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.
First Watch is one of those Sci Fi / Fantasy novels that really knows how to hit all the sweet spots in creating an adventure that will keep you entertained. Lucas has managed to figure out how to write a decent novel that keeps you curious as to what is going to happen next without getting bogged down in the details.
The political turmoil of survival, who has power over who, and the balance of keeping it all together provided the perfect recipe for conflict that pushes the story forward at a decent pace.
The characters are actually interesting even the fantasy elements of orcs and dwarves. Though the author developed this story quite well within these pages there is definitely room to add more books by exploring other characters and areas of this fantastical realm.
Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit Books for allowing me to review this book.
*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com
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