Review: DEFIER: The Girl Who Stood by Mandy Fender 

SynopsisIn a world at war, one girl’s faith makes her a soldier… Seventeen-year-old Lennox Winters is no stranger to loss. She’s lost her parents, her home, and is in constant danger of losing herself. As she struggles with what to believe she encounters Christ in a way that she cannot ignore. Kept alive by her newfound faith and accompanied by her loyal best friend, Lennox bravely emerges into a world at war on a quest for the truth. Only after Lennox has journeyed through perilous territory, eluded biologically altered predators, and overcomes the most intense of challenges does the real work begin.


I found a sponsored ad for this book on Facebook one day, and the plot summary had me intrigued from the start. It’s super easy for Christian fiction to get missed by most readers, and that is a shame.

DEFIER is 2 things: an action novel, and an inspiration to any Christian who ever comes under persecution, or who may fear it one day. Because you know what, God’s got your back!Lennox is a very well developed character. She goes through just about every emotion you possibly could over the course of this novel. Sadness, anger, fear, love, happiness, etc. As she and Sky make their way through war-torn country, you feel their fear. Mandy Fender is wonderful at really pulling you in to feel those same emotions throughout the entire novel.

Lennox and Sky battle through so many hardships over the course of this novel, each time coming out stronger. But it’s nice to watch them also question how they should feel. Lennox’s biggest internal struggle is with her belief in God, and while you’re silently wishing you could shake her awake, you also understand her feelings. I found myself rooting for her so hard the entire time!

My one complaint? I wanted more. At times, I felt like I was being rushed through many extremely dramatic scenes. And maybe that was intentional? I can only write what I feel. The novel is very, very fast paced and I don’t know that it had to be. As much as I’m not a HUGE fan of serials, I think this book would have thrived in two parts. Part one leading up to them entering the city. Part two through the end. I think there was definitely enough there to pull that off. I just found it hard to let anything sink in at any point because as soon as a big scene ended, another one was ramping up.

On its own, the novel is wonderful. I just wish it was able to slow down a little. DEFIER fills you with hope considering the current state of affairs in the world. Christians will be persecuted for their beliefs. The Bible says so. And if that terrifies you, read this book. Take in the miracles that God can perform for his believers. And let the book remind you that your beliefs will carry you through death. Heaven is eternal.

4/5. Would recommend to all!


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