The Fifth Ward: First Watch
Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA
Date: July 2017
Duration: 11 hours 0 minutes
The grit of grimdark meets a police procedural in this rollicking debut fantasy series where two watchmen protect the streets of one of fantasy's most dangerous cities.
A member of the Yenara City guard has gone missing. The culprit could be any of the usual suspects: drug-dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, or humans being typical humans.
It's up to two reluctant partners -- Rem, a miscreant who joins the Watch to pay off his bail, and Torval, a maul-wielding dwarf who's highly unimpressed with the untrained Rem -- to uncover the truth and catch the murderer loose in their fair city.
'A brilliant premise, wonderfully told. A city that breathes, and heroes you can't help but root for.' -- Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld
'A glorious tour through fantasy's seamier side. A wilder ride than Middle Earth, and you'll love every minute of it!' -- Jon Hollins, author of the Dragon Lords series