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Defy (Firstborn Trilogy Book One) Paperback – April 29, 2012
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About the Author
Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning...two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and young adults with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
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Defy is a terrific coming-of-age story. Seventeen-year-old Tate defies her parents' wishes and leaves the safety of the protected Estilorian area, and ends up in a whole heap of trouble. I cried big fat tears, so have your tissues ready.
I don't want to spoil anything, but the relationship that develops between Tate and Zachariah is beautiful and sweet and extremely funny.
It's not only a coming-of-age story for Tate; it's also a coming-of-age story of sorts for her dad Caleb, who realizes he needs to trust his daughter, for Corgloresti Quincy and for the Corgloresti Elder Ini-herit, who both begin to understand, and feel, human emotions, and for the delicious Zachariah, who realizes that he needs to open up to himself and others.
One of the things I loved about Defy was the relationships. The deep love these characters have for each other touched my heart. Even the relationship between Zachariah and the Kragen (dragon), Nyx, is heartwarming.
In Defy, Raine goes a little bit darker than in her previous books and really ramps up the tension. The evil Mercesti (The Dark Ones) want to get their hands on an ancient artifact, so they abduct a gifted Estilorian girl to help them find it.
I knew there would be multiple points-of-view in Defy, but I was surprised at how many there actually was, and the great thing is, they all worked. It was kind of like getting to `look behind the curtain'.
As well as introducing us to new characters, we get to read about the old ones, but Amber and Gabriel, Skye and Caleb, and Olivia and James take a backseat and allow their children to shine. There are a lot of Kynzesti (half human mothers, Estilorian fathers) offspring, which means Raine can write about the Estilorian race forever. Yay!
It's not necessary to have read the Daughter's of Saraqael Trilogy to fully enjoy Defy, but it might help new readers familiarize themselves with the Estilorian Plane if they did. The book does include a glossary for reference, which I used a few times to keep the different Estilorian classes clear in my mind.
I can't wait for Shift, book 2 in the Firstborn Trilogy.