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The Shattered Gates

The Shattered Gates

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by Ginn Hale
     
 

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From the author of Wicked Gentlemen and The Cadeleonian Series comes a new, four-volume novel.

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 the fate he

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From the author of Wicked Gentlemen and The Cadeleonian Series comes a new, four-volume novel.

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 the fate he shares with Kyle-to awaken the destroyer god, the Rifter, and shatter a world.

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Publishers Weekly
In this serialized dystopian fantasy, Hale (Wicked Gentlemen) sends an unwitting trio to a world in which they’ll be lucky to survive. John Toffler has no idea that his odd roommate, Kyle, supposedly a milkman, actually hails from another dimension—and that John has the ability to move between the two. When John pinches a key meant for Kyle, he and his friends Bill and Laurie unwittingly open the door to horror. They valiantly attempt to navigate war-torn Basawar, a frightening place in which nothing is familiar, and soon learn things about themselves that suggest their presence in this realm is anything but an accident. Hale writes movingly of regret, bravery, and resignation. Intricate plotting and deft world-building, including the creation of a new language, lend believability to this depressing but compelling tale, making the unresolved ending even more disquieting than your typical cliffhanger. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"The true sorcery here is in Ginn Hale's writing,
which is by turns funny, fierce and lyrical. I can't say enough good things about her work. Rifter is an astonishing story: terrifying and yet romantic.
I was bewitched from the first sentence." -- Josh Lanyon

"The Rifter is one of the most compelling things
I've read in recent memory." -- Dear Author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935560234
Publisher:
Blind Eye Books
Publication date:
11/28/2012
Pages:
341
Sales rank:
638,043
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Chapter One
The letter wasn't addressed to John. The return address, however, was his. Not that he had sent the letter. He would never have mailed anything off without a zip code, and he certainly wouldn't have wasted postage attempting to contact "The Palace of the Day in the Kingdom of the Night.”
But his roommate Kyle would have.
John frowned at the yellowed parchment envelope and the gothic letters scrawled across it. A blood-red droplet of sealing wax clung to the back of the letter like a wad of chewing gum on the underside of a school desk. As John turned the letter back over, he noticed faint watermarks on the envelope. Crescent moons.
John could almost see the mailman rolling his eyes as he tossed the letter into the mailbox along with a heap of bills, sale flyers, pizza coupons, and a glossy new underwear catalog.

Meet the Author

Ginn Hale is a Lambda Literary Award finalist and a Spectrum Award winning author. She lives with her wife in the Pacific Northwest where she donates blood as a pastime, and tinkers with things.

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The Shattered Gates: Book One of the Rifter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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