Water Viper

Science Fiction & Fantasy

By RJ Blain

Publisher : Pen & Page Publishing

Water Viper


RJ Blain
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning. When she isn’t playing pretend, she likes to think she’s a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband, and obeys the commands of Tsu Dh More...



During Starfall, magic flooded the Earth and destroyed most technology while humans developed strange new powers. As the scion of a male-dominated clan, Jesse should have risen to become a hero.

She chose to become a woman instead, ruining her hopes for the future. 

Years later, weary of life as an assassin, she retires to enjoy raising horses and delivering messages. When her plans fall apart, she has one final chance to set everything right. Should she fail to redeem herself, she'll lose everything she's ever held dear, including her friends, her family, and her life.

It's always refreshing to encounter a post-apocalyptic style setting where the government hasn't fallen apart. The prose is direct and evokes vivid descriptions with a minimum of exposition. In general, I avoid books involving shifters, but Water Viper is one of the few that incorporates them while maintaining a balanced plot and allowing the characters to retain their higher thinking processes. There's a trick to creating strong female characters and Blain has mastered it. Jesse strikes the perfect balance between physical strength, skill, and vulnerability. Water Viper is the most enjoyable book I've read this year, and the latest addition to my list of favourites. -Caitlin Lyle Farley for Reviewers' Favorite


Fantasy has been looking for a strong female protagonist like Jessie. -Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

Jesse is undeniably an interesting protagonist as readers follow her journey where she sometimes unwillingly invites unwanted attention from others. There are other well-written characters who add enough dynamic to the story as well, and Cleo, a witty mystic for the Lancers' Alliance, is my favorite. -Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite