Book 5 in the Ten Realms series (2019)
After taking and defending Vuzgal, Erik and Rugrat have a new task to complete: build a city.
They have been racing through the realms at this point, but Vuzgal is a prize that they can’t simply give up on. Alva is mobilized, as are their allies, to build out the new city.
It is time that they solidify their gains, working on their crafts, their fighting ability and cultivation. As they expand their personal power, their gaze turns toward Vermire, to the dungeon. It’s time they started to exert the strength they’ve built up.
Alva moves in the shadows, but to what effect? The answer lies in the Fifth Realm. Erik and Rugrat are in the fifth realm for all of a few dozen pages in which not a lot happens, other than some foreshadowing which is not expanded on in this book. So it is more like the fourth realm part 2.
The story’s focus on multiple characters and various arcs continues, but the characters within almost note in a meta way that focusing on what they want and need is better than spreading too thin.