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The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness, #2)Book Synopsis:

Brilliant Darkness #2
Published July 2013 by author
YA, Post Apocalypse | 201

It hasn’t been long since Fennel, a Sightless Groundling, and Peree, her Lofty Keeper, fell in love and learned the truth: the Scourge, and their world, are not what they seem.

Fenn and Peree are determined to guide their people to the protected village of Koolkuna, but first they must convince them that everything they believe is a lie. An impossible task, especially when someone seems hell-bent on trying anything–even animal sacrifice and arson–to destroy the couple’s new bond and crush the frail truce between the Groundlings and the Lofties. Not everyone wants to uproot their lives in the forest, and those who stay behind will be left terribly vulnerable.

Fenn and Peree’s resolve to be together, and the constant threat of the Scourge’s return, push both groups to the breaking point. Unable to tell friend from foe, Fenn must again decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to ensure the future of the people of the forest.

Only this time, the price of peace may be too high to bear.

Book Review: ★★★★

In this second installment of Brilliant Darkness we see Fenn and Peree return to their home in hopes of bringing their people to Koolkuna – where people are safe from the Scourge. I loved watching Fenn and Peree’s love unfold and how it affected the people around them. What really made this book great is learning more about the community and seeing the bad sides of humanity. Henleyh has an amazing ability on portraying all sides of humanity and we see characters who were once thought good turn horrible and those that were questionable become allies. It was amazing to read and at the same time made me really angry because it felt like everything was going poorly for the two lovebirds. The second great thing about this novel was learning more about their community. We learn more about how it formed after society fell to the Scourge. I loved seeing the differences and the similarities between the Lofties and the Groundlings.

All in all the book was a wonderful. For most of its entirety I was so anxious and impatient for Fenn and Peree to get back to Koolkuna. But then, of course, Henley has to go and throw us a curve ball. This second in the series did not suffer from sequel syndrome and I can’t wait until the third novel is released.