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The Defiance

(Brilliant Darkness #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,203 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Read the sequel to THE SCOURGE, a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist!

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
Published July 29th 2013 (first published July 21st 2013)
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This was a great sequel, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the first was better but I still loved this one

We see Fenn and Peree's relationship blossom more. They begin to see each other and grow fond of one another. But not everyone is happy to see a Groundling and a Lofty being together. In fact, they make it extremely difficult for them to see each other, even going to lengths of punishments if they are caught together.

But that's not there only problem, Fenn only return home to the forest to
Fly To The Sky
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on my blog, Read Books and Live Green

So this book.....

I'm not a sequel/second book person, something about it just puts me off.... For no apparent reason.

So going into The Defiance I have to admit that I was scared that it would live up to my expectations of what the second book in this series should be.

Here's the thing, I really should have just trusted the author that this book would be fantastic, because it really truly was.

So first of all, I'm not nor
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wish it was possible to give 6 star reviews. Yes, I realize that the same rules apply to 5 star reviews, but I have a distinct rationale behind this thought. There are a few authors who I always tend to give 5 star reviews for, simply for the pure entertainment their books provide. However, I can count on one hand the number of authors who provide a compelling storyline as well underlying themes that cause me to reevaluate myself and the society we live in. For example, Suzanne Collins with Th ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Talk about all over the place emotions here! One minute you are happy and the next it is so sad and hopeless. I felt a wide range of anger, hate, sorrow, despair and hope, love and then bam it ends with another emotion. I was finally relaxing after the long journey it took to get to the end of the book that I didn’t see it coming. Yes, there is a cliffhanger.

If you haven’t read the first book, you would want to read it first. There is so much you wouldn’t understand if you jumped into the secon
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book is near perfection. There is ZERO second book syndrome. None at all. In fact, the story glides perfectly from book one to book two without a single hitch. And while I still suffer the usual book hangover, I am not left with the bitter taste in my mouth so common after reading a middle book. There was no filler, and no overdose of book 1 repetition. The characters were already formed, and they stayed true to who they were in The Scourge.

Henley has continued building depth to ea
Carrie Slager
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I liked the first book so much that I asked A. G. Henley for an ebook copy of The Defiance in exchange for an honest review.]

Oftentimes series with great first books never really measure up to the potential that I see in the first book. Usually the second book lets me down in what I like to call Book 2 Syndrome. Fortunately, The Defiance didn’t suffer from this at all. In fact, it should probably be held up as an example of how second books should be written.

The Defiance starts
C.M. Albert
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
For those of you who loved AG Henley's debut novel, the Scourge, you will love her much awaited and anticipated follow up, the Defiance (and I'm happy to say she's busily writing the next book as well about the Fire Sisters). Without giving too much away, I will say this: if you are passionate about your characters, as I am with Fennel and Peree, you will both love and want to scream at Henley for her cliff hanger ending (though, I do have to hand it to her, it was well played!). book two of the ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall it's a book I liked. There were a lot of things like plot holes, flat characters, and things that just didn't cohesively flow in the story that made this more slogfest instead of a consuming-in-no-time type of book. I became very annoyed with Fennel. I can't put my finger on why, but the huge pity party she continually throws herself definitely had something to do with it. I was hoping this book would be so much more fulfilling. It felt like the premise was to make it back to Koolkuna bu ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place after Fenn and Peree get back from Koolkuna. Not much action in this one. It was more of the unrest between the two groups and the ones that want to go Koolkuna. I liked it because it added more to Fenn and Peree's story but it really didn't stand out to me and seemed to drag on in places. Wished there was more of what made the first book so great. Ending was just ok. Nothing really unexpected and did open up for the next story. I received an ebook in exchange for an honest ...more
Judy Ann Bertoson
Another Winner!!

This without a doubt deserves a five star rating. I love the way the author brings the characters to life and makes you feel like you are a part of the story. I love all of the characters and their personalities which are so unique to them.
I couldn't put it down and can't wait to read the next one. I would recommend this book to others.
Candice Allen
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful story

AG Henley has done it again, creating a world with words. I you ride a roller-coaster of emotions reading this story and 'see' the world through fennel 's blind eyes. I loved this second story and can't wait to read more!
Marion Campbell
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The twists and turns continue for our heroes, Peree and Fenn as they try to help their communities that are not comfortable with the two being a couple. Danger, loss, joy, are all part of life for these two. The story continues ... and now I have to by the 3rd book in this series!
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not put it down I was drawn in like I was part of the book.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

I remember reading "The Scourge" last year and completely falling for its believable, unique characters and its thrilling storyline. It felt like I was in the forest with Fenn and Peree as they uncovered secrets long hidden, listening to the sound of animals and inhaling the scent of summer. Long story short, I loved it! (You can find the review here!) So when I read on A.G. Henley's blog that the sequel, "The Defiance", in the "Brilliant Darkness" series
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Book 2 of A.G. Henley’s “Brilliant Darkness” trilogy begins with our heroes Fennel and Peree back where they started, in their respective “hometowns” of Fennel’s Groundling camp and Perry’s Lofty village in the trees. The scourge, or zombie-like people who will invade at any given moment for days on end before retreating to wherever it is they come from, still moan and groan and threaten the lives of everyone Peree and Fenn hold dear. Sure, they may know now that the scourge are actually just si ...more
Laura Masciarelli
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Many times the second (and third and forth) book in a series is a letdown. The whole story was told in the first book and the author has no tale left to tell. The much-awaited second book in the Brilliant Darkness Series, The Defiance, was the antithesis of a let down–it was a fun ride and deepened my love of the characters, as A.G.Henley further developed their personalities.

Fenn and Peree have come back to convince as many as their people that a better life awaits them in Koolkuna. They tell a
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From chapter one something unsettling occurs and puts the first half of the story in a slightly eerie light. Someone's out to get Fenn and you'll speculate if it's from the inside or the outside. This was where I was most frustrated that Fenn couldn't see and that this person terrorizing her was getting away with it so easily.

However, I had an inkling that (not only who it was but) that it ultimately wasn't going to leave such a big dent
Ashley Leonard
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I gave this book a 5 because honestly I can't remember the last book I read and liked as much, and believe me, I'm stingy with my 5's. I can't say enough good things about this author and these books. I've read many a YA book, some extremely popular, who have nowhere near her mature writing skills she has. I was never caught off guard by an error (I found none), something I doubted to be true, or by cheesy feelings or conversations.
First off, the characters are not only solid, but understandabl
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Rating: 4.5/5

Fans of The Scourge, you will not be disappointed with this sequel. The Defiance was thrilling, romantic, and full of surprises. Loved this book!

After the lies of the Groundlings and Lofties' existence were revealed in the previous book, their society starts to unravel in this book. People start to question the truth of what they've been living and that causes the leaders to begin taking drastic measures against Fenn and Peree, who started it all. That leads to betrayal, surprise
The Defiance never gets old! This is my third time reading A.G. Henley‘s zombie-esque dystopian and first time listening to the audiobook. I love Peree and Fenn, their world, and the fight for a better life. In this installment of the Brilliant Darkness series, Fenn and Peree are back in their villages and must convince their people to return with them to Koolkuna and their protected waters.

Fenn is a different person than who we met in the first book. She is more independent now and not afraid t
Hayley G
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED THE SCOURGE a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist (you can read my review here)

So I knew I was going to love The Defiance as well, let me tell you, I had very high hopes for this follow-up novel, and Henley DEFINITELY delivers in her sophomore release!

I so enjoyed the fact that Fenn and Peree, despite their families' reservations, fight to be together. Peree wants nothing more than for Fenn, him, and Eland to go Koolkuna, while Fenn (being the kind soul she is) want
Chris Torretta
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was quite excited when I read The Scourge, the first in this brilliant series, and my excitement didn’t abate while waiting for this sequel! I flew through it, maybe a little TOO fast considering I didn’t want to stop reading once I started. It’s a short book so I was able to do this in one sitting.

The entire plot was fabulous. From the beginning you’re given answers about what happened between book one and two, and it seemed like it was maybe only a few days. You can easily go into the second
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the second instalment of the Brilliant Darkness series and although I enjoyed the story, it had too many holes that frustrated me.(view spoiler) ...more
Michael Long
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
In the Defiance, Fenn and Peree try to convince their people to leave for Koolkuna, while factions within the two peoples try to prevent that.

I did enjoy continuing along with Fenn and Peree, learning more about them and their world. Several characters really surprised me with the shades of gray. You question their motives, who can be trusted, and who is good and who is bad. Throughout the novel someone is working to sabotage relations between the Groundlings and Lofties. It is a bit of a whodun
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I love the world A.G. Henley created within this series. Recently I have found myself bored by the YA dystopian genre, but Henley offered a fresh new perspective on the "end of the world" and I love it. It also helps that I adore the main characters, Fenn and Peree. Now this is the second book in a trilogy so I was weary because, well second books have a reputation of being a hot mess! But The Defiance was different. Peree and Fenn
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A.G. Henley made Titanic look like a worthless thing to cry for… kidding, but cried a lot with this book, bit emotional… a birth and a few deaths, and… well, the quest for a better place is finally here (and warning, I will repeat myself).

The Defiance is going to go through all Fenn has to do, endure, and convince others to get to where her people supposed to be from the start instead of living in ignorance and hiding.

Peree and Fenn’s love will b
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I felt like this book was a good continuation of the story. I found the first part a little slow, but I realize it was to jog everyone's memory who didn't read the first two books back to back. Once the story picked up, I was furiously turning pages again. The main plot of this second book surrounds Fenn and Peree trying to convince their people to give up old animosities and join together to leave for Kolkunna. As you might expect, that task is easier said than done.

My main gripe with this book
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Defiance could easily have ended the series. If I hadn't known there was another book coming, I would have thought that this one was on the way to tying itself up nicely. In fact, it wasn't until the last two pages that it even opened itself up for another book. I'm just grateful that it didn't end with a relationship cliffhanger.

I have mixed feelings about a third book. On the one hand, I would have been quite content had the book ended with Peree and Fennel getting their HEA. On the other
Keeley Brothers
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book was great up until about the last 5 pages. The story continued seamlessly from "The Scourge" and then there was one of those cheesy "OH NO" moments. There are so many other things that could have happened to make the new conflict more believable and appear more serious - it was like the author decided in the last 5 pages that she thought maybe a 3rd book was in order, so rather than inserting some foreshadowing in the beginning, just decided to come up with some brand new idea to make t ...more
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A.G. Henley is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and fantasy books and stories, including the Love & Pets adult romantic comedy series. The first book in her young adult Brilliant Darkness series, THE SCOURGE, was a Library Journal Self-e Selection and a Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist. She’s also a clinical psychologist in Denver, Colorado, but she promises not to analy ...more

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Brilliant Darkness (3 books)
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