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Ignite : a Defy novel
Larson, Sara B.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
289 pages ; 22 cm
King Damian and his trusted guard, Alexa, focus on rebuilding Antion after years of war and strife, but the citizens are reluctant to trust their new king, and when a new threat arises, including an assassination attempt, Alexa must protect the king she loves and uncover the enemy before it is too late.
General Note:
Sequel to: Defy.
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.7 13.0 172619.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.4 19 Quiz: 65514.
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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?

Author Notes

Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy Defy trilogy: Defy , Ignite , and Endure ; and Dark Breaks the Dawn , the first book of a duology. She 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 children. When she's not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting of her sugar addiction. You can visit her online at

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Although Alexa has revealed her true self to the new king, Damian, she still harbors deep emotions for him. But she chooses to help Damian and other survivors of the brutal war to rebuild Antion before she tends to her feelings. Additionally, the usually friendly kingdom of Blevon is threatening Antion, though Alexa questions whether the threats are real. Still, she will guard Damian and the kingdom to her last. Alexa was fierce in Defy (2013), and in this second installment, she remains an interesting, multilayered character, a valiant fighter with heart. Series fans will be satisfied.--Comfort, Stacey Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Resolute heroine Alexa Hollen returns in this sequel to Defy (Scholastic, 2014). Damian's betrayal still stings and Alexa continues to deny her love for him, but an uneasy peace with Blevon launches the female King's guard into emotional turmoil: Someone is attacking distant villages of Antion, a young prince is kidnapped, and Blevon appears to be the culprit. Meanwhile the Dansiians, responsible for the black sorcerer Iker's devastating involvement with Damian's father, have sent a delegation to Antion under the pretense of forming an alliance, but the enchanting Lady Vera reveals a more sinister agenda. This fast-paced fantasy novel laced with political intrigue spends a lot of time in Alexa's head as she is torn between her duty as the finest personal guard to her king and a desperate desire to be with her soul mate. Jealousy is a common theme with these realistic characters, whether it's Alexa, Damian, Rylan, or Lady Vera, examining the complicated ramifications of one person's decisions. Antion's politics add a level of depth to the world-building without being too distracting or overbearing. Readers who enjoy love stories that include multifaceted relationships and a suspenseful plot will be enthralled.-Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York City (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



From IGNITE Damian's hands closed over my upper arms, holding me up. Did I need to be held up? I was pretty sure I'd been standing. Although my legs did feel strange and the room seemed to be swaying beneath me. Stars popped as my vision slowly returned to see him staring down at me. The heat of his fingers burned through my tunic, and the warmth of his body, only inches from mine, was a tantalizing invitation. His eyebrows pulled low over his eyes as I stood motionless beneath his hands. My gaze dropped to his lips and my heart began to thud in my chest. The pain in my head, the exhaustion, the worries and fears all faded away as I stared at his mouth. Without letting myself think or question what I was doing, I lifted my face to his. This was what I wanted -- he was what I wanted. Who I needed. I'd been a fool to reject him. He'd been a fool to believe me. Did he truly think I could stop loving him so easily? When he looked at me as he was now, with a hunger and need to match mine so evident on his beautiful face and in his eyes, I knew he didn't see my scars -- inside or out. He only saw me. Alexa. Excerpted from Ignite by Sara B. Larson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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