Betrayed. Hunted. Left for dead. But not even death itself can keep the last ranger from vengeance.
Leiyn “Firebrand” is no stranger to a fight. A brash ranger of the Titan Wilds, she takes up her bow to ward against the colossal spirit creatures known as titans, ever a threat to the colonies she has sworn to protect.
But no amount of skill can guard against treachery.
When tragedy strikes the rangers’ lodge, Leiyn vows to avenge the fallen. But if she is to succeed, she must embrace a power within her she has long denied.
Power to move mountains and rivers.
Power over life and death.
She did not choose this path, but Leiyn knows her duty. For if she fails, the legacy of the rangers dies with her—and all the Titan Wilds will fall into shadow.
A special thank you to J.D.L. Rosell for sending me a review copy and Escapist Book Tours for putting this whole thing together. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Bow and sorcery. Skin-walkers. Nature based magic. High-octane action. Unlikely band of heroes. And a bad-ass protagonist. What more could you possibly want in a fantasy story?
The Last Ranger is a story of revenge. Of learning to love and accept yourself. And of found family. Leiyn was always the outsider in a group of outsiders. She has the thankless job of protecting the civilized world from the Titans and other more human threats. But when tragedy strikes, she must forge her own path forward. Along the way, she finds some new friends and more than a few enemies.
J.D.L. Rosell does an incredible job showing us Leiyn’s struggles with trust. Secrets play a huge role in this story and the damage they can cause to the people involved. Leiyn collects a few allies along her journey, some familiar, some strange, and the strength of those relationships rests on her ability, or inability, to open up and trust them.
The narrative is a tight third-person, almost entirely from Leiyn’s perspective. This gives us a very biased view of the world and Rosell does an amazing job of making it clear that just because Leiyn is telling us something, it’s not necessarily the only or whole truth. Leiyn’s beliefs are constantly challenged, and we the audience are right there with her as she struggles with the implications of what that means.
The world of Unera is vast, beautiful and steeped in fascinating lore. Colossal spirit titans roam the lands, giving life to rivers, mountains and more. Wood-witches roam the, well, the woods, with mysterious motives and powerful magics. Meanwhile, people do what people do, and the consequences are a driving force in the narrative.
If you want an action packed adventure with strong female characters, mysterious giants of nature, fascinating world-building with a dash of political intrigue and ARCHERY! look no further. J.D.L. Rosell has made a fan out of me and I can’t wait for book two. In the meantime, the lands are green and the skies are blue, I will be diving into Rosell’s immense backlog this year.