This week I’m reviewing the full series of Isles Of Storms And Sorrow, aka Viper, Venom and Vulture by Bex Hogan! I’ll be picking out key details from the covers, as well as seeing just how well the series wrapped up the story.
As I’ll be discussing the big cliffhangers of the series and the final book, spoilers will happen!
He will make me a killer. Or he will have me killed. That is my destiny.
Seventeen-year-old Marianne is fated to one day become the Viper, defender of the Twelve Isles.
But the reigning Viper stands in her way. Corrupt and merciless, he prowls the seas in his warship, killing with impunity, leaving only pain and suffering in his wake.
He’s the most dangerous man on the ocean… and he is Marianne’s father.
She was born to protect the islands. But can she fight for them if it means losing her family, her home, the boy she loves – and perhaps even her life?
How well do the covers match each other and the story?
I honestly think this series has one of the best styles of covers I’ve ever seen. Even individually, there’s so much motion from the twisting, snarling snakes. The compass, which does feature in the story (strangely, the snakes do not, just the name), is clearly visible on each cover, tying them together.
I really like that the first cover features water, which features heavily in the first book, and the second cover fire, which Marianne encounters as she starts working to save the islands that are being destroyed. However, the third cover has… some splooges. I have no idea what that is. More importantly though we get a skull, and death magic features heavily in this book.
How steep were the cliffhangers?
In book one, there wasn’t much of a cliffhanger – while the story felt unfinished, I would have been happy to leave the characters for a while and come back when the sequel was released. Book two though, Marianne was STRAIGHT UP MURDERED by the GUY WHO WAS CLEARLY THE LOVE INTEREST and had I not been binge reading I would have been furious that I had to wait for the sequel.
Second Book Syndrome?
A little! This book started off very strong but towards the middle I did start getting that second book syndrome feeling, it did manage to pick itself back up for the ending though.
How satisfying was the ending?
Of the characters that were left, I was happy to leave them to their new lives on land and at sea, however I was still feeling the sense of loss from all the characters that were killed. Brutal.
I killed my father. I will not hesitate to kill someone else’s.
Adler turned a scared little thief into a warrior, and while I may have hated what he made me into, I also loved being good at it.
– Venom (It was here that I called Bronn killing her)
We are all one misstep away from becoming the villain.
This world’s going to burn anyway. Let’s be the ones to light the match.
I’m everywhere. I’m nowhere. I’m free.