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The Shattered Gates (The Rifter Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ginn Hale
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Book Description

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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  • File Size: 187 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blind Eye Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G4RCYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not captivated, but intrigued. September 10, 2013
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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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of an amazing new series April 22, 2012
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!).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of a masterpiece May 5, 2012
By komkon2
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series
When I started reading this, I didn't know what I was in for. Highly creative world, great internal consistency, great story telling. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BayAreaTexan
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series
All of the books in this series are very well written and all leading up to a great ending with the final book in the series. Ginn Hale is my favorite m/m author. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cepheus Paxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Finished the whole series and am ready to start all over again
This story is violent, tragic, uplifting and so suffused with love that it is impossible to look away from. Read more
Published 15 months ago by flickerjax
5.0 out of 5 stars love book, hate price!
I really liked this story and the games Ms Hale plays with shifting worlds and timelines. I hated the practice of dividing one medium-long book up into ten novelas at $3.99 a pop. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Suspenseful
The plot may be very similar to many others but it has many unique aspects that make most interesting to read. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sicazul
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
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... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nevyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Bet you can't read just one...Ginn Hale's "Rifter" epic rules...
This is really a review of the entire Rifter series - because once you've started, you'll want to read all of them one after the other. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ulysses Dietz
5.0 out of 5 stars really good series
The Rifter books have all they need: intricate plot, solid characters, consistent world, intriques, just as expected from Ginn Hale. She gets better with each book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by shutaka
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Im blown away by this series and I can't put it down...a little disappointed to find out that the books were being released on Kindle at only one per month, but I was able to go... Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by Jerry Lambert
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