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review 2015-08-02 19:05
And that's a wrap...
His Holy Bones - Ginn Hale
The Iron Temple - Ginn Hale
The Silent City - Ginn Hale
Enemies and Shadows - Ginn Hale
Broken Fortress - Ginn Hale
The Holy Road - Ginn Hale
Witches' Blood - Ginn Hale
Black Blades - Ginn Hale
Servants of the Crossed Arrows (The Rifter) - Ginn Hale
The Shattered Gates - Ginn Hale

I started reading this series with my lovely friend M'rella and I sort of scooted on ahead of her. Sorry, M'rella,  :-(

 

Ginn Hale's Rifter series has been a big chunk of my life for the past week. I've posted little mini reviews if you will as I've read each book with the intent that I would do an overall review of the series after I finished it. Well, I've finished it and now I have a problem because I've been left speechless. I don't even know where to begin to explain but I'm going to try.

 

Overall I've ended up giving this series 4 stars and honestly it wasn't because of the first few books. I enjoyed the writing in all of them but my biggest problem especially with books 1 through 3 and to a degree books 4 & 5 was that they simply left me a feeling too confused. The plot on this series is a little more complex than the norm. Not only are we shifting from one world to another there's a whole issue of timelines. This is a story that moves back and forth between present and past and not just one past. Plus  because we aren't always on earth at times we have a bit of a language barrier to deal with although thanks to the author including list of characters and basically a mini-dictionary of the language, these things weren't as confusing as they otherwise could have been.

 

All this makes it seem like 'why the hell would you read these books? Right? Well I have only one answer for that I love a challenge...no seriously what I really love is a really good story. A well crafted tale that leaves me wanting more and indications were that this series would deliver that and for me it did.  No matter how confused I may have felt or at times  even a little bit frustrated at the end of each book there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to keep reading. Somewhere around book 4, I came to the conclusion that I was just going to read and enjoy and let things fall into place where and when they were ready too this was when I began to really enjoy the story.

 

I was reminded of  when I was a kid in school and we'd have story time and the teacher would read to us. I'd just sit there and take in the words and the story would create itself in my mind. I didn't have to work at it or wonder what happened next or how the story would play out. My mind just went with the flow of the words and it all came together in my head on it's own. it was such a simple thing watching that movie with my mind's eye and I continued to do that when I got old enough to read on my own but somewhere along the way I started trying to figure out the details before they happened to see if I could guess what came next, how things ended and I forgot to just enjoy the words on the page and let them flow around me and spin their tale showing me the story that the author wanted to tell in the way that she wanted it to unfold.

 

This series was definitely different from what I normally read and I enjoyed the challenge that it offered but now it's time to keep another promise...so it's on to manties...I blame my friends, you know who you are (thankfully this is short read because I have 'A Little Life' promise to keep as well.

 

 

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review 2015-08-01 15:41
It's official this series is working well for me...
The Iron Temple - Ginn Hale

Ok, so book 9 didn't bring me back to where I wanted to be. It still left me with that 'why you no love me? and throw me off the cliff?' feeling because I still need to know a few things the most important being 'what the hell is happening to Kyle/Kahlil in the present?' really, seriously I need to know this. In spite of this I ate book 9 up. I enjoyed every freakin' word of it and yep, damned if it didn't leave me sitting on the edge of the cliff with poor Kyle again.

 

I think right now the burning question for me is 'How many death or near death experiences can a body have before it says "I'm done guys. Enough is enough and I'm just tired of being abused. I'm just going to lie down and die now so I can have some peace" I mean I get that John takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. After all he's not just some mere mortal. Even still I gotta' say John "You really need to quite abusing your body like you do. I mean damn it man those Godhammers, bullets and arrows and all that other shit have got to hurt, right?"

 

Ok, I'm off to book 10 His Holy Bones (Psst, I'm not sure I like the sounds of this one) I'm crossing my fingers this is the last book and even though I don't normally need it, I need a big red bow tying this one up...please? pretty please?

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review 2015-07-31 04:07
8 down and 2 to go!
The Silent City - Ginn Hale

As predicted I spent the entirety of this book in the past, but it was an interesting and informative past. One that contained both Jahn/John/Jath'ibaya and Kyle/Kahlil/Ravishan (pick a name any name). It would also seem that the past is catching up to the present so I have hopes that with book #9 The Iron Temple I will begin to see things come full circle.

 

One thing I do know for sure is that for me the word boring is not an applicable descriptive in regards to these books. Confusing at times could work but definitely not boring.

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review 2015-07-29 16:15
Way to leave a girl clutching her pearls...
Enemies and Shadows - Ginn Hale

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 folks but f#@k the flashback! I need to go back to the cliff...now, right the f#@k NOW!!! and I'm pretty sure with my luck it's going to be book 9 before I find out where things went...so back to my reading. Talk to you all tomorrow.

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review 2015-07-28 16:18
OH HAPPY DAY!!! I definitley feel like progress is being made...
Broken Fortress - Ginn Hale

So many things fell into place for me with this book. So as a natural result of that I did enjoy this installment more than previous books. I'm still not totally clear on all the details but I'm feeling like I have a solid grasp on some of the important ones that were confusing me and as a result things that are happening are now making more sense and I'm on to book #7 Enemies and Shadows because things are really starting to happen and I'm feeling totally invested in finding out how this story ends.

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