Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted June 9, 2021 by Stephanie in can't-wait wednesday / 22 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read.


Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: September 14th 2021 by Bloomsbury YA

From New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer comes a blockbuster fantasy series about a kingdom divided by corruption, the prince desperately holding it together, and the girl who will risk everything to bring it crashing down.

The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.

King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King’s Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion–it’s the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.

Out in the Wilds, apothecary apprentice Tessa Cade is tired of seeing her neighbors die, their suffering ignored by the unyielding royals. Every night, she and her best friend Wes risk their lives to steal Moonflower petals and distribute the elixir to those who need it most–but it’s still not enough.

As rumors spread that the cure no longer works and sparks of rebellion begin to flare, a particularly cruel act from the King’s Justice makes Tessa desperate enough to try the impossible: sneaking into the palace. But what she finds upon her arrival makes her wonder if it’s even possible to fix Kandala without destroying it first.

Set in a richly imaginative world with striking similarities to our own, Brigid Kemmerer’s captivating new series is about those with power and those without . . . and what happens when someone is brave enough to imagine a new future.


This is the first in a new fantasy series by Brigid Kemmerer. Brigid has been an auto-buy author of mine since 2012 when I read the first book in her Elemental series. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time so I’m always excited for her next new book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!


22 responses to “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

  1. I love that premise! Right now, I’m a bit stacked out – but I’ve made a note of the author and the series… Thank you for sharing:)).

  2. I’d forgotten all about Brigid Kemmerer (eeps!), but the name sounded familiar, and then I recalled Curse so Dark and Lonely. And why does this remind me of Sleeping Beauty?

  3. Ohhh, I just love that cover! It is so pretty. And the blurb sounds very interesting. I may not be a 100% fan of fantasy but I would like to give this a shot. I hope you enjoy the book when it comes out in September.

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