Vengeance of Hope: Can Freedom Ever Be For All?
This opening book pitches you head first into the intense and unrelentingly dangerous Kingdom of Bennvika, a world of strong, powerful women and ambitious, ruthless men. As a bitter power struggle surges through the land, yo ...more
I have to say, this is one of the best stories I have read featuring strong female characters. It was refreshing to read about a female character who is actually strong in the ways that women need to be strong. Standing up for what they believe in ...more
"Your ears will ring with the clang of steel on steel. Your heart will tremble at the thundering of charging hooves. You will feel the cut and slash of blades as you follow three very different rebels in their desperate fight against a tyrannical King." (Extract from blurb)
This was my first try at ...more
I listened to the audiobook version of Vengeance of Hope and I normally review only the book and not the narration, however, there were some serious issues that need to be addressed.
-First, there were several (I believe four) spots where a line was repeated twice back-to-back.
-There was A LOT of inconsistency in volume. Usually, the dip in volume was mild and only momentary, but at other t ...more
Princess Silrith was so badass, and honestly?? I really enjoyed following her story.
The story itself was intriguing and easy to follow, despite the abundance of characters (thank the literary gods for glossaries) and while it ended on a freaking HUGE cliffhanger, book 2 is coming soon sooooo 🙊
If you love gritty fantasy where the author has no problem getting down to busin ...more
I normally don’t read adult fantasy but P.J Berman writing style had me hook especially with three strong female characters. The book starts off strong and straight to the point, BLOOD. Vengeance of Hope is a fantasy medieval novel that takes place in the kingdom of Bennivika. I really enjoyed how the characters developed and how each character had a purpose. I really loved Ezrina rebel badass, Silrith how isn’t your typical princes ...more
August 13, 2019
After the king dies even Silrith battles for her life to freedom, a lioness, and the Hunters became hunted. I loved Silrith the most. Staying strong, even stepping into enemy militia. Blades stuck in torso's, spears, burial swords, kicking and pushing for freedom. Braking fences that collapse to gain more freedom for all. Vikings that save a nation from tyranny in the Kingdom of Bennvika.
The author does not beat about the bush with this book and it starts as it means to go on. There was no settling in. This book is a page turner from the very start to the very end. Our characters are placed in their respective political positions very early on, with the usurper taking power al ...more
I enjoyed this book! I love a good badass warrior princess. No damsels in distress for me and this book delivered. It took me sometime to get use to the system and follow who was who and what was where, but for the most part it’s a great read! I can’t wait for the second book, the story developed wonderfully and left you wanting more!
Awesome job to the author, thank you so much for the copy sent over for review!
Readers follow different characters, royalty and rebel alike, as a battle begins after a king dies under mysterious circumstances. These characters are well developed and easily likable (or not, as in the case of the villains), the plot is very fast paced and quickly read, and the political intrigue is fascinating.
Vengeance is a great new read in the fantasy world.
This is a promising first book, the world building has obviously had a lot of thought and passion put into it. However I found that there was a lot of info dumping and since I was listening to the audiobook I found myself getting confused. I have the arc of the next book in physical form (thanks again to P J Berman!) so I'm hoping that this will make it a bit easier (and there's a map:) ). I also had the sam ...more
The second thing that got me hooked into reading this book was the quote "Mother of many, mother of none, a Queen will fall, and a warrior will come."
This book is a start of something special and different. It has a wonderful description of each and every character and the scenarios that are being taken place. I actually fe ...more
True to the narrative of the book, this prophecy gets claimed and interpreted to their advantage by many people. Religion, culture and ethnicity gets politicized. An unresolved sense of being displaced and exploited is capitalized upon by seekers of personal gain. A sense of religious and cultural siege contributes to an atmosphere of ...more
"Mother of many, Mother of none, a Queen will fall and a Warrior will come in a rain of fire and from the ashes of destruction, a daughter shall rise."
Vengeance of Hope by P.J. Berman is exceptionally written for a first novel. If you're looking for fierce female characters that are kick*** I definitely recommend this one as Silrith the main pov is the female lead we all need!
I gave Vengeance of Hope a 3/5 star rating. A 3 out of 5/>Vengeance/>"Mother ...more
This book got me hooked from the first chapter. How can a book start like that?
It was exiting from the start and the story kept me alert for things that were about to happen.
I enjoyed the fact that all the characters were so different and I actually liked the POV changes in this book.
Lots of action, awesome twists and great/strong/awesome female characters.
After the King of Bennvika is poisoned by the hands of treachery and ambition, the blame is cast upon the Princess Silrith. Despite her innocence, Silrith is deemed a traitor to the Kingdom of Bennvika and is cast out of the land she holds dear. Unwilling to yield to injustice, Silrith rallies her spirits along with unexpected allies.
Under the looming threat of despotism, will hope rise l ...more
There's a lot issues I had with this book. POV changes in the middle of chapters, conversations and scenes that didn't seem relevant to the story. The overall flow of the story wasn't that great. I had more questions than answers. I believe it has good bones but needs to be more polished and put together. It does read more like a rough draft.
In the tradition of grand epics like Ivanhoe and Camelot, Author P.J. Berman pens a masterful saga complete with royal pomp and circumstance, crucial power struggles, earth-shaking assassinations, and court intrigue as soldiers and spies fight vicious battles to seize control of the realm. As if all this wasn’t enough to keep a reader ...more
The plot is spurred on by a conflict of religion and rule – two classic cornerstones of fantasy. Princess Silrith, our leading lady and heroine, is framed by her cousin, Jost ...more
To start out this book is a fantasy book. It’s not my typical genre of book, but this typically includes a new land and a lot of different characters. P.J. Includes a map and character list to help the reader understand each character and their relevance to the story. This was helpful for me because I’m not used to the introduction of many characters. The way he introduced all of them with the many POV ...more
I would give this book 2.5 to 3 stars! This is an exceptional book that has a great premise and foundation. There's everything you will need in a political fantasy. Intrigue, adventure, betrayals and romance. With a foundation like this, it can be a series as riveting as The Song of Ice and Fi ...more
-This book had a strong start. It started off with a strong scene and wasted no time getting to the action.
-There was an LGBTQ+ relationship with one of the main characters. It's really refreshing to see a relationship like that with one of the main characters, and not just thrown in with some side characters.
-There were some strong female leads in the story. ...more
Secondly, don't let the character list, the glossary, or the maps put you off. These are things to look at if you need them and, indeed, they make more impact afterwards. I didn't need them during my reading as the author had described everything very clearly.
I really enjoyed 'Vengeance of Hope', it's full of action, adven ...more
Overall this was a well thought out, diverse, complex, fantasy with a lot of depth and had good pacing. I really liked how there wasn’t just one reason for the war, not just a good side and a bad side but was much more complex and realistic.
The author has clearly spent a great deal of time on his world building (religion, politics, geography, history etc ) which all showed and its cle ...more
This book is fantasy, but only because it is set in a fictitious wo ...more
In this story you meet three interesting and very diverse characters. First princess Silrith, who ...more
I would firstly like to thank the author, P J Berman, for providing me with a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Vengeance of Hope is the debut novel from P J Berman and is the first installment in the Silrith series. Set in Bennvika, a land on the verge of war overwhelmed by political unease and carnage, we follow the story of three characters as they navigate through the perils of this world. Silrith, the exil ...more
After growing up in Hertfordshire and later spending an enjoyable but brief stint living in Plymouth, Devon, he has now settled in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Given where ...more