The Rift, by Rachael Craw

The Rift, by Rachael Craw

A new YA fantasy/sci-fi novel from award winning author, Rachael Craw. The Rift is available in all good bookstores throughout New Zealand and Australia from November 1st 2018. Published by Walker Books Australia.


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?


“Thrilling … A fresh and original story; a standout in the fantasy genre. The romance between Cal and Meg blends envy, desire and uncertainty with a potent authenticity. Written with a sparse lovely poetry, The Rift demands an immersion that is intoxicating. I can’t recommend this enough.” Isabelle Carmody, author of The Obernewtyn Chronicles and The Gathering.
“Gripping, brutal, tender. You won’t be able to put this book down.” Michael Pryor, author of The Laws Of Magic series and Gap Year in Ghost Town.
“Beautiful, dark and deliciously tense – an astonishing world that will hold you in its finely wrought claws.” Alison Goodman, author of the Lady Helen series and the Eon series.
“Masterful and brilliant! Beautiful world building, stunning writing, a cracking plot, perfectly paced and hot romantic tension. Craw has outdone herself.” Fleur Ferris, best-selling author of Risk, Black, Wreck and Found.

Launch Events:

Nelson: November 6th @The Elma Turner Library

Auckland: November 10th @The Dorothy Butler Bookshop

Christchurch: November 24th @venue to be confirmed here.

Click the event poster to find out more and a place to RSVP. All welcome.

Author Bio.

Rachael Craw began her working life as an English teacher after completing a degree in Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury. She dabbled in acting, directing and writing for amateur theatre productions and small independent film ventures. Her passion for dialogue and characterisation finally led to long-form writing with the Spark series. Rachael’s enthusiasm for classical heroes, teen angst and popular culture informs much of her creative process. She enjoys small town life teaching, writing and mentoring at the top of the South Island of New Zealand where she lives with her husband and three daughters. Visit her online at

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