Some time ago I reviewed a new YA novella for you guys called Haven: A Stranger Magic, by D.C. Akers. Now the sequel is out, and I’ve got another review for you–plus a giveaway!
Revenge of the Viper picks up where A Stranger Magic leaves off. The terribly average Sam Dalcome is discovering that he’s anything but: together with his best friend Travis, Sam has stumbled onto the existence of magic, something he used to think existed only in books and video games. Now Sam is trying to piece together the events of the past few days and understand why he of all people is suddenly involved.
Things take an even darker turn when Sam discovers that his mother may have a few magical secrets of her own. But there’s more at stake here than family secrets: Alisa Dalcome is running for her life, sworn to guard the secrets of her home planet, Haven. Now a being called the Viper is hunting her down, determined to destroy Alisa and her family. Will Sam and his family be able to escape the Viper, or is it too late?
Revenge of the Viper wastes no time getting right into the action. The fight scenes are well constructed and the action moves fluidly between Haven and Earth. There are a lot of new characters and information to introduce all at once in this sequel, but the pace is steady so it doesn’t feel like an info dump. I liked that we get to see more of Sam’s sister, Sarah, as she continues to discover her ability–hopefully we’ll learn more about her powers in the third book, due out next year. There’s also a surprising twist in the book that I wasn’t expecting, and it makes Sam’s quest to uncover his family history even more high-stakes.
This book is aimed at a YA audience, but it would be enjoyable for all ages. The Viper is pretty sinister, but not too scary for a junior-high reader, if you’re thinking about passing on these books to kids. (Since it’s a YA book, there’s also no language or graphic violence to worry about.)
And now, the giveaway! One lucky reader will win an e-copy of this two-book set. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter; the giveaway ends on March 31. Can’t wait for the giveaway to end? Start reading book one now–it’s currently available as a free Kindle download at Amazon.com.