By Sara B Larson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: December 30th, 2014
Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.
Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy—before it’s too late?
Ignite did not disappoint! The romance and action carry across from the first book, though the former is a little rocky for the majority of the book, and I grew to love these characters even more. The book starts off with Alexa continuing her role as royal guard to Damian, the new king of Antion, and denying her feelings for him. Which is not altogether unexpected given the way book one ended. Rylan is also still there, mourning his brother and waiting for Alexa to get over Damian and start to notice him as a love interest. Sadly, Rylan would probably turn into friendzoned dust before that happened. Sorry, dude.
However, DRAMA starts rather quickly with the arrival of Lady Vera, from Antion’s current/former/psuedo ally Dansii. She is beautiful and lovely and BEAUTIFUL and everyone but Alexa is like, “yes please come stay with us even though my country just killed your King’s brother you probably don’t hate us,” and this event can be described as such:
Damian: um, yes.
Me: Hell, NO.
Alexa is, of course, right. She knows that you don’t let people who probably want to murder you stay in your house. Really, Vera should have probably been tossed out on her butt the minute she showed up, however, everyone in the castle, eventually, finds out that Dansii does not wish to play nice nor make friends, so Alexa goes and gets shit done, per usual.
The plot mainly consists of Alexa taking matters into her own hands in the face of a Damian who is practically useless once Vera gets her hooks in him. She sets off to help a kidnapped friend and uncovers a plot to pit Antion against it’s hard won ally, Blevon. The plot, despite the rather annoying hang up of Damian going gaga over the other woman, Vera (for reasonable reasons we later find out), is action packed with what felt like much more swordfighting epicness than Defy. There is also an introduction of some rather creepy magic that very much reminded me of Kilgrave from Jessica Jones as I was re-reading Ignite in the midst of binge-watching the show (having watched Jessica Jones just made these new powers in Ignite all the creepier).
The book is wrapped up nicely, while not with a neat happy ending bow, at least with a lovely potential for a happy ending in book three. Along with the action and romance (which the reader has to wait just a little bit for, but it’s worth it), Ignite showcased a huge improvement with Sara’s writing, leaving me even more of a die hard fan, one who can’t wait for Endure and anything else she ever writes.*
*As long as it’s not contemporary YA.
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