Book Review : Destiny Defied

J. A. Marx is a new author for me, and Destiny Defied is the book I just finished.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I thought the characters were great, strong and very believable.  Normally I avoid books with a plot line that involves occult like activity, in many cases those stories leave you wondering who is the good and who is the bad.  However, I felt that Ms. Marx did a fantastic job with weaving in the evil in a clearly defined way, and also never losing sight of the good.

One character in particular, Sabio, is tempted to work for the evil Vetis, but even this illustrated how any of us could be tempted to act in a way that aids the evil dark side of life.  I felt that each of the characters faced real-life issues that I could see myself or members of my family dealing with.  The development of their personalities went much further that I am used to reading and I really appreciated Ms. Marx depth.

I love the spiritual battles that went on between the characters and beyond.  The good vs. evil in this story will have you on the edge of your seat hoping for the good, but fearful for the evil.  This book brings to light so much of the hidden evil that exists all around us.

I think this is a great young adult book – a great book for boys to see the way the characters treat Hope with honor and integrity.  Personally I recommend about 15 years old or older though, as the subject matter is quite mature even though it is rarely graphic.

I am looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.  I also look forward to sharing this story with my boys as they get a bit older.

{more} About the Book :

Destiny Defied | Book One in The Destiny series.A dramatic shipwreck emancipates Riki Hammad, but the island where she finds refuge is compromised. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to defeat her dark past, she will choose death over returning to captivity. Lord Vétis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim their chosen one. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her four self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life . . . something she has never known.

About the author:

 J.A. loves writing embattled spirit novels — adventure and suspense with supernatural undertones. On the side, she dabbles in non-fiction articles and e-zine editing. J.A. owes many thanks Jerry Jenkins and the Christian Writer’s Guild for their support and education.


Find J.A. online: websiteFacebook,Twitter

NOTE : I received Destiny Deceived in exchange for an honest review.


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