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ARC Review: Dogma of the Five Kingdoms (Book 2 of A Five Kingdoms of Cordizal Series)

Dogma of the Five Kingdoms by Charles K. Jordan In Dogma of the Five Kingdoms , Book 2 of his Five Kingdoms of Cordizal series, Charles K. Jordan again plunges us straightaway into the events unfolding on the continent of Cordizal. Though the war between the Five Kingdoms and the undead Scourge continues, the focus in Book 2 is on the unfolding scheme of the mysterious figure Ta'Lin and his followers. As the book unfolds we see Ta'Lin working to resurrect powerful magik from the past. His scheme threatens to bring an end to the Five Kingdoms themselves, and may lead to a fate worse than death for their citizens. Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 left off. (My review of the first book is here .) While there is the occasional bit of backstory provided, most of the action proceeds apace. The Kingdoms of the Grang, the Nawahl, the Ramons, Arzans and Xandrans, and the ongoing war, are taken as a given. Some of the happenings in Book 1 are alluded to, but not delved into or repeate

Five Star Ratings

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Starting with my reviews in February 2021, and more specifically with my review of The Queen, I've decided to put some definition around the five star ratings that I've been using. Five star ratings are the way that Goodreads allows you to tag your review. Goodreads provides very succinct (I'd call them sparse) definitons of the five different ratings, and I haven't given them a lot of thought or connected with them. My ratings so far have been pretty impressionistic. In other words, they've just depended on how I felt after reading each book.

But when you start to review a large number of books you start to worry about inconsistencies between your ratings. At least I am starting to.

So, going forward I wanted to create definitions for the five star scale that I could relate to and also stick to in reviewing books. I'm using the scale below to rate my books, and I'll try to include the specific rating language (maybe tailored a bit to each book) toward the end of each of my book reviews.


1 Star ⭐- I did not like this book. I did not finish this book. I’d kinda prefer that no one know I tried to read it.

2 Stars ⭐⭐ - I read this book. That’s about all I can say.

3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐ - I liked this book. If your interests are similar to mine, you might like it too.

4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I really liked this book and was glad I read it. I learned something from it and/or it moved me (either emotionally or to take action). I recommend it.

5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - This book is fantastic - I think EVERYONE should read this book. 

Do these ratings make sense to you? Leave a comment to let me know what you think.