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Defy: Firstborn Trilogy Book One

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012


    Love this book and the authors other books read it in one day definately worth three bucks would recommend this to anybody young or old :)

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

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    It is often said that when you love something it usually is hard

    It is often said that when you love something it usually is hard for you to say why you love said thing because how can you explain perfection in just a few words, right? Well, this is how I felt about Defy. It was brilliant. It was such a breath of fresh air with it's unique blend of intensity and humour. It had mystery, intrigue, depth, romance, and an amazing cast of characters. Defy does not disappoint as it is the first book in the follow up series to the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy which in it's own right is such an interesting and unique YA fantasy/Romance trilogy with it's introduction to all things Estilorian.

    In Defy I think that Raine Thomas does a really great job at expanding the Estilorian world for the reader and it has to be said that she truly has an imagination that is out of this world. Her twists on traditional fantastical elements never cease to amaze me. The creatures she creates, the landscapes described, and the abilities/characteristics of the beings and people in this novel really are amazing and truly transport the reader to a whole new world in their mind and really what is a better testament to excellent world-building, right?

    The characterization in Defy is also pretty incredible. Every character is so well developed. They are so complex that there is not one instance in which you feel like you truly know it all about a character. New things always keep coming to light and I love it when an author can persistently keep you guessing and on your toes about what really is going on underneath the surface in a character's life. The secondary characters in this book are all so charming and strong and determined to try to do the right thing. I fell in love with the newly introduced cast of Estilorians, too. And the main characters in this novel are a riot. Tate and Zachariah are so much fun and it is really surprising because throughout the novel they are facing danger at every corner, from beginning to end; but their personalities always remain so strong, stubborn, willful and funny and I thought it was really great to read about. To say that I liked them doesn't even begin to express the amount of love I had for these characters by the time I finished reading this book. Which leads me to the romance in this book.

    Tate and Zachariah have a chemistry that is off the charts. It really is. I thought their banter was hilarious because they are just both so slick, clever, passionate and fearless and what I loved about them is that they both have incredibly strong personalities and it truly works for them because they challenge each others perceptions at every turn and it wasn't instantaneous love either. It took them a while to get to know each other and every word of it was fun. And what is really great about this book is that there are also two other big romances brewing in this book amongst the secondary characters which were also incredibly compelling, interesting, and humorous.

    Besides the really great characterization, world-building and romance. What I loved about Defy the most had to be it's exploration of emotions with it's special emphasis on what self consciousness and arrogance can do to a person's perception of self. A lot of the characters in this book including the main characters go on an incredibly journey of self discovery and battle not only physical danger but psychological danger, as well.

    My Rating: 5/5

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  • Posted September 3, 2014

    I love Tate's story in Raine Thomas' Defy. She is gutsy, smart,

    I love Tate's story in Raine Thomas' Defy. She is gutsy, smart, and willing to risk it all to do it her way. Something I guess I relate to all too much. :) Raine's story telling ability made itself obvious in the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy, and just keeps growing in this trilogy of the Firstborn Estilorians. I think perhaps my favorite book in this trio, I love the fact that even the most evil bad guy has a glimpse of humanity. No matter what, you begin to wonder if there isn't more to them than just a love for mischief and mayhem. (and control and cruelty... ). Reading her books is always a pleasure because there is nothing more distracting than when you are reading and have to stop to figure out exactly what the author is trying to say, and there is none of that with Raine's work, or if there is, I have not found it, and that is saying a lot! High quality writing coupled with creative and incredible storytelling makes for one wonderful adventure!!!!

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

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    The first thing I have to say about this book is what an AMAZING

    The first thing I have to say about this book is what an AMAZING cover! I know I know, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. But, we ALL initially do it, so whatever. The cover blew me away and I honestly didn’t expect it to be better than the covers of the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy. After reading Defy, the cover felt even better because it portrayed Tate impeccably. 

    Now, onto the actual review.

    One of my favorite things about this installment (and there are plenty) was being able to explore the Estilorian plane. Raine takes us out into the forests of the plane and it is amazing. Another thing I really enjoyed was all of the new characters! So many new characters and all of my old favorites are back and are being shown in a new light. There is something about the way that Raine introduces new characters, they’re all interesting and I can’t wait to read their individual stories *cough cough especially Tiege*. The love story was incredibly sweet & I loved everything about it. This new trilogy also has an “xmen” sort of feeling with all of the new characters and their special abilities. Needless to say, I was hooked from the beginning and the ending was explosive with a ton of action.

    I LOVE that these books get better and better. It's honestly a readers dream to be able to see what happens in the future with characters that you adore.

    This book releases on April 30th, which gives you plenty of time to read the prequel trilogy: Daughters of Saraqael (if you haven’t already). If you have read it, then you can occupy yourself by reading an extra estilorian short story “The Prophecy”.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

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    Wow! What a remarkable world! First of all, Tate is just fabulou

    Wow! What a remarkable world! First of all, Tate is just fabulous -from her eccentric hair to her vibrant personality! She is very brave, in her own defiant way, and really wants to prove herself and make her family proud. When she is in her most vulnerable state, along comes her hunky savior. Except he ends up being a rude, detached, possibly homicidal, jerk. I love how she seems to know just how to push his buttons and really enjoys seeing him on edge. He has absolutely no idea how to handle a girl as bold and beautiful as Tate. I can't wait to see what comes next in this story!

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Straight into the novel we get a glossary. Brilliant idea, espec

    Straight into the novel we get a glossary. Brilliant idea, especially with so many new terms coming into play in this novel, as well as a great start to become familiar with everything, so we're not stopping to try figure out what it all means.

    Without having read the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy, the way that we get to explore the world within the Estilorian Plane is brilliant. Everything we experience with Tate there keeps our minds reeling for more and our curiosity peaks. Very much action packed, I didn't really expect as much as we were given but it was still brilliantly done. Essentially what brought this down a rating than being a 5 was the start, the start of the novel didn't really get me going as much as the rest of the novel did. It started off a little slow for me, especially starting to get used to all the new terms that they use as well as all the family names etc. As well as the constant shift in character perspectives, was a little overbearing, especially when this is a first read without having read the prequel trilogy. (this is only in the start of the novel though, throughout the rest of the novel it all flowed brilliantly and fit nice together)

    The love story within it all was thrilling.*sigh, smile and looking off into the distance* Enough. Said.

    I love the character make-up of Tate, she's an excellent female protagonist (which many books seem to lack lately, because I really just want to slap half of them in the face). The way that the family is made up and their actions and values bring us close to home because we feel so familiar with all the bickering yet love shown to the family.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's review of Defy

    When I first started reading Defy by author Raine Thomas, I went in with my eyes completely shut. I just want to say that the one thing that I am glad for, when I began the novel, was the dictionary that the novel began with. It gives the reader the meaning of the strange and fictional words that are used constantly throughout the novel. Without that little dictionary, I would have been totally lost and confused. The story itself, begins with a fast- paced prologue that takes place through the eyes of a woman who is running from a threat and is about to die. Though the last name to escape her dying lips is the name of a character who is viewed as a villain throughout the novel: Zachariah.

    After the prologue we are introduced to our main character Tate who is almost eighteen and is yet to use her wings. You heard me correctly. Wings. Give me a second to just say that wings aren’t the only epic things in the novel: Everybody in Raine Thomas’s universe have some variety of special abilities that we mortals can only dream of. Since there are far too many creatures and names in the Defy world I will simply say that everybody is an Elemental, which means that everybody can control some element in one way or form.

    I will admit that for the first few chapters of the novel, I was slightly confused. I have no idea why, but there was just too much POV (point of view) switching and tense changes that I was just unsure of what was going on. But thankfully, the remainder of the novel wasn’t confusing and was actually quite addicting. The absolute one thing that I loved about the novel (which also is the absolute one thing I love about Thomas’s writing style) is the way she changed the plot from going in one direction and twisted it on its head to head in another direction altogether. For one and a half parts of the novel (because the novel was split into three parts), we just watch Tate and her loving family and friends try to find her because they don’t believe that she could possibly be dead, and then suddenly what was once a search and rescue mission also turns into a Protect the Elder Scroll mission.

    Like I said above, there is a ton of POV switching, so you get to see the Defy world and multiple key plot points through the eyes of various characters. But, I have to say that I loved every single moment that was spent between Tate and Sparky (a.k.a. Zachariah, a.k.a. the bad guy who probably/most likely killed the girl from the prologue). Not only do they end up technically “haunting” each other, but the amount of humor and interruptions that came from the two characters had me falling in love. Especially since the chemistry between them was just so perfect and existent.

    I would recommend Defy to fans of the fantasy genre as well as readers who want a fun quick read. And Defy is going to be a trilogy. Yay!

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    Defy is the first book in Thomas’s new Firstborn Trilogy and let me tell you, the book ROCKED MY SOCKS!

    Tate is so much like both her parents, Caleb and Skye, which made me love her instantly. She is impulsive, far too trusting, and defiant much like Skye. She is also fiercely strong, good under pressure, and determined much like Caleb. Tate goes through a pretty tough journey through the book while attempting to find her way back home and I was impressed with how controlled she managed to remain of her emotions and temperament.

    I was happy to see my favorites returning from the original trilogy: Amber and Gabriel, James and Olivia, and of course, Caleb and Skye. The Elders In-herit, Jabari, Uriel, Sebastion, and Knorbis are also back. My favorite is In-herit, I enjoyed his relationship with Clara Kate, who is the first born to Amber and Gabriel. It was fun to see how much In-herit was confused through Clara’s emotions and actions and how much he listened to Clara Kate and I liked how strong willed Clara is. I also enjoyed the slew of various new characters. I really liked Tiege, Tate’s twin brother. He’s so cute and loving and much calmer than his twin sister. I also was happy to read more of Quincy and loved his relationship with Sophia, first born to Olivia and James.

    Zachariah was my favorite character of the entire book. He is extremely guarded, hot tempered, prideful and downright rude. He is also deadly agile, incredibly strong, and undeniably hawt! I couldn’t get to the scenes with him fast enough when I was reading. He had me cracking up and in the next sentence wanting to slap him. I so LOVED that he had a tomahawk as a weapon! I also really liked his connection with Nyx, a kragon (dragon-like creature on the Estilorian plane). I liked that they could communicate without words, just with emotions and expressions. They had such an intimate bond which was sweet and trusted each other without question. Nyx helped to show Zachariah’s more vulnerable side. Zachariah is such the anti-hero but it worked great against Tate’s optimistic and impulsivity.

    I’m still Team Caleb *swoon* but Zachariah comes in at a close second Winking

    There were a few things that could use tweaking in upcoming books. Some of the dialogue sometimes sounded unlike the character who was speaking which made some of the dialogue come off choppy. There were times the pacing was a bit dragged because the story felt like it was being told too much over being shown to the reader. There was also a feeling of repetition when the same scenes where told from different characters and sometimes the details were a bit much. But for the most part, the book was well executed.

    With loveable characters returning and new fun characters introduced, with action packed scenes and new budding romances, Defy is a great beginning to what seems to be a promising new trilogy!

    See the FULL review and more at openbooksociety dot com

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

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    I would first like to say I haven't read Raine Thomas's Daughter

    I would first like to say I haven't read Raine Thomas's Daughters of Saraqael trilogy, and this first novel Defy, which is the Firstborn trilogy, is about the children of these daughters of Saraqael. Raine Thomas has added a glossary at the beginning of Defy for readers like me who haven’t read her novels. I found this very helpful to know who the daughters of Sarqael are, and to know that Defy is about the children of these daughters. Thomas has built an incredible world, which is called the Estilorian plane, and has a huge list of characters and is told from nine points of view. The main character is Tate, since this is Tate's story. I also would like to say Thomas gives readers excellent, in depth descriptions of this world and who the characters are. The first half of Defy is a process of getting to know this world and the characters in order to get to good stuff. But once I did, I fell in love with this fantastic world, wonderful characters, and the amazing storyline.

    Tate is the firstborn daughter of Skye and Caleb, Tate will be turning eighteen in two weeks. Eighteen is the age where these children of the daughters of Saraqael will get their wings and be paired with their mates. Tate is also a twin, and her and her twin brother Tiege are total opposites. Tate is a strong-willed, stubborn girl who pretty much does what she wants. And this is how she gets herself into big trouble. She’s not supposed to go outside the protected area until she turns eighteen and gets her wings, but Tate can't wait to see the outside world. But listening to her parents has never been a strong point in Tate's life when she wants to do her own thing.

    Tate soon discovers she’s in a lot of trouble outside the protection area. When a stranger named Zachariah saves her life twice, she learns she’s not as tough or as smart as she thought, and wishes she had listened to her father. Tate appoints Zachariah to be her protector and to help her get back home, but this is not what Zachariah had in mind when he saved Tate’s life. Zachariah is a loner, and he left Tate's people—the Gloresti—fifty years ago and he has no desire to return to Estilorian with her.

    Tate and Zachariah’s romance is hilarious. Tate being the head-strong girl that she is, and Zachariah being the loner, and also one heck of a head-strong guy himself. Their love becomes a romance of fighting fire with fire, and it’s just as hot. Poor Zachariah doesn’t have a chance against not falling for Tate. She’s the only girl strong enough to take on Zachariah, the bad boy with all his secrets. The same is true when it comes to Tate, Zachariah is the only guy that can handle Tate.

    Defy is a beautiful novel about Tate, a girl growing up and falling in love who becomes a strong and independent women. Raine Thomas is amazing at world building, while bringing us to the next generation the children of these daughters of Saraqael, the Firstborn trilogy. I can't wait to read the next editions in the Firstborn trilogy by Raine Thomas.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

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    A great read! Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. Thi

    A great read!

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. This is my first Raine Thomas book, and I read Defy every free chance I had. It caught my attention from the very first sentence and held my attention to the very end.

    The characters were well written. Tate is a strong young woman and I enjoyed the moments where she realized that maybe her parents and aunts and uncles were right and actually taught her things she needed to know in order to survive outside of her protective area. I liked her from the beginning. Zachariah (aka "Sparky") was great as well. I liked his surly, grumpy attitude because you could see that he cared underneath even though he was reluctant to. The chemistry between he and Tate was flawlessly written. Their banter and connection had me laughing and wanting more.

    I do wish I had read The Daughters of Saraquel Trilogy first. (I will definitely be reading that soon!) I think it would have helped me understand this book a bit more. The glossary that was included in the beginning of the book was a great help in introducing the various classes of people and how they are recognized. But it was a bit disruptive to keep looking back at those descriptions in order to keep on track. However, with that being said, this book is a stand alone and having read The Daughters of Saraquel is not just would've helped a bit.

    Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book, especially if you have read The Daughters of Saraquel Trilogy by this author.

    Will I read it again: I will not but I will read more books by Raine Thomas, especially the remainder of this trilogy!

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

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    I'm all smiles! I love Defy!

    There is no measure for the amount of love I have for the Estilorians. This world is unique, exciting, and completely entertaining! I’ve been counting down the days for the release of Defy and my patience (okay the lack thereof) was totally worth it. I bought the book, settled down in a comfy position, and prepared myself to be wowed. And boy was I ever WOWED. The story takes off right away bringing back characters that I adore from The Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and introducing a whole bunch of amazing new ones. I love that we get to experience several different stories at once and how everything comes together perfectly. Tate is so much fun. She’s curious and she longs for adventure and to prove her own strength. She knows the rules, however she also knows how to bend them. Seemingly innocent fun turns into disaster. Now she’s far from home, alone, and injured. (Great job, Tate.) Then enters Zachariah (hello, hottie.) Only thing is, he’s more interested in getting away from Tate than rescuing her. (Well crap.) He’s been on his own for more than fifty years, so naturally being “stuck” with a 17 year old who calls him out on his lies (a part that I FREAKING LOVE!) is a little annoying for him. He doesn’t know what to make of Tate seeing as he’s never met another Estilorian like her. Their connection/relationship is definitely entertaining. Okay who can tell me they don’t want this? "He didn’t kiss her. No, that was far too sedate a term for it. He claimed her." I mean seriously, THAT IS SMOKIN’ HOT. I love it. Raine Thomas is one of my favorite writers. She has a gift for bringing us into her world of endless possibilities. Her characters will become a part of you and you will dream of Becoming an Estilorian too. I can’t wait to journey back to the Estilorian plane in Shift!

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