Rhiannon Murphy visited the future, witnessed hell on earth and made choices to change things for the greater good. Unfortunately there are consequences for her actions, the penalties for her interference possibly more than she can bear. Determined to sever her debt with a fallen angel, she pushes everything aside, focusing on locating Marigold Vesta’s resting place.
Until death comes knocking at her door.
When Disco’s maker arrives in New York, he resents Rhiannon on a level she can’t begin to comprehend. Yet Marius isn’t her most dangerous adversary, not by a long shot. Marius’s sire -- a half-demon -- is determined to see the necromancer who stunned the vampire world on her knees. If she won’t bend, he’ll do everything in his power to make her break. No price is too high, meaning no one is safe -- including Disco and Paine.
Dealt a blow from which she can never recover, Rhiannon turns to the only person who can help her: the fallen angel who is relying on Rhiannon to save her soul. Bartering with a creature from Heaven is probably just as dangerous as starting a war with a demon from Hell, but with nothing to lose it’s no longer about life or death.
It’s about getting even.
When Rhiannon traveled to the future the tone of this series changed. Previously it was all about the Vampires and we saw a tiny bit of Demon activity but the last book introduced Shifters and upped the ante as far as Demons are concerned. With The Ripple Effect, the Demon activity increases and I give fair warning it's not for the faint of heart. This book is gruesome, full of gore, and most unsettling. I cannot begin to express how truly horrifying the atrocities are.
Without giving away the plot, I must commend Ms Saare on her ability to shock her readers and yet, at the same time, not linger overlong on the suffering of those innocents hurt in this book. This is urban fantasy with just a touch of romance but, at times, it almost felt like a horror story. I confess to being a little squeamish but the dark places Ms Saare visits, had me transfixed.
As for our heroine, Rhiannon, well if truth be told, I've never really liked her that much. She's kick ass, I admit, but so snarky and truly short sighted at times. With a shield around her that an armadillo would envy, I'm amazed she lets any one get under her skin. What saves her are the glimpses we get of her past and the horrific events that have formed her into this nonstop stubborn survivor. With this instalment, she finally grows and gets to see the wood and not just the trees! Hurrah, but I can't cheer too soon because this is an emotional book with shocks and actions that are bound to reverberate into the next book. They say as one door closes another opens, well without spoilers, I will say sacrifices are made but there's a new intriguing character named Bane introduced, and it will be fun seeing what the author does with him.
Dark, emotional, and maybe even the most gripping story I've read in recent months. If you enjoy fabulous Urban Fantasy that's well written and pulls no punches, then the Rhiannon's Law series is a must read.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.