The Ringers

Young Adult - Horror
80 Pages
Reviewed on 07/04/2022
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Author Biography

Multi-international award-winning speculative fiction author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood (2016 Ozma Fantasy Award Winner, Epic Awards Finalist, & Reader’s Choice Award Winner), Amaskan’s War (2018 UK Wishing Award YA Finalist), and Class-M Exile. She also has many published short stories in anthologies and magazines. She’s even published on the moon! (No, really!) Raven spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet.

Besides being a writer and artist, she’s a geeky, disabled ENBY who enjoys getting her game on with tabletop games, indulging in cartography and art, or staring at the ocean. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach. Her hair color changes as often as her bio does, and you can find her at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Paula García Lasa for Readers' Favorite

Everyone is familiar with jingling bells. They announce the arrival of Christmas and are associated with happiness worldwide. But what if they weren't? Raven Oak tackles this concept in her novel The Ringers. In the town of Dekwood, citizens live in fear. They are terrified of even speaking about the things that occur around them. At night, everything is shut, and they wait, praying they don't hear the bells ring. The silence in the town is deafening. Who are the Ringers? No one dares to think, talk, or ask about that. No one is brave enough to do so except for Elise. This young girl, the bearer of magic, is drawn to such things. Despite everyone's attempts to keep her from investigating, she is determined to discover the deadly truth. She believes she can stop the Ringers. Will she make it, or will they take over the whole town?

Raven Oak is determined to twist the positive spirit that surrounds Christmas into a nightmare. The Ringers is a thrilling short novel meant to make you shiver (and not from the weather). The fast-paced narrative sends chills down your spine that keep you hooked from the first line and it is intriguing but terrifying. The innocent and oblivious eyes of our young protagonist intensify the apprehension. Nonetheless, Elise is clever enough to keep the story going. Fantasy, paranormal, and horror are all mixed in this 80-page book. This tale is not for the faint-hearted. It's up to you to decide whether you are ready to uncover the secrets behind the town of Dekwood.