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Defy #2 | Book Review: Ignite by Sara B. Larson

Ignite is the second Defy book, and one that fans of series will certainly enjoy.

Book Review: Ignite by Sara B. Larson

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy- Magic, High Fantasy

Release Date: December 30, 2014

Series: Defy #2

Publisher: Scholastic

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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?”


I’ve developed a certain anxiety about sequels over the years. It’s a combination of excitement that I get to continue reading a story I loved and dread that it’ll bomb and I’ll hate it.

Reading is not for the faint-hearted.

When I opened Ignite, I sat on my most comfy of couches, took a deep breath (for dramatic effect) and dove in.

Guess what? It wasn’t bad! That statement probably sounds underwhelming, but that’s saying a lot. I enjoyed Defy but with some reservations. There was a ton of love triangle action to be distracted by and less world-building than I would have liked.

Ignite does a great job of picking up where things left off, and kickstarting the action right away. Alexa is still a trusted guard of Prince Damien’s but has totally shut down their budding relationship because of REASONS.

I thought plot-wise things were looking good. There was a lot to hold my interest – like new political happenings and romantical-type issues.

The trouble, though, was that while I was enjoying the pace and the fighting and the romantic tension, there was nothing new in the way of themes or twists. Ignite plays off of the tried and true hero sacrifice concept.

It’s nobel and great, but after Harry Potter, this idea has been used so so SO much. Plus, I wanted to violently SHAKE some characters for being incredible dense. Like, the type of dense that is more frustrating than adorable.

I’m thankful as a sequel Ignite didn’t bomb. It’s definitely a solid book that does a great job of keeping things moving in the series.


Fans of Defy won’t be disappointed with Ignite. The story continues with fast-paced, exciting new challenges and with a little less love triangle drama. For overall fantasy fans, I think Ignite is a flop. There’s nothing new being added to the genre, and high fantasy buffs will be bored with the same ole well-used themes and plot tricks.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.