Venom | Bex Hogan | Review

“For too long the islands have suffered, have been left to fend for themselves through terrible adversity.” I pause. “Well, not any more. This is my vow: I will never stop fighting for you.”




Marianne has never wanted to be a fighter, but with unrest and discord threatening the Twelve Islands, she will have to battle threats both inside and out in an attempt to attain peace for her homeland.

Marianne is now the Viper, but her hopes for peace in the Eastern Isles are being frustrated. The corrupt King remains on the throne, bandits are proving hard to stop and Marianne is not sure who among her crew she can truly trust.

For the islands to prosper, the invisible bond that once existed uniting land and sea must be reinstated. There’s only one way that can happen – the return of magic. To do that Marianne must put aside all her fears: she must return to her roots, the Western Isles, and call on the power that runs in her blood.

She must become a Mage.

Only then, can she possibly command the army needed to finally take down the King.


Bex Hogan is the reason I have trust issues. What was that ending? WHY DO THIS TO ME? I am writing this review a couple of days after reading this book and I am still not okay, and I am not sure I will ever be okay. It was one of those endings where I actually went back and read the final chapter again because I didn’t believe that the author could be so cruel. SO CRUEL. I literally need to know what happens next now, not when the next book is released.

I really enjoyed Viper when I read it last year, so Venom was one in which I definitely anticipated. I really like the way Bex creates her characters, I absolutely love how much time and effort she puts into their complexity. I literally cannot get enough and I love how they have developed since the first book. Marianne will always be my favourite character, she is such a strong female protagonist that I feel like many young readers will be able to look up too.

I really enjoyed the introduction to the Western Isles in this sequel, the world already blew me away but the introduction of this isle really solidified my love for the world. I mean, don’t get me wrong, they sound really scary and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to cope there but I still want to visit.

I mean the ending alone made this a 5 star book for me, let alone everything I read before hand. I cannot wait to find out what happens next and I would definitely recommend that you pick this series up if you haven’t already.

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