It took me a long time to pick up and read Viper. It was only because Imi and Connie kept raving about it and Imi was very kind and bought me a copy for my birthday that I finally picked it up. I was very upset that I waited for so long!
Genre: Fantasy (Young Adult)
UK Publication Date: 18th April 2019
Content Warnings: Violence, abuse, sexual harassment.
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?
Viper is an incredibly fast paced book, I found it incredibly difficult to put down and finished it in just two days (a rarity for me!) Hogan grips you right from the start of the book, creating a richly described world and well – developed characters.
Marianne is a strong protagonist who, despite a difficult upbringing, can feel that she is destined for something other than what her father dictates. She is intelligent, and can get her self out of difficult situations with the support of her close friends and some new allies. She certainly knows her own mind, and whilst she has some doubts along the way, she does not let anyone tell her what to do or sway her thinking.
The side characters in this book are well developed and don’t feel like they are there just for the development of Marianne, I particularly love Grace and thoroughly enjoyed learning about her and her story. There is some romance in this book, but it does not feel forced, it feels natural.
Bronn and Torin are also excellent side characters, but I am hoping that we get to find out more about them in the next book. We begin to see and understand who they are, and they are brilliant characters. But it would be nice to see more from them.
The world building in Viper is fantastic. This book does not suffer from info dumping as many fantasy books do. Instead we are introduced slowly to the world, but it is described in such rich detail when it is introduced that it is easy to picture the setting. We are also introduced to the history of the world and I feel this will be explored more in the second book.
This book slowly unravels the truth about Marianne and sets us up for the second book perfectly, I am VERY excited to read Venom already and will post a review as soon as I have read it!
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is a fast – paced read with superb world building and well – developed characters.
Do you enjoy fantasy set at sea? What is your favourite story set at, or by the sea?
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