Defy the Night

by Brigid Kemmerer

Part of the Defy the Night Series

Children's & YA Fiction Fantasy

LoveReading Expert Review of Defy the Night

Courtly intrigue, a corrupt kingdom, fated romance - this fiercely energetic fantasy novel is an exhilarating ride

Reeling with romance, rebellion and a feverish sense of doing the right thing, Brigid Kemmerer’s Defy the Night melds magic with political struggles to create a fast-paced, fantasy epic fronted by an indomitable young female apothecary.


Tessa Cade and handsome, enigmatic Weston are the Robin Hoods of their corrupt kingdom, a realm that’s brutally governed by King Harristan and his brother Prince Corrick; a realm in which only the richest can afford a cure for the disease that’s blighting their subjects. As a result, Tessa and Weston rob food and medicine from the rich to distribute to the poor, but Tessa is quick to realise that the only long-term way to end this unfair situation is to kill the king. Cue a high-stakes voyage to the kingdom’s dark core and a whole lot of soul-searching, plus plenty of heady romance. With whip-smart world-building and a cast of vibrant characters, this is a novel fans of Sarah J Maas and Cassandra Clare will devour.

Joanne Owen

Defy the Night Synopsis

In a kingdom where sickness stalks the streets and only the richest can afford a cure, King Harristan and his brother Prince Corrick are forced to rule with an iron fist. Tessa Cade is a masked outlaw marked for death, but she likes it that way. Together with the mysterious, handsome Weston, she robs from the rich to help the poor, distributing food and medicine to those who need it most.

As it becomes clear that the only way to save her people is to assassinate the King, Tessa must face a deadly mission that will take her to the dark heart of the kingdom ... and force her to work with the very people she intended to destroy.

From New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer comes a brand-new blockbuster fantasy series about a corrupt kingdom, a star-crossed romance and a girl who will do anything for justice.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781526632807
Publication date: 14th September 2021
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Primary Genre Children's & YA Fiction
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Brigid Kemmerer Press Reviews

Defy the Night is a twisty, edge-of-your-seat fantasy that has it all-outlaws, court intrigue, rebellions, and romance. Addicting from page one! -- #1 New York Times best-selling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

A captivating combination of thrilling adventure, swoon-worthy romance, and royal intrigue, Defy the Night is everything I crave in a fantasy romance -- Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series

Brigid Kemmerer has woven her compelling heroine into a kinetic tale of the tension between duty, love and trust -- Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Hours

Immersive and engaging, Defy the Night is a romantic epic that blends magic and politics with a deft hand -- Adrienne Young, New York Times Bestselling author of Fable

Defy the Night has everything you want in a story: a complex, dangerous world where anyone could be your enemy, a tortured hero, and my personal favorite: plenty of kissing. This book is unputdownable -- Isabel Ibanez, author of Woven In Moonlight, a William C. Morris award finalist

A high-stakes fantasy with heart and originality. Kemmerer is a master of nuance and political intrigue, and readers will fall in love with her characters while they race through the pages -- Elizabeth Lim, New York Times bestselling author of Spin the Dawn and So This is Love

A breathtaking, tender, and fiercely page-turning story, Defy the Night has left me thinking and questioning, which is the best thing any book can do - New York Times bestselling author, Mary E. Pearson

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ISBN: 9781526632807
Publication date: 14/09/2021
Format: Paperback

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About Brigid Kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer is the author of Letters to the Lost, More Than We Can Tell, and the YALSA-nominated Elementals series and the paranormal mystery, Thicker Than Water. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, with several stops in between. Brigid is now settled near Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and children.   Author photo © Nicole Daacke Photography

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