I loved this story, I loved the world it was set in and I loved Llyskel and Ariv. I find myself amazed at how the author manages to create a vibrant and vivid picture of a fantasy world in such a short story. At no point while reading was I aware of world-building, never mind information dumping, and yet I had a clear picture of where I was and how that world operated, almost from the very first paragraph.
Llyskel and Ariv’s story almost reads like a fairy-tale and I loved that aspect. The combination of angst (minimal), love story, sexy times and danger was just about perfect for me. And the writing is so smooth the story almost read itself. In fact, reading The Fifth Son was a pure pleasure.
Before I forget I have to mention the illustrations. They are beautiful. They are also the reason I found myself cursing my Kindle, which only offers black and white. Thankfully the beautiful cover means I have no problem imagining what those images look like in full colour. And how appropriate is it that a story in which one of the main characters is an accomplished painter should come accompanied by such wonderful pictures?
The very last line in this book put a smile on my face. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful read.