All lies have consequences.
Promoted to the top rank among King Respen’s assassins, First Blade Leith Torren hides his involvement with the Resistance. How many lies will it take to protect his secret?
Renna Faythe has done nothing but survive for the past four years, but now Leith’s courage inspires her to try to be something more. If only she could figure out what that duty might be.
When the unthinkable happens, faith wavers. Friendships tear. What else will they be forced to deny?
But this time, Leith faces his greatest fear.
He can’t save everyone.
Being promoted to the position of First Blade was not what Leith had in mind. Now King Respen watches him all the more closely – not a great thing when you happen to be a spy for the Resistance! The lies and their consequences threaten to drown him, as he struggles to juggle his identities and protect the ones he loves.
Renna is growing tired of being the victim. After seeing Leith’s courage she wants to do more, but where does she start? Respen is determined to kill her, and the countryside falls to him, one city at a time. Faith is hard to come by.
This book was even more exciting and complex than its predecessor, Dare. No middle-of-series-lag going on here! It was so much fun to watch how the relationships and faith of the characters grow and deepen, yet so painful to see how others suffered in the wake of so much lies and manipulation.
And poor Leith certainly had a lot of that to juggle! I respect his skills at keeping all those balls in the air!
Renna is finally showing hints that she is coming into herself, and It will be interesting to see where she comes out at the end.
I do really hope that Martin will eventually see the light, for I do like his character and don’t want him to remain on Respen’s side.
I also really admired the characters for how well, and sometimes creatively, they handled the situations they were thrust into, even if the results would cost them dearly. I am so eager for the next book. Deny was a bit of a cliffhanger so I recommend having Defy on hand before you finish, or the wait might drive you crazy!
My Rating: Five Flames
Romance: Very Clean.
Drinking / Drugs: Nothing that I recall.
Blood / Violence: This book is a good bit more violent than its predecessor. There are quite a few deaths, a few bodies, raids and skirmishes, and a lot of goat’s blood used for a trick.
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