Review: The Fifth Empire of Man by Rob J. Hayes


Oh pirates. I love you! There really needs to be more piratical fantasy in the world. Luckily, this series didn’t stop with the first book!

The Pirate Isles are united under Drake Morrass’ flag, but the war has only just begun. There’s still a long way to go before he’s able to call himself King. 

The Five Kingdoms and Sarth have assembled a fleet of ships unlike any the world has ever seen and they intend to purge the Pirate Isles once and for all. 

Meanwhile, Elaina Black is securing herself powerful allies and the forces those allies can spare. She’s set her course on the throne, either by Drake’s side or over his dead body.

Drake looked down at the circle of leather again, and then up to find Tanner Black grinning madly in the lantern light.

“That’s his face, isn’t it?” Drake said.

Deun Burn nodded.

“You people do some weird shit.”

ARR!!! I really did enjoy the first book in this series, so I did by best to get to the second one as soon as I could. Many a day passed, and finally, the day I could get there came upon me. And there was much rejoicing. Pirate adventures are abound in this volume, just as in the one before it. I really love the characters in this series. Really, really love them. Almost all of them, anyway. Tanner Black can still go eat a dick, but whatever.

Elaina had some really interesting adventures in this one, and I liked where those went, and how her story turned out. Mainly, I love me some Drake Morrass. Oh man, he is one of my favorite characters ever, now. Though, Keelin Stillwater is pretty awesome, too. He and Drake made this little duology a fantastic read, all told, but I think I can say I liked this book better than the first.

Every book that I’ve read by Rob Hayes has been a rollicking adventure of thievery and shenanigans and I am excited to read even more of his work now. Really, anyone who knows me knows how much I love me some shenanigans, especially if it involves throwing F-bombs around like it’s going out of style. Furthermore, Rob Hayes has a certain style of writing that I just seem to really like. Understandably, this means that I am definitely, definitely going to read more of his books. Certainly The Ties That Bind, the other series that Drake Morrass was in! Keelin might even be in it too, who knows (I doubt it, but I can hope)!

Everyone who likes pirates and cussing in their fantasy books should read this series. Right now. Seriously!!!!!


Anyways, this book was a riveting read, full of twists and turns and impossible to put down past the halfway mark. That ending tho, hrrrng! I did really love this duology. 😀 Everyone should read it. Unless you don’t like the word fuck. If so…. then, maybe don’t read it. Fuck. 5/5 stars! *mic drop*


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