by Sara B. Larson
Series: Defy #3
Publisher: Scholastic Press (December 29, 2015)
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The remarkable third novel in Sara B. Larson's bestselling Defy series!
At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.
When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?
Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy, that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.
Now this is the right way to end an amazing series. I have loved Alexa from the first book and continued to admire her until the last page.
Throughout the series there is a repeating arch in which part of the story is told in the palace and partly on an adventure of some kind. This happens again in the third installment. Here we get to see so much of the kingdom of Antion and the surrounding kingdoms as well.
Threats are coming from all sides of the Kingdom and even guests to the palace are questioned. King Damian has a soft spot for trusting others, and this plays out several times throughout the book. Alexa, on the other hand is known for having to gain her trust before she lifts her hand from her sword in your presence.
The amount of black magicians is on the rise and causes Antion to be on their guard. There is a mystery around how there are so many and where are they coming from. Alexa will sacrifice herself to save her kingdom and her king. Putting herself in danger several times throughout the book.
We get to learn so much about the world setting and legends behind the sorcerers in this book. Alexa continued to be a very dedicated and strong character that is very admirable and we can all find something in her to apply to our own lives.
There is very little down time in this story, but there is always movement in the plot. The second half has so much action and development that you will not want to put the book down in anticipation for what happens next.
I couldn't be any happier with this book. It was an amazingly satisfying end to a great trilogy and makes me want to go right back to book one for a whole re-read.