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The Holy Road (Rifter #5)

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  568 ratings  ·  47 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, 119 pages
Published July 2011 by Blind Eye Books
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Wow! Just when I thought this could not get any better…Wow!

So many questions are swirling and buzzing around my head. The what-ifs have started hitting me. All the pieces and ripples are coming together. By keeping Fikiri alive and being there in Candle Alley, John altered the path and history of so many. If only he had done this, said that, gone there. Life is teeming with little details and what-ifs that can change the course of a moment, day, or person completely. It can boggle the brain and
I finally have an answer to why I am persevering and reading this series.
This book....this is why!
Everything is coming together...

the fog is clearing in my head and the holes are filling rapidly.
The action has skyrocketed and I'm barely holding on.
There is passion and pain.
There is joyous news and devastating news.
There is hope and despair.
The first few books I fumbled and flailed along.
Was it worth it?
*clutches chest*
considering I still can't catch my breath...Uh huh, it sure as hel
I'm so mad I already used up my 'Shit.Shock and horror.' line in the last book - this one is WAY more apt. Oh sweet Parfir my heart can't stand it.

The Holy Road is my favorite one so far. It's so much darker and more brutal that the other books, death and destruction, torture and mayhem rein down all around John and Ravishan in graphic detail.

The revelations!!! My Parfir! I feel like the biggest dumb-arse right now. Of course that's who he is! Duhhhh, I could hit my head against the wall for b
MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM
Holy shit!!!! Omg. Did I just read all that!!! Book 6 next. Dear book, be good to my heart ok
Another amazing contribution to the Rifter series, and this may be my favorite yet!

Book five propels the series forward by leaps and bounds. It's now now clear to the reader who all the key players are, and that we're dealing with different points in time. Relationships have blossomed and moved to the next level, and the wheels of fate--both the Rifter's and the Kahlil's--have been set into motion.

The story, I think, is at its critical point of no return, and I can't wait to see where the tale
Jul 10, 2011 Jenre added it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, romance
This review can also be found at the DIK blog.

We're half way through this serialised novel now, and things are really hotting up! Like Part 4, this section focuses entirely on John and his time at Rathal’pesha. The story has once again jumped ahead in time, and is now a year on from Part 4. It's the harvest fair and Ravishan has drank himself into astuporover what he knows he has to do come sundown. This year, instead of burning a witch, they have captured a Fai’daum rebel and, like last year, i
This part is just perfect. The romance, action, and politics come together until I was in tears at the end dreading what's to come next. I can't even take a breath before moving on to the next part, its just that good.

Heavy with themes of the corrupting influence of power, as well as religious abuse. The church levying high tithes and priests not paying for everything. A golden beacon among poverty, corruption. Abuse of power, putting the common men in harms way. I loved the philosophical twist
I'm really not sure how to explain this but I think there's like crack on the pages of these e-books or something because in spite of the continuing but thankfully slowly diminishing confusion that this story has been creating for me. I don't want to stop. I was going to take a wee break after this book and read just a short story or two but no, I was barely done reading the last word on the page and lo and behold I was pulling up book 6 on my e-reader. So I'm going to admit defeat on this and j ...more
3.5 stars

Rifter #5, The Holy Road, is a vicious and dark installment of the epic fantasy. It also holds a touch of romance and hope between Jahn and Ravishan. It’s perhaps the darkest of the novellas so far and I’ll admit I was pretty disturbed by the end of it. There is a lot of death, destruction, and mayhem offered in graphic and vivid detail. While that’s not my favorite part of fantasy, the problem here is that the story ends on a bloody note without further action to help alleviate the dep
It was a slow going, but I've managed to finish it. And the ending here had saved the series for me. Going to carry on.

***Rounded up to 3 stars***
This installment of the Rifter was definitely the most traumatic, especially the last section where everything goes horribly wrong, for everyone it would seem. I did however LOVE the ending and had a teary grin on my face when Ravishan arrived, right at the last moment. Luckily Broken Fortress is ready and waiting for me to get stuck into.

2) OH! I see. John is Harry Potter. See, that actually makes a whole lot more sense.

3) I think I'm finally starting to get it:

This story is a semi-realistic approximation of what it would be like to actually be thrown into a fantasy world, with minimum preparation. That's why I feel uncomfortable about it. That's why I can't say they're good books. That's why I can't say they're bad books. If it actually happened to you (even if you'd read every fantasy book in existence), it

Cannot rate while the story is still in progress - this part has been a slow one for me though - will rate when I finish the whole lot.

On to Broken Fortress

BR with Irina
Amazeballs. The best in the series so far. I have to say, the fact that there is like a 30 year age difference now between John and Kahlil is weird....Even Kahlil points out that John has been a resident of Basawar longer than he was.
John is such an odd, intense character. I have not got him figured out yet. Kahlil has realized that John has changed history however his memory still shot at this point. I loved the scene between him and John ( I guess you can call it present time for both of them
John's powers increase, things begin to tie together (I think), great drama, a stunning m/m adventure..

'He closed his eyes, listening to the prayers that whispered and rolled through the chamber. They called on the Rifter to lend them strength, to make them fearless, to defend their world. A pang shot through John as he realized that he was the god they so softly called upon and he could offer them nothing.
John bowed his head, mumbling empty prayers in his own temple.'

Leta Blake
I've quite honestly reached such a state of obsession with these books that I have nothing else to say other than where is the massive fandom? Where is the fanfiction? The fanart? The meta? Where are the AUs, the PWPs, the gap-fillers, the future fics? Where is the mother-effing m-preg? Because no fandom is complete without m-preg and you know it! Now that the answer to these questions is "nowhere" someone please explain to me why. This series is amazing.
Arch Bala
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... so far this series has fulfilled every damn expectation I could have had. Seriously. This is so incredibly good and addictive and simply mind-blowing. I have no idea how all of this will (or even CAN) be resolved to at least some sort of happy ending (I'm not sure what a happy ending would be), but I'm more than excited to find that out. ... there will be a happy ending, right? Right? ... pretty please?
At last things have started kicking off. An actual love scene...Whoop...short and not at all detailed, but I know that Ginn doesn't go in for the detail. The story twists turns and intertwines, and the (to be continued) ending to this is pretty horrific. Am hooked.
This series continues on a five-star note for me. I don't know if there's anything about it that I don't like!
There were a few moments when I had to set my Kindle down because I thought "this is is, this is the worst moment ever, I don't want to read any further, it'll just get worse from here" but I feel that's actually the mark of good writing -- you know, when you just get so INTO the story that you need a damn break from all this feeling business.
And, this is not a spoiler, but things don'
Can I give this six stars? I want to give this six stars!
These books are so addictive!

Next please!
4.5 stars

This is very dark and violent installment of Rifter, but not as dark as I feared. The action was remarkable, some of the revelations about Rifter crucial for Josh and Kyle. The Holy Road made a very satisfying midpoint of the series.

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This installment continues in John's pov and time. I think I can understand why the story is told as it is, that we know how things are in twenty some years; Now instead of needing to look back afterwards to understand why John did what he did, its easy to see as we go his growing disillusionment with the Payshmura institution.

I also think it's neat how the narrative never condemns Dayyid outright, despite his holding up the oppressive theocracy that John doesn't agree with; it is still pointed
Another book that solely focuses on John in Basawar. Things are really picking up in this book and discoveries readers may have had suspicions about in the previous book concerning Ravishan come to light. Although the detailed provided in this installment was a bit contradicting to the other info pieced together in the story, I found I loved mulling out how they all fit. I'm excited to pickup the next installment.

While reading I thought up 2 scenario's of where this story could be going:
1) The s
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Rachel Brown
I finally figured out what this series reminds me of: P. C. Hodgell's Godstalk series. Hodgell has more black comedy and flamboyant worldbuilding, and Hale concentrates much more on weaving a highly intricate story. But both series seem to have evolved from the same roots: bypassing Tolkien's high fantasy tradition in favor of the swords and sorcery of Fritz Lieber, Jack Vance, C. L. Moore, even Robert E. Howard.

It's interesting that while the overall plots and details of the two series have ve
this fucking book is so good !!
what the hell i didn't expect that at all
the suspense, the plot line, the fucking PLOT TWIS... i didn't see that coming
and the world is so fucking detailed and wow wow
and the characters???!!!! the brilliance of writing .. how did you do it? HOW
. I think i need a minute to reconsider my perception of all the books i have read before. 5 stars just don't cut it.
This is more like a trilogy spread out over 10 novellas. But her writing is beautiful, sometimes lyrical; her world building is far more complex than the description would lead you to expect; her characters are real and varied and her plotting is so complex it might be considered warped. Love it. Not for those who can't handle harshness or men who love men.
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