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Witches' Blood (Rifter #4)

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  712 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
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.
ebook, 1st Edition, 123 pages
Published June 2011 by Blind Eye Books
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Feb 02, 2016 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
Like a net slowly being drawn in, I see the fish swimming around in it, still unaware of what's about to happen. The anticipation is killing me, and I'm watching some of the characters and saying to myself are you kidding me? Oblivious, arrogant, and entitled are dangerous weaknesses. I suspect book 5 will have tears, expected them already, but it was delayed. Allons-y!

This thought though is perfect, and why so much fails:
Parfir’s edicts of generosity, humility and compassion moved Samsango to
Shit-shock-horror! My feeeeels!

Amazing! - The Plot

Horrifying! - The burning!

Heartbreaking! - Ravishan!

Betrayed! - I'm not saying.

In love! - John

Enraged! - Dayyid! Grrr...

In awe! - Ginn Hale

Terrified! - the future.

That's all I have for now. Onward ...
Alexis Hall
Read with Katface.

Insert: typical whinge that this shouldn't be series.

This got really fucking good this book. I don't think it's so much because of particular incidents that can be isolated to this small chunk of manuscript so much as the various tensions and relationships, and slowly accumulated knowledge, built over the previous books finally came together and paid together.

There's also some seriously dark stuff in this one - nothing gratuitously explicit but the violence integral to repressi
Jun 20, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it

Blackmail, spying, blood, and burnings. I’m scared now. My heart and gut are waiting and bracing for trouble.

As John’s power and connections slowly reveal themselves, the secrets, desires, and lies are getting harder to hide. The constant dangers, deceit, and tensions are all making me nervous. Dayyid’s mistrust and suspicions, Fikiri (I have my eye on you!), and even Laurie all have me in knots and muttering to myself. Haha…God, I love this series!

Witches’ Blood upped the ante for me. Showed m
Jan 02, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it


Ok, ok, ok... *rubs hands together*

I have all these theories, ya see? Like guesses as to what's going on. And so far, well...I don't know if any of them are right. A couple have been revealed to be wrong. But, I'm feeling really confident about a few.

And for those of you who've read this series, my guess is YOU TOO had theories!!! There's a Rifter support group somewhere, right? For like, when this is all over? And when I don't know what to do with myself once it's done? RIG

Too soon to rate - will do so when I finish the whole lot.

On to The Holy Road

This is a good story. The characters are amazing. The world is fascinating. The writing is superb.

The presentation, however, not so much. Keep in mind, tho, that this is my personal opinion and I am very much aware that it does not coincide with the majority of my friends' opinions. Still, I am entitled.

I wish the story was less predictable and was arranged better, i.e compiled into fewer volumes, contained less zig-zagging in time or maybe shorter periods of it. The characters are doubled and
Sonia ~Ruber's fiancé in Crystal Court universe~
Ok, so the 4th book in the series is the best one yet! I love it! We only have John's (Jahn) POV this time, but I have a suspicion about who Ravishan is. I'm curious if I'm right :D
Love these books, brilliantly woven plot!

'John bowed his head and gently kissed Ravishan's lips. He only meant it to be brief and sweet. But then Ravishan closed his eyes and opened his mouth to him. Desire surged through John's body. He pulled Ravishan against him hard, kissing him with a savage hunger.'

- YES!!
The Rifter series, so far, is outstanding and I'm enjoying every minute of it. I find I'm falling more in love with John and Ravishan with each installment, although I'm now starting to panic about what the future holds for them both and whether or not they'll get their chance of a peaceful life together.

Whilst on the one hand I want John and Ravishan to end up together and walk into the sunset, I don't want to leave Kyle out. I do, however, have a tiny theory at this stage about Kyle and Ravis
MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews
May 10, 2015 MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews rated it really liked it
Dear book.

I feel like we both went in different directions. I want 1 thing and you want another. I guess that's ok cause we'll see eye to eye I'm sure by book 10 right!

Mar 14, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: read-mm
Book #4 'Witches Blood' was a lot more of John's/Jahn's background and while I did find it interesting, I also spent a some time wishing that we could take a peek in on Kyle/Kahlil to see what was going on with him.

In spite of the fact that I start each book thinking that there are certain things that I've sorted out in my mind part way into the next book I realize that I don't know what I thought I knew and that I might have actually figured out things that I didn't even realize I knew and by t
Apr 14, 2014 Star rated it it was amazing
Obviously, John is (view spoiler), and Kyle is (view spoiler). Um, right? Right.

Also, I'm pretty sure the plot of Hann'yu's erotic tale may align with the ultimate plot: (view spoiler)

Feel free to laugh at
Jun 12, 2011 Jenre added it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, romance
Part four of The Rifter takes on a different structure to the previous two parts. Instead of an equal focus between John and Kahlil, the book concentrates solely on John and his time in the monestary at Rathal'pesha. This part of the story follows John for about 18 months as he tries to devote his time to helping out in the infirmary by 'taking on' the injuries of the ushiri'im when they attempt to travel through gray space, and by aiding Hann'yu in the day to day tasks in the infirmary.

There ar
Nov 14, 2012 Aldi rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbtq
Once again wishing there were half-star ratings. This was definitely more like a 3.5.

Interesting developments! This installment was probably the most invested in this series that I've been so far. For the first time, John felt like a real, fleshed-out character and someone I actually felt sympathy for. The world-building remains fascinating - the descriptions are lush and evocative, and I'm quite fascinated with the theocracy background in general and the Payshmura religion in particular. It man
It's finally starting to make sense! I feel like I'm solving a huge puzzle. By the time I worked something out during this instalment, I wanted to go back to the beginning and re-read a few things just to make sure I'm right and look at the events from a completely different light.

Fascinating world, good writing and a lot of mysteries to solve. Not to mention, I'm impatiently awaiting for a great romance to come. Let it be soon, please!

On to the next one (catching up with Sofia at last!)

Jan 03, 2012 Lady*M rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, glbt
Almost, but not quite 4 stars.

This part of the story concentrated on John entirely. And this is what my feelings were at the time I read this installment: I want Kahlil, Damn it! XD

In this part, John completely settles in monastery life - he has to remind himself why he is there in the first place. His relationship with Ravishan - although platonic - is deepening. They attend the fair and Dayyid forces Ravishan to burn the witch - young girl - and we find out he was also forced to burn his mothe
Anne Freya
Aug 07, 2016 Anne Freya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, lgbtq
Things getting dire now that Ravishan is going to be Kahlil soon after the Oracles announce the new Rifter to hunt, not knowing that they have 'The Destroyer' in their very own home all this time.

I have a really bad premonition about what would happen in book 5 and I'm quite sure that John & co.'s secret escape plan is not going to be successful with so many parties want to join the ride to Nayeshi/Earth, to flee this horrible world ruled by theocracy.

Anyway, it's not the first time I notic
Arch Bala
Nov 17, 2014 Arch Bala rated it it was amazing
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Jul 10, 2016 Kiran rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqa, fav-lgbtqa

I'm finally enjoying John's storyline and I'm both excited but also dreading the moment when his and Kyle's story lines finally come together. I've grown attached to these characters and if anything bad happens to them, I swear.
Well, the series has gotten to the point where I feel anxious about the characters' futures. That's a good sign, I think - that I'm emotionally invested in their welfare. It might be too much to want a happily ever after ending for them, but I do want it, regardless.
4.25 stars.

I much prefer reading Kyle's POV. Jahn is so repressed.

But things are starting unfurling a bit...
Carolyn Ma
Apr 22, 2014 Carolyn Ma rated it it was ok
I can't help but give it a two star rating. I just don't really care about John. I'm just waiting to get back to the "present."
If John doesn't get laid soon, I swear to god

Okay but really this is a great series. I like the mysticism and world that's been built. The time-hopping makes sense now. There's almost too much suspense because I'm losing my patience to get to the action (in the plot! tsk tsk what are you thinking). But I also appreciate the characters and setting and all the stuff that has to be covered before we get to world rifting and Ravishan ravishing and all that.

Can't write more now because I've Parfir k
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Feb 26, 2012 Three Crow Press rated it really liked it
Three Crow Press Review by Lisa

So, if you’ve made it this far in the Rifter series, you know that John, Laurie, and Bill have inadvertently traveled to Basawar, to the year 185, when John intercepted a key meant for Kyle, his scarred, tattooed, and mysterious roommate. The three friends discovered the strange lock in which the key fits, then suddenly found themselves traveling through the shattered gates, to an unknown land. It is a land where suspected witches and revolutionaries are publicly b
Jun 15, 2011 Kassa rated it really liked it
Witches’ Blood is the fourth installment of the Rifter series and oh it’s good. The usual disclaimer applies in that you shouldn’t try to pick this story up mid-series but start at the beginning. You should be reading anyway because it’s an epic fantasy story and seriously one of the better ones I’ve read, easily standing with mainstream fantasy stories. The difference is that the Rifter series is pared down to two important storylines and two main characters that presumably have a happy ending. ...more
Jun 10, 2016 Aleksandra rated it really liked it
I like this book the most so far in the series. I'm hooked up on the story, I like characters and I have so many feelings about political and social structure of Basawar. The mythology of the world is on point too. Previous books gave pieces to the puzzle of the world and in this book I put them all together and I liked what I got.

4.5 stars

Such a story! Where you don’t know what’s going on; but then you think you do. And then, you might not.

I have my guesses, but I love the author’s knack for leading me along by the nose, eating it all up while trying to figure out if I’m right. Or not.

So, I officially fell in love with John/Jahn in this one. I knew it was coming. But he started so inconsequentially in that first book. I mean, he just seemed so ordinary. And now, he’s proven to be deep, deep waters. I really feel for him
Mar 12, 2013 D rated it liked it
This one focuses more on John and the he spends waiting for Ravishan to become Kahlil so they could go back to Nayeshi. The Oracle Bones are close to finding the Rifter, and John's dreams are becoming filled with rather macabre details. The other priests suspect that there's more to John that meets the eye, but I don't think they ever thought that the Rifter was at Basawar with them.

Anyway, poor John has to think about how he'd get his friends back to Nayeshi without any of them getting burned
Jun 18, 2011 orannia rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars. I must admit to being a huge Kyle fan. So, when I realized this part was all about John I was a little (only a little mind :) worried. I shouldn't have been. I feel far more familiar (and comfortable) with John now. His character is far more fleshed out.

This part was definitely dark in places. Very dark. The world - Basawar - is not a nice one. The tension continues to build...and the great thing about Ginn Hale's writing is, I can't predict where it is going. I worry. Ro
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