by Andrew Berubee
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
518 pages; ISBN: 1591293189
Rating: 7/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Kathryn Lively
On the Blue Planet, a prophecy is about to happen. Four children born to the powerful Redfire wizard Elvet and his wife Lana, are gathered and separated. The two immortals are forced to fend for themselves in the wilds of the planet. The others are given foster homes, unaware of their true destiny.
Below in the festering, raging fire of the Deadworld, the demon Arcana has received a most undesirable fate: expulsion to the Land of the Living. Reluctantly he takes up with a an assortment of characters as he adjusts to his exile.
Elsewhere, in a village stringent with their regulations, the lady Pita hopes to start a new life in a new land, but finds it difficult to do when she refuses to abide the wishes of an amorous innkeeper. Falsely accused of a crime, she too is forced into exile.
Reading through Andrew Berubee's ambitious Ripple Effect, one may wonder what each character has to do with the other. Indeed, on Berubee's website it is revealed that the novel is in actuality a volume of interwoven stories (Berubee's website is a good companion for the book; as numerous characters are introduced throughout the first third of Ripple Effect, Berubee provides an effective online scorecard), and the patient reader will come to understand how the actions in each story arc effect the others, thereby explaining the "ripple effect" and the fruition of the prophecy.
Author Berubee writes with a meticulous style, a knack for world-building and characterization (injected with occasional moments of humor) certain to attract readers of science fiction and fantasy and fans of epics.
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