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Vengeance of Hope: Can Freedom Ever Be For All?

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Vengeance of Hope, P.J.Berman’s explosive debut novel, marks the beginning of the Silrith series; a new power in the world of epic fantasy.

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
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published November 14th 2018
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Fee Roberts
Vengeance of Hope by P.J. Berman is the debut novel set in the world of Bennvika. We follow three main characters, Silrith, a princess; Ezrina, a rebel; and a lesser noble, Zethun as they stand up to tyranny and religious persecution. Will they succeed?

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
Falguni Jain
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A queen turned warrior, a rebel protecting her tribe and an ambitious politician. All of them fight individually against one, the self proclaimed King of the Empire of Bennvika.

"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
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vengeance of Hope is intense! If you are looking for a more adult fantasy, this one is for you! In this debut novel, P.J. Berman immerses his readers straight into the story, putting us right into the action! The opening chapter is a doozy, setting us up for an edge of your seat experience! I really enjoyed the character development within this novel. As in most fantasy, there are a lot of characters, but each one having their own unique characteristics made them easy to distinguish. Sometimes I ...more
Matthew Moss
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
*I received a free copy of Vengeance of Hope in exchange for an honest review*

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
Laura L
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I always love an awesome fantasy book, complete with bloody battles and strong females.

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
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Vengeance of Hope: Can Freedom Ever Be for All?” adult fantasy

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
Jacqueline Terrill
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5.0 out of 5 starsLIONESS
August 13, 2019
Format: Paperback
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.
Don Jimmy
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vengeance of Hope is the explosive debut fantasy novel from P.J. Bernman, and without beating about the bush too much it certainly has a place on your shelves, or at the very least, your Kindle.

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
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books

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!
Justine Barr
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vengeance of Hope begins with one of the saddest scenes I’ve read, and the story only accelerates from there!

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.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to the author for letting me have the audiobook of this for free :)

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
Thomas Kane
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The action in P.J. Berman’s Vengeance of Hope starts with a royal murder and mounts precipitously from there. Much of the story revolves around Silrith, a princess who proves tougher than her enemies expected. As readers, we watch her learn to be a warrior and learn to command respect from other warriors. Meanwhile, we encounter a variety of other sympathetic characters whose paths cross hers, several of whom, for tragic but frequently laudable reasons, become her enemies. The result is an emoti ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I was introduced to this book by the writer P.J Berman the cover page captured me and I know I needed to add this book to my collection😉

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
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vengeance of Hope by P J Berman is an intricate fantasy fiction set in an universe rife with intrigue that mimics the real world and keeps the reader hooked.
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
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
"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


Avely Nukk
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Big thanks for the author for the opportunity to listen to this audiobook!

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.

TheReadingCornerforAll Lopez
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This work of high political intrigue and multifaceted characters marked an excellent close for March.

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
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Potential to be great

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.
J.B. Richards
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overview: “Vengeance of Hope” is P.J.Berman’s epic debut novel—A Middle-Age-styled fantasy/action/adventure marking the beginning of the Silrith series.

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
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Vengeance of Hope is the first book in a long and intriciate high fantasy trilogy with plenty of action, excitement and intrigue. At 528 pages, it is a beast to be reckoned with, and with a (very necessary!) glossary, map, and character list to start it off, you are certain to get pulled into a world all its own.

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
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Vengeance of Hope is a fantasy that has all the makings and potential of a great fantasy series. Political conspiracies, rebellions and kick-ass characters are the highlight of this debut novel.

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
Madeline Cathryn
I recieved a copy of this book im exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the author for giving me the copy.
The good:
-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.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is about the fight of the people of Bennvika , against the usurper, Jostan (family to the throne) who have seized the throne to place its subjects into his shackles and impose to them a religion of his own. It follows here the main characters of Silrith, princess and heir to the throne, Ezrina, the rebel from Hentani group, and Zethun, a minor noble who’d want to demolish monarchy. They were all gearing towards one aim and that is freedom. Freedom from persecution, from slavery, and injusti ...more
Kay Smillie
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first observation on the book was about the title, as I thought it didn't really make sense. However, having read the book, it is absolutely perfect.

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
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an audio copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Silrith, exiled Princess of Bennvika, stands shoulder to shoulder with her followers, sword in hand, ready to defend her people. But if she falls, thousands more will fall with her. Ezrina of the Hentani tribe burns with revenge against those who repress her people. And Zethun, an ambitious politician, yearns for a fairer world with a greater voice for the poor. Will the rebel factions succeed against their ruthless ruler?

This book is fantasy, but only because it is set in a fictitious wo
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vengeance Of Hope is an amazing, fast paced book about politics and about how to play someone's mind. About an 'evil' new king who believes he is the closest thing to his god that exists in the world. About injustice in a world where you are either very rich or very poor. Where politicians try to play people for their own benefit and a world that shows you how important true friends are.

In this story you meet three interesting and very diverse characters. First princess Silrith, who
Therese Caruana
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-read
I’m going to state it straight off; This is a fantastic book. I absolutely loved everything about it. The character traits are on point, the plot is intriguing and the action is intense. The opening scenes pretty much sum up Silrith’s entire situation and throw the drama in your face. You very quickly realise her dilemma, her new fate and the country’s political situation without having read about it in an endless text of explanation. P.J Berman has a way of making you feel highly involved in th ...more
Ellie King
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vengeance of Hope: Can Freedom Ever Be For All?

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
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P.J.Berman is the independent fantasy fiction author behind the 'Silrith' series. His debut novel, 'Vengeance of Hope', has been described by reviewers as 'explosive', 'fast-paced' and a 'work of high political intrigue'.

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