Title: Defy the Night
Author: Brigid Kremmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Release Date: 14th September 2021
Number of Pages: 496
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
In a kingdom where sickness stalks the streets and only the richest can afford a cure, King Harristan and his brother Prince Corrick are forced to rule with an iron fist.
Tessa Cade is a masked outlaw marked for death, but she likes it that way. Together with the mysterious, handsome Weston, she robs from the rich to help the poor, distributing food and medicine to those who need it most.
As it becomes clear that the only way to save her people is to assassinate the King, Tessa must face a deadly mission that will take her to the dark heart of the kingdom … and force her to work with the very people she intended to destroy.
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
As you may know I really enjoyed the Cursebreakers series by this author and so when I found out about her newest series I immediately requested a ARC from netgalley and was lucky enough to be accepted, and honestly I think I actually preferred this one which was a big surprise to me.
This book is set in the kingdom of Kandala which is currently undergoing it’s own pandemic of a fever that is killing thousands of it’s citizens. The cure for this fever is moonflower petals, however these only grow in two areas of the kingdom and there aren’t enough to go around which means if you can’t afford to buy it then your basically screwed. This has led to many people becoming smugglers to steal the cure and that is where one of our main characters comes in. Tessa who along with her friend has been stealing petals not for financial gain but to distribute to those who can’t afford it. I really enjoyed reading from Tessa’s point of view and seeing her quiet strength and again she is a refreshing change from a lot of the main heroines we tend to see in YA currently.
Our second POV is Corrick our Kings Justice and the King’s brother. Both Corrick and his brother came to power at a young age after their parents were assassinated and are hated by the people due to the shortage of moonflower petals and the harsh punishments that they deal out to those caught smuggling them. At first I wasn’t too keen on Corrick however he did grow on me throughout. He is very flawed but also wants to do the right thing and very conflicted over his ruling.
This book starts off quite slow mostly because there is so much that needs to be understood about the world and background before the story can really take off. Therefore it did take me until around 20% in to really get swept away by the story but once I did I feel in love. The plot really picks up at this point and I found it hard to put the book down as I just wanted to know what happened next.
Brigid does such a good job at crafting her worlds and there is so much detail to them that really makes you feel like you are a part of it. I also love how fleshed out her main characters are however I would have liked to have seen more from our side characters.
I also enjoyed the romance and didn’t feel that it took away from the plot of the book in anyway which can often happen. Looking forward to seeing how it progresses.
Overall, really enjoyed this and can’t wait for the next book. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
Trigger warning for death of a loved one, pandemic, violence, torture.
Have you read this book?? If so what did you think of it?? If not do you plan on picking it up??