Review: The Fifth Vertex by Kevin Hoffman

the fifth vertex by kevin hoffman

Urus Noellor–a boy born deaf who is about to be publicly branded as a burden, incapable of being the warrior his people demand–stands upon a rooftop, poised to throw himself over the edge. His failed attempt at suicide unlocks within him a long-dormant form of magic thought to have died out thousands of years before, a power that may be the key to saving the world from an equally ancient enemy.

Urus and his companions–Goodwyn, the greatest warrior in Kest, and Cailix, a mysterious orphan–must find a way to stop a powerful group of sorcerers from destroying the five long-hidden vertices that ward the world against threats from beyond, while fighting off threats from within. They soon learn that the scope of the coming danger may be more dire than any of them could have imagined. As the battle for the vertices spreads to the neighboring realms, Goodwyn must face the realities of war and death; Cailix discovers a devastating truth that could change everything; and Urus discovers his uncanny gifts and courage as he peels away clues to his true identity. But even as Urus gains the power he has always craved, he experiences it all in profound, lonely silence.

Description taken from Netgalley.com. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher via Netgalley.


First of all, I loved the FIFTH VERTEX’s premise. If you haven’t heard about #WeNeedDiverseBooks, or the We Need Diverse Books campaign that is headed on twitter, you should definitely look it up. It’s a great campaign urging publishing companies to get, well, more diverse books out there! Pretty self explanatory, but it’s a great cause and there are lots of reasons why we need diverse books on there. I thought of that campaign when I read the premise for this book, so I was really happy to get to read it.

FIFTH VERTEX has a very straightforward plot. It reveals itself very quickly, not taking a whole lot of time to get started. Starting from the very beginning, it’s a pretty easy, quick read. It has a decent pace that gets a little slower as time goes by.

When it comes to elements of the plot, I liked different themes and assorted ideas but there wasn’t too much character development that excited me. Most of it dragged in that aspect. However, FIFTH VERTEX did have good action and great suspense parts to it. The characters were nice, if nothing else–but I will say that this is a very LGBT-focused story. Whether or not you enjoy stories like that is up to you, but it’s something I need to mention in my review because there will definitely be people who will not enjoy the story as much because of that.

There was also great power development and in many aspects, I enjoyed how straightforward the book was. Overall, FIFTH VERTEX was a good book that I would recommend to action/suspense lovers who are looking for a little more heart/diversity in their reading. 3 stars.

pg count for the paperback: 290

Series: The Sigilord Chronicles

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