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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
What a great story in only 50 pages. The Poet Heroic by Sunshine Somerville is a short but captivating read that will keep you spellbound with turns and twists on every page. Vale’s life turns upside down with the sudden death of his father, the Lord High Commander of the Dominion. Unfortunately, the reins of power are passed onto his evil twin brother and Vale; but the lead character is exiled from the country. Not only driven out and alone, he is also a marked man, who is easily recognized. The Poet Heroic is a tale of trust and good versus evil, but mostly nonstop adrenaline rushes. The Hood rebel group is always on the run, hiding from the Dominion’s soldiers and innocent onlookers. Vale’s secret gift helps him decide who he can trust and when he should run. Author Sunshine Somerville draws us into the story with her vivid character descriptions and depiction of the surrounding area. Somerville invites us to participate in the rebels’ war against the corrupt twin brother and the governing body. I like the author’s style of starting and ending the book with a newsfeed.
The Poet Heroic ends in a cliffhanger, leaving us to wonder if the Hoods — the rebels — will escape once again. And now I’m yearning to read the sequel. In the last chapter, Vale reveals his biggest regret and repeats a story he heard in the second chapter, while bullets are being fired and sirens are blaring! Can they dodge the Dominion soldiers one more time like they’ve done before? The Poet Heroic should be an award winning short story. The page turning plot, riveting character descriptions, and edge-of-your-seat excitement create a must-read for both adults and young adults.