Book title: Dare (The Blades of Acktar, Book One)
Author: Tricia Mingerink
Starting age: Thirteen
Courage could cost him everything.
Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.
Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time. Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons.
How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades? No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain. Someone will die.
Violence: Some, but not descriptive