Deliverance (Defiance #3)
By C.J. Redwine
Publication date: Aug. 26, 2014
Balzer + Bray, 480 pages
Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.
Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her enemies’ clutches and join Logan in his fight. But when she learns a secret that changes everything, she realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option if she wants to save the people she loves. Instead, she’ll have to destroy Rowansmark from the inside out—if she can survive the journey through the Wasteland.
Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. But securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Driven by his fierce love for Rachel and his determination to make their world safe, Logan may be just the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One.
But as Rowansmark bears down and uneasy alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the unbelievable odds against them?
— Goodreads.com description
For me, that’s not my favorite type of fantasy, but I’m glad I read the entire series for one big reason: How it deals with guilt and loss and the philosophy of being a fighter. We read a lot of YA fantasies that, well, include a lot of murder. I appreciated how C.J. Redwine let her characters grieve, struggle with guilt, sink into depression and otherwise wallow rather than just bucking up and moving on. When you think about it, you don’t see that as often as you should in books.
With book three, I had a hard time following along and never felt like I 100% knew what was going on. This is likely my fault for reading the books so far apart, but it definitely hampered my feelings toward the series overall.
Have you read any of these books? What do you think?