Solar, Defeated by Diantha Jones

Solar, Defeated by Diantha Jones(Cover picture courtesy of Goodreads.)

From the moment Strafford Law saw Chloe Clever, he knew he was destined to love her forever. But a dishonorable past and a bleak future threaten to destroy him before he gets the chance.

Looking back, he recalls his life before it came crashing down around him…a time when the one he now loathes most of all was the one he adored more than anything.

SPOILER ALERT: Read as Oracle of Delphi #2.5! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.

[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook copy from Diantha Jones as part of her blog tour in exchange for an honest review.]

Ooh, we finally get to learn more about our tortured, broody Sun Prince!  I won’t call myself a fangirl, but the fact that Strafford has changed so much by being in love with Chloe makes him one of my favourite love interests ever.  I mean, in pretty much every YA book out there the dark, tortured love interest is still a jerk by the end of the book/series.  That’s definitely not the case and Solar, Defeated provides a lot more insight into how Strafford fell into disgrace amongst other demigods and became said tortured, broody Sun Prince.

A lot of novellas that connect to series are boring and don’t really provide much of an addition to the story, but Diantha Jones has stayed away from that trap.  We learn things we otherwise probably wouldn’t in the series and seeing things strictly from Strafford’s point of view is great.  His decisions make sense from his point of view and his emotions feel more…real.  It’s much easier to connect with him after reading Solar, Defeated because we get to see more of his flaws.  (His main one being hubris, something we all suffer from occasionally.)

If you’re enjoying the Oracle of Delphi series and just can’t get enough of the moody, protective and incredibly attractive Strafford Law, I’d highly recommend this tie-in.  It’s definitely worth your time.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

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