Author: Sara B. Larson
Release Date: December 30th, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 304 pages
Status: Defy #2
Summary (from Goodreads):
Murder, kidnapping, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson's acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.
Alexa continues to harbor a secret love for the newly crowned King Damian, yet she remains by his side as his guard and ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion's people. However, when a new threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on the once friendly nation of Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. Once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy -- before it's too late?
Ignite was an amazing novel that I could not put down!
The story takes place roughly a month after the events of Defy, and Alexa is still recovering from the horrors of defeating the old king. She's still Damian's guard- and is still denying her old feelings for him. The Antion court is visited by a foreign court, led by a beautiful and mysterious woman named Vera. While Alexa is battling her internal feelings, she, Damian and Rylan must also deal with the repercussions of their 'victory'.
What I love about this book is that it doesn't suffer 2nd book syndrome. This book is faced paced, full of action, intrigue, and of course, romance.
I enjoyed the balance of the main plot and the romance, and loved how Alexa sacrifices everything (including herself) to keep everyone- not ONLY Damian- safe.
Another thing I love about this story was how we got to explore more of the characters histories and personalities, and that we learned a bit (not a lot, but it's better than nothing) more of the other kingdoms.
I'm still confused about the role of the other kingdoms, Blevon and Dansii. We learn which is the more threatening kingdom in this book, but I'm just wondering... WHY IS NO ONE HELPING THEM?
The book leaves a lot hanging, but it's done so in a good way that will leave you anticipating the next book.