Rating: 4 stars
THE TRUTH ISN’T ALWAYS EASY
I’ve promised to protect those I love.
But someone is lying to me.
Will I discover the truth in time to save him?
With war looming in outer space and the Earthen government forced into hiding, the battle for ultimate world domination is only just beginning.
Having accepted her identity, Sadie sets out on a daring quest with her friends, which takes them deep into alien territory. Fraught with tension and danger, the journey is not an easy one, especially when previous adversaries become new allies and cherished friends become suspicious opponents.
As the heirs unite in a bid to restore peace to the galaxy, powerful enemies, determined to exact retribution,surround them on all sides. When hidden agendas and shocking revelations come to light, the fallout is massive.
Sadie’s love life is a tangled, messy affair. While one relationship is embraced forever, another spirals out of control, threatening to destroy everything. Determined to do the right thing, Sadie will fight hard to protect those she loves.
But there are some battles she cannot win.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Saven Defiance is the exciting third book in the Saven series with lots of action romance and alien politics. While I found the start to be a bit slow, it really picked up about 25% in and by the end I was hooked. There is so much that happens in this book, both with the aliens and the romance and it’s makes for a great sci-fi series. And towards the end there are some plot twists I didn’t see coming and the end makes me doubt so much. There’s also some emotional scenes and heartbreak, the characters all go through a lot.
I felt that Sadie really comes into her own in this book, in the novella Saven Denial she learns more about herself and she is working with that now and makes some big decisions and I really liked seeing her handle everything that came her way. The new characters we met in Saven denial also continue to play a role, although they also fade to the background a lot. And Ax really annoyed me at times with his possessive attitude. I wish we had seen more about Izzy as she doesn’t show much of her personality in this book. There are some interesting developments with Haydn and I really like his character even though he is a bit nasty to Sadie at the start of the book.
This book felt quite heavy on the romance, especially in certain sections there was a heavy focus on the romance. It’s a bit too much at times, but overall I really enjoyed how the romance was handled and I like Sadie and Logan more and more. They are so good together and Logan is really mature about the whole situation and I liked how he gave Sadie her space, while also showing her how much he cared. There are some really sweet scenes with the two of them and I liked seeing them handle things a a couple as they are together for most of the book.
The world building in this book mostly focuses on the alien politics, we meet a new alien race in this book and see more of the other heirs as well. There are some big things happening and we see the situation change and develop throughout the book. The whole galaxy is involved, although we only see most about earth, Saven and a bit of the Amereti and the new alien race we meet here. There are some intricacies that only now come to light. And while I still don’t like the two evil characters in this series, I do understand them a bit better now.
To summarize: this was an exciting, action packed, emotional and romantic installment in this series. I really liked seeing the plot develop and there’s so much going on and so much that happens that at times it seems the characters never catch a break. It’s a bit drama heavy at times, but there’s also a great plot. There are some very romance focused scenes in this book and I really liked seeing Sadie and Logan as a couple. Sadie really comes into her own and changes as a character and I enjoyed seeing that. The world building is mostly alien politics and meeting a new alien race, but the focus is on the plot. We learn a bit more about the two evil character that makes me understand their actions a bit more, even though they still feel a bit too evil to me. The ending is not quite a cliffhanger, but it sure leaves an impression and I can’t wait for the next book!