Series: The Successor Series # 1
Published by Self-Published on June 30, 2011
Genres: Young Adult- Historical/Fantasy
Source: Author, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion
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"When war has taken everything, there is only one choice: be stronger than your enemy.
With her nation at war and her parents lost on the front lines, 16-year-old Vivian must find the strength to leave home and become a spy among her own people. There is only one problem: her parents are the king and queen, and she is their only heir. Vivian vows to discover the people behind their disappearance in the midst of worldwide turmoil, leaving behind her familiar life and entering one she thought she'd never experience. However, Vivian’s title is worth more than just a crown and royal blood. If she falls victim to her parents’ fate, the throne of Iledora will pass to her detestable aunt, and the country could spiral out of control.
Armed only with a new alias, two trusted guards, and her stolid determination, Vivian scours the country for any information that might provide an answer to her parents’ disappearance. But no matter how simple her intentions of returning them to the throne may be, her journey is inevitably complicated by challenges she’d not foreseen: encountering love, trusting in the unknown, and being at the mercy of the Bulvan emperor she swore to conquer…"
I adore being thrown back into the times of queens, kings, and wars. There is something about this era in time that always holds me to the book. One thing that grabbed me about this book is the dialect. I love the old school speak. It sounds much more enthusiastic in feelings and emotions.
I credible writing of Ms. Naffin and the way she brought her characters to life is amazing. The impression the readers get from the characters, the way you can feel the emotions of anger and hurt, had me giddy. The kidnapping, wars, and submitting to things you don’t want had my heart melting.
There wasn’t much of a love interest going on but the reader did see some little adoring in there. It is pure and gentle. Nothing harsh but I like the feeling it left in my heart. It gave the book the exact peace it need when things are going all wrong.
If you like books full of adventure, a teen fighting for her country then read this book. Vivian’s strength soars beyond the pages of the book to fight for what she loves. Her heart above anything else is beautiful and courageous. Defiance is a natural flowing book of love and fighting.
I give it 3 BITES!