Destroy the Day (Defy the Night, 3)

Destroy the Day (Defy the Night, 3)
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January 23, 2024
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In the thrilling conclusion to the Defy the Night series, New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer crafts heartrending twists and devastating turns that will keep readers breathless to the very end.

Left for dead, but desperate to survive . . . they have one last chance to save their kingdom.

Prince Corrick is out of options. Held captive by the vicious Oren Crane, he's desperate to reunite with Tessa, but will need to ally with the rebel leader Lochlan, who until now wished him dead. An unlikely but deadly pair, Corrick and Lochlan must plot their next moves carefully. . .

An island away, Tessa Cade is heartbroken and angry. Grieving Corrick, and unsure how to find a way back to Kandala, she doesn't know who to trust. Until Rian--the man she trusts least--makes an offer: aid in a plot to finally oust Oren Crane and see what the future holds. . .

Meanwhile in Kandala, Harristan is dethroned and on the run. He's struggling to unite the rebels in his fractured kingdom, but he finds support--and maybe more--in unexpected places.

Can Harristan be the king his people need? Can Corrick and Tessa find their way back to each other? As outside threats loom and the fires of revolution burn from within, time is running out to save their kingdom.

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Destroy the Day was an excellent ending to the trilogy. The character relationships were so well done. Tessa is stranded on Ostriary grieving the death of Prince Corrick with the guardsman, Rocco, by her side. I love that he became more than just a “redshirt” character. Prince Corrick is left a captive with his hated enemy, Lochlan, as his only companion. Their forced proximity finally gets these two hard-headed characters to find the strengths of the other person and dare I say respect and loyalty! King Harristan must become open and trust others besides his brother. Through Quint, he finally admits to his feelings and the possibility of love. I also love the exploration into his loyal guard's lives making them more than wallpaper in the story.
King Harristan and Quint make the ultimate sacrifice to save the country. The author makes it a stunning scene but since she did the same thing in each book, I always held a grain of disbelief and waited to see if she would really leave it there with the characters. I normally am very impatient with love interests being separated and find the story slow waiting for them to finally rejoin each other. Yet, once again the relationship building between our main characters to the other characters was so engaging that I didn’t mind their separation and saw the necessity of it for the resolution to happen as it did.
Overall, this was an engaging sequel and very well-done ending to the series. I listened to the story as an audiobook and the narrators did an excellent job bringing the story to life.
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