Ring Shout takes place in Georgia in 1922. Segregation, Jim Crow laws, and the KKK are part of everyday life. It’s up to Maryse and her friends Sadie, a sharpshooter, and Chef, a former soldier and explosives expert, to protect the community from evil. Klu Kluxxers look like regular Klansmen on the outside, but to those with the sight, they are monsters.
Maryse wields a sword, but a special sword given to her by three godlike entities that contains the energy of generations of enslaved and the kings and emperors who enslaved them. A new enemy moves to town, a butcher who serves meat to the upstanding white Klansmen but is a lot more than meets the eye.
Ring Shout was very short but very big on action. I love the message that being racist makes you a monster, something it’s very tragic that we still need to learn. It’s hard to complain about a book with strong, awesome black ladies killing demons.