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Defiant : Towers Trilogy Book Two
by Karina Sumner-smith


Overview - Once, Xhea's wants were simple: enough to eat, safety in the underground, and the hit of bright payment to transform her gray-cast world into color. But in the aftermath of her rescue of the Radiant ghost Shai, she realizes the life she had known is gone forever.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Once, Xhea's wants were simple: enough to eat, safety in the underground, and the hit of bright payment to transform her gray-cast world into color. But in the aftermath of her rescue of the Radiant ghost Shai, she realizes the life she had known is gone forever.

In the two months since her fall from the City, Xhea has hidden in skyscraper Edren, sheltered and attempting to heal. But soon even she must face the troubling truth that she might never walk again. Shai, ever faithful, has stayed by her side--but the ghost's very presence has sent untold fortunes into Edren's coffers and dangerously unbalanced the Lower City's political balance.

War is brewing. Beyond Edren's walls, the other skyscrapers have heard tell of the Radiant ghost and the power she holds; rumors, too, speak of the girl who sees ghosts who might be the key to controlling that power. Soon, assassins stalk the skyscrapers' darkened corridors while armies gather in the streets. But Shai's magic is not the only prize--nor the only power that could change everything. At last, Xhea begins to learn of her strange dark magic, and why even whispers of its presence are enough to make the Lower City elite tremble in fear.

Together, Xhea and Shai may have the power to stop a war--or become a weapon great enough to bring the City to its knees. That is, if the magic doesn't destroy them first.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781940456263
  • ISBN-10: 1940456266
  • Publisher: Talos
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 400
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this inventive second Towers Trilogy fantasy (following Radiant), Sumner-Smith delves deeper into the dark, destructive magic that is making protagonist Xhea’s life a living hell (described rather melodramatically). Going underground is something most inhabitants of the Lower City can’t do: their bright magic, used as both raw power and currency, clashes horribly with the uncomfortable corridors and causes explorers untold pain. But Xhea is different. She has very rare dark magic, and the dank, abandoned areas below ground have long been her home. In order to save herself, she must find out where her powers come from and how to use them. She also has to figure out her complicated relationship with Shai, an immensely powerful ghost attached to Xhea by a magical tether. New readers will struggle to catch up, but returning fans will appreciate that Sumner-Smith has done a fine job of setting up the final good vs. evil, rich vs. poor magical showdown. Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary. (May)

 
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