Runebinder

A. R. Kahler

Book - 2017

Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world. Those who remain struggle to survive the humanoid monsters called Howls roaming the streets. The Hunters fight back with steel and magic, doing their best to protect what remains of humanity. They have used their elemental magic to keep the Howls at bay, but it's never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.

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Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Science fiction
Published
[Don Mills, Ontario, Canada] : Harlequin Teen [2017]
Language
English
Item Description
"The Runebinder chronicles"--Cover.
Physical Description
394 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780373212637
0373212631
Main Author
A. R. Kahler (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The world ended when magic returned. People like Tenn discovered they had affinities for the different elemental magics and were sent away to study them, but where there is power, there is corruption. Now Tenn is a Hunter, fighting a losing war against the zombielike Howls raised by necromancers, while even bigger monsters, called the Kin, lurk in the background. Tenn has an affinity for Water and Earth magics, but when his Water magic begins to powerfully act without his guidance, and a dangerous incubus Kin begins visiting him, he knows that something bigger is happening. When Hunter Jarrett, a boy from his past, reappears, Tenn finds himself with potentially world-altering decisions to make. This fantasy-dystopia blend is action-packed from bloody start to unsettling end. The world building can be vague, and the secondary characters somewhat thinly drawn, but this is notable for its casual inclusion of a gay hero: Tenn is already comfortable with his sexuality, and his budding romance with Jarrett sweetly balances the action. An often gripping series starter. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Set in the postapocalyptic landscape of the Midwestern United States, this series opener is a tale of magic gone wrong. Once, magical powers existed in harmony with the energy centers of the world. But the ruling Kin's lust for power transformed the once-beautiful use of magic into a world controlled by corruption and fear. Only the Hunters—those brave enough to fight off the Kin—may have enough power to fight back. But they will have to use the same magic that destroyed the world they knew in order to do it. Now Tenn, one of the Hunters, has to choose to fight and risk losing his life or to remain in a world where everything he once loved has already been lost. Tenn's voice crackles with sarcasm and humor, despite the hopeless situation in which he is living. His yearning for something more is resonant of teens' desire to move beyond the confines of their parents' world and into something grander of their own making. Tenn's romantic pursuits will also keep readers interested. Will he choose Jarret, a Hunter like himself? Or will he go for Tomas, the sexy but cunning member of the Kin? The dialogue between characters is quick and easy and keeps the novel moving at an even pace. VERDICT Recommended for fans of dystopian fiction and fantasy.—Tabitha Nordby, Red River College, Man. Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In a world destroyed by magic, Hunters fight against Howls and all-powerful Kin; Tenn is a Hunter resigned to fight a losing battle but a seductive Kin and enigmatic Hunter make him realize he is a pawn in a bigger game.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A debut entry in a dark, post-apocalyptic fantasy introduces a paranormal hunter who endeavors to master his abilities to fight the monsters overrunning his world before falling into a deadly triangle of love and power with a seductive supernatural and a fellow hunter. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“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 Three Dark Crowns“If The Walking Dead and Constantine had a baby and that baby was unabashedly queer as hell, it would be Runebinder. “ —Tristina Wright, author of 27 Hours“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 and Daughter of Deep SilenceMagic 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 Tom‡s 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.Books in the Runebinder Chronicles:RunebinderRunebreakerRunemaker

Review by Publisher Summary 4

'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 Three Dark Crowns'If The Walking Dead and Constantine had a baby and that baby was unabashedly queer as hell, it would be Runebinder. " 'tristina Wright, author of 27 Hours'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 and Daughter of Deep SilenceMagic 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 Tom‡s 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.Books in the Runebinder Chronicles:RunebinderRunebreakerRunemaker