinder is what the dark side of magic looks like. Bloody and brilliant." -Erica Cameron, author of Island of Exiles on Runebinder

My Review: Ok so I decided to go ahead and try this one even though I didn't like book one. But this is not a sequel but a companion novel to book one.  Although it is better well done than book one it still fails to excite the reader in terms of just keeping it flowing. There were parts of this in the middle of action then people would just start talking which was really weird.  So for me this one fell short of what I was hoping for. 

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