Book Review: Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Rating: StarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy

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.

*****

Darker than I imagined, but Defiance has a lot of potential to be a great series.

The story was pretty interesting. Things always go wrong for Rachel and Logan, though. Poor pair. Redwine doesn’t baby her characters. A lot of action scenes which is a plus. Pretty good storytelling, too.

Rachel might’ve the ability to carry herself and be independent, but the constant angst and drama spoiled it. A strong heroine is not only skilled in disabling her opponents, but mentally able to contain her erratic emotions as well, when the situations require it. Rachel… bah! such a downer.

Logan is intelligent, and it surprises me that rarely do i encounter a male lead that is not only brawns but brains as well. i could’ve have liked him more if his efficiency in combat was exhibited more. He might be an inventor, but he is highly trained as a fighter too. Ho ho ho! That is very pleasing to me.

The Commander is effectively scary as a villain. I cringed everytime he opens his mouth. He’s like this vile, vicious creature that has nothing good to say ro do to anyone. I am so looking forward for Rachel to smite his rickety old *ss in the coming books.

The drama offed me a bit, but Defiance got me hooked. I wouldn’t be surprised if this series will have followers in the future. A little more polish in the plot and Defianceseries will work its way up into the fantasy genre.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Imprint: Balzer + Bray

Pub Date: 08/28/2012

Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins for granting my galley request.

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