I received a beautiful paperback copy of Viper in the March fairyloot box (a few weeks before it is released!). Always glad to read British YA authors.
The book starts off similarly to other YA fantasies. The heroine, Marianne, is a very standard protagonist of this genre. She’s overlooked, expected to be more ruthless than she is, and her Dad is a complete jerk.
And then it gets completely brutal just after 100 pages, way more than I was expecting.
The plot is full of twists and turns, the pacing is good – though not much unexpected happens. However, Bex is absolutely not afraid to kill characters, which definitely gives this book something else.
I actually think this trilogy has potential to be really good – I’m excited to see where the story goes now this part has closed.