Viper is out in the world VERY SOON and we’re extremely excited for you guys to read it. To celebrate, author Bex Hogan has written a brilliant piece, taking us on a tour of the Six Eastern Isles featured in the book . . .

If you’ve read Viper or want to read it, we’d highly recommend diving into this ultimate journey of the Isles of Storm and Sorrow . . .

 

Dreaming of a magical escape to fantasy shores? Longing for a relaxing break near the sea? Then you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the Eastern Isles, one half of the Twelve Isles.  Each unique island offers a different experience, so whatever your requirements, there is a destination for you . . .

THE FIRST ISLE

Also known as King’s Isle or King’s Island

The largest of all the islands, the First Isle is arguably the most important of the six. A hive of industry, it never sleeps, and is the beating heart that keeps the other islands alive. From shipyards to factories, from blacksmiths to merchants, the First Isle is a constant hub of activity. As its informal name suggests, it is also the home of the King.

Things to do:

  • Visit the Palace, nestled in its own stunning valley, with a majestic waterfall as a backdrop. Or if you’re fond of climbing, why not take a trip to the King’s summer palace? Positioned at the peak of a perilous mountain, the view is magnificent.
  • Take a stroll around the busy market on the southern peninsula, where you can be sure to find merchandise made from all six islands.
  • Have a tour through the Kingdom’s vaults and see the imported crystal that supports the economy.

 

THE SECOND ISLE

Also known as Fallow Isle or Fallow Island

A rambling blend of fields and moorland, the Second Isle is blessed with fertile ground perfect for growing crops. The largest exporter of produce, it provides fruits, vegetables, cereals and pulses, and though all islands are self-sufficient to a point, they all depend on the Second Isle having a good harvest.

Things to do:

  • Take a hike across the beautiful moors and enjoy the views out across the sea.
  • You won’t have to look far for the notorious black brambles that grow rampantly across the island. Watch them be turned into the highly desirable second salve, a medicine sought out by any healer.
  • Have a dip in one of the glorious lakes, with crystal clear water. Moon Lake is especially picturesque.

 

THE THIRD ISLE

Also known as Black Isle or Black Island

If complete solitude is what you’re after, there is nowhere more perfect for you than the Third Isle. Those who live there are rarely seen, and so the beauty of this forest island can be enjoyed in total peace. From the sand on the beach to the wildlife camouflaged among the nightheart trees, everything is black, and the wood felled from the forests is of great value to craftspeople throughout the isles.

Things to do:

  • Spend the day enjoying empty stretches of sandy beaches. Shadow Bay is especially sheltered.
  • Enjoy a stroll through the dark forests, and admire the range of flora and fauna carpeting the ground.

 

THE FOURTH ISLE

Also known as Floral Isle or Floral Island

The smallest of the Eastern Isles, Floral Island is the ideal location for those in search of tranquillity. Its people are peaceful, and the colourful meadowlands grow flowers of every size and bloom. The flowers are farmed to make dyes, perfumes and sometimes simply for decoration.

Things to do:

  • Visit a flower farm and drink in the sweet scents.
  • The blossom woods are a must-see and flower all year round.

 

THE FIFTH ISLE

Also known as Mist Isle or Mist Island

At the heart of this mysterious island is a mountain range, the peaks of which can be seen emerging from the cloak of mist which permanently surrounds it. Venture through the veil to discover vast plains where small woolly beasts can be found grazing.

Things to do:

  • Watch the livestock being sheared, and see their coats turned into fabrics.
  • Climb Bleakside summit, and enjoy the splendid views from above the clouds.

 

THE SIXTH ISLE

Also known as Rock Isle or Rock Island

For the braver explorer, why not visit this island made entirely of jagged razor-rock? Its barren surface grows very little, but beneath the crust is where its treasure can be found. The mines here extract a number of valuable minerals that are exported to the First Isle to be turned into weaponry and gunpowder, but the most prized resource is the crystal.

Things to do:

  • Take a tour of the mines – you might find a fragment of crystal to keep.
  • Indulge in some rock climbing. Strong footwear and protective gloves are essential.

 

Whichever island you choose to visit, relax in the knowledge that the King’s Fleet are on hand at all times to guarantee your safety. As you cruise from island to island be assured that the King’s Viper works tirelessly to maintain safe waterways for you to travel.

Thank you for visiting the Eastern Isles and enjoy your stay.

 

If you pre-order Viper before Wednesday 17th April, you can receive a set of SIX bookmarks inspired by the six isles above! A photo of the bookmarks is below.

 

Map artwork © Tomislav Tomic, 2019