Defy

Title: Defy
Author: Sara B. Larson
Series: The Defy Trilogy, book 1/3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: January 1st, 2014

Seventeen-year-old Alexa Hollen is forced into a life she didn’t want as a palace guard, charged to protect Damian, Prince of Antion, with her life. But in order to do her job, she is disguised as a boy. Her twin brother Marcel, who works alongside her in the guard, is the only other person who knows her true identity – or so they think. Alexa became the best swordsman, the best archer in Prince Damian’s guard. During this time that Alexa and Damian began to understand each other. She had believed the prince to be lazy, untrained in combat, and uninterested in the affairs of his kingdom. But Damian lets the mask he wore in public fall away, revealing an intelligent, strong, and devastatingly attractive young prince who was living in pain caused by his ruthless father.

After an attack of a sorcerer, Damian, Alexa, and a fellow guard, Rylan, are taken as prisoners. Alexa realizes that not only Rylan, but Damian too, have known her secret for quite some time: they know she is a girl. This immediately changes her relationships with both men, as their feelings for her surface.

I’m going to admit that I read the first two books of the series in one day. They were that good! Defy gets your attention from the first page and grips you till the end. It is one of those books that is nearly impossible to put down, between the action scenes and the gorgeous love story. Sara B. Larson has woven this tale so beautifully that it leaves you breathless for more!

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