Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Last Ranger of Sarn by Ed Ireland.
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book: How much can one heart endure? When the undead enter Castia, its youth must put their dreams aside and fight. In the dark days that follow, destiny reveals her purpose…and what a humble girl must do to fulfill it.
Vespias Firstlight has been chosen to champion her world. This daughter of a simple hunter must place herself into the path of destruction that the Black Prince and his minions bring. For him, genocide is the only acceptable goal, but destiny has chosen Castia’s young Vespias to endure every hardship to stop him.
The darkness of this land covers the unbridled passions of Vespias as we live through her
triumphs and tragedies. It is this darkness that shapes the way our heroine turns from her joy-filled youth into a young woman with all the scars that a cruel world can inflict. You’ll ask yourself again and again…how much can one heart endure?
My Review: I’ve become a big fan of this author, and I think this is his best work yet. The story flows and expands on the world the within in a poetic style reminiscent of JRR Tolkien. The action and description are well balanced between the characters’ growth making this a fast and engaging read.
To be honest, it is easy to get lost among all the characters and locations if we’re not paying attention, but that’s one of the book’s enduring qualities. To me, each character and place played a role in the story and really brought the world together and gave the story a new level of life.
The characters were the usual complex, yet with simple enough goals to make them believable. There’s something special about seeing simple, normal characters being put into extraordinary circumstances and forced to rise or sink to the occasion.
If you’re looking for a great fantasy read, then check this out.