The Fifth Vertex

The Fifth Vertex

by Kevin Hoffman


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ISBN-13: 9780990647911
Publisher: Kevin Hoffman
Publication date: 08/02/2014
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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The Fifth Vertex 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Urthwild More than 1 year ago
I don’t think that I have read very many books in which our lead hero was deaf, it was indeed a refreshing change. I think there is a lot to be said for a literary hero that holds some of the same characteristics and handicaps as readers, , and does not come from the traditional Ken Doll mould. Urus Noellor is born to a warrior race, for every man, woman and child it is the greatest, most sort after accolade to become one of the kingdoms soldiers, to fail to make the grade, to be culled, a burden on society, is their greatest shame. Urus has a handicap, he is deaf and clumsy, and he fails the grade. Determined not to face the shame of the culling, he makes a decision to end his life, but fails. He was thwarted by a centuries old magical ability passed down the generations, a magic he never knew he possessed, or even of its existence. Romps through portals, leaps of faith, blood magic, murder, friendship, revenge and betrayal and above all great characters. It is like Jason and the Argonauts – the re-imagining. An engaging epic fantasy, with plenty of avenues yet to be explored. The cover artist did not read the book, or at least the character descriptions at all by the looks of it, which makes them a poor service provider indeed. All in all this was an extremely enjoyable book, and I will say once again it was wonderful to have a deaf hero. I will certainly be following the series. Received in exchange for an honest review. Urthwild
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
It is a broken world the sigilords and blood mages have left the world divided and destitute by their destruction. Urus finds through battle with the blood mages, friends he can not live without, and power he can not control. Urus is the last sigilord, he has been abused because of his deafness, and rejected from his society because without hearing he could not pass the test. He finds a reason to stand up to the awesome powers of the the Order of the Sanguine Crystal society and their blood mage warlords.  This is an epic beginning to a diverse and complicated world that can produce enduring characters that could inhabit the imaginations of the readers. 
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was originally published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Urus Noellor is a deaf young man who was born to a race of warriors. Worse, he doesn’t feel the killer instinct his people demand. On the verge of being branded as a burden, he attempts to end his life, but is thwarted by magic thought to have died thousands of years before. Then a stranger appears in their city looking for something called a Vertex. Thus, Urus’s adventure begins. With his friend Goodwyn, their people’s greatest warrior, a mysterious orphaned girl name Cailix, and Murin, the ancient stranger who knows the most of about the Vertices, he sets out to stop a deadly group of sorcerers from destroying the five vertices that protect the world from destruction beyond imagining. Urus must learn to control his powers to stop the destruction of not only his world, but others beyond his. Review: Kevin Hoffman has written a novel that blends fantasy, science fiction, and steam punk. The character’s and their struggles are compelling as they struggle with choices and secrets from their past. The tale is a coming of age story for three of the four companions. Goodwyn, a warrior of the Kest, lethal on the battle field with a strong sense of honor. Cailix destined to be a powerful blood sorceress, must try to find her way without succumbing to evil of blood magic. Urus, a sigilord who is powerful enough to control space and time. The magic system was compelling. Most of the explanations for how the magic system worked were well explained, though some were just a little too convenient. While I look forward to seeing the adventure continue, the cliff hanger ending didn’t quite satisfy.
AnastaciaKnits More than 1 year ago
parts I really liked, but overall, another book I didn't really get into. -- I enjoyed the book when I first picked it up, and couldn't stop the first few chapters. Then the action seemed to slow, the book got a little weirder, more and more characters were introduced, when I felt like I was still trying to get to know the main characters. I didn't really "like" any of the characters other than Cailix, and really would have liked to have seen her in the book much more (and perhaps we'll see her more in future books). The book is well written, the stage is set out well, the action flows from one scene to the next, but I just couldn't really get into it as much as I would have liked. By the time we got to the halfway mark, I had to force myself to finish (mostly because I wanted to know what would happen to Cailix, and not to the other characters). -- I received a copy of this book for free from netgalley in exchange for my honest reviews, and was not paid in any way
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Page one, sentence one and I’m already in knots! Urus should be graduating, his heart says he wants to be a warrior, but he failed the gauntlet one too many times and his deafness makes him a burden to his people. He would rather die than be cast out in shame. Something magical happened when he jumped from a tall building, it came from within Urus. In a world of magical of magic, strife and gifted creatures, Urus is not meant to die and with his best friend, Goodwyn, a powerful warrior at his side, they begin a quest to discover who or what Urus really is, how much magic he contains and how he can control and realize the powers within. With Urus as our narrator for much of this amazing journey, we see the world through his eyes and perception. Cailix is an orphan, kidnapped by evil mages, learning all she can to one day overpower them. As Urus and Cailix paths cross, the three of them endure hard fought battles, separation and challenges that can only be shared in the telling by these brave souls. Is it possible that Urus has more power than the best mages? Is he a special being just beginning to come into his own? Will his destiny create an indelible mark on history? What is in store for these three travelers as they find an entire new world in far off lands? The Fifth Vertex by Kevin Hoffman is a tale of an epic journey to discovery of one’s inner self as well as the world around. From the many varied beings, who are as different as night and day to the fierce battles that are fought, Mr. Hoffman never lets up. Beautifully detailed scenes come to life. Characters come to life, with distinct personalities and attitudes. Good versus evil plays a strong role in moving this tale along at the perfect speed, smooth and steady. One’s imagination can run wild with the possibilities of living in this fantasy world. A beautiful, fantasy world to get lost in for young adults and all readers who enjoy a total escape from reality through the magic of this author’s pen.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Definitely another great book! This one has a young man, Urus, who has failed his country's test to be a warrior as the hero. He failed the tests because he is deaf, so doesn't really stand a chance when fighting someone whilst both of them are wearing blindfolds. Failing to win in a fight like this is dire in his community as anyone who cannot be a warrior is 'culled' - branded and no longer an acknowledged worthy member of their society. His Uncle is the leader of the warriors and Urus is so ashamed he decides to jump off a tall building. As he's the hero of the story, you may well have gathered that this does not end his life, indeed it is the start of a tremendous adventure which involves Urus fighting for his whole world, with friends old and new. This is the start of an epic new series, The Sigilord Chronicles, and it is certainly one I look forward to continuing! It is well written, with strong male and female lead characters. It introduces new-to-me terms like sigilord and blood mage in a manner that takes the reader into their world and makes them believable in their strengths and weaknesses. The book is a well written, fast paced fantasy that young adults and adults who relish this genre will thoroughly enjoy - I know I did and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it. Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for letting me have an ecopy of the book in exchange for this, an honest review.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
I received this book for my honest review from NetGalley.I found this book to be interesting and intriguing. I didn't want to put down the book because I needed to know what happens next. This book is for both YA and Adults. You are drawn to the story and the characters. I liked how Kevin would give you the characters different point of views but at the same time knowing that Urus was the main character. The book is very detailed and imaginative. I like how it is done in another time and place but you can still image things happening here in the real world. I look forward to the second book in this series.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review The Fifth Vertex (The Sigilord Chronicles Book 1) is the beginning of a great epic fantasy series by Kevin  Hoffman.  It is fast paced and action filled.  All the characters are well rounded.  Once you begin reading  it you will not be able to put it down.  It is a real page turner from beginning to end with many twists and  turns. I enjoyed reading it very much. I gave it 5 stars but it deserves more. I highly recommend it to all and I look forward to reading more by Kevin Hoffman.