Defend the Dawn

Bloomsbury YA. (Defy the Night: Bk. 2). Sept. 2022. 448p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781547610075.
Gr 8 Up–After the events of Defy the Night, the country of Kandala is running out of Moonflower, an ingredient required to cure fever sickness. Tessa Cade has gone from Robin Hood–style Moonflower hunter to the Royal Apothecary, but her quest to find a new cure for fever sickness is in jeopardy until the neighboring nation of Ostriary comes into play. Dual points of view often go over the same plot points, slowing down the pace. The ending sets up more story, but for the moment the series remains a duology. The cast has a variety of skin tones.
VERDICT A secondary purchase, unless Defy the Night is flying off your shelves.

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