Sunday, January 2, 2011

Review of THE ZAGZAGEL DIARIES: LOST by Bryl R. Tyne


Available from Untreed Reads Publishing

5 of 5 stars

I received a review copy from the publisher.

This is the fourth in the series of short stories about the guardian angel, Zagzagel.  Zag has been instructed by Big Papa to watch over his wards, but not to interfere with the choices they make.  It is an order that Zag is having increasing difficulty obeying as evidenced by his recent unpleasant visit with the big man HIMSELF.  Zag, of course, is his own worst enemy.  Fiercely independent, but wanting Big Papa’s approval for how he handles his duties, are not two things that go well together and they clash on a regular basis. 

Fresh from his tongue-lashing, Zag heads out to see his current ward, Charley whose present living accommodations are behind Mel’s coin-operated laundromat.  Charley is one of those souls who can see Zag even though humans cannot see the angel unless he reveals himself to them, but Charley is special.  She is estranged from her family although she claims it is by her choice.  She does not want to be a burden to them and so chooses this life on the streets.

In less than 5,000 words, the author unveils a touching and emotionally draining story.  You can’t help but be drawn in, hanging on every word Bryl writes.  Something is also happening to our guardian angel Zagzagel.  His stoic armor is showing cracks, but is he just becoming a little more human or is it something else entirely? 

If you have not read the Zagzagel Diaries yet, I urge you to pick them up.  Bryl Tyne is an exceptionally talented author who can wrench your heartstrings like no one else can.