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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Viper is the Prequel to the Sentinel Trilogy by Jamie Foley, a young adult fantasy laced with action and featuring solid characters. The author introduces readers to characters with extraordinary gifts — Jet is a soldier and Sorvashti is a great target for kidnapping; both of them are endowed with the ability to harness the power of the aether, “The energy source for supernatural gifts that emanates from one’s soul.” When Jet’s hometown is bombed, the Viper Unit is sent to fight the oppressor, but for both Jet and Sorvashti, the war takes on a quite different dimension; it’s the ultimate revenge.
You don’t need to read far into the book to get a feel of the strength of Foley’s prose — highly descriptive and mixed with powerful images and emotions. The author makes you feel, see, and touch the characters. In fact, he makes the reader feel like part of the story. “Concrete dust coated the bakery’s tables like snow. Jet coughed and pulled his feet under himself. His hands trembled with adrenaline, and his ears rang like a raid siren. What… happened? Shattered windows hung in the front of the shop, which displayed glass-ridden pastries and cakes. The road beyond was littered with muddy snow and stopped cars. And across the street, a pile of mangled metal and brick smoldered, chugging a thick pillar of smoke into the clear sky.”
Fans of young adult fantasy will be thrilled with this story. It reads fast and the writing is awesome. It’s clean. It’s neat and wonderfully formatted. Viper features the type of characters readers care about, characters that remind them of a magic tinge they feel in some part of themselves. Jamie Foley also demonstrates wonderful storytelling skills, creating a gripping plot that gets the reader engaged throughout the action. A great story, great writing, and awesome characters.