Welcome back to The Reading Corner for All. As the weekend comes to an end, I'm enthused to have finished reading P.J. Berman's Vengeance of Hope. 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 like a great phoenix or plummet under the oncoming wave of tyranny?
Vengeance of Hope was comprised of considerable storytelling adroitness where author P.J. Berman heralds a deadly game of power and control. The book is told through various points of view to completely immerse readers in the socio-economic, political, and religious elements fueling the characters' motives. I quite enjoyed Princess Silrith's narrative in particular because she continually proved to be a leader who was unafraid to battle along with her troops for the integrity of the kingdom she would risk her life for. Through P.J. Berman's development of self- reliant characters, the Silrith series promises great potential in the sequel King of the Republic.
I'd recommend Vengeance of Hope for readers who enjoyed The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb and The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.
From the Author
I grew up in Hertfordshire, England. Since then, after a brief but enjoyable period living in Plymouth, Devon, I have settled in the beautiful Welsh countryside of Carmarthenshire, along with my wife, my baby daughter and our crazy Labrador. Given where I have lived, I'm probably one of the few people to be a fan of both Stevenage Football Club and the Scarlets. As for the writing itself, that started back in about 2010 when I tried my hand at writing short stories. By 2013 I was ready to begin my first attempt at a novel, and in 2017 I completed Vengeance of Hope. Since then I have completed its sequel, King of the Republic, and I am now working on the third book in the series, War of Mercy.