Author: Raine Thomas
Published: Iambe Books, April 2012
Format: e-book, paperback
Source: a copy was provided by the author for review purposes
Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.
Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.
Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.
As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.
This is the first book in the Firstborn trilogy. Set in the world of the Estilorians, Defy is a story about Tate, a seventeen-year-old girl who is the first-born daughter of an Estilorian father and a half-Estilorian/ half-human mother.
Tate grows up in a protected environment with her siblings, parents, relatives and cousins. While her parents, uncles and aunties train the children to learn about defense, Tate never fully grasps the reasons behind why she and her siblings and cousins must live in an area that is heavily protected by enchantments. Being young, stubborn and impulsive, she ventures outside of the realm of protection one day, and discovers that living away from home is actually not as easy or fun as she has once perceived.
The Firstborn trilogy is set at a time that is about eighteen years after the battle happened at the end of the Daughters of Saraqael series. Since many characters in the Daughters of Saraqael series also appear in the Firstborn trilogy, I think it would be a better experience to read the Daughters of Saraqael series before reading this book.
Tate is a character that I find memorable and adorable. She is not the easiest to like, and when you see her do things recklessly, you’d probably shake your head and scream, “what are you thinking…” Yet, she has this sense of humor that would just cheer you up and even when you know she is not behaving at her best, you’d just want to overlook her shortcoming and give her a justifiable excuse for her misbehavior.
Tate’s journey to find her way home is full of hazards and perils. As she struggles to survive, she meets Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from the Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Zachariah is physically strong, and because of his past, he has a tendency to include the word “bloody” in almost every sentence that he verbally communicates. I find him a little weird at first but as I learn more about what he has been through, I start seeing him as someone who is fiercely loyal, genuine, clever and reliable.
I really like the Estilorian world created by Raine Thomas. While there are different classes of beings living on the Estilorian plane, I never find the descriptive details confusing or overwhelming. I like that each class has their own special abilities and that the classes are meant to work together to create synergy.
With evil beings attempting to grow their power for greed and torture, Tate, Zachariah and many others must work together to hopefully outwit the evil. But this time, the evil ones are more cunning and they won’t stop… until they get what they want.
Personally, I find Defy creative, romantic and enjoyable. This is an exciting story that leaves me wanting to read more. Fans of the Daughters of Saraqael series will definitely not want to miss this remarkable continuation into the adventurous world of the Estilorians.