Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.
Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late? (Goodreads)
Hey guys! So after reading and loving the first in the series, Defy, I felt like kicking myself when I forgot about this being released early this year! How could I be so stupid and forget such an important event?!? Either way, I have it, I read it and I loved it almost as much as the first one; just not quite as much. The review of Defy can be found here.
When I opened this book, I was expecting to be taken back to the world I loved so much within Defy. Promised a kick ass heroine, Alexa, I felt just a tad disappointed and cheated when I found her status to be knocked down a notch after everyone finding out about the fact that she is a woman. I hated that; why does her awesomeness as a member of the guard etc have to be taken down all because she is a woman?? Not fair. Despite this, however, I was still met with the stubborn and determined Alexa that I grew to admire within the first book. She didn’t let her circumstances bring her down and she prevailed, even if the odds seem unlikely. There were times where I just felt like screaming at her because she was being stupid – but it all turned out ok in the end! Hurray!
What I dislike is the fact that she wasn’t honest with Damian right at the end of the book about what went down in the camp with Rafe and Rylan. I mean, she didn’t exactly talk about it, but I feel like she should have mentioned it to him, even if it meant risking her relationship. What went down there could have severe consequences – that is all I am saying.
Twins! Everyone loves a set of evil twins that everyone just loves to hate! Especially since it seems to make their downfall all the more interesting. Is it weird that I was reading Vera’s voice in the voice of the redheaded woman from Game of Thrones who believes in the fire God? Does she remind anyone else of that woman? I would have liked to have found out a little bit more about Rafe, but I feel like his time is coming within the next book – so I am willing to let that pass. For now.
Eljin’s character has me intrigued. Secrets, secrets and more secrets. I want to… no, I need to know them all! Do I really have to wait until the next installment is released? Really?
I quite enjoyed this installment, and I am going to set an alarm for the release date of the next one so that I am not forced to kick myself again! I gave this book 4/5 stars 🙂