Book Review: The First Five Days

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About the Author

John is a practicing electrical engineer who spends his spare time programming and philosophizing. Earthly woes, which his sharp mind made him aware of at a young age, drove him into the arms of fiction as it was his only escape route for many years. It therefore comes as no surprise that he has now partnered up to create the unique world of Lionea; a world in which his complex mind finds utmost expression.

Archie is a practicing chemical engineer and is also a graduate student at Columbia University. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about global history: from the time of the gorgons and dinosaurs to the reign of the Romans, the Dark Ages, the Japanese Shogunates, the Bantu Migration, the Scramble for Africa and the World Wars e.t.c. In addition, he enjoys travelling to exotic corners of the globe and spending time with his dog, Nancy. Co-creating a peril-filled world such as Lionea is a direct result of the copious information and imagination in his large head!


The Recommendation

Fans of fantasy novels with a little bit of darkness sprinkled in will enjoy this story, though they shouldn't get their expectations up to high considering how high of quality is expected from the genre.

The Review

This was good. Not amazing, just good. It brought me into the world and the authors were able to keep my attention. I liked the politics and I love stories about people being stuck in new places and trying to find out what is going on, so I was already inclined to like this story. 

The world is built up well, and there are a lot of characters but they didn't jumble together the way characters will sometimes do in novels like this. Each one felt unique and interesting, though occasionally their backstories blended together.

There were some missteps, but nothing handled too terrible, so I am certainly looking forward to picking up and reading the sequel.

The Rating


About the Book

When Yosi Sint ascends the military throne of Lionea, he immediately knows
that his life is in danger; as all who held the position before him died under
mysterious circumstances that could only have been as a result of Dark Arts.
Within the first five days of his rule, before he can begin to understand the
treacherous schemes at play, those who lurk in the shadows set into motion a
whirlpool of events that leave all who are caught within struggling for dear
life… An inopportune time indeed; for the beast to the North, a nation bent
on subduing the might of Lionea, stands poised to invade and finish what
they started eleven years ago.
In this medieval world of intrigue and peril, there’s no telling who will live or