ENDURE by Sara B. Larson


From the "Defy" series, volume 3
Age Range: 11 - 13
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This trilogy conclusion sends a girl warrior all over fantasyland, a trail of bodies behind her.

Alas, the shoddy worldbuilding and B-movie plotting of the first two books carry over here. When the robed villain Manu de Reich os Deos—"The Right Hand of God," he claims—attacks Alexa and King Damian in the throne room, Alexa can wait no longer. Though she's a member of Damian's personal guard and his affianced bride, she can think of no better plan than disobeying her king's order: she hares off after captured Rylan (ostensibly her second love interest). She travels through a fantasyland packed with flora and fauna from South America and Asia and whose cities have African names. In the nation of Dansii, Alexa is taken captive and becomes the prisoner of King Armando, the blue-eyed maniac who rules his people with a potent combination of mad science and black sorcery. With Alexa's unwilling help, he intends to conquer the world, for he's convinced that her blood holds a powerful magic. Alexa will never survive without the parade of men and women who sacrifice themselves to help her return to Damian. She must fight after unbelievable physical suffering: days of being bled with primitive syringes while deprived of sufficient food and water on a brutally hot desert journey. A deus ex machina conclusion leaves all that sacrifice seeming sadly pointless.

Aspires to paint-by-numbers quest fantasy but falls short even of that. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Pub Date: Dec. 29th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-545-64490-7
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2015


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