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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.
Have you ever read something so utterly mind-boggling that you can barely find the words to express how it affected you? Very few stories have impacted me to such a degree. The Rifter soars to the top of the list. Worlds tangle, time shifts, and the complexity of the story will leave you dazed and confused. I can promise you, confusion and frustration will overwhelm you as you begin this epic journey. In return, I can also guarantee it will be worth every bit of aggravation you may have.
I know I am breaking the rules and going backwards, but it’s impossible to start at day one. I couldn’t properly explain much of anything at the beginning. Frankly, I had no clue what was going on. I stumbled along for several hundred pages wondering if I should take notes and frequently calling on a friend to clear some of the mud from my eyes. I encourage you to lean on veterans of the series. Buddy reading can be a beautiful thing and it bolstered my courage to forge ahead. I found great comfort in simply knowing I wasn’t alone in my ignorance.
To make matters worse, there is much I cannot tell you. Most of it you will have to venture into the unknown and experience the fog firsthand. What I can tell you is that this is a breathtaking mosaic of destined men and their cataclysmic struggle to save one another. Hale’s ability to sneak things in stealth mode is impressive. My focus was heavily on who, what, when and where leaving me vulnerable and I was often blown away, thunderstruck. Just when I calmed my nerves and felt slightly less disoriented, I swiftly found myself sputtering and speechless yet again.
John and Kyle.
They are strangers who may not be strangers after all. Deeply complex men in deeply complex worlds. Once you begin to grasp things (and fret not, you will) you become intoxicated with the ambition to have more answers. Answers will come along with a sea of more questions, and as you fight this tide of knowledge you will sink further into the clutches of The Rifter.
I slowly wandered through the thousand page adventure over several months. I believe most devour the books back to back; but I wanted to savor, to stretch, and soak up every chapter. Now that I am finished I am twitchy, restless, and desperate for more. Greedy, I know. All along I knew it had to come to an end, but I am grieving nevertheless. However, I certainly have no complaints regarding the meticulous climax.
This elaborate labyrinth will take you high and low. Gruesome battles with painstaking horrific details will unnerve you. My tummy tumbled, my heart raced, my breath caught in my throat. I was 110% at Ginn Hale’s mercy. She did not fail me.
I could gush and gush all day….believe me, I have. But allow me to cut straight to the chase. A single key unlocked a thrilling adventure that I will be forever grateful I had the pleasure of taking. The Rifter is a gorgeous masterpiece of raw and rich fantasy literature. Ginn masters the perfect utopia of chilling yet charming. Absolutely brilliant and not to be missed!