Defy by Sara B. Larson

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First Sentence: The crackle of and hiss of the flames devouring our home couldn’t block out the screaming and wailing of those who were still alive.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

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?

My thoughts:

This book started off quite bad from me. I thought it was slow and not really that interesting to begin with. But I stuck with it, and thank god I did! This is a really interesting and entertaining book set in a very interesting and captivating world.

Alex is a very interesting and likable character. It is interesting to see how she handles having to hide who she really is and still easily interacting with the world around her. She is forced to disguise the fact that she is a girl because the girls in this world that are captured by the king are sent to a breeding house. To avoid that Alex has to pretend to be a boy. I loved that she honestly was so good at it. She is a good fighter and strategically smart, not despite being a girl but because she is a girl. She has to work twice as hard and do twice as good as all around her to avoid suspicion.

The boys in this book are also quite interesting. The prince, Damian, turns out to be so much more than a spoilt prince. He has a depth to him that makes the development of his character so important and entertaining to read. Alex best friend, Rylan, is another good character. He is sweet, loyal and above all a good friend. Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle but it is actually nicely handled and didn’t make me cringe as a lot of them make me do.

The plot then. It is well thought out with twists and turns that feel relevant and are very entertaining. Yes, it does take a few chapter (less than 20% of the book) for the story to really get going but when it does it will have you hooked. It was a proper and good adventure that I really enjoyed.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do!

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