D. Barkley Briggs in his new book, "The Ravaged Realm" Book Four in the Legends Of Karac Tor series published by Living Ink Books returns us to the lives of the Barlow brothers and Karac Tor.
From the back cover: "Secrets lost, secrets found. Eight plus one, Hel unbound."
In the aftermath of the The Song Of Unmaking, a new and terrible breed of evil has begun ravaging Bitterland and Greenland. Arthur makes a bold bid for the crown in hopes of finally arming the Hidden Lands against the Devourer's dark plans. But Kr'Nunos has taken no chances, sowing seeds of an insidious deception into the fragile unity of the Three Abbeys. Karac Tor shall be attacked from without and defiled from within. Meanwhile, Gabe goes on a daring rescue mission deep into the exotic Highlands, but what he finds there will cost him more than he knows.
Yet a still larger tale is unfolding, as Karac Tor is only one of the interconnected Nine Worlds. Long ago, the famed Lost Prophet fled between worlds, only to become enmeshed in the legends of ancient native America, biding its time until it was safe to return. Centuries have now passed, and plans have gone awry. It's up to Reggie, Odessa and her children to piece together clues on Earth. Can the final oracle be released in time?
We are rocketing along to the conclusion of The Legends of Karac Tor as this is the fourth book in a five book series and this series has been quite a ride. Up until now the books have been terrific but, I must say, with "The Ravaged Realm" Mr. Briggs has given us his best work yet. Karac Tor is full of invading forces trying to take over the land already occupied. The Barlow brothers have the ability to move from our reality to the land of Karac Tor and they are there to use their special powers, only available to them there, to help defend and defeat these forces. Mr. Briggs has used mythology as a background for these stories but the real background is the Christian element that is running throughout the narrative. The whole series is outstanding, each book delivers more excitement than the last and each one provides so much to think about and dwell upon. I recommend this series highly and am looking forward to the next one.
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Solid follow-up but I found the increasing complexity of the story thread confusing and it took away from my emotional involvement with the characters. The author also suddenly introduces four major new characters (odessa"s children) along with secret societies, semi immortals and extensive detours into south american and Indian mythology. I am a big sci-fi /fantasy reader so I could handle this but I feel this was way more than should be introduced in the fourth book of a five book series and could leave some readers in the dust. I still enjoyed the book a lot but was disappointed some of my favorite characters like Hayden and Sorge got put in the background due to all the new elements. I still love the series and did like the fact that Reggie is being developed more into a strong man and not just a tragic widower.I will definitely be looking forward to the next !
This is what fantasy books should be! This fourth book continues an awesome journey of ordinary people caught up in some extraordinary circumstances. Though there are some editorial glitches, these books continue to hold all the elements of a great read that is impossible to put down! Can't wait for the last one...and yet don't want it to end!