About the book: Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson's acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion's people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy—before it's too late?

My review: I am really enjoying this series. I loved that in this book Alexa actually gets to be herself because everyone already knows that she's a girl. This book has a lot going on. There's Alexa and Damian, she loves him, he loves her. But she doesn't see herself as queen material in any way, especially since she is covered in scars. So she lets him believe that she doesn't love him.

There's more war stuff going on. It seems as though the kingdom of Blevon is attacking them, even though they are supposed to be allies. And then there's the kingdom of Dansii. They seem to be trying to become allies, they even send a delegation. But there's something strange going on with the people in the delegation.

Alexa ends up having to figure out just what's happening all on her own. Leaving the reader with a huge cliff hanger. I can't wait to read the concluding book in the series to see how everything turns out for Alexa and Damian!

I borrowed this book from my local library.

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