From The Bookshelf – Vengeance of Hope

Yes, it’s finally here! My review of Vengeance of Hope!

If you have been following the blog over the last few weeks you will know that I have featured two guest posts from the author of Vengeance of Hope by P.J. Berman – the author was kind enough to send me a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review, and I am delighted to share it with you now.

I know I usually post an “about the author” and “blurb” but they can be found on the previous posts, so I’m going to link to them instead;

Guest Post 1 – Extract from the Book

Guest Post 2 – Author Influences

Without further ado….


My Thoughts

Vengeance of Hope is the explosive debut fantasy novel from P.J. Berman, 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 almost immediately, with our rightful Queen pushed aside.

While there are A LOT of characters, this is not unusual for this style of book, so if you are used to fantasy, you should have no problem. If however, the genre is new to you, or if you just want every detail possible, the author includes a handy guide to who is who, and the various factions. A clear indication of how much detail has been put into this book, and the books that are bound to follow.

The characters are fantastically written. Each viewpoint character with their own set of ideas that are brought across brilliantly. The change of viewpoint through the book was never jarring, and was plotted perfectly.

Vengeance of Hope brings us everything that a fantasy novel needs. Our characters experience love (admittedly not in as graphic detail as those in other best-selling fantasy novels), revenge, and perhaps most importantly, and entertainingly, war.

The battle sequences, and planning, are where this book has it’s finest moments. The author has a few surprises up his sleeve, none of which I saw coming. I was left on the edge of my seat at various points in the book, and was only disappointed when coming to the end of it, not because it was bad, but just because I was done.

This is the beginning of something truly special. Whether you like fantasy novels or not, I think you might find something to enjoy here. I recommend you get your hands on it now before part 2 lands later this year (assuming the author doesn’t pull a George R. R. Martin on us 😉 )

Vengeance of Hope is available now, and can be read free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

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