Runebinder by A. R. Kahler
When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity. But greed and thirst for power instead caused mankind’s downfall. 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.
Runebinder gives us a look at what a dystopian future looks like with magic thrown into the mix. The magic in this world involves the manipulation of the elements, Earth, Fire, Water, Air and as yet unseen Maya (energy) but as the book goes on it’s revealed this is only the basics of what is possible. It had a very Avatar the last airbender feel which was cool, dropping us right into the action and bypassing the whole how we got here piece, which is slowly revealed through flashbacks.
Our protagonist is a young hunter named Tenn who fights on the frontline against the monsters created from dark magic. At the start of the book, he’s a Water and Earth mage, very early on we are shown that his magic is more than it seems and he quickly catches the attention of both sides of the war.
Oh and Tenn is a main character who just happens to be gay. Do you know how rare it is to read a book and feel that the character being gay is secondary to the actual storyline? I loved the way it was worked in as just part of the story. The main focus is on Tenn and his group’s fight for survival, search for answers and the lengths that the Necromancers & Monsters will go to, to get their hands on Tenn.
It fits into young adult fiction quite nicely, no overly sexual parts and I’d say probably less than you would find in a Heterosexual young adult fiction. So if you’re looking for a really gritty story or some nice smutty fiction, this isn’t for you. If you were a Percy Jackson or Hunger Games fan, then this should be right up your alley.
Head on over to Alex Kahler’s site to check it out.
Photo from the Runebinder website
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