Sunday, September 28, 2014

Indie Book Review – Defining Courage by Jill Daugherty

Title: Defining Courage
Author: Jill Daugherty
Series: The Courage Series (Book 3)
Published: April 19, 2014


“I know Balor is evil and all, and I know his death would mean that so many other people would get to live, but I hate that I have to be the one to kill him. Taking his life will mean that I’m no better than he is.” 
Ian stopped walking and took one of my hands in his. 

“You want to know the biggest difference between what Balor is doing and what you’re planning to do? You question it. You ask yourself it it’s morally correct. You have a powerful internal struggle that I know keeps you up at night. Balor never asks those questions. Balor doesn’t struggle with what he does.” 

Eighteen-year-old Maggie O’Neill is a high school dropout. If her parents knew, they’d probably kill her, but that’s the least of her worries. Balor—the evil faery from hell—is still stalking her, someone is still betraying her, and the mean girl at school is still mean. The worst part of her life, however, is figuring out how to live it without Simon. Will Maggie discover a way to defeat Balor? Will she ever be able to out-snark the mean girl? Will she find Simon? Tune in next week—uh, read the book—to find out.

Defining Courage is a terrific ending to the trilogy. We get to see Maggie begin to become stronger, not only as a faery, but also as a person. Instead of running from her problems, she faces them head on with courage and maturity. There are plenty of plot twists that keep the story exciting, leaving the reader unable to guess, or assume, what will happen. I really enjoyed the irish folklore and the way it was worked into the modern day world. The Courage series is a great debut series for Daugherty and I encourage everyone to check it out, especially if you enjoy stories about fey.


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