In a time of peace and treaties, the five kingdoms of Severi lay unguarded and open to the dark hearts of man. Terdune, a neighboring land that had been at constant war with Severi, was defeated over twenty years ago. All threats were eradicated and its lands left without a ruler. Now a new evil reigns in Terdune and slowly makes its way to its adjacent sister.
When Edwin’s village is attacked, he is forced to travel halfway across the second kingdom to the King’s Hold. Along the way he must learn the true power of the gifts that were bestowed upon him and discover the meaning of the dreaded fate attached to them.
This fantasy adventure follows the story of two young men who must fight for their lives and those of their countrymen. In true epic fantasy fashion the story takes a while to get going, with plenty of world building along the way. I only wished there were a few less discussions about the beautiful sword. Other than that and a few confusing pov switches, I greatly enjoyed Five Kingdoms. I appreciated Gonzalez’s imaginative narration and sense of old world folk lore. I could see myself surrounded by rolling brooks and singing birds wandering through the forest right along beside Edwin and Alden. If you savor sword fights and prefer to lavish yourself in the lore of yesteryear, pick up Five Kingdoms of Severi today! 4 stars and off to a great start!