May 25, 2020

Book Review: The Ragged Man

The Ragged Man, published by Pyr Books, is Book Four in Tom Lloyd’s Twilight Reign series. I have to say that this is the best so far, in my humble opinion. The characters are developed, the stage is set, the story rolls. I had a hard time putting down this book.

Lord Isak the White Eye Farlan Lord dies at the end of the last book after killing the son of the series bad guy, Kastan Styrax. Not knowing there was to be a Book Four, I was a little upset by the development. The onset of The Ragged Man reveals that although dead, there is a plan to bring back Isak. Minh the disenfranchised Harlequin retrieves and revives Isak to fight in the ongoing battle between good and evil.

The tension building through the story is as tangible as spring fog in New England. There are several subplots building to the battle that is the climax and that ultimately defines The Ragged Man. Isak’s return and involvement in the final battle is brief but dramatic. Still, it makes the point.

I am waiting with bated breath for the 5th  and final book in the Twilight Reign series. Lloyd is not gentle with his characters and a happy ending will most assuredly be bittersweet.  I’m girding my proverbial loins for the mixed feelings I’m certain will come at the end of book five…