The Queen's Viper

The V'Braed Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
367 Pages
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Author Biography

I write books and save lives. I throw axes for fun and a vampiric unicorn that farts rainbows inhabits my soul.

Between 12 hour nursing shifts and 24 hour parenting shifts, I redefined myself as an authorpreneur with my first book, "Growing A Rainbow: The Premature Journey of a Two Pound Hero." I’m a mother of a super-preemie with special needs, an often companionable wife, Canadian ER nurse, traveller and hobby medievalist. My debut urban fantasy, "The Queen’s Viper," is a grimdark take on UK folklore set in Elizabethan and modern London, with an anti-hero fairy who scoffs at glittery wings.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite

Viper is seeking her ultimate enemy and the resolution of a prophecy, but she’ll have to do it carefully. There are far too many people in this whole new world and she’s going to have to keep herself alive by taking their life essence ... without getting caught. But there are those who seek to fight her (including the Queen) and those who seek to assist her. It’s going to be an interesting time for her, especially when changes start to occur in her life that make her rethink some of her previous plans, like Owain, Graeme and Dhillon, in The Queen’s Viper by Lesley Donaldson. You’ll need to work out right and wrong and definitely who are the good guys and who are the bad guys in this book, and it’s not going to be as easy as you might think.

I liked this book from the excellent characters to the way you’re drawn into the story. It’s really interesting to read and you feel like you get to know the characters. Not only that, but they actually develop in entirely different ways than you might think. It’s a book that I would recommend to my friends because of the great development of the plot as well. I’m going to be looking for the second book in this series (and the third) because it really developed well. The Queen’s Viper by Lesley Donaldson will make your list of favorite books. It’s most certainly going to be one of mine.

K.C. Finn

The Queen’s Viper is a time travel fantasy novel by author Lesley Donaldson, and the first book in the V’Braed trilogy. The story centers around the title character, Viper, a fascinating anti-hero who feeds upon the magic that sustains human life. In sixteenth century England, Viper discovers Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII, who is ready to take control of her country once her sister Mary is out of the way. Viper assists with this escalation, only to find herself imprisoned until the London of the year 2012. Here, there is a new Elizabeth on the throne of Great Britain, and Viper holds her responsible, amongst others, for the fate which has befallen her. Immortals and humans collide in vengeance on an epic scale.

I particularly enjoyed the ritualism and folklore that Lesley Donaldson developed around the Daoine Tor, borrowing from Celtic mythology and recreating dark druid rites to fit her needs. Viper is a heroine for readers who don’t like heroines, flaunting all the typical traits of goodness, kindness and heart. What Viper does have is a powerful sense of justice, and a ruthless means of achieving her goals that readers cannot fail to be impressed by. I like the fact that this is a thoroughly British novel steeped in well researched history, but also highly amusing and somewhat irreverent in its portrayal of our current monarch. Readers of The Queen’s Viper can expect prophecy, history, magic, and mayhem in a well crafted world full of highly believable characters and drama.

Rabia Tanveer

The Queen's Viper by Lesley Donaldson is the story of Viper, a gifted immortal that is back to take revenge on the people who imprisoned her. Viper is called the Blessed One because she feeds on the life magic of humans, the aeir. When she meets Princess Elizabeth in Tudor England, Viper helps Elizabeth so that the life magic of humans can flourish. However, a mysterious amulet brings out some repressed memories, and she tries to find out what it is. Only now, an ancient enemy imprisons her. Centuries later, Viper escapes and finds she in the London of 2012, where she must accept help from the most uncommon allies to find out what happened, destroy the enemy, and help the humans who, inexplicably, helped her.

The fans of Black Dagger Brotherhood would love this series. Granted, it is not as sizzling as the aforementioned series, but the fantastic elements are just as good. The story was captivating right from the get go. You immediately want to know more about Viper and her powers and how they work. This is a unique idea. I don’t think I have ever come across a being like her, and I have read a lot of novels. The story fits well within the genre and allows you to understand it at your own pace. The characters are well developed and I have to say the dialogue was great, giving you exactly what you want from the characters and a feeling of fulfillment. I really loved the story.