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The end is here. Tenn thought the spirits wanted him to find his fellow Hunter, Aidan, to win the war against the undead. But with Aidan on the brink of self-destruction and Tenn reeling from his lovers spite, their fated convergence seems far from promising. Especially because Aidan no longer appears to be fighting for the living. With the Dark Lady whispering commands and The end is here. Tenn thought the spirits wanted him to find his fellow Hunter, Aidan, to win the war against the undead. But with Aidan on the brink of self-destruction and Tenn reeling from his lover’s spite, their fated convergence seems far from promising. Especially because Aidan no longer appears to be fighting for the living. With the Dark Lady whispering commands and Tom‡s guiding his hand, Aidan slips deeper into darkness. And while the world rallies for its final battle against the Dark Lady’s minions, Tenn finds himself torn between saving the boy who’s slipping away and fulfilling a prophecy he can’t understand—one that will require him to harness the most powerful magic the world has ever seen: the Sphere of Maya. And depending on who unleashes its power, that magic could either save humanity…or erase it.


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The end is here. Tenn thought the spirits wanted him to find his fellow Hunter, Aidan, to win the war against the undead. But with Aidan on the brink of self-destruction and Tenn reeling from his lovers spite, their fated convergence seems far from promising. Especially because Aidan no longer appears to be fighting for the living. With the Dark Lady whispering commands and The end is here. Tenn thought the spirits wanted him to find his fellow Hunter, Aidan, to win the war against the undead. But with Aidan on the brink of self-destruction and Tenn reeling from his lover’s spite, their fated convergence seems far from promising. Especially because Aidan no longer appears to be fighting for the living. With the Dark Lady whispering commands and Tom‡s guiding his hand, Aidan slips deeper into darkness. And while the world rallies for its final battle against the Dark Lady’s minions, Tenn finds himself torn between saving the boy who’s slipping away and fulfilling a prophecy he can’t understand—one that will require him to harness the most powerful magic the world has ever seen: the Sphere of Maya. And depending on who unleashes its power, that magic could either save humanity…or erase it.

30 review for Runemaker

  1. 4 out of 5

    ElmoVsBibo2.0

    2 Stars. I was disappointed. I loved the first book and the second was great too. But this one was a rushed ending of a series that could have been great, because the story was different and had so much potential. I have to say that the plot was good. It's a nice change to have Chosen Ones, but in the end they're are just a part of the solution. I liked that. It all felt a little rushed. There was this big story building up and now it finally happened and ended just shortly after. I missed some 2 Stars. I was disappointed. I loved the first book and the second was great too. But this one was a rushed ending of a series that could have been great, because the story was different and had so much potential. I have to say that the plot was good. It's a nice change to have Chosen Ones, but in the end they're are just a part of the solution. I liked that. It all felt a little rushed. There was this big story building up and now it finally happened and ended just shortly after. I missed some action/suspense. Something. For some reason I never doubted that the book would have a happy ending. The one thing that got me angry and confused me was the breakup. Tenn and Jarrett. I loved them as a couple and I was excited to see them again. But suddenly everything was different. I think the author wanted to create a situation where Jarrett was supposed to get near Tenn, maybe make him fall in love with him, but at least trust him. But in the end he himself fell in love. But with Aiden in the picture he realized he still had to do his duty. I don't know, that's just my interpretation. Whatever it was, it was poorly executed and in the end I don't now for sure what the intention was, except for making me angry. Runemaker is my least favourite in the series and I rushed through the last 20% of the book, because I just wanted it to end.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley actual rating: 3.5 This is how the world ends. Not with a whimper or bang, not in fire or ice. Our world ends in greed. Our world will always end in greed. There was nothing really wrong with this book but I did often find my attention wandering while reading it. Still, I think it's more of a problem with me than with the book and there were still a lot of scenes that I really enjoyed so I decided to round up. I think the problem is really that I I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley actual rating: 3.5 “This is how the world ends. Not with a whimper or bang, not in fire or ice. Our world ends in greed. Our world will always end in greed.” There was nothing really wrong with this book but I did often find my attention wandering while reading it. Still, I think it's more of a problem with me than with the book and there were still a lot of scenes that I really enjoyed so I decided to round up. I think the problem is really that I never read the first book and I am really only interested in Aidan and don't care that much about Tenn at all. Also, while I KNEW that the series was probably going to end that way it was disappointing to me on a personal level. I'm sure it's a really great conclusion to the series to people who care about all the over-arching plots, but in much the same way that my lasting opinion of The Raven Cycle is "it's so weird that The Dream Thieves was a standalone novel" I really loved Runebreaker all on its own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alek Cristea

    Edit update: read the short story and realised I was fucking mad about the main couple being broken up for like, 90%of this book so it has lost its full marks. It gets full 5 because queers everywhere but it's my least favourite of the trilogy and there's a couple of places the plot went I didn't like so much but a good end to the series still!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ash | Wild Heart Reads

    Any way I'm not ready for the end or how beautiful that cover is 😍

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews

    5 💖💖💖💖💖 Hearts Reviewed by Shorty for MM Good Book Reviews Oh my goodness, what an awesome climatic ending. The entire book was entrancing. Numerous POV's are throughout as all sides are set to stop the other. Not everyone makes it out unscathed. I do not want to give anything away in this review. But I will say I was hooked from start to finish. The Dark Lady was a piece of work who never should have been in any sort of power. The Violet Sage was sweet but at the same time I had to ask why she 5 💖💖💖💖💖 Hearts Reviewed by Shorty for MM Good Book Reviews Oh my goodness, what an awesome climatic ending. The entire book was entrancing. Numerous POV's are throughout as all sides are set to stop the other. Not everyone makes it out unscathed. I do not want to give anything away in this review. But I will say I was hooked from start to finish. The Dark Lady was a piece of work who never should have been in any sort of power. The Violet Sage was sweet but at the same time I had to ask why she allowed things to get so far. Aidan and Tenn along with the others were awesome. I really have no words to express how impressed I am with this series. It culminates in a beautifully told story of good versus evil and the lengths those people will go to stop the other. Brilliant and breathtaking this story was everything I could hope for and more. The battle scenes, kidnappings, and explanations surrounding different events were off the charts. I loved it. On a side note these books must be read in order to enjoy the full journey as each book picks up where the last leaves off. Fantastic read and highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chiara

    I absolutely LOVED the first book in The Runebinder Chronicles. There was magic, creepy creatures, a love triangle, and a queer MC. Even though I didn't like the second book as much I was still very keen for this third and final book in the series. Unfortunately, it fell quite flat for me. One of the main character's love interest changed so much and with no reason behind it, and I found a lot of the story repetitive. For a showdown that took three books to build up to I felt like the final I absolutely LOVED the first book in The Runebinder Chronicles. There was magic, creepy creatures, a love triangle, and a queer MC. Even though I didn't like the second book as much I was still very keen for this third and final book in the series. Unfortunately, it fell quite flat for me. One of the main character's love interest changed so much and with no reason behind it, and I found a lot of the story repetitive. For a showdown that took three books to build up to I felt like the final fight between all the characters and the villain was short and resolved far too easily. All in all, I was somewhat disappointed in this book as I went in with expectations that just weren't met.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blackandred04

    DNF at 56% Arc Received From NetGalley In Exchange For An Honest Review I really did not like this, and I'm so disappointed. I couldn't even finish it, I was so uninterested. I don't necessarily think this book is bad I just think everything in my opinion sucked. The characters were downplayed in this, I already didn't like Tenn and his crew from the first novel because their only character traits are their tragic past. But in the second one, I liked Aidan and Kianna so much and was hoping that DNF at 56% Arc Received From NetGalley In Exchange For An Honest Review I really did not like this, and I'm so disappointed. I couldn't even finish it, I was so uninterested. I don't necessarily think this book is bad I just think everything in my opinion sucked. The characters were downplayed in this, I already didn't like Tenn and his crew from the first novel because their only character traits are their tragic past. But in the second one, I liked Aidan and Kianna so much and was hoping that they would carry this story. But then Kianna got attuned and it felt like he gave up everything she stood for, just like that. And all of Aidan's character traits were gone right from the beginning, and the Dark Lady possessing him just seemed like an excuses to why he had none. And the plot. . . Its the weakest I've ever read. They just hopped from one place to another in attack after attack and then Aidan was just killing Kin after Kin. And it's not just that, I have to admit, this is the finale and I still don't know certain things. Like the Prophets, what are they? They just kept saying the Prophets told us to get you and stuff and they never explained what they were or who. And the Kin I believe the explained in this book but I was so uninterested I couldn't even comprehend. Now to the part why I don't think this was that bad. I believe firstly, it could it better. I only made it 50% in and I just couldn't because I wasn't even comprehending what I was reading very well at that point. I had to move on to other things and not push myself though this. That's also why I DNFed it. Because I just couldn't connect, so maybe someone did or has and really enjoyed this. That person just wasn't me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Harlequin TEEN - Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was waiting for an intense YFantasy novel and boy did I get it. This was edge of your seat excitement to the max just like you were transported into the kingdom and joining Aidan on his quest to defeat the dark lady and her minions and retrieve the sphere of maya and either save humanity or have it end up in the dark lady's This book was received as an ARC from Harlequin TEEN - Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was waiting for an intense YFantasy novel and boy did I get it. This was edge of your seat excitement to the max just like you were transported into the kingdom and joining Aidan on his quest to defeat the dark lady and her minions and retrieve the sphere of maya and either save humanity or have it end up in the dark lady's hands and destroy humanity. My eyes almost popped out of their sockets for each page that I have read. I really hope all of the young readers take a hold of this book and have the same out of body experience like I have and I know our teen book club will have similar reactions and will be dying to talk about it. We will consider adding this title to our YFiction collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sari

    I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was good, but it wasnt a book that could really hold my attention. I found myself getting distracted easily and it took me wayyyy longer than usual to finish. The writing style seemed kind of slow.. I almost would figure out what would happen prior to it actually happening in the story. I love the idea of this story. It has a great story line, but I do not think it was executed as well as it I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was good, but it wasn’t a book that could really hold my attention. I found myself getting distracted easily and it took me wayyyy longer than usual to finish. The writing style seemed kind of slow.. I almost would figure out what would happen prior to it actually happening in the story. I love the idea of this story. It has a great story line, but I do not think it was executed as well as it could have been. I get frustrated with the “chosen one” kind of books. So the fact that this one was more “deciding to take action” really had me hopeful. I think I might have just been too old to enjoy this book. It definitely was not targeted towards people my age as it is a YA novel. All things considered it was a good book and I enjoyed it. Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this advanced copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Garc

    Any book that makes me feel strong emotions on purpose, whether its love for a character that Im cheering for or hate for a character that I downright want to strangle, is worth the read. I didnt like Aiden in Runebreaker, book 2 of The Runebinder Chronicles, he annoyed me so much that I wanted to put the book down. In Runemaker though, he is still as annoying, arrogant, and stupid but Tenn and the others counter balance his bouts of idiocy that are eye rolling. Detestable character aside Any book that makes me feel strong emotions on purpose, whether it’s love for a character that I’m cheering for or hate for a character that I downright want to strangle, is worth the read. I didn’t like Aiden in Runebreaker, book 2 of The Runebinder Chronicles, he annoyed me so much that I wanted to put the book down. In Runemaker though, he is still as annoying, arrogant, and stupid but Tenn and the others counter balance his bouts of idiocy that are eye rolling. 
Detestable character aside Runemaker is a bit of a slow burn that tip toes to the edge of boring before picking up so fast that it sort of feels rushed toward the end. 
The plot is quite entertaining but the readers are made to feel so many strong emotions that are not so masterfully handled, it makes the general flow of the story a bit wanky. There are big emotional highs followed by deep pitfalls of gloom and angst that would make this nauseating if it was a rollercoaster ride. However it does give a sense of Ying and Yang to Aiden and Tenn, since the first usually annoy and enrage while the second gets depressing at times. Review also posted on Worn out Spines 
Runemaker is one of those one-time reads, you read it, sort of liked it but would definitely not revisit it. If I didn’t feel like it was the intention of the author to make Aiden the way he is I would have been harder on this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    So here's the deal. I want to support LGBTQ writers who do non-traditional fantasy. I really want to read things that are not Chosen One tropes that rehash the same concept. I really wanted to like this series. I finished with the attitude that at least I didn't hate it. I really can't rate it higher or lower when my takeaway is that I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. I did not like main characters. They felt like angst-ridden hipsters who really needed to meet people outside the world So here's the deal. I want to support LGBTQ writers who do non-traditional fantasy. I really want to read things that are not Chosen One tropes that rehash the same concept. I really wanted to like this series. I finished with the attitude that at least I didn't hate it. I really can't rate it higher or lower when my takeaway is that I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. I did not like main characters. They felt like angst-ridden hipsters who really needed to meet people outside the world described in the author bio on the book jacket. I didn't like most of the sidekicks who put up with toxic behavior from the mains. The redeeming quality was the world building for me. I liked the concepts and themes presented even if I had to tolerate the characters presenting them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Miller

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked book 1. I liked book 2. I liked most of this book. My problem was the ending. Two parts: 1. It seemed like the one chosen to make the biggest sacrifice was chosen b/c they were the least fleshed out and least attached (i.e., not a "chosen one" or in a relationship). 2. The bigger issue I had was Aidan's ending. Literally, he's been responsible for so. much. death and misery. he's killed so MANY people who didn't deserve it. And it's handwaved off because well, he'd killed the Howls? He I liked book 1. I liked book 2. I liked most of this book. My problem was the ending. Two parts: 1. It seemed like the one chosen to make the biggest sacrifice was chosen b/c they were the least fleshed out and least attached (i.e., not a "chosen one" or in a relationship). 2. The bigger issue I had was Aidan's ending. Literally, he's been responsible for so. much. death and misery. he's killed so MANY people who didn't deserve it. And it's handwaved off because well, he'd killed the Howls? He just wanted his mother reincarnated? I mean, great motive, still murder. He walks off into the sunset with no consequences, absolved and at peace with himself because... in his mind it all balances or whatever. Bah

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sin

    While there were redeeming parts including a refreshing twist from the rest of the predictability, I felt like overall the quality had been going downhill since after the first book. Multiple flaws, character inconsistencies seemingly driven by a need in plot and topped off with more annoyance in the ending when I thought it had at least started redeeming itself. Parts were at least interesting enough with backstory or lore that it merits 2.5 to 3 stars. I really wanted to enjoy this series more While there were redeeming parts including a refreshing twist from the rest of the predictability, I felt like overall the quality had been going downhill since after the first book. Multiple flaws, character inconsistencies seemingly driven by a need in plot and topped off with more annoyance in the ending when I thought it had at least started redeeming itself. Parts were at least interesting enough with backstory or lore that it merits 2.5 to 3 stars. I really wanted to enjoy this series more than I ended up doing as I had been looking forward to reading it since the first came out and it truly had some promising concepts, just didn't pull through on execution.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Bowen

    This is the conclusion to that rare creature-a dark fantasy trilogy with gay characters at its center. In the week I spent listening to the audiobook I didn't want to stop listening. I could have easily binged this book in a day. I was captivated by this novel and I could not predict the ending. I have been reading fantasy novels since Shannara was new. I have never read anything quite like the Rune books. Sure they are violent and bleak, but the world is a better place now that these three This is the conclusion to that rare creature-a dark fantasy trilogy with gay characters at its center. In the week I spent listening to the audiobook I didn't want to stop listening. I could have easily binged this book in a day. I was captivated by this novel and I could not predict the ending. I have been reading fantasy novels since Shannara was new. I have never read anything quite like the Rune books. Sure they are violent and bleak, but the world is a better place now that these three books are a part of it, and I love the elemental magic in these chronicles. Open to air and send this review into cyberspace.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This was the epic finale I was waiting for for this trilogy. All the characters from both the dark and the light have come together to face the final standoff in their magic war. I loved the central idea of this series - that it wasn't about being the chosen one, but about making the choice to take up the call. And I love that all the characters are flawed, but they continually choose to carry on - whether it was Thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This was the epic finale I was waiting for for this trilogy. All the characters from both the dark and the light have come together to face the final standoff in their magic war. I loved the central idea of this series - that it wasn't about being the chosen one, but about making the choice to take up the call. And I love that all the characters are flawed, but they continually choose to carry on - whether it was Tenn's self-doubt or Aidan's angry vulnerability, they all battled with something internally, but made the choice to continue the external battle.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jason S Wrench

    Overall, I've really enjoyed reading the first three books in the Runebinder Chronicles by Alex R. Kahler. The third book takes the characters from the first two books and intersects their lives for the first time. If you enjoyed the first two books, then you're going to enjoy this one as well. It's fun to read a fast-paced LGBTQ-centered urban fantasy book. I want to thank the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book prior to publication; however, the thoughts in this review Overall, I've really enjoyed reading the first three books in the Runebinder Chronicles by Alex R. Kahler. The third book takes the characters from the first two books and intersects their lives for the first time. If you enjoyed the first two books, then you're going to enjoy this one as well. It's fun to read a fast-paced LGBTQ-centered urban fantasy book. I want to thank the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book prior to publication; however, the thoughts in this review are clearly my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nelson Allen

    Boy oh boy, this was a wild ride from start to finish! I was eagerly awaiting the end to this trilogy! The story really had me biting my nails the whole way through. There were DEFINITELY some plot twist and turns that I did not see coming. The ending was nice, but it all happened very quickly. The part 4 pacing was accelerated, but was well written! I am looking forward to reading more works by Kahler! He is highly recommended!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jesus la Pinga

    Probably the most memorable series I read this year. What Alex does is magical, I know punny, but true. He weaves the narrative of dark and light so beautifully that you fall in love with every character and feel every loss, love, happy and sad till the end. I have fallen in love with this series and thank you Alex, every day. It is beautiful.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Inkyard Press

    Categories Young Adult Action & Adventure, Young Adult LGBT, Young Adult Fantasy Miniseries The Runebinder Chronicles (Book #3)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Queer content: theres some m/m action going on, plus other queer characters Queer content: there’s some m/m action going on, plus other queer characters

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fanahan Barry

  22. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Chambers

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leanna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Richard Bellotti

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ravenor

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lestatt

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ana

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kenji Nakamura

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linda O

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Chin

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