Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Destiny Defied by J. A. Marx

About the book:
A dramatic ship explosion frees eighteen year-old Riki from her captivity, but the island where she finds refuge is compromised. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to overthrow her dark past, she will choose death over returning to captivity.

Lord VĂ©tis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim their chosen one. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life without a deadly battle.

My review:
I think this would be a good fiction book about spiritual experiences for teens. The four young career guys on the isolated island for a week adventure have been friends since childhood. They do goofy guy things guy friends do. When they find Riki washed up on a beach, that changes the whole group dynamics.

This novel takes the reader to the world of occult worship, where a young girl was held captive and raised for a future in occult worship. Little by little, Riki remembers and reveals her childhood, as ugly as it is. But Riki was not the only survivor of the ship explosion and soon a deadly spiritual battle ensues.

We readers experience the stress on the guys' friendship as some doubt Riki's story while others aim to protect her. One of the guys has rejected his Christian faith and falls prey to the evil influence. There is some spiritual warfare but it is rather weak on the guys end. And how the spiritual warfare resolves I felt was rather weak as well. We don't read of any gruesome or intense spiritual battles. Actually, the guys are rather clueless to the spiritual nature of the battle, even though they see evidence of it that should jog their awareness.

The writing style is intense, reflecting the fast paced action. I felt the sentences were choppy at times but that might be something teens would appreciate. The end of the novel leaves us ready for the next book in the series.

I am taking part in a blog tour of this book and you can read other reviews here.
You can read an excerpt from chapter one here.
You can watch the book trailer here.

J. A. Marx loves writing embattled spirit novels. Growing up in Colorado, she spent much of her childhood climbing trees and rocks, and riding horses. Countless stories filled her mind yet she never wrote any down until in her late 30s. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Arts & Humanities. She and her husband live in Texas, close to their children and grandchildren. Find out more at

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 358 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through the Litfuse Publicity Group for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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