I must be honest when I first started reading author Kevin Hopson’s book, The Resurrected, I jump to a conclusion. I’m not sure if was the well-done cover or the opening sequence of the book. I just know that when I read about the fire that was engulfing the woodlands and moving closer to the city, well, yep conclusion born. You see, I thought at first this could be a book dealing with a potential walking dead type of scenario. I didn’t do my due diligence and read to much about the book up front as it was by Hopson, and I’ve enjoyed other books by the author.
I have to admit I was wrong, and for that, I do apologize to Hopson. I got to add that the opening did get me hooked and it was a very nice surprise to find that, The Resurrected, was not a medieval walking dead or cursed book.
Instead, readers will find a book set in a period of walled cities, broadswords, an Emperor, and political intrigue. You will find that those flames are actually those of an encampment of a group that wishes to oust the Emperor of the land. The head of the Emperor’s guard, Asgall, had fought and killed for the man. Some of those were his friends, and those behind the attempted coup are called, The Resurrected.
As mentioned, the book will start informing readers of that fire as it moves closer and closer to the city walls. Those walls are protected by Asgall and his Emperor’s guard. Their primary mission is to ensure the ruler is protected and at the same time, they must investigate threats from within. It leads one to ask who was the man who blackened the eye of an older male citizen of the city. All Asgall and the guards knew was that he bore that mark, the mark of the Resurrected.
As you read the story you will yourself meeting other key players that will have an impact on the pages. I will not name their allegiances as that may give things away. You will, however, get to meet them through Hopson’s character development. These players are Colum, Owin, Nesta, and Berian. Again, I will not give away who they are but they are players that will have impacts on Asgall, and the kingdom.
The Resurrected is book 1 in the Emperor’s Guard Series by Kevin Hopson. It is a good opening to a series as you will find when you read the story. I found it to be an engaging read considering its length and do hope to see more of this series.
Please enjoy the video book trailer below.