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Serpent's Sacrifice

(The Vigilantes #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  35 reviews
One mission. One mistake.

Alice could do nothing to stop the man who murdered her aunt. So, when the chance to become the vigilante Serpent came her way, she accepted the mantle without hesitation.

But no one ever said vengeance was without consequences.

Alice’s moment of triumph ends in a tragic mistake. Now she and her super-powered allies must fight a villain of their own
Kindle Edition, 490 pages
Published October 3rd 2017
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Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Serpent’s Sacrifice" is an excellent first novel and is the gateway book to a new series focussing on super-heroes more-or-less based on those of the fifties. Alice, the Serpent, is one of a team of three along with Lionel and Marco—each one of which has a specific power. There are a number of supporting characters and—of course—a super-villain with evil helpers.

But this book is quite unusual in a number of ways. Particularly important is the opening section set in 1947. It is dark and very dis
Whitney McGruder
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heinrich does not shy away from action and pain, lemme tell ya. I almost thought this book was written by a doctor because each kick, punch, throw, or slam felt real. She sustained not only good action descriptions to help you follow what's happening, but she honors the damage each character sustains. There's no Mary Sue-ing going on, even with the superheroes involved. I appreciated this because it gives into the authenticity she's going for with the superhero/1960's/Glory Days vibe. Maybe she' ...more
Jennifer Linsky
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid story, good teamwork, and... well, the characters all felt a little flat.

Also? Ms. Heinrich is badly in need of a proofreader who is aware that the proper way to make a plural of a word which ends in y isn't apostrophe-s.
The first book in a superhero series set in the 1960s US.

The story starts in 1947 when Alice Seymour is 10. She lives with her mom and her abusive father. He’s a former soldier and apparently had traumatic experiences in a war and that’s why he beats his wife. Alice is afraid of him and spends as little time at home as possible. She hangs out with her best friends, Lionel and Marco. They all three also run away from the local bullies. One day, all changes. Alice’s mom is killed in a shoot-out at
Jo Dawson
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

Three young friends, sticking together through many travails, separated as preteens find each other again as young adults - some things change and others stay the same. Bonded as a team, they set out to right some wrongs and

This was an enjoyable book, set in the 1950's and 1960's, it was a great period to launch this story and included pertinent social issues as well. I enjoyed the relationship between Alice, Marco, and Lionel as they learn to navigate the world together. The novel had some plot
Emerald Dodge
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Heinrich pulls no punches in this shocking, emotional debut novel about Alice Seymour, aka the vigilante known as the Serpent. Set in the golden age of comics, Alice and her cohorts Marco and Lionel wage a shadow war against the mysterious Phantasm, who is connected to many of Jet City's recent crimes. Secrets and lies come to light--again and again--and Alice is forced to make painful decisions.

I never knew what was going to happen as I turned the page, and Heinrich's rich prose created a worl
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ipad-kindle
This story takes place a little after World War 2. I am so used to reading stories about the future that getting used to knowing I was in the past was like first dipping a toe into the swimming pool and then slowly walking into the water. After a little while I was immersed and acclimated.
Trish brought the main character, Alice, to life for me. It did not take long for me to identify with her so closely that I felt the story was happening to me (and I'm an old guy). The pacing of the story had
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing book. Alice has always wanted to be a superhero since she got away from an abusive father. She’s a totally strong character and wonderful to read about.
Frank Geimer
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really likes this read! It has great characters, outstanding story line and emotions galore. If you like a well written urban fantasy novel with a lot of emotional appeal, then give this one a try. You won't regret it.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of three vigilante’s, two (Margo and Lionel) with hidden powers and the third (Alice) is a close friend who is very good at martial arts. The story takes place in the late 40’s into the 50’s where there are many social issues that the three try to overcome.
The ending leaves you in suspense, but overall a very good read.
Tom Johnson
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Great characters, good story telling, and great action.”

In 1947 we’re introduced to Alice Seymour, Marco Meyer, and Lionel. They are children ages 9 to 12, living in a poor section of Jet City. Alice’s father is a drunk and beats her and her mother. When her mother is killed during a robbery, her mother’s sister, Aunt Diane Miller and her husband come to take Alice away. The story then jumps to 1959, and Alice is a young woman, just out of college with a degree in business. She’s taking over he
Dawn Vogel
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Serpent’s Sacrifice is the first book in Trish Heinrich's Vigilantes series of super hero novels. Set in the fictional Jet City that bears some resemblance to parts of the Pacific Northwest, the book follows Alice from her childhood with an abusive father to her adulthood where she takes on the mantle of the super hero known as Serpent. Accompanied by two of her childhood friends, the three young heroes fight against a mysterious Syndicate that seems bent on destroying the place they call home.

Christine Rains
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alice is swept away from her abusive father and her best friends to live with her rich aunt in Jet City. While well-to-do women in the 1960s are expected to marry well and have children, Alice longs for something much more. She trains to be a powerful fighter and takes up the mantle of the city's infamous superhero, Serpent. A vicious villain is making people cower in fear, experiencing waking nightmares. Alice and her friends must stop the madness before their enemy takes over the city, but are ...more
Sunshine Somerville
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of course I'm going to read about superheroes. I went into this book expecting a fun, action-packed adventure, and I was delighted by how much more this story held. 

Female main characters are often used for the sake of just having a female main character, but the time period this book was set in allowed for a lot of feminist exploration.  That, in a superhero book, I found really compelling. There were a lot of modern comparisons to make from the simple set-up: "in 1960’s Jet City, women are sup
Mia Hines
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially put this one at 3 stars, but rounded it up to 4. This was a really good read, and I was extremely impressed with the intricacies of the plot. The author did an amazing job of creating a world, outlining plot lines with twists and turns, and giving backstory. I connected a little bit more with the beginning of the book, but enjoyed it all the way through (finished the book in two chunks, more or less).

There are only two big reasons that I initially put this at 3 stars. First, I’m jus
Chelsea Haller
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book with no obligation to post a review. This is my honest review.

Based in the 1940 and 50s, this is not your typical super hero story. It is an origin story of sorts and while it has hints of a typical origin story it isn’t an overall typical one.

For one, the main character has no out of the ordinary powers, but she is no Bruce Wayne either. There are characters who have extraordinary powers, but they are not all what we typically think of when we think of super
Bonnie Dale Keck
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
kindle unlimited, on a superhero kick now and then, had this one recommended by one of a pair of writers who do this {sorta} type story

Being a hero could cost her everything....Ever since Alice was saved from her abusive father, she's wanted to be a hero. But in 1960's Jet City, women are supposed to want marriage and babies, not cowls and secret identities.When her beloved aunt is murdered by a new crime syndicate, Alice takes up the mantle of the Serpent, a heroine who has been protecting Jet
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love it! My second read from author Trish Heinrich and it won’t be my last. My first read was the prequel novella Serpent (1939), which took off like a jet plane from an aircraft carrier and continued to fly until the end of the novella. Serpent’s Sacrifice picks up the story 8 years later in 1947 and in 4 chapters jumps to 1959. Extremely well written, the characters, well developed. I’m a character reader, I get into the characters. Who and what they are. Why they do the things they do. The ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than anything else, this book is real. Reading this it is completely plausible that people with X-Men like powers were running around after WWII. The characters are strong, flawed, and dynamic. It is a character driven book with lots of action, a little romance, and no happy ending, but all the stronger for that. No deus ex machina etc here.

The MC's greatest strength is her desire never to be vulnerable again and the amazing support of family and friends that helps her grow into a powerful
Nicole Rochester Reed
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. At first I was hesitant to read it since it was about superhero, but I am so glad I did. While it has a superhero theme, these characters come alive as people and Trish spends a good deal of time developing these characters as people first, superhero next. It was a hard book to put down as I needed to know more and more about what happened to each character. I absolutely cannot wait to read more about Alice and her friends.
I received a free copy of this book with no obligation t
Ken Cook
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good guys vs bad guys

Superpowers come to two boys as they mature into early adulthood; the neighbor girl makes it a trio. With the encouragement of a woman who is her predecessor, she trains to join the now adults with powers to be vigilantes. The story sets the background and initial battles against the evil forces.

Into this mix, as the novel is set in the late 50s, is an interracial element. Fictional Jet City is the stage, society ladies try to do good within their biases.

A worthwhile read.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Good storyline, full of action, strong characters and well written. There are three super heroes, Lionel and Marcus with powers and Alice without, but her determination and will power make her into a formidable adversary. A decent length book you can get your teeth into. Contains fear, pain, love, death and action. Recommended. "I received a copy of this book with no obligation to leave a review, this is my honest review."
Maurice Jones
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AN excellent read!! sacrifice,hardship,sexism and racism can't stop this hero and her friends from fighting to protect their city..well crafted and likable characters,and a darn good story ranks this book high on my list! I urge everyone to get this book into the hands of a young adult....THIS author has a story to tell,and they should be listening!
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a PG13 urban paranormal epic adventure with domestic violence and terrorism that I read in bits and pieces over almost two months. At 422 pages, it is probably best to allow at least a week to complete it. I received an ARC (yeah, I know it's late) and this voluntary review is my own opinion.
Taylor Ellwood
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a fantastic book to read. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, wondering what would happen next . The author does a great job of keeping you suspensed and sets the ending up so you'll want to read the next book. I like all the characters and how accurate the book is to the time period its in.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pulp inspired supers

The real hero (pun unavoidable) is Serpent. Time period is later than the original pulp novels of the 30's, but you'll recognize shades of Doc Savage and The Avenger. Emerging super powers explained by science. Ripping good yarn, suitable for 10 years and up.
Kristie Meyer
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book kicks ass!

Very well-written, descriptive without being wordy, action-packed, and filled to the brim with complex and fascinating characters! I'm 25 and I'd be the first to admit superheroes aren't really my thing, but I couldn't put this book down. Well done! I'm a fan.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this if you like the show Arrow

This is a good fun vigilante superhero story. Not very subtle & a few small typos but still a good read. I recommend reading the short prequel Serpent first to better recognise the main characters
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Action packed from beginning to end. It's easy to fall into the world she creates of superheroes even if you're not that familiar with it (like me, who doesn't know much beyond the major blockbuster movies out there). A satisfying ending but leaves you eager for the second!
Richard Goodrum
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story. Great writing.

I received a free copy of this book with no obligation to post a review. This is my honest review
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Trish Heinrich is an Indie author from the Pacific Northwest, a mother and a total geek! When not writing she can be found sipping copious amounts of coffee while reading and trying to keep her adventurous children occupied. Serpent's Sacrifice is her first published novel and the first book in The Vigilantes. She is also working on the Ellen Starr, Girl Adventurer! series of YA pulp novels.

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The Vigilantes (3 books)
  • Shadow Dreams (The Vigilantes, A Superhero Urban Fantasy Series Book 2)
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