Today, I will be reviewing The First Five Days by John O. and Archie A.
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
There were certain aspects of this story that I really enjoyed, but also a lot of it that I felt missed the mark. Certain things just didn't quite add up, and even with the world being built up in a clever and large fashion, I think the fact that they pulled a lot of the back history of the story out and included it as little blurbs tacked onto the end just sort of threw me off.
The thing is, the story itself came together fairly well, but the decision to include any eroticism in the story at all felt off-putting and confusing. It didn't seem necessary, or well-done, and actually just detracted a lot from the overall story.
There was a lot going on in here, and the thing is they handled much of it well, like the intrigue and politics of what is happening. But, there were so many poorly handled things (like vague back stories of abuse against women that felt more like an overused trope than a setup for the world) that just made it hard to fall into this story and get a grip on what was happening.
Personally, I would have preferred the story with more focus on intrigue and less delving into things like the erotic scenes, and ideally I would like them to put the back story and setup into the novel rather than including it as an extra. I never read those pieces, even when it comes from an amazing novel, because if something is important to the plot it should be in the story.
All in all, I'll rate this book at a 3 out of 5 with the hopes that the authors will be able to pull the story together a little cleaner for the follow-up, avoid using tropes quite as much, and deliver the awesome story I know they are capable of.