Review of Rituals by Kelley Armstrong

In the fifth and last Cainsville story, Rituals,Olivia Taylor-Jones, aka Eden Larsen, is finally learning about the deals that were made to cure her spina bifida and how there is a third group looking for her to cast her lot with them to ensure their continued livelihood. The Slaugh were the ones who cured her all those years ago, but their manipulations went farther back than anyone even realized. The Cwn Annwn and Tylwyth Teg were both culpable in their actions and will have to join together to help make things right. But ultimately, it’s Liv and her two men, Gabriel Walsh and Ricky Gallagher, who will need to find the truth and Liv will finally have to make her choice between the two and live with the consequences.

I was happy with how this story ended, but I’m going to really miss the characters. I hope we’ll get to see them all again some day. All of them will finally learn the fullĀ truth of what happened between the original Matilda, Gwynn and Arawn and what theirĀ eventual downfall was. It will help them avoid the same mistakes, though they’re already pretty well on their way to that anyway. It was good to see a different side of Gabriel, who is finally admitting he needs Liv in his life. We sort of always knew how Liv felt about him, but he was his own worst enemy when it came to how he reacted to it. I’m glad he finally overcame his upbringing to believe he was worthy of being loved by someone. I’m going to miss Cainsville, but I look forward to other stories from Kelley Armstrong.

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