Dare (The Blades of Acktar #1)

Dare (The Blades of Acktar #1)

by Tricia Mingerink


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Dare (The Blades of Acktar #1) by Tricia Mingerink

Courage could cost him everything.

Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.

Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time.

Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons. How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades?

No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain.

Someone will die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943442003
Publisher: Sword & Cross Publishing
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 358
Sales rank: 1,137,513
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

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Dare (The Blades of Acktar #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book can not wait for the next ones!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love LOVE this book!!!! Honestly, it's in the Top 5 novels I've ever read in my life, and considering the amount of books I read every year, that's really saying something! I'm an author myself, and if you've ever written a book (or tried to) you'll totally get what I'm about to say. Authors can't read books like normal people. It's impossible. We might TRY to be merely readers, but that never works. Part of our brains are subconsciously analyzing every paragraph, every line, every word, silently critiquing as we go along. Better phrases pop into our heads; we scrutinize every character arc, and pick it instantly if a plot derails. Loophole? We'll find it, believe me. If the book is poorly written, we cringe more than the average person. If it's brilliantly written, our hearts soar, making us read favorite paragraphs over and over again. Afterwards we spend hours studying the author's techniques, hoping to improve our own. DARE definitely fell into the latter category for me. In fact, it went beyond. It is one of the very, very few books I lost myself in so completely that my writer brain actually shut up for once. I forgot I was reading a book. Mingerink had me living the story. DARE gave me everything I crave in a novel: an edge of the seat plot, superbly developed characters, just enough violence to make it fun but not gory, twists, turns, nail-biting suspense, friendship, treachery, a dash of romance (perfectly clean, the only kind I enjoy), and a ton of inspiration making me want to love God more. As for Leith, oh man, what an AWESOME hero (okay, anti-hero at first, but it's impossible not to fall head over heels for the guy. I absolutely love Leith!). There is only one thing that disappointed me about this book. As a Catholic, I would have loved to see the characters fighting for the Catholic faith. The author is obviously a protestant, so of course she chose her own beliefs. It wasn't really a problem for me, though, as I simply imagined the Mass instead of a protestant liturgy in the few scenes where the characters hold their service. Having said that, I still found the book tremendously inspiring and don't hesitate to recommend it to everyone who loves God and wants to serve Him better, whether they be Catholic or otherwise. I've already started reading DENY, the sequel, and am finding it equally impossible to put down. One thing is for sure: I will be buying the whole series, both for myself and as gifts for others. Miss Mingerink, my hat goes off to you. I can't tell you how much I wish I was the one who'd written these fantastic books! (And not a single dialogue tag! WOW! Talk about being blown away! Way to go, Tricia!!!)
Blogger35 More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book was an unexpected DELIGHT!! The story was definitely interesting to begin with, but it really didn't captivate my attention until a few chapters in. The chapters are short also, something I really enjoyed because I kept thinking I would stop at the next one and simply couldn't put it away :) Then when I had to put the story away, I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen next with Leith and Renna. Despite how they end up meeting and their utterly different circumstances, I loved how protective they both were and each of them are brave in their different ways. Brandi was perfectly written and hugely enhances the plot with her love and fearlessness! Truly enjoyed EVERYTHING about this story (the fighting, the faith, the double agent aspect, family, friendship, and even how the Bible is portayed in such a fresh way) and CAN'T WAIT for Book 2!!! Mingerink is an author to watch for and a storyteller that has won me over completely :)