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Defy (Defy Series #1)

by Sara B. Larson

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Defy (Defy Series #1) by Sara B. Larson


A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.

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?

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Product Details
ISBN-13:
9780545597586
9780545597586
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Defy Series , #1
Pages:
336
336
Sales rank:
179,754
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
790L
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years
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About the Author

About the Author


Sara B. Larson can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books. Although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their three children. She writes during naptime and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish.
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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

12/16/2013
In debut novelist's Larson's riveting fantasy, the tropical nation of Antion is at war, and 17-year-old Alexa has disguised herself as a boy in Prince Damian's royal guard to avoid the nightmarish "breeding houses" that await her as a girl. When a visiting sorcerer kidnaps the prince in hopes of ending the war, Alexa becomes collateral damage. Learning of the dangerous hypocrisy of the nation's leaders, Alexa relies on her extraordinary fighting abilities to protect both the country and the prince she is beginning to love. An additional romantic entanglement contributes little, but Alexa is nothing if not resourceful. As a fighter surviving in a brutal world in which magic plays a sinister role, she relies on her own skills, perceptions, and determination to battle her way to the book's cinematic finale. Alexa's desire to reclaim her gender identity under her own terms ("I still wished things could be different. I wished I could be a member of the guard and a girl") gives the story much of its emotional sincerity and psychological depth. Ages 12–up. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (Jan.)

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Customer Reviews (112)
BROKE MY HEART :')
I loved her and damian together I don't understnad why she had to end kt :(
- Anonymous
December 4, 2015
Amazing
I really loved this book. I recommended it to all of my peers. It is wonderfully written.
- Anonymous
January 14, 2014
Magnificent!
The characters of Larson's Defy have stolen my heart. Through them, I was able to enter a medieval-esque world of mystery and action! While the settings are not overly detailed, much room is left to make your own visions on what the kingdoms look like. More focus was drawn to the conversation and interaction of the characters as opposed to spending time explaining their surrounding. The grave nature of events was extremely well portrayed. I loved the well-balanced, magical elements in this story as well. The story was easy to follow and easy to read. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys stories of hard work and determination! 5 stars all the way!
- Anonymous
March 3, 2015
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