Defy by Sara B. Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 really enjoyed this book. It was fast moving, had a nice plot and lots of energy. From the beginning I was drawn to Alexa. Although the introduction to her character was brief, it was enough to get you interested in what was going to happen. Throughout the story and as the author introduced more characters, I was completely captivated. The scene with the prince after the first fight gave me a hint that something was going to happen between them! The description of the countries and the journeys through them were so descriptive, I think the author did a great job building suspense. It wasn't until the end that I finally put everything together. While the story's ending was not what I would have wished, it was expertly presented. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
From a Christian Perspective
In Galations 5:19-21 Paul advises us that sorcery is among sinful practices. Being aware of this, I was very conscious about how sorcery was used in this book. This book denounced "black" sorcerer's as evil. I believe based on what we know about the origins of the word and the practices that were common in Paul's time that the black sorcerers were accurately portrayed. But we need to be wary of so called "good" sorcerers as well. Sorcery means the person has the power to determine good or bad and we as Christian knows that the power reside in the Spirit of Christ which resides in us. With those warnings in mind, I didn't find much else to keep me from recommending this book.
This is a book that I received from NetGalley for the purpose of review. I was not compensated or instructed to provide a positive review.
Love and Blessings!
View all my reviews