The Last Ranger of Sarn (Ed Ireland) review by Jenn Strohschein On One Thousand Worlds
Today on One Thousand Worlds, Jenn Strohschein shares her review of Ed Ireland's, THE LAST RANGER OF SARN, which first appeared on her excellent blog BooksBooksBooks. The Last Ranger of Sarn - Synopsis Locked within the fabled Castian city of Tiran sits the Vault of Sarnallus and the Gems of Creation. Powerful orbs that can bring life or total annihilation. The King of Castia has trusted his military under the command of General Salaris Woodward to stop the advance of the undead army that comes for the treasure. At the front of this unimaginable horror is The Black Prince, Romero Harram. After killing his father the Prince turns his eyes to the rest of his lands, Bardynn. General Merrin Jaslin, now considered a rebel leads the remaining loyal Knights of the Crescent Moon to the Pass of Sarn. While he sits south of the pass, General Woodward sits north. With her is the Castian Militia led by Vespias Firstlight. She has been called the Hali'Khal by the Junin people...the daughter of the land who will save their people by her noble deeds. As she does this she will also save her own people from genocide. But the prophecy calls for a terrible price to be paid before she can fulfill it. She must lose her heart. All that she was, all she is and all she can ever be must be lost. Is the price too high? Can she overcome the heartache to bring hope to the Castian people? In this tale of power and passions, love, lust and survival can Vespias pay the toll to save her world? Ride into battle along with her and see..
The Last Ranger of Sarn by Ed Ireland Jenn's rating: 4 of 5 stars Ed does well with his world building without overdoing the descriptions, which to me is a huge plus. Overall it’s not a bad read even with the issues I have with it. The writing is clean, things are spelled properly, punctuation and grammar are used properly, the correct words are used and it doesn’t read like someone was using a thesaurus to describe every minute detail. At times the plot moves a bit slow but there’s enough to keep you turning pages and wanting to know how things turn out. This is in part due to the wealth of information that the author provides for the setup and early life of the main characters. Some of the characters feel fleshed out and not cardboard cutouts while others could use more development. While the book as a whole is an entertaining read, some work is needed with transitions between scenes and characters and it could use some polishing and editing. There is considerable potential and it’s obvious a lot of work went into this book, hence the four stars. Jenn received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Click here to read an excerpt from The Last Ranger of Sarn.