Viper by Bex Hogan – A Review

We were so excited when Bex Hogan, author of Viper, happened to drop by to Lost in Books and tell us all about her gorgeous swash-buckling book series.

Viper is the first captivating read in a trilogy of books filled with adventure, action and magic. These books in their entirety will make up the Isles of Storm and Sorrow series. Think Pirates of the Caribbean meets magic and legend – and the result is Viper.

Lost in Books meets author Bex Hogan

The novel tells the story of Marianne, a young woman who lives on board a ship alongside a crew of highly trained and deadly assassins. Her future? To become one of them.

There’s just one problem; her father is the captain and he expects great things of his daughter. Great and terrible things that she doesn’t dare hope to achieve. With a strength and resilience to be admired, she sets off on an adventure, encountering anguish, heartbreak, and faithful friends along the way, to bring an epic battle forward which she must face.

Within the pages of this book, there is action and adventure at every turn. Danger, betrayal, heartbreak and agony. Beauty. This world is rich with the magic and characters that Bex Hogan has created and the urge to keep reading made this an immersive and thrilling read.

Not to mention we adored the eye catching book cover.

Laced throughout the story are themes of love, friendship, bravery and the power to fight evil against incredible odds. Marianne’s struggle to defeat her enemies through her strength, skill and a refusal to back down makes it a wonderful read to line the shelves of young adult fiction.

Everything about this book has a menacing and magical feel to it. Ancient maps, lost civilisations, sea monsters, myths and magical powers brought an unforgettable flavour to the entire novel.

On Bex Hogan’s book tour of Cornwall, it was so wonderful to meet her and hear about her insights on writing. She even signed some copies of Viper for us which we ran in a giveaway on our Twitter page.

Having grown up in Cornwall, Bex revealed that much of Viper is inspired by the landscape of our beautiful county, both on and offshore. The novel features such beautiful places, with wild climates and rough terrain, sandy shores and rolling hills across the twelve islands.

However, we felt that one of the most striking settings of all is the deck of the fantastic ship, where Marianne and her crew sail above and beyond perilous waters.

With a rocky romance thrown in the works (but, ssh, we won’t say any more), we believe this is a fantastic book for young adults and we’re excited to share it with our wonderful readers.

We’re looking forward to returning to Bex Hogan’s fantasy world with Venom, the next book in the series, which will be released during April this year.

If you want to be the first to get your hands on a copy, you can preorder it from us by clicking on our order form.

Happy reading!

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