Your enemies tell the truth.
Do you remain loyal or rebel?
In a dystopian future, the Dominion tyranny rules over an oppressed civilization. But it also protects them from the dehumanizing DRK virus...or so they claim.
Vale Olander, a telepathic Dominion heir, knows he isn't his father's favorite son. Living in the shadow of his charismatic twin brother, Vale must find a place in his father's empire.
But when Vale encounters a team of rebels, he must make a choice:
Will he remain loyal and serve his brother, or will he fight for those his family has oppressed?
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The Poet Heroic is a tale of two brothers (Vale and Cruelthor) who are destined to lead the world, known as the Dominion, but fall to very different outcomes because of their beliefs. Both brothers, sons of the Lord High Commander, are trained and raised to be leaders in the same household. Both brothers develop mutant abilities (Vale-telepathic and Cruelthor-superhuman strength), but only one becomes the world’s leader after their father dies. Vale doesn’t care about the power, but is worried about keeping Cruelthor in check. Vale’s fear are realized when Cruelthor assumes power. In no time at all, he banishes his nice, but potential threat to the throne, brother and begins hoarding all the power to himself. Disheartened and with only a bag of possessions, Vale joins a group of rebels fighting the Dominion. With this group, Vale learns the dark secrets of his father deliberately blocked from his telepathic son. With this group, Vale turns from a book-loving student into a freedom fighter. Known as Beathabane, the Tyrant Twin. The Poet Heroic is pretty entertaining for a fantasy book. It diverges from the well-trodden plot of good brother vs bad brother with an interesting assortment of plot lines that put the characters in conflicting situations. For example, the author introduces the lead character early as a fully-developed hero, Beathabane, but provides indirect clues that show more going on beneath the surface. The author then shows how and why Beathabane develops from a book-loving kid into freedom fighter, ultimately giving him two conflicting goals: find his family and save the world from his ruling family. Each chapter provides small insights into the characters past that impact their present. The drawback to all of this is the loss of depth. It took me a while to get invested in the story and characters because of the quick pace and interconnected plot. The book rather conveniently moves forward to the father’s death (ensuring the rise of the lead villain) and Cruelthor’s quick assumption of power. Readers don’t get to see enough of Cruelthor’s character to prevent him from being a flat character. The opposite is true of Vale. As the book continues, more of Vale’s character giving him a depth I’ve rarely seen in other novels. The author does a great job at teasing the reader with hints of a back story in the introduction, but these hints don’t become concrete points of reference. For example, after the introduction the book shifts into the past without notice of how far back in time they have gone. Has the Lord High Commander been sick for a long time? Is Vale’s world a tyranny, monarchy, or something else? Why can’t Vale be a leader too? Does this take place in our world or a different time? That being said, for a short story, The Poet Heroic is a fascinating read. It juggles multiple intersecting plot lines creating a lot of tension that is sure to pull in any fan of fantasy novels. Reviewed at The Hungry Monster Book Review https://hungrymonsterreview.wordpress.com/
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.