Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: August 26, 2014
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.My Thoughts:
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?
Deliverance is the third and final book to the Defiance trilogy. Told in alternating POV’s, Deliverance sure took me for one heck of a ride! It was a satisfying conclusion and one that I think readers will be happy with.
The story starts where Deception left off. Rachel is at the mercy of Logan’s evil brother Ian. And Logan and Willow are scrounging around to come up with some sort of plan to escape and get Rachel back and stop the Commander from calling the Cursed One and destroying everything.
There are so many twists throughout this story and each character played a meaty role throughout, thrusting the story into a whole new level. I was a HUGE fan of Rachel and Logan’s from the get-go. The world in which they live is unlike anything I could ever imagine living in myself. Sadistic Commanders and fire breathing animals that erupt from the depths of the earth...and so many more involved who want all the power to rule the Cursed Ones and over the lands.
C.J. didn’t hold back. She plunged into the emotional turmoil of her characters and presented them openly for the readers to once again regain their emotional attachment to each one and to feed the hope that they will overcome the villains. So many lives and loved ones had been lost along the way, and it also gave Logan and Rachel something to keep that spark alive inside of them, to keep them on the path to doing what needed to be done.
I have to say that Rachel is one heck of a protagonist. Despite what Ian had put her through, she held it together and never gave up. Logan was more complicated in this installment. He just learned of having a brother, then finding out he was evil on top of that made things worse. Not only that, but Ian had Rachel, and Logan worried endlessly over it. So much so, that I think it played with his logical thinking at times. He couldn’t focus when all he wanted to focus on was getting his girl back.
I had been a fan of Willow and her brother Quinn from the beginning. They intrigued me so much. I acutally would LOVE to have a spin off trilogy on them alone. I think their culture was unique and the stories they told of their father, who beat them. I admired their devotion to Rachel and Logan. Despite Willow’s attitude, the brother and sister duo was one of my favorites throughout the trilogy.
Without a doubt, anyone who has been a devoted fan of this trilogy will be very satisfied with the conclusion. I didn’t want to give any spoilers, especially since this is the final book. Be prepared for amped up action, drama, suspense, and some swooning.