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Witches' Blood (Rifter #4)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  627 Ratings  ·  43 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 ...
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

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

On to The Holy Road

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
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
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!!
MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM
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!

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
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
Arch Bala
Nov 17, 2014 Arch Bala rated it it was amazing
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Sep 14, 2014 Ruthven rated it it was amazing
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."
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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
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
Ran ♠
Oct 12, 2015 Ran ♠ rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*3.5 stars

ETA 10/13/15:Review for whole Rifter series
Jan 07, 2013 Adriana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-on-kindle
I read this book in like two hours -from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. -having to work early the next day. That's how hooked I am. And it was totally worth it.

Just when I think I know where the main story is heading, there's always something that catches me totally off guard. The nonlinear way the story is presented makes it even more surprising, because I can't even begin to imagine all the things that have to happen between points A and B to create the outcome presented in the future. I can only guess it
Feb 09, 2016 Izabela rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
Finally, the story seems to be going the way I want it to.
Sep 11, 2015 Eva rated it liked it
Janine Ballard
Jul 06, 2012 Janine Ballard rated it liked it
This was where I stopped reading The Rifter. I enjoyed the first three installments considerably, but this one dragged out the situation at the monastery, and was bleak on top of it. Between the boredom and the unremitting darkness, I found it hard to keep going and after I finished this segment, I did not continue on to the next.

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May 10, 2013 Philip rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable
Ravishan, Samsango and Hann'yu are all wonderful. So fantastic. Even if I wasn't phenomenally curious about how this plot was going to work out, I would read just for more of them.

I'm glad the narrative went back to John's time and pov. Reading the previous book that was entirely Kyle I got a bit nervous that this would be a sloppily written story that just drops plots and things. Fortunately, it appears that those worries were completely unwarranted.
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.

I enjoyed this book in the series almost as much as the previous ones. John learns a little more about his abilities on Bashawar in this book. There wasn't a lot else that was really mind-blowing in this episode as there was in previous episodes, but it was a good next book in the series.
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