Book Review: Rituals – Kelley Armstrong ****

The fifth and final book in the Cainsville series sees Liv facing a choice between the two supernatural forces vying for her support. As it looks increasingly like she is close to making her decision both parties decide to up the ante and force her to choose them. The only way that they can all survive is for Liv to go with her instincts and to trust Gabriel and Ricky.

If you have been following this series from the beginning Rituals will leave you pretty satisfied. All threads are tied up nicely and things that you had forgotten all about get parcelled up and resolved in this conclusion.

The Cainsville series isn’t for everyone. The mythology is quite complex and very detailed, drawing extensively from Welsh folklore and using a lot of Welsh phrases and descriptions. And if you haven’t come across many Welsh words they can be a little challenging! Impossible to pronounce if you aren’t familiar with it. Phrases like Tylwyth Teg and Cŵn Annwn are commonplace throughout the stories but in this book there are more challenging words like melltithiwyd to get your head around.

Armstrong has confirmed that this is the last full book in the series although there may be short stories and novellas that fill in more detail on the characters already involved in the Universe.

UK Publication Date: Aug 15 2017. 498 pages.

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