by C.J. Redwine
Hardcover: 416 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided that I would only read Fantasy novels for a week. So, when I picked up DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine I had not idea but how completely blown away I would be from the magnitude of brilliance that this novel is.
The world that DEFIANCE is set in is quite bleak and savage with it's inhabitants living in a walled city ruled by a ruthless and cunning commander. Those that live within these walls escapes the evil monster that would eagerly devour them on the outside, but to stay means dealing with a different kind of monster all together. The Commander is that monster, and let me just tell you in all of the books I have read that man is the most evil twisted tyrant around, he even gives President Snow a run for his money. But guess what? I love it. I love that fact that I could feel so passionately about a character that every time I see him on the page I am always wishing for his painful demise. He is compelling and most of what spurs this story forward is the hatred directed at him. That is where Rachel Adams fits into this magnificent story. When her father fails to return home from a great mission she is awarded custody to her father's apprentice, Logan. A fact she cannot fathom despite the fact she once harbored deep feelings for him....feelings that were not reciprocated. Unable to stand her new situation she decides to do the unthinkable and escape to find her father and that is when all hell breaks loose and this story takes on a wicked turn and that is when the adventure truly begins.
To say that I was stuck to this story like cling wrap would be an understatement. I forgot to eat, did not want to sleep until I read every last word and even after the last word was read I wished I had more to go on. Not only was the world well detailed and richly visualized but it's characters really stole my heart. Rachel was an amazing character full of spirit and drive, at the beginning she seemed like such a willfully spoiled child and when a few events nearly defeat her she manages to come through like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. I enjoyed the frankness of how she dealt with certain situations, because they felt honest and believable. Now, I can talk about Logan...ahhh with Logan I can say that he personifies a character that I most appreciate. Smart, honest and dedicated without sacrificing any of the smexy. I adored his inner turmoil and how he finally accepted the inevitable... It was my favorite moment in this book, and believe me I had plenty. I really enjoyed the fact that this novel is just the beginning and that I see potential for even greater story telling ahead and you know what? I say bring it on!!
DEFIANCE has everything that anyone could want to read in a story. It has a evil tyrant, a defiant girl who wants to kick ass and her love interest that is crazy smart inventor that you cannot help but adore all sent in a fantastic new world that will ensnare you. A must read for 2012 and I defy you not to read it.