I could not wait to get my hands on The Renfield Syndrome! This is the second book in the Rhiannon’s Law series and it was full of awesome. This installment starts off where the first book, Dead Undead or Somewhere in Between ends.
The Renfield Syndrome is a much darker book than the first one. The stark New York City setting is compared to Richard Matheson’s novel, I Am Legend. The book takes place after a war between vampires and humans that ended with thousands of human casualties. The Renfield vaccine was created as a weapon against vampires. If a vampire bit into a vaccinated human the vampire would die. Unfortunately side effects started to manifest about 30 years after the vaccinations began. Humans started aging rapidly and dying off at a quick rate. The humans that were not vaccinated were hunted down and became blood slaves to the vampires.
There were some heartbreaking moments in The Renfield Syndrome that left me sad and conflicted. Again, I’m not going to reveal too much except to say that betrayal, misunderstandings, and altered relationships will have Rhiannon questioning her feelings for those that she loves. This book will appeal to paranormal romance junkies that appreciate dark twists and turns. Despite the darkness of the novel, J.A. Saare still entertains us with Rhiannon’s sarcasm and clever dialogue between the characters. I would not recommend reading this novel until you’ve read the first book in the series. There is a lot of back story that you should be aware of before reading The Renfield Syndrome. Trust me – you will like it much better if you know what’s going on. Next up in the Rhiannon’s Law series is The Ripple Effect and I can’t wait to find out how Rhiannon handles the repercussions of her bold actions from The Renfield Syndrome. I’m giving this wonderful novel 4.5 dragons.