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The Shattered Gates (Rifter #1)

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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 shares with Kyle—to wake the destroyer god, the Rifter, and shatter a world.
ebook, 1st Edition, 110 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Blind Eye Books (first published March 1st 2011)
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If you are contemplating this series you would be best served to read my 5 Star spoiler free review here.

3.5 Stars


This is something different and I think I might have just stumbled onto something quite special, or is it my initial enthusiasm and the enthusiasm of my GR buddies that's influencing me? I'm just not too sure yet. The Shattered Gates is part one of a ten part serialised novel and trying to rate this book is like trying to rate the first ten percentage of a long novel - doesn't s
4.5 stars

Fantasy and urban fantasy are my first book loves. These genres hold a special place in my bookish heart and I’ve never found a M/M series that can compete with those series of the M/F variety.


The world building rocked my effing socks. This was so fast paced and action packed I was riveted from the beginning to the very end. I’m just left with so many QUESTIONS. Questions about this world they’re in, about why they’re there, who they are and who they shoul

I feel like yahoo-ing to the heavens! Look! Look what I found! A kickass fantasy with gorgeous writing, adventure, strong characters and mystery. Shattered Gates by Ginn Hale had me pretty much at first click with a mysterious key and a one word letter. BOOM! I was in. But throw in talking bones, witch’s blood, and gateways to other worlds…well….I’m yours forever!

“It was more like they just were there. Kind of like they could have always been here, and somehow we just never saw them before.”

I fe
This is a reread for me, and that makes it even more difficult to review. How can I pass judgement on The Shattered Gates (TSG), when it is but one small piece of a bigger puzzle?

I will just say this: TSG contains a lot of information that foreshadows what is to come. It sets the mood for a very dark and dangerous world that is parallel, yet different from our own. A lot will happen: good things and bad things. Yet despite whatever may happen, there is much to appreciate in the complexity of suc
Jul 18, 2014 julio rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone.
Shelves: loved
This begins my favorite book of 2012.

...and all i can tell you is:

heezus chrahai, what a ride.
Wow, what a kick-off! Since each book in the series seems to be more like a chapter/installment of a true epic, I won't get into a long-winded review. All I have to say is that the world building is magnificent and completely absorbing, and this is just the beginning! For me, it'd be reason enough to continue reading the entire series. Not to mention the atmosphere Hale creates, it's at once foreboding, sinister and so vivid. Now, on to the next book.
Magnetic mystery. Considerable confusion. Freaky fantasy.

Let me attempt to clear the mud in my head and tell you what I think has occurred in this opening peek into the Rifter.
A pair of roommates barely cross paths and virtually know nothing about the other. John is scrimping to get by and panics when his roommate, Kyle, disappears after an awkward chance encounter. Assuming Kyle has skipped town, he snoops into his mail and stumbles across a mysterious key. This key is significant as well as t
The word "epic" has been bandied about a lot lately. It's become a pop culture joke, lost its actual meaning in the overuse. I don't really like to use it. So, it has been ages since I felt the need to describe a thing as "epic". But by the gods of good books, this story was EPIC. Really, truly, out-of-the-Oxford-dictionary epic. I read the blurb and I kind of thought it might be a bit of a fantasy/comedy thing. Like, "haha, his roommate is a weirdo from another world". Oh boy, was I wrong. This ...more
Terrific start! This book really packs a punch for being so short. It has great world-building and sucked me in right away. I enjoyed the first half a bit more than the second. My only complaint is that I wanted to see what happened when John and friends first got to Basawar. A lot of time elapses at this point and we don't get to see firsthand how they adapted.
I'm really excited to finally get to start this epic series. After reading Ginn's Lord of the White Hell books, I knew I was going to enjoy the Rifter saga and its off to an impressive start. It has imaginative world building and believable characters and I'm moving straight onto Servants of the Crossed Arrows!

I'm confused, but highly intrigued about this story, which spans two worlds, with one part taking place in current, modern times on Earth, and another part set on an old-world-like planet, time period unknown.

I enjoyed the beautiful, rich storytelling and world-building. I liked all the characters I met. What I'm unclear about is how it all fits together, who belongs together, who's good, who's bad...

I wish the story had included a solid ending, or at least been bundled to be a 250-300 page no
Cole Riann
Impressive Start!

I've waited quite a while to start reading this, as I didn't really want to read it as a serial. On the one hand, having it broken up would nicely break up the tension that I can see slowly building already, but I just don't trust myself. I'll want to read it all and who knows what my crazy mind will be in the mood to read one month from now, not to mention more. So I waited, and I'm glad I did because I'm about to dive into Servant of the Crossed Arrows and I'm SO EXCITED!

I'm a
Kaje Harper
This is a fantasy series, one long story told in ten parts. The main characters are gay, but it is only tangentially and eventually a romance of any kind. If you need that spark in your fantasy to enjoy it, this won't be for you. If you love long, well-written fantasy that puts the adventure plot first, then consider reading this.

John is an interesting, stoic and logical man, a loner but with a core of compassion toward others. He caught my interest right away. Kyle is more of an enigma, a man
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 imag
Excellent beginning to this epic fantasy. Always been a sucker for characters passing through gateways to other worlds!

Graduate student John has a mysterious room-mate Kyle who is actually from the world of Basawar. John opens a letter for Kyle (Kahlil) and comes into possession of a key to this other world.

'(Kahlil) had lied about his name, his occupation, where he had been, what he had done, how he came in, how he went out. He had lied in two languages and to every person he met. What he liked
Sep 13, 2013 Loederkoningin marked it as to-read
Finally got this m/m classic. *shamefaced*

Buddy read with a bunch of Best M/M series members. Excited!
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Wow! Just a note. The world building is awesome and John and Kyle are very interesting characters. The visions suggested by the story are very powerful. I'm enthralled.
Mar 13, 2011 Jenre added it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m
Now here's something new. A serialised novel in ten parts being issued once a month by Blind Eye Books. My interest was already aroused by that idea alone, but then when you add into the equation that the serialised book is written by the frankly quite astounding Ginn Hale, I knew this would be something I would want to read. I wasn't wrong.

It's a bit odd to review the first part of a serialised novel. The book has been divided roughly into 100 pages per issue and so this first part is the openi
Oh gawd. I'm bloody well hooked now, aren't I?
Brilliant world-building. Utterly gripping.

Off to buy book two. :D
So.... Probably you want some words about this book and why I gave 5 stars... Hummmmm...
Ok, let me tell you it's funny, and dark. That's certain... I'm sure about it.
It's also a fantasy... No doubt about it neither... And... John... Well... No wait... His roommate is... No, maybe not, he isn't...

Yeah I know, sorry I don't make sense at all... Let me try again... There are another world, to travel from one to another John roommate get hurt... He is funny, and sad, and a killer, and bad, but also
Rachel Brown
In the killer hook opening to this portal fantasy, John, a gay graduate student, has a problem. He and his mysterious roommate Kyle ran into each other in a bathhouse, and fled in opposite directions. Several weeks later, Kyle still hasn't returned, and the rent is coming up. And while Kyle is extremely strange - he's covered with weird tattoos, carries around swords and knives, always keeps his room locked, and, bizarrely, claims to be a milkman - he has never failed to pay the rent on time, wh ...more
I can sincerely say I have NO IDEA what is happening in this story...But I do know that whenever I find out it gonna BLOW ME AWAY!

This is good writing, very good. I am spinning circles, have no clue what's going on...But I'm gonna read the second one. Because wherever Kahlil has to go, and whatever he has to do, I HAVE GOT to know how it goes down...Hell of an opener.
3.5 stars rounded up

Book One of the new ten part serial from Ginn Hale is an explosive introduction. The excellent writing, tight editing, and creative imagination that readers have come to expect from Hale is once again at the forefront of this new venture. At the same time this particular novella comes in at a mere 100 pages or so and barely, barely scratches the surface of the world building, introduces characters as mostly names with some witty dialogue, and starts to develop a story that i
Stunning. Seriously. Ginn's world building is thorough and immaculate, as I expected. What surprised me was how extensive it is. She's developed a language for this work, the first of 10 installments in the series, and a culture as fascinating as it is bleak. Very fond of hard edges, is our Ginn, but she tempers the darkness with extremely likable characters in whom I quickly developed a vested interest. I'm eagerly devouring the second installment, and glad to have the third and fourth already ...more
A promising start but I don't understand how any publisher thought this part was a book unto itself. Thankfully, I have some borrowed paperbacks so I don't have to worry. But I've seen the prices on amazon for the ebooks for this series, its bullshit how expensive all these short parts are (which is why the only reason I'm reading this is because I am fortunate in kind friends).

I'm not going to review until I finish the first paperback and then I'll link the review here.
This one feels like the start to an absolute epic!
It's a bit tough to rate on its own since after finishing it there are still so many details missing and the real story hasn't even really started as far as I can see. But bloody hell does this book have the potential to absolutely blow my mind!!
So five hopeful stars from me - and on to the next :-D
Vanessa North
I feel weird writing a review for one part of a serialized novel, so I'll just say I enjoyed this first part very much, will continue to read, and will probably write a full review when finished with the entire serial.
I haz theories.
Great! Next!
Ulysses Dietz
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.

At first The Rifter's first book "The Shattered Gates," seemed a little dry to me - it takes time to embrace the world-building and get to know the characters - and there's a certain spareness to Hale's prose that takes a while to grow on you. Hale's narrative never drags, and while certain motifs repeat, it is never redundant. You have to piece together the rema
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