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The Rift

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  60 reviews
When the Rift opens, death follows.

For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against horrors released by the Rift. Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with a rare scar and even rarer gifts, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks. After nine years away, Meg Archer returns to her childhood home only to find the Island is facing a ne
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Walker Books Australia
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Khrys ♡《TheWaffleGirl》
Woah. That was...woah.

I wasn’t expecting this, but I got so much Stiefvater vibes from this book! I am amazed lol.

“When the Rift opens, death follows.”

What’s this about??

For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have protected the sacred creatures of their land from the horrors caused by the Rift. Cal West, an apprentice ranger with rare abilities, is fighting hard every day to prove to other rangers that he belongs as one of them. Meg Archer, an old friend, returns to Black Water I
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Black Water Island is immersed in tradition, a millennia since The Rift emerged causing the mountain to fracture. The residents of Black Water are isolated from the mainland, without television or internet access to maintain the fragile ecosystem of the island. Every four years, hunters descent on the intimate pastoral community to participate in The Cull, the resident generational Rangers responsible for the Old Herd while young deer are harvested by Nutris Pharmaceuticals for their medici
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
What an incredibly unique and whimsical read about an island filled with ley lines, and the Rangers that live on it containing mystical powers! This one caught my surprise and I was soon swept up in the beautiful descriptions of Black Rock island, of the supernatural creatures living on it, and of Cal and Meg's story.

As others have mentioned, it definitely has a Stiefvater vibe to it, where you as the reader are left to experience the story without giving anything directly away. I got a bit con
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, young-adult
I have many thoughts on this book. In some ways it's classic Craw but in other way it will surprise you . Will re-read closer to publication since this book is not out until November.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Coherent review later maybe.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
OK, so I started this like two weeks ago and I couldn't get into it AT ALL. I read twenty pages and put it aside and read other things. Finally, I gritted my teeth and sat down and forced myself to keep reading- and at some point it was no longer forced. I really started that magical forget you're reading and just fall into the story mode. I've only recently moved and set up my book room properly, so in my chair with my slightly ironic deer blanket, I was completely comfortable and this made thi ...more
Steph Cuthbert
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Rachael Craw like you’ve never seen before. Her writing has always been stellar, and there are moments that are so Rachael in their cringing hilarity eg parental over sharing, however there’s a real level-up in the ambition and maturity of The Rift.
While I was reading, I kept thinking two things:
1. The setting of Black Water is so vivid.
2. This is so Stiefvater.
I absolutely loved the Spark trilogy (I promise I’m not going to have a rant comparing Spark and The Rift), but the setting wa
Strong world-building, worthy pair of heroes and potential lovers, and a fast-paced narrative.

Will there be more?
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first ever Rachael Craw book and damnnnn it was good. I had heard amazing things about Craw’s work and have a few of her books on my TBR waiting to be read. However I was a bit hesitant as everyone compares Craw to Stiefvater. Stiefvater, in my opinion, a good writer but damn does she take forever to get to the point and her females characters suck at existing, like soul sucking suck. So I was a bit hesitant in picking The Rift up but overall I am glad that I did.
There were some majo
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tomorrow, when your teen rolls her eyes at receiving a Christmas book token from Aunt Alison (spare a thought for the poor woman, no one knows what to buy a teen), tell her to spend it on Rachael Craw's The Rift. She'll read it and discover books are still cool, and so is her mum. Win win! This book has everything - action, angst, romance (eventually), and the beautifully drawn world of Black Water Island (where ley lines and magnetism mess with electronics, so … no phones). She'll love the two ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book! The Rift is an addictive, wonderful, warm, beautiful book. If it weren’t for animals & bugs & wilderness & dirt & how much I love wifi I too would want to live on Black Water Island 😂

Craw describes the island in such a way that’s equal parts beautiful & scary with vicious feral dogs that rip people apart, majestic deer, & this community that bands together to preserve & protect their natural surroundings.

The main characters Meg & Cal were won
Penny Poppleton
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I bought this book this morning at my local bookshop and literally couldn’t put it down. I want to reread it as soon as I can—I feel like there was so much I missed—but it really ticked a whole bunch of boxes for me, from magic forested islands to the complexity of rituals against capitalism to two teens with hormones aiming truer than arrows. A+ book.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Invisible hellhounds, mythical deer, ley lines, a secret society of rangers, an evil corporation and reunited childhood friends. This combination makes for an unputdownable (it's a word!) read.
Courtney  (courtneyandherbooks)
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so original. The tension it created felt like a rubber band getting pulled tighter and tighter until SNAP! 8.5/10
Melinda Szymanik
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. 4.5 stars. A cool critique of modern corporate interests, wrapped in a plot shaped by mythology and fantasy. There is danger, doubt and drama with a pair of protagonists struggling with physical and emotional scars and damage. Throw in some romance (nicely handled) and an unexpected twist or two, and this makes for a thrilling ride. My only quibble is the few plot threads left dangling at the end. Will there be more to come about Blackwater Island?
SJ Reads
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
WARNINGS: Grusome scenes, prejudice, injuries
FROM: Walker Books Australia

-Cal, Meg, Bren, Rilke, Joss, Reeva, Fallon
-the ‘familiars’
-the deer

-the pacing
-Cora & Seargent
-the ending
Amy Chiles
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog On A Crafty Adventure

After following Rachael on social media I became curious about her newest novel - The Rift. It seemed totally different to her previous offerings and I was intrigued. I have just finished the novel and I must say that I am sad to say goodbye to these characters, they are very well written and have found a place in my heart. I am sure I am not alone in having my fingers and toes crossed for a follow-up.

The Rift is a Young Adult fan
Mistress Bast
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4 1/2 stars.

Rachael Craw, wonderfully, doesn't tell the reader what is going on. Nor does she explain the mechanics of the magic/science of the world at the beginning of the story. Instead she invites the reader into a comfortable confusion and a path of discovery.

There is an island that has a rift in reality which causes electromagnetic interference that makes the deer herd that lives there... different. There is a pharmaceutical company that has discovered how to make powerful medicines from
Cat Jones
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Little bit of background:
I met Rachael when I was much younger, probably around 12 or so. It was at a book festival in my hometown, and my friends and I all dragged ourselves there to meet the author of our new favourite book. Spark had just been released and it had indeed ignited a spark in me. I was engulfed by a passion for writing and reading. Five years later and I just graduated high school, having not read anything for the past two years that wasn't a sucky mandatory school read. I stumbl
R.L. Stedman
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rachael Craw is one of those writers you KNOW you want to read, as she has a gift for creating action-packed young adult adventures.

This review is an excerpt from a longer review written for Scoop Review of Books

The Rift is the tale of Meg and Cal of Black Water Island, where Cal is an apprentice Ranger. Meg’s always wanted to be a Ranger too, so upon her return to Black Water she’s jealous of her one-time friend. But on Black Water Island, hostility can get you killed
WhatBookNext .com
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

If I could only use one word to describe this novel, it would be - Tension.

- Tension between Meg Archer and Cal West, close friends in the past, but now after years apart, Meg is angry Cal got to stay on their beloved island of Black Water, and Cal got to stay.

- Tension between Cal and other Rangers on the island. The same terrible event that tore Meg from the island gave Cal a special sight to help protect the island's ancient and special deer herd from giant dog-like creatures that escape thro
Kathleen Dixon
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rachael Craw came to my bookshop (well, when I say 'my' it's simply in a proprietal fashion because I work there, not because I own it) very recently to launch this new teen fantasy. It was lovely to meet her. It was great to then read this book, and I can absolutely and genuinely recommend it.

The book brings Meg and her mother back to the island where they lived when Meg was young. There's business to transact, otherwise Meg's mother would never return. Meg herself never wanted to leave, and ha
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With Rachael Craw's usual colourful style, I was plunged straight into the characters and the action from the first chapter. I enjoyed the advantage of hearing it read aloud in her wonderful voice at the book launch and I was hooked.

As others have mentioned, the world-building is fabulous and realistic and I kept forgetting it was fiction. I love the way animals are part of the story in a natural way, and I won't be the only one dying to meet the gorgeous scouts.

At the end of a very satisfying
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is rather like being plunged into an rapidly flowing river - the action moves so fast that you are drawn to doing the same. I sat and read this book in a an evening (without any accompaniment, even chocolate such was the pull into its world). As with previous books of Craw's I couldn't put them down while I was reading them but as soon as I closed the final page I wanted to go back and read it again immediately and chew on every single word. Craw is a masterful storyteller. He ...more
Megan N
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This woman knows how to tell a story! How to capture one and take them into a new world! I loved this book from the first page. I love the way her first page or 2 are always fast paced and feel like a mivie preview and then you just have to have it on your must read pile! I love her characters, I love their names ;) It feels magical but plausible! Because of course dimensional rifts are real! I love that the male doesnt come to the rescue but that the love story is equally helpful to both centra ...more
Jodie- Readthewriteact
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest review.

The Rift is a great example of urban fantasy. It really has everything you need in a book-magical island, space/other dimension dogs (note these are not "oh cute puppy" kind of dogs. These are I will rip your face off dogs), a big bad corporation, legend and of course a bit of a love interest. This book was unique and engaging. It had a wonderful layed story and I can't wait for the sequel!!
Hayley George
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sooooo good!! Delicately drawn characters with intense feelings, and in an ‘other’ world, they wrestle with the very human, moral challenges of ‘our’ world. Fast and gripping, Craw’s plot leaves you emotionally satiated, but desperate for dessert with the inhabitants of Black Water... Number two required Mrs C!
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Just brief notes: Would love to know the inspiration behind this story. I kept picturing a community like on Waiheke Is. The reference to the Ministry of Primary Industries is a nice touch. DOC should be pedalling this book in all their huts. Can imagine the next generation of conservationists being inspired by this kind of story. Rachael Craw, love your work!
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Rachael is a reader, dreamer, joker, singer, believer, writer and lover of words.

Author of award winning #Spark, #Stray & #Shield available in AU & NZ, published by Walker Books Australia. #TheRift is set for release in Nov 2018

She lives in NZ and teaches part time while writing her next novel.


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