Meet the characters in your new favourite YA book

Meet the characters in Bex Hogan's debut YA masterpiece: Viper the first book in the Isles of Storm and Sorrow trilogy.

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Raised on a ship of assassins, Marianne is the Captain’s daughter. But unlike the rest of the crew, she would rather heal than hurt, one of many secrets she has to keep from her ruthless father. She dreams of the islands that she’s forbidden to roam, and fears the water above all else. Though she has a peaceful heart, Marianne is also fierce, and lethal with a dagger. 


Seven years older than Marianne, Grace has taught the Captain’s daughter everything she knows: combat, lore and all the myths and legends surrounding the Western Isles. Despite being a skilled fighter and highly respected by her fellow crew, Grace is frequently overlooked by the Captain. Kind but dangerous, Grace doesn’t need a weapon to defeat her opponent. 


Heir to the throne, Prince Torin is something of a mystery. Rarely seen in public, rumours abound about what manner of man he is. Some say he’s a coward, hiding away from danger, others say he’s bookish and constantly at study. It’s even whispered that he’s rising against his father after a disagreement. The only undisputed truth about Torin is that he’s exceptionally handsome. But can this dashing and charming Prince be trusted? 


An orphan of unknown origin, Bronn was brought aboard The Maiden’s Revenge as a child, and trained to be an assassin. He is now the most deadly person onboard. Growing up, he and Marianne were best friends, but things have changed and now they’re estranged. Hard to read, Bronn keeps his feelings to himself, but takes pride in being thorough when undertaking a mission. 


The Viper. A thoroughly cruel and ruthless man, Adler is answerable only to the King, charged with defending the Isles from harm. Or at least, he’s supposed to be. Power and money are the only things he cares for, and he’s accumulating plenty of both. And while his daughter may be keeping secrets from him, he has plenty of his own he’s not sharing with her...


by Bex Hogan

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Marianne has been training to be the Viper for her entire life - to serve and protect the King and the citizens of The Twelve Isles - but to become the Viper and protect the islands she loves she must find the strength to defeat her father.

Power, politics and pirates collide in this epic fantasy trilogy for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean.

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?

A brave heroine. An impossible dilemma. An epic new fantasy trilogy set on the high seas.