Defiant Revival by L. Rockwood ~ Book Review by Teresa

defiant-revivalTitle: Defiant Revival

Author: L. Rockwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: AngstyG

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/29/2016

Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Gay, Horror


To free the kingdom from the depravity of Cardinal Aldrious, Prince Micah Helvendeere must take his rightful place as ruler.

Unfortunately, the prince has been dead for a year.

Billiam Grimhart, former page to the prince, knows Micah’s assumption of the throne is the last chance to purge Casperland of the cardinal’s corruption. And for that to happen, the prince must be revived. Only one person stands a chance of achieving the nearly impossible: exiled enchantress Shemmy DuBois, a raunchy bog witch with an affinity for corpses and a heart of gold. Billiam sets out to coax Shemmy to their cause, despite what wading through piles of bodies will do to his favorite shoes.

If he can accomplish it, Billiam might finally get to consummate his love for the prince—something Shemmy is keen to witness. But first, they’ll need to steal Micah’s body, brave a land inhabited by vicious faeries, and accept the help of accomplices as vile and perverse as their enemies. They might be far from typical heroes, but sometimes those are the only people who can get the job done.

If you like dark and edgy high-concept fantasy that’s not for those with delicate sensibilities, join Billiam, Shemmy, and their Faelock allies as they stage their revolution.

My View:

Defiant Revival left me feeling highly conflicted. While there were parts I liked, such as the overall concept, the whole way the book was written didn’t work for me.

It is told in a first person omniscient narrative, with the narrator being one of the secondary characters. She states at one point that she isn’t a mind reader and yet her narration includes things she couldn’t possibly know. She is not even with our main characters for the majority of the story. The omniscient narration would have been fine but the odd asides and reference to the narrator being a person brought me out of the story. Especially in the sex scenes (which aren’t all that descriptive and not at all erotic).

Added to that, it has a very weird feel of unreality and a very twisted sense of humour. The warning from Dreamspinner of “this title is a high-concept dark fantasy, with Tarantino and manga-style graphic violence, action, abuse, etc.” is highly accurate. I was looking forward to it in fact, but the reality wasn’t quite up to par. Everyone is crazy and disturbed, and I mean everyone. There are no characters that I connected with at all.

Yet, I wasn’t able to stop reading… Until it ended… abruptly. Though it doesn’t state it is part of a series, this is definitely only the first part of the story. There is a huge cliff-hanger and no resolution to anything. However, there is something captivating about the plot. I want to find out what happens, even though I don’t really want to read any future novel.

As I said, I am conflicted. By the way – this should have been a DSP Publications novel, not Dreamspinner.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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