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 to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tomás and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he's become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind.If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.

Runebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles, #1) Details

TitleRunebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 14th, 2017
PublisherHarlequin Teen
ISBN-139780373212637
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Glbt

Runebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles, #1) Review

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓ (semi-hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    Hello I just randomly found this book on GR and I went to check out what it is about and landed on this article of which I'll share a little extract for you lazy kids because I believe everyone, queer or not, will benefit from reading what the author said:For most of us, just existing means having to constantly defend ourselves. Not necessarily from outright attacks or vitriol, but from the assumption that anything other than “straight” is an anomaly. That we are the outliers. That in order to Hello I just randomly found this book on GR and I went to check out what it is about and landed on this article of which I'll share a little extract for you lazy kids because I believe everyone, queer or not, will benefit from reading what the author said:For most of us, just existing means having to constantly defend ourselves. Not necessarily from outright attacks or vitriol, but from the assumption that anything other than “straight” is an anomaly. That we are the outliers. That in order to find the most basic human needs of love and acceptance, we must be willing to share what society believes sets us apart. It’s a vulnerability that is often taken for granted.And that’s why I wrote Runebinder.I’m done writing books where it’s assumed the protagonist and supporting cast are straight. I’m done writing about queer sexuality as though it’s something that must be explained or justified. Don’t get me wrong—“issue” books concerning sexuality and coming out are so, so important and always will be. But I think (I hope) we’re moving past that point as a culture.We’re learning that sexuality is a spectrum. That we define sexuality and gender—they don’t necessarily define us unless we want them to.When I wrote Runebinder, I wanted to code queer—to write a world where the reader is brought to assume everyone is queer unless told differently. The protagonist Tenn never comes out. He never says “I identify as X” in order to make the friends or save the world or get the guy. And yeah, that’s a fantasy world, but he also uses magic to hunt down humanoid monsters, so let’s not get too caught up in what’s realistic. When I wrote the first draft ten years ago, it was unheard of to have a gay protagonist in a fantasy story. It makes me incredibly happy to see that tide turning, especially in YA fiction. More and more fantastic writers are creating worlds where everyone is a little bit queer, where sexuality is a spectrum and the discussion fluid. We don’t need to be justified to exist, to have a story worth sharing, or to be on the page. We can be. We can breathe. We can exist and see ourselves without having to define who we are, on or off the page. And that, I think, is a powerful message to queer and straight readers alike.We’ve been around forever.We aren’t going anywhere.We have always been the heroes of our own stories.And now, we get to share them with the world. I just legit teared up reading this last part and y'all can't believe how excited I am to read this book when it comes out (hi publisher and author if you're reading this can I get an ARC maybe?) Also you can read an extract of the first chapter and it sounds really promising so I'm even more excited *__*
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    Winner of Goodreads giveaway.
  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!dark, intense, and fascinating. loved the new world kahler created in this dystopic fantasy, and loved our hero tenn as well.
  • Crazy4Books
    January 1, 1970
    WHERE DO I GET AN ARC OF THIS!!!Fingers crossed it shows up on netgalley
  • Bec
    January 1, 1970
    Here's my review - it's spoiler free.I wish I fell in love with this. :(https://rebeccagough.wordpress.com/20...
  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Check out the full review on my blog!
  • Delia Evin
    January 1, 1970
    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 review will contain a few spoilers for some of the ch 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 review will contain a few spoilers for some of the characters and plot, so don't read past this point if you don't want to be spoiled. One thing that I did really like about the part of the book I was able to read through, was that the main character is a gay man. It was refreshing to have a lead character be gay, and to have his love interests reflect that. It's too often that it's just a secondary character that is gay for the sake of diversity, without being provided any love interests. But really that's where the compliments for this book end with me. It could have been a great book with a great gay lead, but instead the main character, Tenn, is whiny, his thoughts and speech were disjointed for me and very rarely does he sound like a well spoken character. His "love" interests, if you can call them that, are pathetic and tacky. The "good guy" love interest, Jarrett is introduced as this somewhat mysterious figure but just comes across as stale. Also both the main character and him know each other from their shared past. In fact, they even dated at some point. Now the reason they don't immediately recognize each other, even though only a few years have passed since this version of Earth went to hell, is because magic has altered their appearances. But really, I couldn't understand how based on the descriptions provided by the author. A few scars and some muscle mass does not a physical transformation make. The "bad guy" love interest, Tomas, is an incubus, although he seems to dislike being called that? Why? Don't know, couldn't bring myself to read till the end of the book to find out. He does however have a weird tendency to say things that make absolutely no sense. His dialogue was atrocious (all of the dialogue is bad). At one point the author described him as wearing skintight black pants, snakeskin cowboy boots, and no shirt. I'm sorry. That description alone should have been enough to make me stop reading there because anyone who puts a character in that kind of outfit and thinks it's attractive has no taste.The character descriptions of everyone honestly is literally just emo kids from high school. No joke, the author himself even uses the word emo to describe a character. Also apparently after the world fell apart, the characters decided to change their original names to the ones they now call themselves. (ie: Jarrett used to be Kevin, and the lead Tenn used to be Jeremy) Why? No idea. Honestly I think Jeremy is a vast improvement over Tenn, but that's me. Overall I couldn't take anymore of the main character's internal, badly written, dialogue. 40% in and I gave up.This book seems to have been written by someone who wanted to create a cool post-apocalyptic magical world and instead created at best some subpar fanfiction for the genre.
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  • Līga Sproģe
    January 1, 1970
    08/06/2017THE COVER THE COVER THE COVER THE COVER!!! *JAWDROP*And overall this: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/t...Can it be november already??
  • Jesse Nicholas
    January 1, 1970
    Fresh and exciting!Full review to come.
  • Kathy Ding
    January 1, 1970
    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 unremarkable 18 year old middle class white boy except 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 unremarkable 18 year old middle class white boy except that he is probably super similar to the author, although I'm just guessing here...I realize I am not this book's target demographic but I must be honest about my critique. The descriptions are repetitive at best, all feelings from the main character are cringe-worthily cliched, and I just don't see any examples of mature writing in this whole book. It baffles me that this is the first in a series because it really should stop at this one.
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  • Tash
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Some moments of greatness but too much showing rather then telling
  • Mary Nguyen
    January 1, 1970
    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 insta-love by making them college buddies who had crus 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 insta-love by making them college buddies who had crushes on each other, which would've worked out fine except Tenn didn't even recognize Jarrett when they meet again. I think the author tries to explain this away with trauma of their world falling apart?I'm not sure.There was also A LOT going on. I imagine because this is book 1 and the author is setting the world building up.Typical MC who has low confidence and is even more crippled with being the chosen one.I would read book 2. Would it be high on my TBR? Probably not.It's s decent read but I just didn't have a ton of reactions. Just writing out this review is hard. Nothing much to say about it. A pretty typical dystopian-esque fantasy novel.
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  • Indianna
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC through HarperCollins. I can’t begin to find words for this book. Very original and extremely engaging, had me turning pages like there was no tomorrow. Although this book isn’t for the faint of heart with quite a bit of violence and Alex Kahler doesn’t hold back with his descriptions of the Howls and other horrors. It’s quite a good mix of genres I hadn’t really seen mixed together all that often. This book does not let up on the suspense and the action and I loved it to pieces. Received an ARC through HarperCollins. I can’t begin to find words for this book. Very original and extremely engaging, had me turning pages like there was no tomorrow. Although this book isn’t for the faint of heart with quite a bit of violence and Alex Kahler doesn’t hold back with his descriptions of the Howls and other horrors. It’s quite a good mix of genres I hadn’t really seen mixed together all that often. This book does not let up on the suspense and the action and I loved it to pieces. Very well written story and extremely well thought out characters, I can’t wait to see where this series goes. I enjoyed how this is a near-future dystopian fantasy, something which I had yet to come across, and I thoroughly enjoyed the world building. My only irk is that I don’t think it’s long enough and that ending just killed me. Can’t wait for more, and I hope they’re just going to get better.
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  • Meg (PopReadsBox)
    January 1, 1970
    As a fantasy lover, this book is exactly what I am looking for: mysterious magic, horrifying creatures, and an intense, fantastical world that I fell directly into. The story is gritty and harsh in places and more than once, I felt uneasy during some of the main character's flash backs but these instances just drew me closer to his story and helped me to further understand his perspective. I loved the diverse main character and the fact that he constantly questioned his chosen status instead of As a fantasy lover, this book is exactly what I am looking for: mysterious magic, horrifying creatures, and an intense, fantastical world that I fell directly into. The story is gritty and harsh in places and more than once, I felt uneasy during some of the main character's flash backs but these instances just drew me closer to his story and helped me to further understand his perspective. I loved the diverse main character and the fact that he constantly questioned his chosen status instead of just following along for the sake of the story. Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle but I don't see this as a fault of the main character, as one side of the triangle is an incubus focusing his power on the mc. I thought this book was thrilling and I can't wait for the second.
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  • Elisabeth
    January 1, 1970
    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. There were many overused cliches with the characte 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. There were many overused cliches with the characters and such, and overall, it made it hard to read and get through. The book was poorly written and I had higher hopes for it.
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  • Lyn
    January 1, 1970
    The start to this book was GREAT... But I got less interested over time. Not entirely sure why.This story has elements of many other stories that I've read and loved, yet it was also its own. I love the way the magic works in it. It was kind of cheesy at times, though. That's to be expected with a romance (and the romance was cheesy as all heck), but the rest of the story felt kind of cliche, too, sometimes. Also, there was gay romance in it... Which I really liked!It was worth reading, though I The start to this book was GREAT... But I got less interested over time. Not entirely sure why.This story has elements of many other stories that I've read and loved, yet it was also its own. I love the way the magic works in it. It was kind of cheesy at times, though. That's to be expected with a romance (and the romance was cheesy as all heck), but the rest of the story felt kind of cliche, too, sometimes. Also, there was gay romance in it... Which I really liked!It was worth reading, though I didn't love love it.Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
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  • John Gunning
    January 1, 1970
    First let me say the only reason I gave a lower rating was because this book is for young adults which I have not been for quiet some time. However I did enjoy looking into this dystopian world where the overuse of chakra and rune magic turns greedy human craving power into monsters, causing a desperate group to fight magic with magic to try and save what's left of humanity. I will definitely get the next book to see how they are surviving.
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  • Syndi Day
    January 1, 1970
    i was the lucky winner of a copy of this book through a goodreads win. i really enjoyed this story. written for the teenset but definitely good for adults as well. it is well written, cohesive, fast paced and contains lots of action and mysterious magic. magical healing powers, terrifying beasts, charismatic enemies, friendship and loyalty-this book has something for everyone. definitely checking out the continuation in the next book. syndi
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  • Meagan
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful book to begin a series. I'm very happy to read a main gay character in an adventure series! Though at point I questioned the word choice used, it jarred me from the story but overall was great.If your looking for a fantastic magical , Dystopian adventure then Runebinder is a great start for you!I received Runebinder through a Goodreads giveaway.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    This novel is definitely a home run. With a unique plot, amazing and depth filled characters, outstanding writing, and twists and turns constantly, it's absolutely perfect! I felt like I was right there with the characters experiencing everything alongside them from the first to the last page. A must read for all young adult and adult fantasy lovers!!!
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book via a Goodreads Giveaway.I had no idea what to expect, having not read any other books by the author but .. wow! I was so impressed! The story was so well written and kept me up a couple nights in a row til I could finish it. I can't wait to get my hands on the next in this series. Definitely check this book out when released, it's worth it.
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  • Perfumegirl
    January 1, 1970
    Just not the book for me....I read some YA books but this one just seemed like it was written by a teen not for a teen...I'm sure they're are plenty that will love this book, but its not a fantasy that I enjoyed.Thank you Goodreads giveaway for the chance to read this ARC
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a contest and I am still grateful for that; however, I could not finish this book. I read the first 6 chapters and gave up, It's just really painful to get through. Definitely not for me.
  • Shristhi Sharma
    January 1, 1970
    **I recieved an arc from Harlequin Teen**I hate DNFing books but sadly, yes, I had to do it...I really didn't like the negative, very gory way the author told the story...
  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book through a giveaway on the Harlequin Teen website.
  • Alexandria
    January 1, 1970
    This was an incredible book. The story was really exiting all the way through the book. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
  • TJ Burns
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Tabby
    January 1, 1970
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