The Shattered Gates - Ginn Hale The word "epic" has been bandied about a lot lately. It's become a pop culture joke, lost its actual meaning in the overuse. I don't really like to use it. So, it has been ages since I felt the need to describe a thing as "epic". But by the gods of good books, this story was EPIC. Really, truly, out-of-the-Oxford-dictionary epic. I read the blurb and I kind of thought it might be a bit of a fantasy/comedy thing. Like, "haha, his roommate is a weirdo from another world". Oh boy, was I wrong. This series is seriously dark and horrifying. And it's so good I could weep. It has this amazing, surprising, sweeping quality that just sort of sucks you in and doesn't let up until the very end. I feel like I've run a marathon. I paid 30 US dollars for the entire series at (and read it all in 2 weeks), and because of the awful exchange rate in my country, it ended up being a shitload of money, and I would gladly pay it a 100 times over.