Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer


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.

My Review 

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times best-selling author of A Curse So Dark and Loney trilogy. And if you can believe it, I think her writing has even gotten better.
Her new book Defy the Night really kept me completely engaged with this Robin Hood retelling. The whole premise is so interesting.
In a kingdom where an illness is sweeping across all of the sectors, the only thing that stops it is a daily dose of Moonflower elixir.
The moonflower grows in two sectors and only one very well. Making sure all the people have access has been an ongoing issue. This is where our main characters come in. We get to experience all the trials to get the Elixia to the poor from 3 different POV and I think it's delivered perfectly.
Whereas a few of the plot twists were a little easy to foresee, there were a few that took me by surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed them.
The characters are very well developed, very likable, and we even get a lot of back story on our main two, Tessa and Wes. We even have our morally grey character in Prince Corrick.
I loved the fact that we have great amounts of action, romance, and story development without having a major cliffhanger at the end of the book.
I cannot wait to see where Brigid takes this story next, I'm extremely excited for book two.

Troupes include:
friend to lovers
enemies to lovers
mistaken identity
save the kingdom
rags to riches


October 28, 2021 — Angela Porter

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