Defy by Sara B Larson

Reviewed by Clover Brooks

Amazon Rating: 4/5

Warnings: Mentions of blood, Violence

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?

I. Love. This. Book. So. Much.

As a general, all around plot explanation goes, Alex has to protect prissy Prince Damien from evil people with her brother, Marcel, and best friend, Rylan. Something happens (no spoilers, yo), and Alex’s identity as being a girl may/may not be exposed!

The characters in this book are what stand out the most to me. Alexa is a strong, independent woman who knows her worth. She knows how important she is to the guard, and even though the fear of being discovered as a girl haunts her, she continues working and training as hard as she can. She protects Prince Damien without a second thought, whether she’s perceived as a girl or not. That characteristic of loyalty and duty really stuck with me.

Damien, on the other hand, was super annoying at first. He was too mysterious for me, too snobby, and too full of himself. He was the snobbish prince that I didn’t really care about until my perspective changed. Or, shall I say, Alexa’s perspective changed. Once Damien’s true character shone through, I was floored.

Rylan was a beautiful human being as well. He was sweet, kind, supportive, and everything you would expect out of the main character’s best friend. Her brother, Marcel, is amazing as well. He had such a wit about him, he even made me smile.

On top of great characters, the pacing of this book is stunning. It never fell flat at any time. You were pushed into the action, and even when there wasn’t a lot physically going on, there was enough to keep you going.

I have finished the rest of the series, and from a personal level, I highly suggest this series. There are wonderful quotes, lessons, and plot turns that I loved so much. Be sure to give it a shot because it’s totally worth it.

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