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Review: Defy the Night

Title: Defy the Night

Series: Defy the Night #1

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: September 14th, 2021

Rating: 5!/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

My Review: This is an action packed ride that you will want to read in just one sitting. Brigid has an uncanny ability to write books that make it painful to tear your eyes away from. It took me a couple chapters to really sink in but once I was immersed in the world I didn't want to come back to reality. I loved Tessa as the main character. She is full of sass and righteous anger. She wants to do whatever she can to help the people and she is going to do whatever it takes. I also loved the other main characters. The other really notable thing about this story is the similarities to our modern day pandemic. I felt a lot more connected to the story than I would have before it. I think Brigid did a great job bringing in those feelings without overwhelming the reader. Overall I loved it and if you are a ya fantasy reader this is a must read.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*

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