Friday, June 3, 2016

Blog Tour: Book Review: Defy by Tricia Mingerink

I'm thrilled to be part of author Tricia Mingerink's blog tour for Defy today! My friends, if you have not read this series, you need to give it a try! Scroll down for my personal review, plus other fun things! ^_^

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Title: Defy

Author: Tricia Mingerink

Series: The Blades of Acktar #3

Genre: Fantasy

Audience: New Adult


The war for Acktar has begun.

With his betrayal revealed, former Blade Leith Torren flees into the Sheered Rock Hills, pursued by King Respen’s vengeful Blades.

Left behind at Nalgar Castle, Renna Faythe tries to find her purpose, yet that purpose isn’t what she expected.

Brandi Faythe has been torn from her sister, and that isn’t all right. If Leith can’t rescue Renna, Brandi will take matters into her own hands.

War demands sacrifice. Courage falters. Who will find the strength to defy King Respen?

Acktar rests on one hope:

The Leader is ready.

**5 stars**

How to describe my feelings for Defy, book three of THE BLADES OF ACKTAR series by Tricia Mingerink ... It was fantastic. It was also daunting and heavy. Made me giggle hysterically. Melted my heart. Strengthened my soul. In short, it's a thought-provoking novel exploring perilous and even terrifying times; yet there are lovely moments of humor and sweetness - and the characters that experience them have quite captured my heart. I loved this book! This series is in many ways like the ILYON CHRONICLES by Jaye L. Knight, so if you like that series ... When I think of one, I think of the other, and just want to hug them both and all their characters! ^_^

Leith Torren is riding away with Brandi, on their way to the Resistance group. Renna is left behind at King Respen's castle, clinging fiercely to her faith in her utter aloneness.
     War is brewing. Things are about to shift in Acktar. Only who will be left to survive?

Eep! So many moments! It was so thrilling being back with Leith, Renna, and Brandi. Though my dear Brandi ... I was almost shocked at her transformation ... but not really. Because it was coming. My heart hurt for her. But the journey our thirteen/fourteen-year-old bold and bubbly Brandi went on was amazing and heart-touching. I really, really liked it. And Renna! So awesome to watch her faith deepen! Ah. She will always be a special character to me - some things about her are just so much like myself! It was so cool to see all the characters growing and changing, hurting and then healing. I love the depth to them, and can hardly wait to see more! Especially excited to finally get Martyn's story! He grew on me a lot.

Though I've probably said this in my other reviews for this series, I want to throw it out there again. THE BLADES OF ACKTAR is very intense at times. If you are really sensitive or get anxious a lot, you might want to proceed with caution. However, I find that this series encourages me in my Christian walk and even helps strengthen my faith! Finding characters that are so like you, and struggle like you, and watching them grow in the Lord is a pretty amazing thing. *smiles*
     So beware of violence/gruesomeness, frightening scenes, and intensity ... but the depth of this series is really what makes it so incredible.

And that fact that it's Christian fantasy. Which is totally awesome. *grins* The faith theme is so real! The fantasy world epic. And Leith is just a fabulous guy. And Renna and Brandi both brilliant heroines in their own ways. There's battles. Tender scenes. Deepening romance. Tears, but strength. Hilarious moments. Defy may be the most humorous of all three books; more than once I had a huge grin on my face as I tried not to burst into hysterical laughter. Leith, Renna, Jamie, Brandi ... you guys make my day! *grins* So much adventure, my friends. Hard times, but hope breaks through unrelenting!

Leith and Renna!!!! *fangirly squeals* I love them so much! The moments in Defy!!!! I'm so happy! Where is the next book already?? *winks and grins*

The end felt a bit heavy, but after reading the book a second time, I was expecting it and was able to move past quickly and focus on the happy, heart-warming part. I cannot tell you how excited I am for Book 4!

Defy is a magnificent accomplishment, and, as always, I eagerly await another book from Tricia Mingerink!

I received a copy of Defy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.
You can connect with her on FacebookPinterestGoodreadsTwitterInstagram, and her blog.

Blog Tour Schedule

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May 31 – Release Day!

June 1

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  1. Replies
    1. You should, Natasha! They're so good!! ^_^

  2. Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Shantelle!

    1. You're welcome, Tricia! Always happy to! :) :)