Ignite by Sara B. Larson
Release date: January 7th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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?
The entire series will be the death of me!!! The love. The tension. Alexa and Damian. THOSE TWO! Will they ever be happy? *sigh* I did’t think it would be possible, but I loved Ignite even more than Defy!
The story starts right where Defy left off. The kingdom of Antion is at peace, but Alexa is not. That peace was won at a high cost – Alexa is now disfigured and forced to carry the guilt of those who died helping her. She’s also pushed away Damian for the good of the kingdom because in her mind, who would want a guard as a queen? Of course this leads to some deliciously intense scenes between Alexa and Damian.
In the first book Alexa disguised herself as a boy, but that’s no longer the case. Everyone knows who she is and what is is capable of. Her being a girl changes nothing. She’s the best swords person in the guard and an excellent tactician as well. GIRL POWER!!!
And then there is Damian *swoon* who is even more perfect than in the first book. He doesn’t care that Alexa is disfigured or that she had disguised herself as a man. He loves her for who she is – strong, intelligent, fiercely loyal. This part was BEAUTIFUL! It’s a wonderful message to send out, especially to young adults. It’s not what’s on the outside that counts, but you thoughts and actions.
I also enjoyed seeing a much complex Damian. He too feels the weight of fighting for peace and the stress related to rebuilding a damaged nation. Also, his relationship with Alexa is fragile at best. With all of this are introduced to a vulnerable Damian, one who is unsure of himself, hurt and confused. I spent most of the book wanting to give him a giant hug.
The only fault I found with the book was the resurgence of that darn love triangle. NO, NO, NO! I thought that died, but nope I was mistaken. I didn’t see the point to it in the first book and certainly didn’t think it was necessary here. Alexa and Damian have a fractured relationship, but it’s not because they don’t feel for each other. Adding another person felt like the author was just trying to up the drama and tension.
To sum up…was this book absolutely amazing? YES! Did it exceed my expectations? Totally! Completely blown away! You 100% need to read this series.