New roles. New rules. No margin for error.
Zezilia Ilar joins the sept son’s entourage as a defender. Her growing Talent ability makes her a target for the Elitists, and her gender makes people question her competence. She must protect the sept son. Any mistake could be fatal.
Hadrian Aleron always knew his beliefs would cause trouble, but he didn’t realize how much. Rebels are rising. He could lose his title, his position, and if he’s not careful, his life. As the assassination attempts grow bolder, Hadrian must rely upon his young defender and their shared faith in the Almighty to keep him from faltering.
Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.
Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page.
I want to apologize in advance for any misspellings or other mistakes; I am writing this from my phone. I would also like to thank Loving the Book for having me on this tour.
I was privileged to read both books in Rachel Rossano's The Talented series. I am always looking for new authors to check out; Rachel Rossano is a new-to-me author. I really enjoyed her writing style. The Defender is connected to Seventh Born, which is the previous book. With how that books ends, I am so glad I could jump into The Defender.
Page-turning, mind blowing plot that will keep you on your toes. My rating? Full 5 STARS. Not to be missed.
Top Ten List
10 Things Rachel Rossano would do if she had more time:
- Write more. I never seem to have enough time to write.
- Do more crafts. I used to do all kinds of things like painting, crocheting, sewing, and other crafts. I gave that all up for writing and kids.
- Read more. In the daily juggle of homeschooling, housekeeping, and keeping two careers alive, I rarely have enough time to read as I wish.
- Make premade book covers. I keep intending to do this, but I never actually manage to do it.
- Plot more than one book ahead. I am working on this.
- Take up painting digitally and physically.
- Learn to dance. It is something I have always wanted to learn.
- Take up horseback riding. Despite all the horses in my books, I have very little hands-on experience.
- Study history in depth. Right now all I can manage is grabbing overviews unless I am researching something specific for a book.
- Exercise more. Yeah, this should be higher on the list.