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Publisher's Summary

Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson's acclaimed YA debut, Defy. Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion's people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy - before it's too late? Audiobook includes two bonus scenes written by Sara B. Larson for Defy.
©2015 Sara B. Larson (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By RAZ on 04-06-18

Okay but hard to finish

While the genre of this book is right up my alley (romance, independent kick butt heroine, action, fantasy), this book was not as wonderful as it could have been. I enjoyed the first book of the serious and liked this one but had difficulty finishing it, which is very rare for me. The heroine was making lots of the same mistakes as in the first book which is extremely frustrating. Also the story was extremely predictable. I do plan on finishing the series eventually so I hope the third book has better plot development and character growth.

I will note that I am in my early twenties so maybe this book would be more enjoyable to a teenager (the book’s intended audience). It’s romantic scenes are slightly more mature than what I’d expect a teenager to read but the characters’ maturity (mentally) and lack of growth are on par with that of a pre teen.

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2 out of 5 stars
By msfriedhof on 10-25-17

Wanted to like this series

I really liked the idea of a female character in disguise to save her life. What I couldn’t get into was the shallow love choice. I find the Damian character very weak in contrast to Alexa. The Rylan character constantly showed devotion, self denial, and willingness to put his life on the line...yet she chooses blue eyes over a man that constantly stands by her side. I just can’t get into shallow love stories, won’t be buying the the third book.

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