Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler | Book Review

32766049Book Title: Runebinder
Author: Alex R. Kahler
Book Series: The Runebinder Chronicles
Published: November 14th, 2017
Page #: 400
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.



I have never read a fast-paced Fantasy novel with LGBTQ characters before, so when I picked Runebinder up out of random during one of my trips to the bookstore. Both the cover and the synopsis caught my attention instantly.

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The plot of Runebinder is pretty much like every other High Fantasy that is out in the world already, however, it did have some originality to it. In Runebinder, magic is rising while humanity is dying.

While reading this book, I found myself quickly flipping every page and not wanting to put it down. Sure it’s a 400 page book, but the number really does not matter when you are engrossed into the story. I found my eyes widening with every plot twist and so forth.


A Fantasy novel with a gay main character?

I was immediately sold after that. Like, yes! That just made me love the characters immediately, and not caring about the love triangle at all. I was just so caught up in each of the characters that most of the time, I forgot there was a love triangle until the last twenty pages.

writing style

Alex R. Kahler’s writing style is so freaking good. I imagined every single scene that was written on the page. There was no dragging and lack of character description at all.



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