Defy

Hardcover | January 1, 2014

bySara B Larson

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A lush and gorgeously written debut packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

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 palacein 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?

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A lush and gorgeously written debut packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.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 pa...

SARA B. LARSON 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 three children. She writes during naptime and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in "the art of mu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.53 × 5.79 × 1.04 inPublished:January 1, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545597587

ISBN - 13:9780545597586

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From Defy"Don't do that with me," he replied, staring down at me with a look of almost hunger on his face. "We're too much alike to pretend with each other. At least when we're alone, let's be who we truly are." The intensity of his gaze nearly made me tremble.No one knew me as I truly was, except for Marcel, and he was gone.But here was Damian, the strikingly handsome, sometimes capricious, sometimes gentle Prince of Antion, asking me to allow him past the guise I'd been holding up to the world since my parents died. How could I do that when all I had done for so long was train to guard him - and make sure he never realized that deep down inside, buried where no one could see, his best fighter was actually just a frightened girl?

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Praise for Defy"A wonderful tale of adventure, romance, and embracing your true self. Alexa is a heroine readers will love to follow!" -Marie Lu, author of the bestselling Legend series"This action-packed fantasy holds much page-turning appeal." -VOYA"Larson's debut is full of passion and adventure, urging readers to cheer and weep simultaneously at Alexa's astounding courage." -School Library Journal"This will likely still satisfy teens looking for a blend of swordplay and romance." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books