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 undead.
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.