I always try to keep my next novel to read on my Goodreads on-deck shelf, but after tearing through my last binge stack of fantasy novels, I turned to my shelf and found it empty. Completely empty. Not even a single bread crumb leading me to what I should read next. I tried a couple of samples on my kindle, but none of them really grabbed me.
Lucky for me, since it meant I re-read Ginn Hale’s Rifter series. During my first read, I became so obsessed by this series I couldn’t focus on my kendo because I needed to return home and read the next installment now.
After John spotted his mysterious scarred and tattooed roommate Kyle in the bathhouse, Kyle hasn’t returned to their shared house. Rent is due and John can’t cover it himself. John finds a letter addressed to Kyle, care of the Palace of the Day in the Kingdom of the Night, and the contents is obviously a key. But not, as John expects, Kyle’s house key. No, this key opens a yellow rock gate to a world ruled by priests attempting to summon the destroyer god, the Rifter, to shatter their enemies.
With this re-read, the initial need to gobble the story up had subsided, but I loved it just as much. More even, since on re-reading, I was already familiar with the setting and world-building which confused me at the beginning the first time around. I savoured this story, enjoying the rich but spartan description I missed the first time around. My scalp also appreciated the re-read better than the first time, since I didn’t my hair out when Ginn changed timelines on cliffhangers! Really good use of cliffhangers, but still!
Some books I read once. Some books I love to re-read. And some books excel to the point of my mental fanfiction. This series is one of those series. How long before I can read it again??