Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
This is a wonderful, engaging, and riveting trilogy I will reread and enjoy, over and over again. CJ Redwine is an extraordinary author who grabs you heart and soul from beginning to end.
Publisher’s Description: In this final installment of C. J. Redwine’s Defiance trilogy, a rich postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce, Rachel Adams has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while her love, Logan McEntire, is imprisoned and awaiting trial, unable to leave Lankenshire. As uneasy alliances are tested and their enemies plot against them, will the two manage to find a way to rid their world of the tyrannical Commander and destroy the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One once and for all?
Major spoilers ahead!
Oh, where to begin, where to begin. It’s no shock I adore this series – and although I was saddened to see it end, it could not have come more full circle with all my expectations. It soared beyond them, even.
Deliverance begins with a separation of two souls – Rachel has been captured by the enemy, Ian McEntire and the Rowansmark army. We learned in the first two books that Rowansmark is the city-state that believes pain is punishment, and if you can’t survive what you are given, you basically become unworthy. Ian forces Rachel to atone for her crimes and as she comes to terms with the pain embedded within her (as well as physical injuries) she realizes she’s stronger than her despair. Without the blindfold of doubt covering her, she begins to plan. She knows Logan will move heaven and earth to find her – and as you read on, she discovers allies in places she least expects. Quinn is her constant, silent, and ninja-like companion as he evades their enemies through the shadows. And there’s someone in the jail cells – someone she’s believed dead (and no, not her father) and someone who may hold the key to both her and Logan’s salvation.
Logan is imprisoned in Lankenshire, a city-state he thought might ally with them until he brought an entire army bearing down upon them. Trapped in a cell with Willow and some of the Baalboden survivors he trusts most, he struggles to come up with a plan that will best Carrington and Rowansmark’s armies, hopefully gain him allies, and get him back to Rachel. With pain marking every step of his journey, Logan manages to escape with the help of his worst enemy, Commander Chase. Knowing he’s going to be betrayed, he comes up with a plan that will deliver him to Rowansmark and stay one step ahead of everything and everyone that’s betting against him.
Though I won’t divulge on how it ends, I will say that Rachel and Logan eventually meet up and they’ve both come a long way from their dark moments held in Defiance and Deception. They’re stronger. They’re more in love than ever. And they’re ready to face whatever comes at them. A war erupts in Rowansmark and there are losses on both sides. Pain becomes a way to feel alive – and love becomes the bond that holds everyone together as one.
CJ Redwine blends multiple storylines together in beautiful sequence, giving it just the right amount of emotion that pulls readers in based on their abilities to relate to the feelings of love, loss, and strength. I’m amazed by her creativity – from the creation of the “Cursed One” or taninnyn, to the use of technology and weaponry, to the beautifully flawed characters that you fall in love more with every page. Great ending to a phenomenal trilogy. Five hearts all the way!
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