RYAR Review: IGNITE by Sara B. Larson

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IGNITE by Sara B. Larson
Series: Defy #2
Published by Scholastic Press on December 30, 2014
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Provided by: Edelweiss
Rating: 5 stars


This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.

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?


Sara B. Larson’s IGNITE is an absolutely riveting second installment in the series. Hidden agendas, unknown enemies, unidentifiable threats, and a tension-filled love story make for an incredibly suspenseful and unputdownable read. It’s a story that will keep readers guessing, make them race through the pages in search for answers, and will have them wishing for the third book in the series to discover what happens next.

Putting the best interests of her country and her King before her own, Alexa must fight to hide her feelings and her broken heart so that she can remain the King’s most trusted guard. But it isn’t easy. Not when just being near him makes her heart leap into her throat.

So when a beautiful woman is sent to deliver a message to King Damian, Alexa can’t be sure if her distrust for this woman is based on instinct or because she might be someone who could replace Alexa in his heart. And if she can no longer trust herself, maybe she isn’t the best person to protect her King from the growing dangers to him and to Antion. And maybe, had she known the true cost of her decision, she might have made a different one.

IGNITE continues the story only a short time following the events in DEFY. And while things may have settled down for the kingdom of Antion and its new ruler, the calm is short-lived. With an ally ostensibly now an enemy, the hope to rebuild will have to be set aside as their attention must turn to this new menace.

Action-filled, gripping and nerve-wracking, the story, the pace, the excitement do not let up. Tension continues to mount as Alexa tries to uncover who is behind the attacks on Antion, learn what their motives really are, guard Damian, defend Antion, and protect her own heart.

The threats are deadlier, the enemies more powerful, the betrayals more devastating, and the choices made will have even greater repercussions in IGNITE. No one is safe. No one can be trusted. Not even those most loyal.

Expect to be transfixed, expect to be shocked and surprised, expect to fall in love with this utterly thrilling and highly addictive must read sequel in a series that is positively epic.

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