By: Rachael Craw
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 1 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9781760650025


The Rift is an action-packed YA fantasy full of heart-pounding romance from award-winning New Zealand author Rachael Craw.

When the Rift opens, death follows. For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against horrors released by the Rift. Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with a rare scar and even rarer gifts, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks.

After nine years away, Meg Archer returns to her childhood home only to find the Island is facing a new threat that not even the Rangers are prepared for. Meg and Cal can’t ignore their attraction, but can they face their darkest fears to save the Island from      disaster?



Catastrophe befell Meg Archer when she was eight. The daughter of the head of the rangers she was already well trained and destined to be a Master Ranger.

The Rangers job on Black Water Island was to protect the old herd, particularly if there was a Rift and death appeared through it.

But then a tragic accident occurred and her mother took her to go to the mainland to lead a normal life. But now its ten years on, and Meg and her sick mother have returned to sort out her mothers affairs.

Meg’s childhood friend, Cal, who was not destined to become a Ranger, is now her father’s favourite, but this can’t stop the spark that soon forms between Meg and Cal. Dark and traitorous strategies are at play, as evil forces threaten the very existence of the old herd  -  and the harmony they provide.

This was an energetic read with characters that you will love. It is a typically enthralling Rachael Crow fantasy, packed with romance and adventure.

Suitable for all YA’s thirteen and older.

Reviewed by Rob