The Ripple Effect

J.A. Saare
The Ripple Effect
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Publisher
Mundania Press
Release Date
July 2012
Series
Book 3 of Rhiannon's Law
Genre
Paranormal Romance, Time Travel, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
There is always a price to pay...

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.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Mar 06, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
151 people found the following review helpful
Like so many of her fans, I was elated to read the third installment of J.A. Saare's consistently surprising, delightfully imaginative Rhiannon's Law series, and, at the same time, a little wary. Expectations--and emotions--were very high, and there were a lot of issues facing Rhiannon that I really didn't think were surmountable. In the end, however, this book delivered, and reminded me why I love the author's take-no-prisoners approach to her work.

Rhiannon Murphy has been through it all. From an agonizing childhood to a visit to an apocalyptic future, there isn't much left that can surprise her, and precious few people left to hurt her. Except for Disco, the vampire who saved her life and broke her heart. Now she is back in her own time, and working to sever her debt with a fallen angel by finding an ancient burial site. But when Disco's sire, Marius, returns to New York, carrying a huge grudge against Rhiannon, she realizes she has a whole new set of problems to face.

Marius has also brought another sire, a half-demon who is determined to bring Rhiannon to her knees by killing the few people she actually loves. Reeling from loss and knowing that no one around her is safe, Rhiannon is forced to turn to the one being who might actually have the power to help her, but can she risk a war with Heaven in order to send a demon back to Hell?

Rhiannon is by far one of the strongest heroines I've met, and this story only proves the depths of her resolve and the size of her heart. She may only have a few people in her life who truly matter, but she will go to any lengths to protect--or avenge them. This story deals a great deal with Rhiannon's past and the events that made her the way she is. While this doesn't always make for easy reading, it does add enormously to the series, and to readers' understanding of Rhiannon as a whole, and the very human-made darkness she has had to face. Dealing with these people, and these issues, also give her the ability to move beyond them, to reconcile her past with her present, and even, possibly, find a future of her very own.

The supporting cast that series fans have come to love is here in all their colorful glory. Especially Disco. I have to admit that I did have some issues with the way that the events of Book 2 were handled here--it seemed too easy at times, and the implications of Disco's actions weren't treated as seriously here as they were when they first happened. On a purely emotional level, I wanted nothing more than to see Disco and Rhiannon together, but intellectually, I'm not sure I am convinced by the way this happened. Nevertheless, I do believe that each character remained true to themselves and their own makeup, which is enormously important to me as a reader. I'm willing to see how things evolve as the series develops, however, and watch how Rhiannon and Disco grow, as characters and together.

There is also the argument to be made that Rhiannon is constantly forced to solve other people's issues--especially Disco's. This is true in this book, as well, though it is tempered by the fact that Rhiannon is also dealing with her own past. The truth of the matter is that she would not be in this situation if it weren't for the men in her life. Again, I'm more than willing to see how this plays out, but it is an element of this series that is becoming increasingly evident.

The world of this series is intense and dark and full of fascinating, unpredictable characters. J.A. Saare's imagination seems boundless and her ability to create characters who evoke such strong reactions definitely make this series the success that it is. From vampires and demons to fallen angels to all-too-human characters, this is a world full of individuals and I love meeting each of them, for better or for worse. Though I have noticed some plot devices that are a little troubling, I am fully willing and thoroughly eager to explore this series more, to learn more about Rhiannon and Disco and seeing how this sometimes shocking, always engaging series develops from here on out.
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