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Book Review: Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer, Defy the Night #1

★★★★★


I was fortunate enough to be approved for an ARC of this book before it was published and I could not have been more excited to dive in! I loved the curse breaker series so was very excited to see what BK released next. I will admit I was a little disappointed with A Vow so Bold and Deadly - it fell a little flat for me, although I did still enjoy it. I am pleased to report that Defy the Night lived up to all of my expectations and more!


So, let's set the scene. This is a Robin Hood-eqsue tale, about Tessa, the daughter of an apothecary who steals Moonflower petals, the limited cure to the deadly fever, and redistributes it to the poor and sick of her kingdom Kandala. She is assisted in her escapades by her best friend, the mysterious Wes, who is not all she seems.


On the other side of the story is Corrick, the King's Justice. He and his brother Harristan are not loved by the subjects, instead ruling with an iron fist to quell any hint of rebellion. But really, they're just boys who lost there parents too soon, and were thrust into leading a kingdom on the brink of chaos as the fever broke out and panic set in.


Everything about this book intrigued me from the get go, and after a few chapters in I was hooked, BK has a way of writing characters that you can't help but fall in love with, and world's so rich with detail that you feel desperate to visit - although I will admit I wouldn't want to visit Kandala during the rebel raids! I don't want to give any spoilers as this is such a new release, but there are definitely some twists and turns in the plot to keep you on your toes, and a building romance to root for.


All in all, I loved this first instalment in the series and am very excited for what is in store next!

 

Read the summary below:


The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.


King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents' shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King's Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion--it's the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.


Out in the Wilds, apothecary apprentice Tessa Cade is tired of seeing her neighbors die, their suffering ignored by the unyielding royals. Every night, she and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to those who need it most--but it's still not enough.


As rumors spread that the cure no longer works and sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King's Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible: sneaking into the palace. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if it's even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first.


Set in a richly imaginative world with striking similarities to our own, Brigid Kemmerer's captivating new series is about those with power and those without . . . and what happens when someone is brave enough to imagine a new future.

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