Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dwarves, orcs and mayhem in First Watch by Dale Lucas

First Watch (The Fifth Ward #1)Author: Dale Lucas
Series: The Fifth Ward, #1
Released: July 11th 2017
Publisher: Orbit
Length: 416 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

Humans, orcs, mages, elves, and dwarves all jostle for success and survival in the cramped quarters of Yenara, while understaffed Watch Wardens struggle to keep its citizens in line.
Enter Rem: new to Yenara and hungover in the city dungeons with no money for bail. When offered a position with the Watch to compensate for his crimes, Rem jumps at the chance.
His new partner is less eager. Torval, a dwarf who's handy with a maul and known for hitting first and asking questions later, is highly unimpressed with the untrained and weaponless Rem.
But when Torval's former partner goes missing, the two must consort with the usual suspects -- drug dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, and humans being typical humans -- to uncover the truth and catch a murderer loose in their fair city.

Take your favorite cop show (Lethal Weapon is a personal favorite), place it in a filthy city with a distinct medieval feel, add dwarves, elves and other assorted creatures and you’ll get a pretty clear idea of what to expect from Fifth Ward: First Watch. Everyone has their weak spot, and buddy cop movies are mine, which means I was endlessly entertained by this book.

Rem is a newcomer to Yenara City, unemployed and just a bit lost. He is more than willing to work, but there’s no work to be found and his low supply of coins is rapidly disappearing. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances (involving a smart girl and no small amount of pride) Rem ends up working as a watchwarden, a member of law enforcement in the city. His partner is Torval, an enigmatic and temperamental dwarf, who is four feet tall and just as wide, with a volatile temper and a deep hatred for the orcs. The two are an oddly mismatched pair – Rem, educated, polite and completely inexperienced, and Torval, explosive, often rude and very street-smart.

Rem is hilarious and just a tiny bit pathetic as he stumbles through his first assignments as watchman. He is prone to blushing, the type of person who relies on his manners first and his fists second, but Yenara City has little patience for well-mannered northerners. Before he can be chewed up and spit out by the city’s merciless streets, he needs to learn from his partner, and maybe meet him half-way.

The two start working on a missing persons case and they slowly find their rhythm. What started out as an unlikely partnership quickly turns into an odd but promising dynamic. Lucas’ detailed worldbuilding only adds to the charm, and the colorful inhabitants keep us entertained. The book suffers just a bit from the burden of being the first in the series, establishing a detailed setting and sufficient character development to carry multiple novels, but all in all, they are just minor problems that can be considered an investment into the future of the series.

Dale Lucas took the usual buddy cop trope and built upon it, and he created a whole new playground for fantasy fans. Yenara City is my kind of literary place with its filthy streets, rivers of ale and fights breaking out left and right. With the second book, Friendly Fire, right around the corner, now is the perfect time to delve into this world.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. It is so good to see you Maja and wonderful review for this. It is the first I've seen it so you definitely have me interested!

  2. I like the sound of this one. Weird genres to mix but I can totally see how it would work.

  3. Sold! I like the Lethal Weapon reference in a medieval setting. Haha. It sounds unique!

  4. Aaah, this sounds so good!! I've been in such a terrible reading slump but I am so glad you put this on my radar since it sounds right up my alley. Wonderful review, Maja!

  5. A bustling week can be wearing to the point that spending your end of the week at home watching your most loved motion picture online is the best thing to do. let me watch this tv

  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

  7. Hello guys!! I know you want to put your lips on my boobs. If you want to get masturbated by my soft hand then you can hire me easily. simple visit our websites

    Call Girls in Bangalore

    Call Girls in Lucknow

    Call Girls in Gurgaon

    Call Girls in Faridabad

    Escort services in Faridabad

    Escort services in Faridabad

    Escort in Faridabad

    Escort service in Faridabad

  8. If you are in Jaipur and need beautiful Escort Service in Jaipur or white skin Escort Service in Jaipur then you can simply book call girls in Jaipur from one of the best escort agency named Escort Service in Jaipur. It is No.1 premier escort agency and provide both incall or outcall facility to clients.Please click on the following link to check the official websites Escort Service in Jaipur

  9. Thanks for your post visit our website for
    Call girls in Noida | Call girls in Gurgaon | Call girls in Cuttack | Call girls in Puri | Call girls in Bhubneshwar

    Aamazing post..I really liked it..You can hire call gir directly from following links
    Call Girl in Noida | Call Girl in Gurgaon | Call Girl in Cuttack | Call Girl in Puri | Call Girl in Bhubneshwar

    I loved your article very much...You can also visit mine from folowing links
    Escorts in Noida | Escorts in Gurgaon | Escorts in Cuttack | Escorts in Puri | Escorts in Bhubneshwar

    Very nice...I really enjoyed your work...
    Noida Call Girls | Gurgaon Call Girls | Cuttack Call Girls | Puri Call Girls | Bhubneshwar Call Girls

    I really want to appreciate your writing skills..You can also check out mine for
    Noida Call Girl | Gurgaon Call Girl | Cuttack Call Girl | Puri Call Girl | Bhubneshwar Call Girl

    Great stuffs!! Check mine for
    Noida Escorts | Gurgaon Escorts | Cuttack Escorts | Puri Escorts | Bhubneshwar Escorts

  10. seattle escorts For each disadvantage, there are favorable conditions and at the same time。

  11. You can look at photos of different types of women from our escorts in Gurgaon. We can have Indian Housewives, College Girls Model in Gurgaon, all kind of escorts call girls in our Gurgaon Available in escorts agency Our Gurgaon escorts service serves you all in Gurgaon so whenever you need escorts in Gurgaon then we are able to every time so just pick up the phone and call me
    Escorts in Gurgaon
    Gurgaon Escorts
    Escorts service in Gurgaon
    Gurgaon Escorts Agency
    Independent Female Escorts in Gurgaon



    WA : +62812-2222-995

  13. Before you enter the world and start engaging yourself in different quests, the first thing you should do is to pick your in-game character that will surely suit your personality. I find a very good blog for the London escorts tour, If you want you can visit this site.

  14. The Chandigarh escort girls come to your place and breathe away at first sight with their fitting bodies and flickering curves. These heavenly divas are very pleasant and please make you love them. Our freelancers are very friendly and easy to deal with. They facilitate it and make you feel comfortable. Attractively clothed to arouse your desires, they make your life exciting and joyful with very tempting figures.
    Escorts service in Chandigarh
    Escort service in Chandigarh
    Escorts in Chandigarh
    Escort in Chandigarh
    Chandigarh escorts
    Chandigarh escort
    Chandigarh escorts service
    Chandigarh escort service
    Chandigarh female escorts
    Chandigarh female escort
    Female escorts in Chandigarh
    Female escort in Chandigarh
    Chandigarh independent escorts
    Chandigarh independent escort
    independent escorts in Chandigarh
    independent escort in Chandigarh
    Chandigarh russian escort
    Russian escort in Chandigarh


Thank you for stopping by and commenting. If you're a fellow blogger, I'll visit and return the favor as soon as possible. If your're using Google+ to comment, please make sure that your blog link is clearly visible on your profile.

Unfortunately, this is now an award and tag free blog, but I do thank you for your consideration.