Review: Deliverance

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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?

Deliverance truly delivers a good finale to the Defiance series. At the end of Deception, I was afraid for how it will all go down. I knew it would all converge at Rowansmark, and a happy ending is to expected but the causalities are a fear every reader is accustomed too. And since Defiance and Deception had quite a death toll, and there was a war brewing in this one, I was truly apprehensive. I needn’t have worried though, with Redwine delivering (I will keep doing this, guys :P) a great finish to the series.

At the start of the book, Rachel is en route to Rowansmark, a prisoner of Ian while Logan is sitting in a Lankenshire prison cell, hatching a plan to go after Ian as well as take out the Commander camped outside the gates of Lankenshire. Running through scenarios, he knows he has to compromise somewhere, ally with his mortal enemy for the chance to get Rachel back. Rachel, meanwhile, is fighting tooth and nail to escape her captors. She is injured, which slows her plans but not her spirit. However, when she gets to know her captors and their plans, she realizes that bigger things are at play and her she will have to sacrifice her freedom to save her people.

The plot winds through the other city-states, with a new character in the form of Connor joining Logan’s inner circle and winds up in Rowansmark, where Rachel gets firsthand experience in how cruel James Rowan is. The ending is happy but the journey certainly is not – I was cringing each time the protags endured something so physically painful. Rachel learns to let go of her anger, to not follow down the dark path she was on during Deception. Where Deception was largely devoted to the emotional obstacles, Deliverance was on the physical ones too. Besides the main characters, secondary ones like Quinn, Willow and Frankie really shine. I was so emotional when Quinn declares Rachel to be his sister and Logan calls Willow his family – it was so leading up to that moment right from book one. Nice work, Redwine! Actually, a lot of events tie into the first book, which makes me commend this series for the splendid plot construction. And as always, the writing is perfect paced with the story flow, keeping you interested and invested all the time. This book goes on my favorites shelf, for sure!

Received an ARC from Balzer+Bray via Edelwiess for review purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion or my review

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