Echoes of Blood (Rift Cycle, #2)
Let’s play a game.
This isn’t revenge anymore.
This is a revolution.
Dystopian Earth buckles under the gods’ wrath while two mirrored souls seek reason and revenge.
Kyder is the boss of the Apolli, the most notorious gang on the planet. Rune is a recruit at the Four Towers of Ma’at, a military academy. They were born on opposite solstices in a world where s...more
This story continues with the Roofer and Soldier Rune fighting one side of the Rift and Murderer and Psychopath Kyder fighting for the other side. But, of course, they are madly in love. Because I need romance in my novels and Halo brings it, even if it's with a side of skinned human used as a flag.
Beneath the war and fighting and death and brutality, there is a major theme of love and need and truth ...more
I smile at you as you sit at the end of the bar. A sickly sweet smile. The kind you can’t trust. Much like this book. I nod toward the broken boy. He’s nursing a whiskey. (And a crowded mind) He’s already too far gone. Too broken to change. What? You believe in him? Good. He needs that.
-He’ll only disappoint you-
She walks up. You believe even further. She is light. She cannot be tarnished.
You were always hopeful. Hypocritical, because you want the blood. It’s w ...more
Since reading the first book in the Rift Cycle series, “Edge of the Breach”, I became a huge fan of Author Halo Scot. She has introduced me to the world of Kyder and Rune, with outstanding worldbuilding that transports you into another complex dimensional reality of heart wrenching survival, violence, and ultimately, the truth of love.
Halo has totally surpassed my expectations with “Echoes of Blood” with her incredible, powerful storytelling ...more
I loved the creative use of 4th wall breaking by the ...more
I find myself often saying I’m not really into fantasy novels – I don’t want to get tarred with the elves and pixies brush – but when the fantasy is this dark and depraved, how can I deny it?
Quick recap, and if you haven’t read the first book there may be some spoiler-ish moments here.
Sira Rune, Julian Kyder; these two are ice and fire really. Born at midnight on the solstices, giving them exceedingly powerf ...more
I thought the first book in the series was amazing, and I’d have been happy for more o ...more
Halo Scot blew my mind with Edge of the Breach, but Echoes of Blood makes that book seem like child’s play. I am always nervous about sequels, but Scot executes the second story in the Rift Cycle with a skill that I am envious of.
Following where book one left off, we get to see Kyder and Rune grow both separately and apart. In fear of spoiling it, I won’t talk much about what happens but I w ...more
I might write a better review at some point, at this moment I cant really put into words what this book did to me.
There's two more books left in this series but I need a little break before continuing, cause I am continuing I'm in too deep now to stop. Kyder ha ...more
Intricate world building, an exciting magic system, and characters with depth and texture make every gruesome twist and turn even more riveting. At times, Scott's gleeful and unique blend of shock and poetic brutality makes me think of Jay Kristoff's NEVERNIGHT.
Scott gives a con ...more
Now, I will tell you all things, yet nothing. Let me share my emotional journey...
At the EDGE OF THE BREACH Kyder's demeanor is shifting. It concerns me greatly. A cold chill consumes me. I must look away, and break away from the rift cycle. Knowing Kyder it will only add to the Echoes of Blood!
Echoes of Blood ring within my mind. Kyder taunts me every damn step of the way. Forced to witness his debauchery. I am but the reader. I can't stop wh ...more
I still love Kyder and Rune definitely grew on me throughout this book. There were moments that made me cringe and laugh and everything in between. Every time these character talk to us, the reader, I can really believe I’m there - even if I want to slap Kyder sometimes for saying I don’t pay attention, like how dare he!
The ending truly shocked me. The first “twist” I could see coming yet was still so happy that it did - the way it happened ...more
***NOTE: This series is classified as grimdark. If you decide to check it out, please read the author's note with the book description to understand potential triggers. ...more
There's a lot of blood, gore, sex, drugs, and violence in these books. Take all that away and you still have a solid romance. Glimmering through the violence and seed there are pearls of wisdom. "Hate is easy. Love is hard. Because love makes us vulnerable." It took me twenty years of therapy to get that through my head. Vulnerability is strength, not weakness. 5 stars ...more
Once again Halo delivers a brutal violent world torn apart by an apocalypse. Kyder and Rune are back and neither will be the same. The reader won't either. Unexpected twists keep the reader guessing. I think this one is even better than the first and looking forward to more! Highly recommended if you can handle dark things. ...more
I eagerly await book 3! This is an outstanding series!
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Halo Scot is the author of the Rift Cycle—a grimdark, science-fantasy series with psychological horror, mental illness, and LGBTQ+ themes—and a founding member of QueerIndie.com.
A LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR:
I’m Halo, a Renaissance soul. I bushwhack my way through life — n ...more