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  • Vengeance of Hope: Can Freedom Ever Be for All?

  • Silrith, Book 1
  • By: P. J. Berman
  • Narrated by: Christopher Dukes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Vengeance of Hope: Can Freedom Ever Be for All?

By: P. J. Berman
Narrated by: Christopher Dukes
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Summary

Vengeance of Hope, P.J.Berman’s explosive debut novel, marks the beginning of the Silrith series, a new power in the world of epic fantasy.

This opening book pitches you head first into the intense and unrelentingly dangerous Kingdom of Bennvika, a world of strong, powerful women and ambitious, ruthless men. As a bitter power struggle surges through the land, you are just as likely to die in a devious political plot as you are in the carnage of a great, bloody battle.

Your ears will ring with the clang of steel on steel. Your heart will tremble at the thundering of charging hooves. You will feel the cut and slash of blades as you follow three very different rebels in their desperate fight against a tyrannical King.

Silrith, the exiled Princess of Bennvika, stands shoulder to shoulder with her followers, sword in hand, ready to defend those in need of her protection. Yet, she knows that if she falls, thousands more will also perish.  

Ezrina, of the Hentani tribe, burns with desire for revenge against those who oppress her people, but more than anything she must fight to protect the woman she could be executed for loving.   

Zethun, an ambitious young politician, yearns for a fairer world with a greater voice for the poor. However, for him and his followers, to speak the word republic could be a fatally dangerous move in a land ruled by a despot.   

Will the rebel factions succeed? Or in the indiscriminate butchery of war, will their disunity prove to be their downfall, bringing about the destruction of their world as they know it?   

With vivid imagery, a punchy writing voice, detailed worldbuilding, and an unapologetically fast pace, Vengeance of Hope has everything an epic fantasy novel needs.  

©2018 P.J.Berman (P)2019 P.J.Berman

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A revelatory romp!

This first novel in the series has all the hallmarks of the classic romp with a feisty heroine, dashing allies, hefty battles and clandestine skulkings, what’s not to like? However, it was the attention to detail and what I assume to be technical accuracy that I really enjoyed. You can probably tell I’m not a historian but along with enjoying the story in it’s own right I definitely enjoyed the extra heft. However, even though the reader would be benefitted by having an attention span stretching more than 10 seconds, the story bounces along at pace and I can’t wait to listen to the next one.

Happy listening!

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great fantasy religion book

this is a great book for those who enjoy reading fantasy but can wrap their heads around a politically fueld religious rebellion. it almost reminds me of star wars in regards to political and rebellion pieces.

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Good, just difficult for me at this time.

It is a good story, I just couldn't get into it. Maybe with all the stress we are currently under during Covid and lockdown, the continuous fighting was difficult to follow.

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This book is for you if… fantasy narratives set in the middle ages with lots of characters and scheming are just your thing. You should be able to keep track of a lot of characters, a distinct weakness of mine.

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I'm not sure how I know, but I have the peculiar feeling I've not enjoyed this as much as I should or could have. The story is pretty epic and intricate, demanding a lot of attention from its reader/listener. It would have probably been easier for me to follow the many characters and developments had I read this myself instead of listening to the audiobook - whose narrator did an excellent job. I loved his voice and style of narration, I would have gladly listened to another 12 hours of him telling me about the fate of Silrith.

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Personally, I was annoyed by the many characters who often bore similar names. It made it difficult for me to follow the story in Vengeance of Hope, causing me to not pay as much attention as I should have. I thus sometimes losing track of the story.

The world(-building) was excellent, I dare say it's your somewhat average medieval universe, spiked with supernatural elements (gods). It's political dynamics were depicted fairly well, which made up a bit for the character-caused confusion.

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‘Mother of many, Mother of none, a Queen will fall and a Warrior will come.
In a rain of fire and from the ashes of destruction, a daughter shall rise.’

When the princess is framed for the murder of her father, she has to flee, build her forces and form alliances in order to take her kingdom back from the new king and his queen - the actual murderers. This, in turn, kickstarts plenty of scheming and spying on everybody's behalf, making it hard to see who's on whose side.
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writing quality + easy of reading = 4*

pace = 3*

plot/story in general = 3*

plot development = 3*

characters = 3*

enjoyability = 3*

insightfulness = 2*

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Great book one!

I really enjoyed this story- the characters were well written and fitted together nicely. I figured out who was the double dealer but it wasn’t too obvious. With epic fantasy books, there can be too big a cast, but I don’t feel there was in this one. The only trouble with an audiobook is that you don’t get to see a map of where the voice if talking from.

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A battle for a Kingdom begins.

When a king dies, plots and twists pop up as greed, suppression of people and religion rears their ugly heads and the struggle to take a kingdom begins. Expect spies, traitors, unlikely friendships and of course the cliffhanger at the end.... this is the first book of a series after all.

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Exiting story!

This book got me hooked from the first chapter. How can a book start like that?
It was exiting from the start and the story kept me alert for things that were about to happen.
I enjoyed the fact that all the characters were so different and I actually liked the POV changes in this book.
Lots of action, awesome twists and great/strong/awesome female characters.

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amazing

amazing book Vengeance of Hope is medieval epic fantasy fiction with a military edge. Devious plots, political intrigue, and bloody battles are all just a part of life in the Kingdom of Bennvika. well written by P. J. Berman
narrater bought ai all to life

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  • Stephanie Lynn
  • 07-12-19

Upper YA/NA Fantasy

This story has lots of potential, and I really enjoyed the complexity and flow of the story. It doesn't say much in the blurb, but there is both some sexual content and LGBT+, which probably should be mentioned in case that matters when someone is looking to try new books. This book stands well against many YA/NA books of similar themes in fantasy lately, and has a lot going for it, strong 'female' leads, (yes! not one but three!), a complex story, plenty of fantasy and action elements, and a touch of romance, many of the things readers of this genre enjoy!

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  • Random Creativity
  • 14-11-19

Interesting, well performed epic, but not clean

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. The narration is excellent, the main characters all have distinct and believable voices. The plot is interesting - I want to find out what happens ultimately to the characters. The author did an excellent job of intertwining the separate storylines, so that you are following several separate people and seeing how their stories are interacting, although separately.
-BUT- I prefer clean reads, and this story had too much innuendo / sexual content for me to finish listening to after the first third of the book. I didn't see anything in the description or other reviews that mentioned this, and realize that many people don't mind the "adult" content, but it is more than I am willing to listen to. If it was a movie, I would expect it to be rated at least PG13 for the sexual content. If it weren't for the adult content, I would definitely look for other books by this author, as I really enjoyed the first portion of the story.

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  • Thrones for ever
  • 28-04-20

Loved it

I was interested in this listen I loved the female character she was strong loved narration and am looking forward to the next book

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-03-20

detailed and content heavy

*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This book is amazingly detailed and content heavy. P.J. Berman creates multiple countries each with rich religious and political backgrounds. The physical book even has maps exploring the world of Bennvika.
The princess Silrith is framed for the death of her father the king and banished from her home. The usurper who takes her place is her cousin Jostan. He raises an army to squish religious freedoms and cultural differences but when he discovers Silrith has survived her exile long enough to grow a small rebellion he turns his attention to her. Ezrina of the Hentani tribe gets caught up in the crossfire as she searches for the place that will allow her cultural and religious freedom but does not want to give up her native lands.
Zethun is a young politician hoping to get rid of the Kingdom of Bennvika and replace it with the Republic of Beenvika so that nobles are no longer allowed to tax people to death and the people have a voice in their own government.
This book has multiple POV which makes the audiobook version...terrible. It is almost impossible to tell who's POV it has switched to until several lines in. The spacing of the narrator makes it hard to distinguish character thoughts and general narration. In short the book is just too detailed to be a good audiobook with only one narrator. If there was a map that came with the audiobook version and the POV's each had their own narrator it would have been a full experience rather than a struggle to listen.

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  • Jaclyn679
  • 14-02-20

Great read

This was an excellent read/listen. I really enjoyed the different characters and getting inside their heads. The author was very descriptive, yet showed a lot of what happened. The story was well paced and I would recommend.

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  • Charles Gibbs
  • 16-01-20

a good introduction to new author

First to get it out of the way, "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
That being said, this a satisfactory beginning to a new series and a new author. While maybe not the best fantasy book you will ever encounter, it is very far from the worst. P. J. Berman shows a lot of potential it in this story.
If you like Game of Thrones you will probably like this one. The character development is good, and the story flows fairly well.
There's really nothing excessive in the story, so there should be no problems with a younger teen listener.
The narrator Christopher Dukes is a good solid choice for this book.
While Vengeance of Hope didn't draw me in as well as I might have hoped, I in no way felt my time had been wasted. I look forward to more from P. J. Berman.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-11-19

good start

The narrator for this story did a really good job. I had a hard time with the names at first remembering who was who but the story was read well.

This book is very heavy with the political storyline, and I think could have used more substance outside of the battle for the throne. There were some parts that seemed repetitive or didnt quite seem to mesh with the characters. But there are alot of characters involved so that usually makes for a more complex story line.

I am looking forward to seeing how the prophecy plays out and who its actually about!

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  • Cyndy
  • 14-11-19

Great read!

Narrator really reeled this book in for me. It took me a few days to finish this long read but it was worth it in the end! The strong female characters and
Awesome storyline was very nice to listen to. I highly recommend this book if you need something to sink into.

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  • richard joesten
  • 12-11-19

Vengence of hope

Wow a fantastic action packed read that pulls you in from the start. If your looking for an epic adventureous read this is definitely that. This is a real page turner. The Author has done a fantastic job at bringing this read to fruition and bringing out the characters personalities. The Narrator does a fantastic job as well bringing out the different Characters. There is twists and turns, and this is definitely a must listen Audio. I highly recommend it.
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  • Melodie Luckett
  • 11-11-19

Enjoyable!!

This book was enjoyable!!

However, I found myself confused quite often!!

Too many unique names and places, had me trying to figure out who was who!!