The Back Cover:
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.
I hadn’t read Dare for a year or so when I decided to pick it up again – and it was a wonderful re-read! I think it holds a lot more potential for someone who hasn’t already read it before, but it was fun to re-visit the characters.
The main character, Leith Torren, was definitely my favorite. His reactions and emotions were so realistic, the author really did an amazing job on him. The other character who we spend a lot of time with is Renna Faythe, who was also a good character. I don’t think she was as easy to get attached to as Leith is, but considering the circumstances of the book, Renna’s caring-yet-suspicious personality is quite realistic.
The plot was well-done, and I loved the way it opened! There was a lot of tension going around, and that helped keep the book from getting slow. While the villain of Dare wasn’t the best I’ve seen, it was a very enjoyable book nonetheless. I’d give it three and half stars, and I recommend it to teen readers of fantasy who love a good adventure!
Savannah Grace Perran – Column: Book Reviews
Savannah Grace is dreamer, a believer, and a creator of imaginary worlds – among other things. She’s also a teenage Christian writer living in Nebraska. Writing is her passion, and getting lost in a story is something that comes naturally to her – which means that reading half the day away is something she is good at. Savannah spends a lot of her time with her nose in a book or thinking up the next adventure for her insane story characters. You can connect with her on her blog, Scattered Scribblings.