by Sara B Larson
Published by Scholastic Press on December 29, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.
When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?
Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.
Endure is the final book of the Defy series and I’m sad to see this end. That is one of the reasons why it has taken me so long to finally read this book. You must read the previous books so this will be a short, spoiler free review.
What did I like?
- Alex and Damian are still one of my favorite couples. Despite their different social classes, he is the King of Antion and she is a member of his guard, their love defeats the odds. Their relationship is built on respect and love. They are a YA power couple!
- The story had some intense moments and exciting action. I thought the villains were plain evil and added an entertaining creep factor to the story.
- The epilogue was perfect and brings closure to the series (although I would love it if the author decides to release a novella to give readers a glimpse at the characters future).
What didn’t I like?
- I was frustrated with a decision Alex made. She kept an important secret from the others that led to a heartbreaking conclusion. I admire Alex for her strength and devotion to those she loves, but I couldn’t believe the actions she took.
- I thought the pace of the story was primarily slow. The story doesn’t pick up until 80% and from there everything is rushed. I thought the final battle was ok and the mythology confusing. I never understood why Alex was unique so I wish more time was spent on this subject.
Even though I had some issues with Endure I still love this series. The Defy series is filled with action, suspense and romance. Alex is a strong and independent young woman who fights for what she believes in. I recommend this series to fans of YA fantasy.