Tuesday, August 12, 2014

*Gizmos Early Review* Deliverance (Courier's Daughter #3) by C.J. Redwine

**I received this book from Edelweiss/Balzer + Bray in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


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?

*My Review*

Deliverance, the final installment in the Courier's Daughter trilogy, begins shortly after the end of Deception. It has been hours since Rachel Adams and Logan McEntire were separated, and now they each must face the most difficult challenges of their lives. Once again alternating POV's between Rachel and Logan, Deliverance leaves nothing to chance, and there's plenty of action and adventure and suspense to keep the most skeptical readers happy.

Rachel, who was left badly injured at the end of Deception, has been kidnapped by Ian and faces a treacherous journey to Rowansmark where she faces punishment at the hands of James Rowan. Other than Quinn who pretty much remains hidden for much of the story, Rachel doesn't have the luxury of a whole lot of allies, or friends. She is surrounded by Ian and a group of trackers who have every intention of ensuring that Rachel is either brought to Rowansmark, or killed.

Rachel is a gutsy, determined, and fierce character who doesn't stand on her abilities. She knows that she's guilty of doing things she has to live with for the rest of her life, but she doesn't stand around and feel sorry for herself. While she regrets things she's had to do, that only means that Rachel hasn't been left truly broken or jaded. When she makes a startling discovery about what awaits Logan at Rowansmark, Rachel has to put her life on the line in order to ensure that Logan and her friends survive even if she doesn't.

Meanwhile, Logan finds himself between a rock and a hard place. He's learned some interesting facts about his past, and now his so called brother has betrayed him by stealing away Rachel. He's wanted, badly, by James Rowan because of the technology he holds and makes some difficult choices by aligning himself with those who absolutely have no desire to see him live much longer than necessary.

How can you say anything negative about Logan? He's taken a whole lot of responsibility onto his shoulders, brought people together through trying times, continued to love Rachel unconditionally through the best, and the worst possible situations. He's grown as a leader of a group of survivors and found that they were his family who he would protect until his last breath.

Deliverance brings the Courier's Daughter Trilogy to an exciting and worth the wait closure. If you are hanging on the fence wondering if you should read this trilogy or not, please consider that this is one of the better dystopian/post-apocalyptic series you will read. The world building is top notched, the characters are some of the best you will ever meet, and the villains never stray away from their world domination paths.

The Courier's Daughter trilogy is set in the time after monsters known as the Tanniyn destroyed every major city, and left the survivors behind walled city-states like Baalboden and Rowansmark. In Deliverance, Redwine opens up her landscape even further by visiting far off City-states that Logan needs in order to stop James Rowan. We even get an enlightening look into Jason Chase's past during the times the world was under attack.

I love that the focus of Deliverance was goal orientated. Find Ian and make him pay for what he did to Rachel and the people of Baalboden. Destroy James Rowan and the technology his possesses, and finally, take down the Commander so that nobody has to be afraid of being under his thumb any longer.

As for the mentionable secondary characters, I adore Willow. While Rachel was away from Logan, Willow became his most fierce friend and determined ally. I would say that she's my favorite secondary character next to Quinn who really shines when the story reaches its climax. Don't mess with the Tree People folks! I also found myself laughing at Connor Vaughn who journeyed alongside Rowan and his band of fighters. Connor is the atypical hero. He's more of a bookworm than a fighter. And yet, Connor's presence opens the doors to several key alliances.

Congratulations to CJ Redwine for writing what I do believe is the best possible ending for this series. It is a story filled with action, suspense, intrigue, and characters that you can get behind and not abandon. While there isn't the normal romance that the previous installments had, there is just enough for me to sigh in happiness, and an ending that wasn't dragged on, and or ended abruptly.

Author - C.J. Redwine
Title - Deliverance (Courier's Daughter # 3)
Published by Balzer + Bray
Releases: August 26, 2014
Genre - Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Format: E-Book 480 pages

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