Thu, August 28, 2014

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine Review

Deliverance book cover

Deliverance book cover

Deliverance (Defiance #3)
By C.J. Redwine
Publication date: Aug. 26, 2014
Balzer + Bray, 480 pages
Source: Publisher

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?

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If you like political fantasies filled with strategy and you haven’t given this series a try, you absolutely should. (It starts with Defiance and continues with Deception — click to read my reviews.)

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?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. April Books & Wine said:

    I totally need to binge read these last two books in the series — I really liked the first one, Defiance. And I like the point you make about the characters experiencing trauma and grief over the killing that they do.


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  2. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I really enjoyed this series, but I still had questions that weren’t answered by the end. Part of it didn’t make sense to me once you learn (SPOILERS FOR ANYONE READING THIS COMMENT) that everything happened fairly recently (all the leaders were alive when the world changed). How did the older people in Baalboden accept how different the society was? And no one knew the history about the world, it was never discussed (at least that’s how it seemed). How could all of that be lost when people were still alive? I understand if it had been generations, but the Commander was alive when the “monsters” surfaced and attacked. And also, was this world basically our world and then that happened? If so, where did they suddenly come from? Anyway, like I said, I just had questions that I was hoping would be answered in the last book about the world. But I did love the characters, especially Rachel and Logan, Willow and Quinn. A great cast of secondary characters and I loved how Rachel changed and grew and had to deal with what happened. Sort of reminded me of Tris.


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  3. Morgan said:

    I wasn’t overly impressed with the first two books; I enjoyed parts of them and agree with you on their merits but I find the confusing world building very distracting. I also think the villains are fairly one dimensional… BUT all that being said, I enjoyed Deception more that Defiance and definitely want to see how the trilogy ends. I haven’t read them recently either so I hope I’ll be able to follow along!


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  4. Sue said:

    I loved Defiance!! I haven’t got to the sequel yet but I hope I won’t be too disappointed.


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  5. sarah/appifanie said:

    My nametwin, Sarah, gave me ARCs of the first 2 books in the trilogy but I haven’t read them yet! I’ve got to get on that.


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