May 20, 2014

Book Review: Defy

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?

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It has been often lately that I run across a book that I read in one sitting.  DEFY is such a book, one that wouldn't allow me to set it aside until the reached the very satisfying conclusion.

Set in another world of lush jungles and arid deserts, Alexa 'Alex' does what she needs to survive which includes masquerading as a boy with incredibly weapon skills.  She is a young woman however and is starting to have to deal with feeling for two men that she is forced with work with and for on a daily basis. When her secret is revealed, the issues come to a boil.

I really enjoyed the character of Alex, Rylan and Damian.  Alex especially does a lot of growing and changing throughout this enjoyable story.  The plot is full of twists and turns along with danger one just doesn't see coming.  Ms. Larson does an excellent job of keeping her readers on the edge of their seats.

I do highly recommend this book to lovers of young adult novels full of danger, magic and coming of age.  I know that Ms. Larson is one author that I plan on keeping an eye out for in the future.


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