Publishers WeeklyThe furious and costly battle for the Land progresses in the ongoing Twilight Reign series. King Emin continues to chip away at the massive forces Kastan Syrax throws at him, even as he puzzles at how to defeat the Land's nearly indestructible champion. Count Vesna, who has been imbued with the Aspect of the God of War, finds himself fighting Lord Isak's war without the backing of his Duke, his followers, or even his beloved Tila. Meanwhile, the shadowy presence of the Azaer continues to grow. Lloyd pushes the confrontation between good and evil towards its impending climax through a violent haze of continual battle as well as subtle, almost maddeningly obscure hints of the transformation set to take place in the Land. Though at times confusing, fans of the series will enjoy the penultimate installment. (Aug.)
Library JournalWith the death of Lord Isak, the Farlan armies retreat in disarray. Emin Thonal, King of Narkang and the Three Cities, seizes his moment to advance his position, while Ruhen, the human possessed by the shadow Azaer, makes his own bid for power. Another Great War is at hand, but this time the gods use their followers to lead the armies to battle, and the land's only true hope lies in the man known as the Grave Thief, who seeks to bring a hero back from the dead. Lloyd's fourth series entry (after The Grave Thief) continues the grim countdown to a final confrontation. VERDICT Powerful storytelling complements a large cast of characters and a complex narrative that touches on everything from romance to high drama to fast-paced war scenes.
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The Ragged Man Tom Lloyd PYR, Aug 24 2010, $16.00 ISBN: 9781616142063 Although he had to act cold hearted and vicious in the war with the gods and saw his death in visions, the demise of Lord Isak has left the Farlan armies leaderless and retreating in confused panic. Several "humans" try to take up the leader void. King Emin Thonal of Narkang and the Three Cities and Ruhen possessed by the angry shadow-god Azaer who was shockingly defeated by Usak and the Farlan at devastated Scree, push their agenda. The next key battle is coming. However, the gods learned from what happened at Scree. Instead of leading their supporters in battle, they direct their followers from the safety of a distant command post. The Grave Thief, the Hail Mary last hope for mankind, is realistic about his leadership skills so he seeks a hero to lead the bone weary battle fatigued human military; he turns to the graveyard for his champion. The fourth Twilight Reign fantasy (see The Twilight Herald, The Stormcaller and The Grave Thief) is a great tale filled with plenty of vivid action. Readers will feel they retreat along side the despondent Farlan, who have come down from an adrenaline berserker frenzy to despair following the stunning death of Isak. Tom Lloyd displays his juggling ability as several interesting subplots with a large cast move forward towards what looks like the coming of the apocalypse confrontation. Harriet Klausner