The Last Ranger of Sarn, by Ed Ireland
* * * * (4 Stars)
The Last Ranger of Sarn
is an epic fantasy telling the story of a young woman, Vespias, who
grows to become the commander of the legendary Rangers at a time of
terrible war against a demon-possessed prince and his armies of the
Last Ranger is a big, sprawling book, mainly focusing on
Vespias's growth and progress from hunter's child to commander of the
entire Castian military. It goes into her early life quite a bit to show
how she becomes the woman she eventually becomes, and illustrates the
loves, tragdies, triumphs, and losses she experiences. I originally read
this book a few months ago, and felt that other aspects of the story
were shortchanged, but in this new edition, the book is well-balanced
between Vespias's story and the events that led to the downfall of the
Prince and his war against the Castians.
The book features of
number of strong female characters, and I came to care about not just
them but all the main characters. The writing is clear and easy to
follow, though there are some missing commas.
Overall, engaging characters, an intriguing world, and lots of exciting action makes this a fun, gripping read.