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The Shattered Gates (The Rifter)

The Shattered Gates (The Rifter) [Kindle Edition]

Ginn Hale
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Volume One. When John opens a letter addressed to his missing roommate, Kyle, he expects to find a house key, but instead he is swept into a strange realm of magic, mysticism, revolutionaries and assassins. Though he struggles to escape, John is drawn steadily closer to a fate he share with Kyle—to wake the destroyer god, the Rifter, and shatter a world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blind Eye Books (1 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G4RCYU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! 26 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A really enjoyable fantasy novel. I downloaded the free Kindle preview, and was hooked by the idea of John, a fairly normal man wondering what has happened to his flatmate Kyle who hasn't shown up for weeks...who periodically (after absences of a few days to a week) appears covered in injuries and toting samurai swords. And with tattooed eyelids...his occupation? A milk man. Well, that's what he told John anyway.

Well I won't spoil it!

When I got the paperback in the post I was so excited that I read it all in one sitting, and went straight back to Amazon to order the next instalment...but it doesn't come out for a few months :(

I could download the kindle edition but I prefer to have the real book in my hands, so it looks like I'll have to wait, sadly. I'd definitely recommend this book to fantasy fans. It was nice to read a m/m romance for once, there should definitely be more!
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two pounds and fifty nine pence! 26 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I can not believe that a quite unknown author would sell or allow her book of no more than 90 pages/ or 197 kB in kindle addition be sold for two pounds and fifty nine pence. Do you ever wonder why so few buy it? You are having a laugh!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of an amazing new series 22 April 2012
By Kieri - Published on
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PLOT: "When John opens a letter addressed to his missing roommate, Kyle, he expects to find a house key, but instead he is swept into a strange realm of magic, mysticism, revolutionaries and assassins. Though he struggles to escape, John is drawn steadily closer to a fate he share with Kyle--to wake the destroyer god, the Rifter, and shatter a world."

"The Shattered Gates" is the first volume in Ginn Hale's 10-part epic "The Rifter." This is one of the most unique stories I've ever read...the world-building is unparalleled and the story is equal parts tender and horrific. Hale has an amazing ability to make you feel for her characters, and by the end of the series I was literally biting my nails and crossing my fingers, hoping everthing would turn out okay for Our Heroes.

It's very hard to review this series without giving away any essential plot detail, so I'll say this: if you're a big fan of any series (book, movie, TV, whatever) where there's a huge over-arching mythos and zillions of little details that you can piece together for a glimpse at where the series is heading, you'll LOVE this story. If you're looking for a very straightforward, simple m/m fantasy romance, this probably isn't the series you're looking for.

The series started in March of 2011 and concluded in December 2011, with a new part coming out each month. It looks like they'll be realeased the same way on Amazon. Every volume is about 120+ pages long, so you get pretty good bang for your book., and the complete story can be found on an indie bookseller's website (Google it! Once you start reading, you're not going to want to wait between parts!).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of a masterpiece 5 May 2012
By komkon2 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ginn Hale's Rifter series is a masterpiece combining gateway travel to a different universe, magical realism, timetravel and m/m romance. This is the first of 10 parts of the series, each about 130 pages long. I read it first when it was made available in monthly PDF installments by the publisher in 2011. Nothing gripped me more last year - not even watching Fringe :-). The only thing the Kindle version lacks are the maps (but I didn't use them too much the first time, so I guess you can do without them).

Storyline - very mild spoilers -: It's hard not to, and I try not to give too much away. The story is alternately told from the viewpoints of two characters, John, at the beginning a student of ecology in a middle size U.S. university town, and Kyle, his weird roommate with two black swords and tattoos over his eyelids who claims to be a milkman but really comes from a different universe. A universe full of witches, oracles, priests that can rend the time-space fabric, social unrest boiling and a revolution under way. (Technology has mixed a bit due to the gate, so you might meet a character with a sword riding a bicycle.) I won't spoil things too much by telling you the two protagonists will fall in love eventually. The strain here, and indeed the unique aspect of the whole story, is on the word "eventually". For when travelling the gate between the two worlds the gate relocates the traveller also in time. (Be glad that the gate is travelled only a few times in the story, for it makes things already weird enough). As I said, the story is told from the, in themselves continuous, views of the protagonists. Expect that in one storyline the characters may already have shared friendly or intimate moments, while in the next they haven't even properly met yet. You might see one dear character killed in one scene, but not know who it was because you only get to know her much later in the series. An antagonist may, after heavy fighting, be finally defeated in one storyline, but in the next you meet the same antagonist still powerful and spinning clever intrigues. This sounds quite confusing, but it is all very logical, and you spend your time alternating between aha-moments, learning what happened piece by piece, and looking for clues how the cliff-hangers from the other storyline might be resolved. It is an immensely clever story, and I can't even begin to imagine the discipline that must have gone into writing it.

Ginn Hale is the author of Wicked Gentlemen, a very weird book about a demon and a police agent falling in love in a world where hell has surrendered to Christianity, and of the two-part Lord of the White Hell series that featured a fantasy world with a Harry-Potter-like university setting. The Rifter series has no overlap with either of Hale's previous books. It may not be as Gothic as the first, but is much darker, complicated and richer than the second. (Though I found all her novels and stories very well written and enjoyable.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 10 Jan 2013
By Nevyn - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
From the very beginning, this book drew me in. I found myself deeply interested in what was going on and so immersed in the story, to the point where I got confused because I only knew as much as the main character did. After a while the confusion cleared up as I read more about the vast world Hale had created. The plot is unlike any I have read before, the idea truly unique. Hale develops the world like a blooming flower. The history and setup of the world is unveiled as the book continues, not in big chunks of paragraph like in most books. And when I finished the last book I was disappointed the series had ended. I want to read more! I want to know what happens in the far future. And that doesn't mean that I was unhappy with the ending. I was! The ninth and tenth books in particular were incredibly riveting and full of imagery. I enjoyed every moment of these books. Even now, a few days later, I keep thinking of them and am having a difficult time getting drawn into the new series I am reading because I keep thinking of this one. These books haunt my thoughts. I wish this series didn't have to end.

I spent several days immersed in the world created by these books and I quickly grew attached to the characters. The love story created is powerful and doesn't need strong steamy details to convey it. The feelings between the characters come through strongly anyway and seem even more powerful without smut to get in the way. The romance also developed overtime. The two characters don't immediately jump each other, building the suspense until they finally get together. And when that happened I had a strong sense of Finally! Simply incredible. I have only read a few books where the romance created was so powerful.

While at times Hale's sentences seem a little short, I found I enjoyed the writing style immensely. I especially found the author's grammar refreshing. I never had to guess at who was saying what or whose actions were being described. It had been a long time since I read a book with such incredible grammar and I was blown away. She even created a language for the world the main character ends up in. I don't know the structure of the language but the fact that the characters have to learn it instead of everyone speaking English was amazing to me.

I loved this series and since I have finished it, I have re-read the whole thing twice, a few of the books at least four times and I pick them up now as comfort reads when I've had a rough day. Just thinking about this series right now is making me tear a little, these books made that strong of an impact on me. Hopefully there will be a sequel created one day. I can certainly dream.

I would suggest this series anyone, even readers who aren't into stories with gay characters. The story is amazing, the writing incredible, the plot well thought out and there is no graphic smut. And while I know some readers may be turned off by the lack of potential smut, I think the romance between the two characters is more than enough to make up for that and I feel as if steamy scenes would have distracted from the moment.

These books were incredible and I can't help comparing the quality of these to the quality of others I have read. I have the feeling it will be a while before another book will be able to come close. These books set the bar of standards incredibly high.

A potential reader may want to consider dropping by the publisher's website to buy the complete series in ebook format for $29.95 as long as they have a PayPal account. While this is less profitable for the author, for someone that would like to read the series, but is a little tight on money, $30 for the entire series is a very good bargain and more than worth the cost. For me, the joy I got out of reading these books is definitely worth more than that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not captivated, but intrigued. 11 Sep 2013
By Rachel G. - Published on
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I am going to begin this review by stating up front that the fantasy genre is not my cup of tea. I am game for dystopian worlds and alternate universes where the world is built from the author's imagination, but people are still just people - no witches, no mystical powers, no oracle bones that can talk and no time travel. Now that that is out of the way, I will state that Ginn Hale's The Shattered Gates does not have me captivated, but it does have me intrigued.

Well written, spectacularly imagined and despite a particularly convoluted plot with multiple, coinciding story arcs - clearly conveyed. There seems to be a lot of foreshadowing in this first book, but there has been one nice surprise so far. What I have inferred readers can expect in The Rifter series, from The Shattered Gates, is a story of two men whose paths coincide and cross at different points in a non-linear time and space continuum between two worlds. Each on the fringe of society in their own way, one harboring a fantastical secret and one clueless to the fact he is the secret. I am also inferring the reader is being set up to contemplate what is being presented as good and evil from each of the MC's perceptions and all the "gray space" in between. Possibly a romance springing from a "who should you trust?" theme. Again, just inferences - this is a review of book one for goodness sake. :)

Book one is heavy on the fantasy world building and introduction of key characters, but quite lacking in any semblance of a romance. Not only is there no chemistry developed between the leading men, there is little interaction between them. Another possible reason why I am intrigued, but not captivated at this point. To introduce a world immersed in such sensational fantasy, I imagine an "introduction" book, such as The Shattered Gates is needed and the m/m relationship will take center stage as the series progresses.

For those of you who adore both the fantasy genre and m/m genre, The Rifter seems to be one that will impress, but I recommend giving it a go to those of you who enjoy a well written piece, despite not being particularly keen on fantasy. I roll my eyes at a lot of the fantasy aspects of the story, but as I read on I find myself rolling them less. I have determined that the first book in The Rifter series has engaged me enough that I will be reading on.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series 9 Feb 2014
By BayAreaTexan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I started reading this, I didn't know what I was in for. Highly creative world, great internal consistency, great story telling. Found myself very much caring about the characters (and unable to put the book down as I was always trying to "figure out" what was coming next). The romance was really wonderful and believable. Excellent job!
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