Title : Defy The Night
Author : Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages : 448
Genre : Fantasy
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 neighbors 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 rumors 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.
Defy The Night is a beautifully crafted fantasy with vivid portrayal of grey-ish characters and a kingdom ravaged with a deadly disease. The starting gives off a mysterious vibe that pings well with the plot that it initially promises.
I loved Tessa but I didn’t find any distinctive quality that seperates her from the other heroines I’ve read about. I guess I was looking for something different. But that doesn’t make Tessa unlovable. She’s actually pretty badass and that’s definitely a green tick for me. Initially I couldn’t relate to the princes and their agonies but I do understand with power comes a lot of responsibilities and one often gets misunderstood because of the harsh decisions they are obligated to take for the betterment of the kingdom.
This series has a lot of potential and I would love to see more character development in the upcoming books. I want something unexpected to happen and I also wish the pace gets a bit faster. It took me a while to finish this one, and I guess it was all because of the pace and the initial info dump. But it does get better and more exciting towards the end, so wasn’t a complete disappointment. Definitely go for it if you’re a fantasy fanatic like I am. I can’t wait to see what Brigid Kemmerer plans for the next installment in the series!