Defied by Persephone Steele – A Book Review

Posted January 25, 2021 by Booksandblurbs in Fantasy, Reverse Harem, Reviews / 5 Comments

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(The Breaking Series – Book 1)

by Persephone Steele
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Medium Burn, High Fantasy RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

This is a strange mix of High Fantasy and Modern Snark – wrapped in an intriguing bow that doesn’t really tell you much. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Just a small-town girl, living in a…dangerous world.
Tyrannical psycho running the world? Check.
Loyal and bloodthirsty followers? Check.
Somehow becoming Arcantens most wanted criminal? Check.
I don’t really know what is going on, but the newfound interest in me probably has something to do with my gift somehow manifesting itself into a sassy sentient tornado. And this bitch is needy! She’s cool and all…but what am I supposed to do with all the unwanted attention she’s bringing to me? And I’m not just talking about the power hungry Vojka forcing me on the run. She seems to think she can start zapping sexy men and claiming them for herself, no questions asked.
But I have a lot of questions…and unfortunately not a lot of answers.
I guess I’ll just keep fumbling through life, laughing at all the penis jokes, and getting into as much mischief as I can while I still have my head.

My Thoughts on Defied


This is a high fantasy, but imbued with all the snark and verve of a modern paranormal or Urban Fantasy. Set on a different world with multiple suns, it dances with familiar mythology while carving out its own path – one that seems to be leading to an epic battle of both the past and the future. Oh, and it is very much in line with the hero’s journey – even starting with a tragedy.

I had fun with it, even if some of the events felt jarring in their placements.


First Person, Single POV (With limited Multiple POV)

Ending Type:

Soft Cliff, more of a “To Be Continued….”


Adult – R

Romantic Dynamic:

MFMM (This means there are 3 male love interests, 1 female and there may be M/M in future installments)

Character Age Range:


My Final Verdict on Defied

This book is just flat out fun, even as it plays with heavier topics and a world that is subdued. The characters are lively, entertaining and enticing in their pseudo immaturity. In a way, their attitudes and nuances felt misplaced in the meta story, yet it just works – and I am eager to see what happens next. Free on Kindle Unlimited.


Published January 19, 2021
260 Pages

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5 responses to “Defied by Persephone Steele – A Book Review

  1. Persephone Steele


    Persephone Steele here!

    A friend of mine happened upon this blog post and sent it to me, so I thought I would drop in and check it out!

    Firstly, I want to thank you for reviewing and reading. Indie authors like me thrive on the love and support of our readers! So, that is amazing in and of itself!

    Secondly, your kind words make me extremely ecstatic. Defied, of course, is an epic fantasy, but my hopes for it are to be something *more* in a world of angst and negativity. We all deal with terrible things in life, but something I’ve found through it all is that it’s quite therapeutic to laugh at our misfortunes and try to maintain that joy in life, rather like children do. The FMC, Ave, has always been one to find time for fun regardless of anything going on.

    And just for a final little tidbit, to thank you for taking the time to do this, I’ll leave you with a little teaser that I haven’t even released in my own reader group yet:

    *** “My love, Amecia, I know that change is scary. Everyone prefers security over the fear of the unknown. Nevertheless, just like time, change is something you cannot prevent. It comes and goes with each passing day, unable to be anchored by humanity’s grasp, irrespective of how much we want to.” He presses a gentle kiss to my hair and squeezes me tighter. “But that doesn’t mean that it should be feared, good comes with change too. For, without change, I wouldn’t have found you.” ***

    Thank you again for taking the time to review and post about my book baby! I’ll be telling all of my author friends about your wonderful blog!

    • Booksandblurbs

      I am so, so glad that you dropped by! And thank YOU for writing great works – honestly, I really believe that Indi authors are making this pandemic bearable. And a teaser?! FANTASTIC!
      Question, I haven’t done author interviews yet on the my blog, but I am mulling it over. Are you interested in doing something like that?

      • Persephone Steele

        I think I can do something like that. Feel free to get in touch on Facebook or Instagram at and we can work something out!

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