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Enemies & Shadows

(Rifter #7)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  998 ratings  ·  67 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, 127 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Blind Eye Books (first published September 6th 2011)
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Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I found myself reading book 7 with so much anxiety, it was really impossible for me to get lost in the story. So much has happened to build up to this point and with only a few books left, I feel like every page HAS to have some answers!

One of the subtle things that I LOVE about this series is that no question, not even a niggle, goes unanswered. I remember asking myself why Jath'ibaye would be attracted to Ourath at all? What tied them together? And voila! Khalil asks hi
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Reread 10/8/19

Cannot fathom what I was thinking rating this only 4 stars the first time around. Thankfully that's been rectified.

You know what does kind of suck about this series? That you can't really talk about it or say anything because you would give the game away for everyone else. And that would be a shame because it truly is an experience. One that should be savored though as I'm realizing my second time through but the struggle is real not to devour it.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Maybe 4 stars, maybe less. The first part of the story was too slow for me, but then it picked up. And that cliffhanger!! Gah!
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy
Exhaustion is setting in. This was a hurry, hurry up and wait installment.

While one conflict is resolved, another lingers. Deaths here are unsurprising, but the hook just lures me into the next one. I'm beginning to feel the stretch of the series. I hope the next installment is more satisfying, but seeing three more books outstanding I feel like it will be pulled even thinner.

I might be stingy with the star rating on this, but the leap backwards in time near the end made me go NOoooooo. I get
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it

**Spoilers Ahead**

Bring your enemies closer. Get an up close look at where to place the kill shot or perhaps see where their loyalties truly lie. Faith, politics, science, and romance mark and fill the pages of book seven in Ginn Hale’s Rifter series. A journey that seamlessly weaves together worlds, time, and space. Once again, I find myself bowing my head in awe at Ms. Hale…haha--because she got me! Surprised me. Enemies and Shadows is a thought provoking tale that inspired me to read, read, a
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No time to chat. On to book 8!
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Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It feels amazing getting to this point…this book, THIS book is the peak of the ride for me.

I actually know what’s going on…who’s who…and the tears in time have brought them together again. Everything about this part of the Arc was intense.
They prepare for war and their efforts are not futile, for the battles have begun.
Gotta dash, I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to move on….

*5 givememorequick stars*
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Only 3 parts left. And the tension is not to beat.

“Things will get better,” John said firmly. “So long as you’re living there’s always a chance that it will get better. You can’t give up.”

So many fights. So many fronts. So many enemies.

There are the hungry bones.
And Fikiri.

Always there and never to be grasped.

Until Fikiri lures Kyle into a trap.

And I can not leave my poor Kyle alone with this evil witch.

Therefore on to Kyle's rescue!
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
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Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ohhhh what a mind fuck!!!!

Nooooooooooo! You can’t… just… this can’t happen. You can’t leave it like this.

We go back and forth between the two realities for John/Jahn/Jath’ibaye and Kyle/Kahlil/Ravishan, set in different times, and it’s necessary to go back and pick up where we left off with one, and then return to the other (you have to read it). But, leaving off means… leaving. Do we really HAVE to leave Kyle like this? I mean, he’s in trouble. And we have to just wait.

I love Kyle and John. I love their love story. It’
This was another exciting installment and I enjoyed the story being told from Kahlil's perspective. Thank God Fikiri finally got his comeuppance, even if it did all seem a bit easy in the end. I'm glad the next book is back with John and Ravishan as I'm looking forward to seeing how what they do in the past, changes the future! Moving on to The Silent City
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another book under my belt, the mind-fuck continues, onwards and end-wards..

" I don't know if you remember this, but when we were in Rathal'pesha, I told you that I knew you'd become a fearless Kahlil. I knew that because I'd met you - Kyle. And you are fearless and resilient and loyal and strong and..."
***3.8 stars***
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes! The last 3 books in the series are really selling it to me, for sure! I love how the author really brings things back full circles and manages to answer all the random little questions I have, it's pretty cool. Romance between Kahlil and John continues to be lovely, and also impressed with how the author even manages to make me feel a little twinge when (view spoiler) ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm liking this series more and more as it continues.

This installment is mostly from Kyle's pov and I feel like it's the first time that the plot stops being events to introduce the world, set things up and everything and instead starts being problems that the characters need to deal with. Not that one is better or worse than the other, I just noticed that it felt like a shift.

My favorite chapter of this part was probably when Kyle and John were just wandering around talking and being adorable.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mm
Way to leave a girl clutching her pearls...well, if I was wearing them, that is.

Forget sitting on the edge of the cliff with this one. I'm pretty damned sure I got pitched over the cliff. So of course I did the logical thing and jumped right into the next book. Problem is my cliff hanger in book 7 came a few pages before the actual end. The end of book 7 took us to another flashback and of course that's where book 8 The Silent City picks up is with the flashback and not the cliffhanger, sorry
Sonia ~Ruber's fiancé in Crystal Court universe~
OMG! This ended in the mother of cliffhangers!!! Luckily and I go to the next book and hope all will be well..This 7th installment was filled with revelations, clever plot twists and heartbreaking scenes *sniff*
The love Jhat and Kahlil share is so beautiful I can't explain.. I neeeeed them to be alright ...

Don't underestimate the force of the Rifter...the destroyer. John/Jahn/Jath'ibay has become a force to be reckoned with. I thoroughly enjoyed their bonding in Enemies and Shadows.

MUST READ. Highly recommend this exciting series and this author. I'm in every book with the characters, streets, smells, and feelings.
Ginn dare you jump back and forth between past and present like that and leave gi-normous cliff hangers!!
At least I can find some solace in Jahn and Ravishan being together for a brief moment again.

Next book!!
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
So good. So so so goooood!
Anna C
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, lgbtqqiaap
Fikiri and Kyle's duel at chapter 74 kept me on the edge of my seat. But that's an understatement, I literally hold my breath!!! But then, CUTTTT!!! You have to wait for (possibly) book 9 to know the answer, because Hale chose to switch time backward to Ravishan's arc!!!
Gahhhhh!!!! She is sooooooooo evilllllllll!!! XO I mean, she chose to cliffhanger it at 80%!! 80%!!! Before an actual ending!!! and took us backward in time!!! I was like : WTH!!! NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! XO
I love John's POV, but I thou
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, the story picked up again in this 'episode' of the book. We jumped into the future again and saw what had become of Laurie, Bill and John...and little of it was pretty. Kyle's re-emergence as the Kalhil lead to another twist in, what is a very twisty story. Then the reader is left with a cliff hanger and the timeline jumps back. I don't know how much more these characters can take, but i'm in this until the end!
Molli B.
It's hard to review these individually, but I'll say that a new arc starts in this one, and at first I was a bit worried, kind of... "Do we even really need to go there?" but it turns out we do indeed. So hang tight and worry not! This whole thing is really quite expertly constructed. High marks for pacing.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
Ginn Hale, I hate and I love you for this. I hate you because - how could leave Kahlil in such a place AND LEAVE ME NOT KNOWING HOW THINGS PLAY OUT??
And I love you, because every damn installment of this series is just better than the last one. I didn't think it possible, but it really is.
5 very enthusiastic stars!
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When the story suddenly jump into Ravishan arc..i need to set up my feeling again..
What a rollercoaster.. It made me roll in so many feelings..
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm writing these reviews post series. Sorry, midterms. I'll try not to spoil anything beyond the book the review was written for, but I MAY slip up. Fair Warning, right here.

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Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
'What a fun book,' they said. 'It will be fun.'

Why, oh why, did I not stop reading when everything was good and now everyone I love is hurt and I knew it would happen but my nasty little desires made me keep reading!

No, but I really liked it. Loved it a lot. Jath'ibaye's attitude in this whole book was so good. I loved how we found out more about, well, Ravishan. And how he's prideful and a little vain but uncomfortable with the thought of people worshiping him anyway. A very well-rounded charac
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