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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer, read by Christopher Ragland and Lexie McDougall.

From New York Times best-selling author Brigid Kemmerer comes a blockbuster fantasy series about a kingdom divided by corruption, the prince desperately holding it together, and the girl who will risk everything to bring it crashing down. 

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 neighbours 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 rumours 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. 

Set in a richly imaginative world with striking similarities to our own, Brigid Kemmerer's captivating new series is about those with power and those without...and what happens when someone is brave enough to imagine a new future.

©2021 Brigid Kemmerer (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Defy the Night is a twisty, edge-of-your-seat fantasy that has it all - outlaws, court intrigue, rebellions, and romance. Addicting from page one!" (Number one New York Times best-selling author Jennifer L. Armentrout) 

"A captivating combination of thrilling adventure, swoon-worthy romance, and royal intrigue, Defy the Night is everything I crave in a fantasy romance." (Stephanie Garber, number one New York Times best-selling author of the Caraval series)

"Brigid Kemmerer has woven her compelling heroine into a kinetic tale of the tension between duty, love and trust." (Cassandra Clare, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Last Hours)

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A decent story for its "genre"

Being a 40-year-old male, I'm not the target audience for this sort of book, but I do have a very broad criteria for what I'll listen to or read, and YA (even romances) are well within my range. That being said, I am typically disappointed by YA romances. They try to be too steamy, or the female protagonist is entirely uninteresting, her entire role to just be "pretty and defiant" while the story unfolds around her, instead of with her, or they just allow the story to take the backseat while they focus on the protagonist's daily swoonings. A story is far more interesting, more naturally flowing, when the romance aspect is part and parcel-- major or minor-- to a story that carries the involved characters along, giving them the room they need to grow and adapt without requiring them to be stupid, naive, or just too plastic. When that template "YA Formula" is adhered to, much of the literary quality of a story can be sacrificed.

This book here, however, is a highly refreshing variation. Yes, much of the plotline was predictable for me because there are some certain expectations when it comes to YA books. However, the author did an excellent job of moving the characters around on the board in a manner that felt quite natural. Our characters are hard when they need to be, dumb enough to allow the plot to flourish, and smart enough to take a stand when they realize they must. Our female protagonist is innocent and an idealist, but she's practical enough to not be stupid. Our male protagonist received just as much attention, making the decisions the two characters make reasonable for the story even while I, in the background, started rolling my eyes because I just knew where that little decision was going to lead.

I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say that the characters are original, or that they really had a lot of depth. There was room for the story to have been "better". However, for a story of its "type", I was highly impressed. In a sense, because I've read so many other stories of this "type", there were times when I was actually surprised that a character did exactly what they should have, when in other stories, a typical author would have fallen into the obvious "Oh, but they're young and naive, so..." plot trap. Meaning, in fewer words, "This book was a lot of fun to listen to."

Speaking of listening, I'm going to give props to the two readers. They filled their characters' roles well, which permitted the written text to flow. They both knew their characters well enough to understand where inflection and emotion was appropriate. Being that the story is told through first-person perspective, they were able to balance the need to become their characters along with the need to still tell the story as it's written without trying to inject too much or too little into it.

I suppose my review may sound vague, but it's honest. I'm not going to nitpick at the plot because the plot was just fine. The reason it was just fine was because the things that happened didn't feel too contrived. The characters were sometimes idiots, but I understood where they were coming from, and could easily believe that I would have acted the same way in their shoes. The plot twists were oftentimes predictable, but they made sense-- and they weren't all too obvious to be enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book to someone of the target audience, and I'm pretty sure that "older", "wiser" (more experienced) people could enjoy the story as well. I'm honestly looking forward to seeing where the story goes in book two.

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I hated the narration but

It’s a good story if you can stand the narration. Too many bad accents. Ugh.

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Fun Story

This was a fun dual POV story with clever twists and turns. Also a great retelling of Robin Hood! Tessa is a great character with a big heart. Strong enough to realize when she's overwhelmed but never backs down.

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Predictable but entertaining

I enjoyed listening to this book but I knew by chapter 6 what would happen.

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give it a try

love the characters in her and love the politics. wasn't expecting much but it surprised me. hope there's a book 2 soon.

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So much more than expected.

Amazing story that held my attention and ignited many emotions. The characters were beautiful and flawed, relatable and empathetic. Already looking into more stories from Brigid Kemmerer.

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A good read

I liked the twist and unveiling of the West and Prince Corrick but other than that it’s very plain. I would love to see more romantic rivalry between the two brothers.

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Enjoyed this book start to finish

The more I listened the more I just kept saying “it’s so good!” Enjoyed the plot, the narration, and the characters! Highly recommend, it was a fun read!

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So unexpected

I didn’t read any reviews or synopsis, I just dove in and I’m so glad I did. The performance was subpar and the characters were beautifully written. I’m looking forward to the next book and hopefully the same great performers.

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This was fantastic!

So im not usually into YA romance books. But this book was so well done! Loved the character development and all over development. The writing was great and the narrators were great!