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!).