Marianne has been training to be the Viper for her entire life – to serve and protect the King and the citizens of The Twelve Isles – but to become the Viper and protect the islands she loves she must find the strength to defeat her father. A new fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas.
He will make me a killer.
Or he will have me killed.
That is my destiny.
Seventeen-year-old Marianne is fated to one day become the Viper, defender of the Twelve Isles.
But the reigning Viper stands in her way. Corrupt and merciless, he prowls the seas in his warship, killing with impunity, leaving only pain and suffering in his wake.
He’s the most dangerous man on the ocean . . . and he is Marianne’s father.
She was born to protect the islands. But can she fight for them if it means losing her family, her home, the boy she loves – and perhaps even her life?
A brave heroine. An impossible dilemma. An epic new fantasy trilogy set on the high seas. – (Goodreads)
My Rating: 4.5/ 5 stars
Firstly, I would like to thank NetGalley and Orion Books for allowing to me read the e-arc of this book.
Also, this book is being released TOMORROW!
From the very first page, Viper had me hooked. I was immediately pulled into Marianne’s perspective by Bex Hogan’s captivating writing. Marianne is an easy protagonist to fall in love with and root for. She’s struggling on board the Maiden, her ruthless father’s ship that dominates the six isles. From the very beginning, even in subtle ways, Marianne is defiant against the life her father wishes for her. Her father, Captain Adler, is cruel and a terrifying character as you are unsure on how he will retaliate against her. The only thing you do know as you read that it be brutal.
The characters in this YA Fantasy are written so well. Bex Hogan manages to create well depth characters that you can’t help but love them or hate them. Even minor characters in this novel will pull at your heart strings and will have significant impact upon our main characters like Marianne, Bronn and Grace. What I loved most about Bex Hogan’s characters was that they were diverse, interesting, and made a mark upon the reader. Also, these characters are not black and white like in typical fantasy novels. They’re all in this grey area where they have flaws and weaknesses that make them that more fascinating. For example, Bronn, Marianne’s childhood friend and her father’s most prized assassins blurs the lines in the novel.
Viper is an action packed first novel in this trilogy. Bex Hogan builds tension throughout the piece so much so that I was constantly nervous to turn the page and find out what lurked next for these characters. The novel is filled with heart wrenching moments that pulled tears to my eyes and violent fights that were thrilling to read. Honestly, this book had everything that I love about fantasy; an amazing heroine, a kingdom, royalty, a prince, a slow burn romance, action, drama, loss. It truly is an amazing read.
I loved this book so much I’ve pre-ordered the final copy and I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can reread Viper again. Bex Hogan’s writing is truly something special, it’s spell binding and leaves you completely immersed in the world. I have a feeling this trilogy will quickly become one of my favourites of all time.
Thanks for reading!