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Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer [Review]

Hello readers,

If you follow this blog, you know that ‘A Heart So Fierce And Broken’ by the author Brigid Kemmerer is in the list of favorite books from 2020! So when I knew that she was releasing a new book, I knew I had to have it!


It is my pleasure to introduce to you ‘Defy the night’, the first book of the new Defy the Night series!

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The story happens in a new world, the Kingdom of Kandala. There are rifts between sectors because of a mysterious illness that began ravaging the lands and the poor are succumbing without the proper medication.

In the power is the King Harristan that was thrusted into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take the role of the King’s Justice. Unfortunately the brothers had to react mercilessly to any sigh of rebellion to maintain the order. Everyone is looking for the only known cure, an elixir made from limited delicate Moonflower petals. 

After seeing the poor neighbors succumbing to the sickness, Tessa Cade an apothecary apprentice along with her best friend Wes, risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to everyone that needs it most. 

But when Wes is captured and presumably murdered, Tessa try to sneak into the palace and make justice with her hands. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if everything that she believes is true. Spoiler: it is not.

As rumors spread that the cure no longer works and the rebellion takes more power, Tessa sees herself between a war that maybe can only end with the end of Kandala. 

The plot is good, the characters are very unique and mature, and the fast pacing made me want to never put this book down. I love Tessa – she’s smart, courageous and compassionate. Prince Corrick is a bonbon, he shows that not everyone is completely good or evil, sometimes someone has to be the bad guy. And to protect his brother and kingdom he has to be ruthless. Inside of the king Justice, there’s a sensitive guy that only wants the best for the people and for his love/best friend – Tessa. He made everything to protect her and he reminds me a lot of Rhen. I’m sorry but I can’t stop comparing both series.

King Harristan, ohhh I don’t know why but I like him! A lot. I can see potencial in him and I think he will be what Grey was to me in the Cursebreakers series. Someone that didn’t catch my attention in the first book but that I absolutely adored in the second and third book. Mark my words, he will be the hero of the second book. 

Something that I like about Brigid books is that she has couples well defined. For a while you can even consider a love triangle in the book but in the next page we see that’s not possible, and I love it! I hate love triangles and I know that I’m safe with this author. The best example happened in the Cursebreakers series, with that Rhen-Harper-Grey almost love triangle. Fortunately, it was always well defined! And in the second book she even introduced a new character, a lover for Grey and she made me fall even more in love with the new couple! That’s a difficult task and she did it!

But if I had to choose my favorite part of every Brigid book it would be the acknowledgments. After reading the book, reading that page is always the cherry on top of the cake, it’s like everything that she writes makes even more sense! And this book is not an exception. I love how she explained that she was inspired by Robin Hood and Zorro because that’s exactly what I felt when reading the book, and how covid-19 is not related with the sickness talked in this book, it was just a coincidence. 

This is an amazing start to a series and I can’t wait to read the continuation and see what is going to happen!

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments what do you think about it, and what’s your favorite Brigid book! I would love to know.

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