Defy (Defy, Book 1) (Hardcover)

By Sara B. Larson

Scholastic Press, 9780545597586, 336pp.

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?


About the Author

Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy Defy trilogy: Defy, Ignite, and Endure; and Dark Breaks the Dawn, the first book of a duology. She can't remember a time when she didn't write books -- although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their children. When she's not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting of her sugar addiction. You can visit her online at SaraBLarson.com.


Praise For Defy (Defy, Book 1)

Praise for Endure:

"Readers of the previous books in the trilogy will be lining up to read the conclusion to this epic story. Readers who are looking for fantasy with strong female characters, such as Cinder in The Lunar Chronicles or Celaena Sardothien of the Throne of Glass series, will find a great new trilogy here." -- School Library Connection

"Fans will be very satisfied with this final journey." -- School Library Journal

Praise for Ignite:

"[A] fast-paced fantasy novel laced with political intrigue." -- School Library Journal
"Alexa [is]... an interesting, multilayered character, a valiant fighter with heart." -- Booklist

"Alex is so strong... The intrigue is really thick in this book, and there are secrets within plots and people." -- Jessie Plots, blogging for USA Today

Praise for Defy:

An Indie Next List Selection

"A wonderful tale of adventure, romance, and embracing your true self. Alexa is a heroine readers will love to follow!" -- Marie Lu, bestselling author of the Legend series

"Grand adventure, romance, and thrilling political intrigue." -- Booklist

"Powerful and narratively satisfying." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


"DEFY by Sara Larson is an amazing, fantastic book. It has everything you'd want: intrigue, awesomely real characters, suspense, and a captivating plot. All in a world that comes to life in your mind. Highly recommended." ­– James Dashner, bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER