Illyria has never known a life without the Rebellion.
Nothing else matters…until she ventures out into unknown territory and is faced with an enemy that proves even more fierce and determined than she ever thought.
Bastien is infuriating, dangerous and annoyingly gorgeous. Eamon is familiar, comforting and turning into a man before her eyes. Both want her heart...but she is torn between duty and desire. When her choice affects all of mankind, how can she allow herself to be selfish?
There is a power within her that can change everyone’s fate…but she underestimated the most potent force on Earth—love. Illyria must discover if she has the strength to sacrifice her heart to save mankind.
I am a huge fan of dystopian novels. HUGE! I loved Divergent, The Hunger Games, and Born, so when I heard about this book, by Amy Miles, I knew that I had to read it and find out why everyone was raving about it. Boy, am I glad that I did!
I’ll admit, the beginning started off slow, but as the world was built, brick by brick, I fell in love with the story. The characters are normally what keeps me coming back, page after page, and this time was no different. BUT, the world and what caused their society to crumble, was what really blew my mind.
The author’s voice is clear and concise. The action is mind boggling and well thought out. I actually felt like I was watching it in my mind’s eye. I was enamored with the world and the characters. Especially Bastien...*sigh*
What would a good YA/NA novel be without the prerequisite love triangle? It was there, but not in the common way that you’ve seen in say...Twilight. No, this one was breathtakingly beautiful. AND it had a purpose. It wasn’t just there to take up space, which is something that more authors should incorporate when they pit characters against each other.
The ending broke my heart though. I wanted to reach out and grab Bastien and keep him by my side. I would say more...but that would give it all away. Just let me say this: it may start off slow, but WOW you will be blown away as you get deeper and deeper!
Amy Miles has a new fan in me! I’m now going to start reading her other series as well. I have a feeling that it will be just as beautiful as Defiance Rising!
About the Author:
Amy Miles is the author of Forbidden, Reckoning and Defiance Rising. When she's not writing, Amy can be found traveling, cuddled up with a good book or beating her husband at Scrabble.
Amy is currently working to release five more books in 2013.
Redemption (Book III of the Arotas Trilogy)
Immortal Rose (Prequel to the Arotas Trilogy)
Relinquish (Book II of the Rising Trilogy)
Netherworld (Book I of the Hallowed Realms Trilogy)
And an NA contemporary romance that is still to be named