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John hatches a desperate plan that lands him in the middle of a battle while Kahlil takes on a final mission...

When John opens a letter addressed to his missing room-mate, 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 fa...more
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Published April 12th 2011 by Blind Eye Books
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Shelley
Questions, questions, questions ... that's all I have right now. I'm trusting my GR buddies who assure me all will be revealed and more than that; I am trusting Ginn Hale to guide me and spell it out with pretty pictures.

Picking up exactly where The Shattered Gates left off. The story has split into two definitive arcs (perhaps it already had?): one follows John seven months after entering Basawara and the other, Kahlil two years later - don't ask ... I can't begin to tell you how or why.
I coul...more
Jenni
Confession, just between you & me: sometimes I feel a little cliché using the words "world building" when I write a review. I mean. Am I being lazy? Could I better describe my point without those two little words? The answer is "probably" for anything else.

But not for this book.

Servants of the Crossed Arrows, the second installment in the Rifter series, is all about the world building. In fact, I'm not sure Ginn Hale can make the Rifter world more clear at this point.

This book, this series...more
Laura

Ginn Hale’s Rifter Series blends sorcery, conspiracy, assassins, gateways to other worlds, and so much MORE to form a spellbinding mix of “can’t-look-away-pay-attention-to-every-detail” mystery and adventure. I am completely captivated!

”Anything he believed about himself turned on itself and became a lie.”

Hot damn! Ginn Hale can build a world! New languages, customs, foods, and odors—all pull me in and spark all of my senses. I can feel the texture of a room. From the roasting meat on the table...more
Breann
4.5 stars

After the second installment this series continues to blow my mind!

I would try to write a review, but... HA! That would mean I'd have my brain wrapped around what's going on. And I don't. I think I might have a clue what's happening, at least I hope I'm on the right track.

But I'm seriously loving this series. It's keeping on the edge of my seat and constantly guessing everything that is happening. It's awesome.

I'm not quite sure all that made sense right now. So if it doesn't, it summar...more
Sheri

Cloudy curiosity. Risky realm. Amnesiac assassin.
I’m somewhat embarrassed to say that I am really enjoying this, but I’m still clueless as to what’s going on.
Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it? How am I intrigued while so out-of-sorts? I haven’t the foggiest!

John is a pillar of strength and forges ahead in the meekest of circumstances. I admire his courage, loyalty and love for his friends. Scrimping to survive his focus is to see another day and he’s dedicated to Laurie and Bill's existenc...more
Jenre
Apr 12, 2011 Jenre added it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, m-m
*Warning: It will be impossible for me to discuss this second part of The Rifter without giving away spoilers for part 1!*

After the excitement of Part One of this serialised novel things begin to settle into what looks like a duel storyline for our two heroes. The first story tales up about two thirds of this 140-odd page second part and follows John as he seeks a way to get him and his two companions, Laurie and Bill, into the city of Amura’taye where he hopes to locate a key to get them back t...more
Dreamer
Loving this well-written adventure series, the plot twists and turns delightfully. I feel invested in these characters now. John, Laurie and Bill struggle to survive on the mountainside where they ended up on coming through the gateway. Kahlil has been thrown into the future with his memory in tatters.

'Fikiri wiped his eyes.
"What would you do?"
"If I were you?"
"If you were me," Fikiri said.
Shove the big exhausted guy out of my way and run like hell down the stairs, John thought in all honesty. Bu
...more
Em
This is a great second installment and the story is now moving along at a fast pace. I did spend part of this book bewildered, trying to keep on top of what was happening, and then all of a sudden things clicked into place. Moving swiftly on to Black Blades.
Natasha
What the fucking is happpppeeennnniiinnngggggg?
This might as well be written in french for the amount I'm following it.

Christina

Ok, I think I know some of what's going on but I need to know the how's and why's, right now!
Mich
Moving on to book 3. Nothing of interest or any kind of climax has happened. The change in times between where John is and where Kahlil is, is odd. I'm not sure it's been explained...Bost seperate storylines are orignial but not super complex. (minus the made up language). Not sure where any of this is going. On to book 3!!
Bookwatcher
First of all I want to say I will keep reading this serie, but this is not a 5 stars story in my modest opinion.

Positive aspects of The Rifter so far
Great main characters
Perfect world building (not just a "simple" fantasy story, but a very complex one with even a language created ad hoc for it)
VERY interesting know more about their society. The first book don't explain much, with this one much more was explained.

Negative aspects, and the reason I gave 3 not 5 stars
The description of the feast gr...more
Alicja
Its a page turner. The action is picking up, the mystery is becoming more mysterious, and a dread spreading that this couldn't possibly end well. And its not a typical romance... it is a fantasy first, a well developed fantasy that barely has had the love interests interacting with each other. The world and people... it is wonderfully unfolding but it doesn't feel like a stand alone book but just a part of the whole so I am pressing on to the next one.
Desinka
I don't know how to rate a book that ended where the previous installment ended, i.e. there's no beginning and ended with ...to be continued. I'm sure the story will turn out to be great once I finish the tenth, or whatever number the last one is, installment, if I ever do. The story is interesting but the characters pop out of nowhere without sufficient characterisation. All the Arabic-sounding names are exotic but too difficult to remember and the description of this world strikes me a rip off...more
Ruthven
After finishing The Shattered Gates, I immediately started this one. Like, within 30 seconds after finishing TSG. Maybe even less. I just had to, you see, because the first part left me with many questions.
At this point in time, I don't know if I can say the second part answered some of my initial questions before posing others - all I can say is that I have more questions, a lot more questions, so many questions, but also the will to keep on reading and have them answered (hopefully). This is...more
Katharina
Oh, wow!! I'm starting to get a slight idea how things might be connected - and, boy, is this fantastic. The story lines are brilliantly interwoven and the complexity of the story makes it absolutely impossible to guess what is going to happen next... or even what is going on at all. You just hop on for the ride and go where it takes you ;-D
Another 5 hopeful stars - I'm so looking forward to see how all of this develops...
Rikurii
All I can really say is I am highly confused after reading this installment. The first one had me hooked afterwards. But this one... it just seemed, irrelevant? I'm sure it all leads to something in the next installment and so on. But right now I have no idea what that is or if I am willing to invest more time and money into this series. Kahlil all of a sudden seems like a completely different character...I guess that's just because he lost his memories and all that. And I don't really know if I...more
KatieMc
I am reading through, but I am not totally hooked.
Leta Blake
So far, so compelling!
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Three Crow Press Review by Lisa

Reading Servant of the Crossed Arrows was a little bit like watching the movie Inception. In other words, I labored under a pervading sense of “what the hell?” for a good portion of the time. But then I realized that there was a time/space continuum thing going on and stories were running parallel, and then things became as clear as Ginn Hale apparently wanted them to be at this point in the series arc, because just when I was starting to get it, just when things w...more
Kassa
For those unfamiliar with the title, this is book two of a ten part serialized fiction piece by Ginn Hale. I’ll be reviewing each book as they come out and any new readers should start at the beginning (here). While I will attempt not to include any spoilers, my reviews will assume that the readers are familiar with the characters and concepts and simply speak about that particular book in the series.



Servants of the Crossed Arrows is a heavily plot orientated book. There is a brief but thorough...more
D
One moment you're reading the 2nd book--and then Kahlil happens--and before you know it, you're starting on the 4th book. That is how evil Ginn Hale is, people. Reading a couple of pages is just not enough.

All right, there are about a hundred pages for each book at the very least, which means I've read about three hundred pages so far. And that's about enough to get me less confused, but still confused enough to keep on reading because I'm just so confused and I need to know. You get what I mean...more
LdDurham
I've always been one to be happy to be swept along in a story and wait until things start to fall into place and make sense. But this doesn't seem to be wanting to make any sense. As I was getting into a rhythm and starting to feel like I was beginning to understand and feel bound to the story, it did a hard left and I am left floundering again. So much so that I have now lost most of any emotional connection I had with any of the characters. Without that, I am seriously deliberating whether or...more
Philip
The last events of the previous installment and what happens in this one strengthen my curiosity about what's going to happen, as my initial thoughts of what the plot was going to be definitely don't seem accurate anymore. (view spoiler)

This book introduces Ravishan who is wonderful and adorable and really digs into the world building of Basawar. It also makes me like John even more.

Kyle's whole (view spoiler)...more
SueM
Being part 2 of a 10 part story, it is a little hard to judge or rate this story. It is a story that leaves the reader absorbed yet a little bewildered, mimicking the main characters in the tale. John has been accidentally transported to another world, leaving him both searching for a way home and for a way to survive, in the meantime, in a world totally alien to all he knows. Kyle, John's roommate on Earth, is a native of this world. Attempting to follow John back to his homeworld, he is injure...more
George
This officially confirms my reading addiction! Buy going ahead and purchasing this entire series for and yes I figured out I could have got it from the publisher for ten dollars less! But it was too late by the time I bought book three.
Carolyn Ma
The story is getting more interesting, but again, I'm not desperate to keep going. I want to read more of Kahlil's story, but there's a lot of John, which I don't care much about. I'll keep reading and hope it gets better.
L-D
This series was comprised of 10 novella length books. I read all the books before I came back to review, so my reviews are more of the series as a whole.

In this book, John helps an avert an ambush and is rewarded by being escorted into the household of Lady Bousim, the mother of the young noble he rescued. The books are pretty short, so giving a description of actions within the book become pretty big spoilers. It's hard to review the books in this series without spoiling too much.

I found this b...more
Adriana
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Picking up from its extremely intriguing predecessor, The Shattered Gates, this book does not disappoint. Though the plot is slow-moving, it never succeeds at being boring. As the pages go by, the reader discovers that the stories unfolding are not as lineal as one thought, and it ends with a big reveal, setting the stage for what I presume will be a mind-blowing third book.
Cannot wait to get my hands on The Black Blades (lol).
Lady*M
4 - 4.25 stars

Servant of the Crossed Arrows made much better impression than the first book and I enjoyed it much, much more. This is the part where things started happening for me - both in the form of action and character development.

It is obvious from this part that John/Jahn ended in the past and was involved in the rebellion, while Kyle/Kahlil ended in the future. Their paths cross after many years (two years in Kyle's time) - I assumed right that John is Jath'ibaye - when Kahlil is assign...more
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