Author: Sara B. Lawson
Series: Defy #2
Recommended for: 6th grade & up
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Lawson, S
Synopsis: Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?
This is book two in the series and does not disappoint. Not a lot of time has passed between book 1 and 2; maybe about 6 months at max. Alexa is known by all as being a girl now (hidden as a boy in book 1) and she’s getting a lot of gruff about if from the newbies. Well, that is until she proves how good she is and kicks their butts. Alexa has made it to King’s Guard for a reason. The girl is good. I enjoyed getting to know her even more in this book. We’re should how tough and smart she is, but we get to see more of her softer side as well. There’s still a lot of trouble in the romance area, but all love triangleness is gone. Damian is the only one who holds her heart; she just doesn’t believe she’s worthy of him/would be a good queen for the kingdom. The new threat is quite believable, especially when it’s all untied. I look forward to what book 3 will bring!
Read-a-likes: Alanna, Graceling, & False Prince are perfect pairings with this book.