The Ragged Man by Tom Lloyd is the fourth book in the five book fantasy Twilight Reign series. After the events of the previous book, the Farlan army has retreated in disarray while various others are now taking advantage of this by making their own play for power. You have gods and men continuing to prepare and initiate the Great War looming in the near future and the tide is turning against Enim and his allies. And the only change that they may have lies with a dead man. It is the type of epic fantasy that a large cast of interesting characters and extremely fast paced that keeps the reader interested. The world building is original, especially in regards to the way the gods are handled and other beings like the “white-eyes” or others. Also, the book includes a character list and a brief overview of the previous books for those new to the series. I am desperate to get the final book in the series when it is released to find out how it all ends. This is a nice addition to anyone who loves epic fantasies where the gods are not perfect and absolute and the humans are just as fascinating as the gods. I give this one a keeper status of 5 stars!
Lord Isak is dead; his armies and entire tribe in disarray. As the Farlan retreat and Kastan Styrax mourns his dead son, it is King Emin who takes the initiative while he still can. The secret, savage war he has devoted his life to nears its terrible conclusion as Ruhen positions himself as answer to the Land's problems. Before the conquering eye of the Menin turns in his direction Emin must take his chance and strike without mercy.
A showdown is coming and battle lines are drawn as blood is spilled across the Land. The specter of the Great War looms but this time the Gods are not marching to war. It will be men who decide the future now. But before victory, before survival, there must first be salvation—even if it must be sought in the darkest place imaginable.
With the tide turning against Emin and his allies the key to their survival may lie in the hands of a dead man.