Endure (Defy Trilogy, Book Three)

Series: Defy

by Sara B. Larson

Scholastic Inc.
December 2016

Ages 12 – 14 . Grades 7 – 9

Lexile measure: 970L


At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.
Sara B. Larson

Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy Defy trilogy: Defy, Ignite, and Endure; and Dark Breaks the Dawn, the first book of a duology. She can't remember a time when she didn't write books -- although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their children. When she's not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting of her sugar addiction. You can visit her online at


  • Praise for Endure:

    "Readers of the previous books in the trilogy will be lining up to read the conclusion to this epic story. Readers who are looking for fantasy with strong female characters, such as Cinder in The Lunar Chronicles or Celaena Sardothien of the Throne of Glass series, will find a great new trilogy here." -- School Library Connection

    "The main characters develop well over the course of the narrative, and the themes of love and loyalty are well woven throughout. Larson creates a dynamic female protagonist in Alexa. She is independent and strong, a protector and rescuer. Fans will be very satisfied with this final journey." -- School Library Journal

    Praise for Ignite:

    "[A] fast-paced fantasy novel laced with political intrigue." -- School Library Journal
    "Alexa [is]... an interesting, multilayered character, a valiant fighter with heart." -- Booklist

    "Alex is so strong... The intrigue is really thick in this book, and there are secrets within plots and people." -- Jessie Plots, blogging for USA Today

    Praise for Defy:

    An Indie Next List Selection

    "A wonderful tale of adventure, romance, and embracing your true self. Alexa is a heroine readers will love to follow!" -- Marie Lu, bestselling author of the Legend series

    "Defy by Sara Larson is an amazing, fantastic book. It has everything you'd want: intrigue, awesomely real characters, suspense, and a captivating plot. All in a world that comes to life in your mind. Highly recommended." -- James Dashner, bestselling author of The Maze Runner

    "Grand adventure, romance, and thrilling political intrigue." -- Booklist

    "Powerful and narratively satisfying." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "[A] riveting fantasy." -- Publishers Weekly


--- - From Endure

Damian's hand was clenched so tightly around the locket that his knuckles were white. "Why do they want you? Why would Armando want your blood?"
Something deep inside of my belly clenched, sending a rolling wave of nausea through me. "I don't know."
Damian stared down at his fist. "Please don't do this. Please don't go. If you do ... they'll take you from me. Forever this time." He closed his eyes. "I can feel it. If you go, I will lose you."
I crossed to where he stood and put my hand over his. When he looked into my face, his expression was bleak. "Together we can do anything, remember?"
"But we aren't doing this together. You're going alone."
With my free hand, I reached up to cup his face and gently pulled his mouth toward mine, until our lips met. He trembled beneath my touch, threatening to break apart. He'd let me past the careful wall he had built around himself for so many years, giving me the power to hurt him more deeply than I could probably imagine, and that knowledge made me want to scream and cry and never let him go. His arms came around me, his hands clutching at my tunic as he pressed my body against his. The desperation we battled seeped into our kiss, evidenced by the bitter taste of salt on my tongue from tears. I wanted to lose myself in the heat of his touch, in the need that pounded through my blood, coalescing in my limbs and belly.
But I couldn't do that to him. I couldn't love him completely and then leave him alone.
With a gasp, I tore myself away and he let me go.
We stood motionless, breathing heavily, and then I said, "I'll come back. I promise."
He just stared at me, silent and resigned.
Summoning every ounce of strength I had, I turned and strode away, toward the curtain that hid the door to the passageway. Just when I lifted the fabric to pull it back Damian spoke.
"I love you, Alexa."
I didn't dare turn around and look at him, afraid it would be my undoing. "I love you, too." And then I stepped out of his sight and into the darkness.