Issue 15’s Review
Defiance by C. J. Redwine
A review by editor Timilehin Adeyemi (this review can found in issue 15: Change)
This intriguing story is plotted around Rachel Adams and a firmly kept secret within the shadow of a brutal leader in the city – state of Baalboden. Unlike other girls who opted for sewing and other “less challenging” careers, Rachel learnt the art of using the sword – She was swift with it. Jared, her father fails to return from a courier delivery mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector which happens to be her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel fell in love with two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her.
Left with nothing, Rachel had a strong belief in her father’s survival, and decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in her search could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire had got himself a huge portfolio as an Outcast, Inventor and most importantly an Orphan. As an apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can get away from Baalboden and the Tyranny that engulfed the city. But he never had a plan to be a guardian and bear the responsibility of 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.
The first words I had in my mouth when I first started reading Defiance ‘‘Oh my’’ and those were my last two words when I finished. Defiance is easily one of the best books I’ve been in contact with in a while, and I’ve read a ton of amazing books but Defiance defies the odd.
Redwine really nails the characters in Defiance. The alternating perspectives between Rachel and Logan is something somewhat more than thrilling. They’re such different people but alike in many ways. I love how Rachel totally rebels from the society she lives in. She knows how to fight and I love a heroine that can defend herself.
Logan’s as a character was not bad either. I absolutely loved and followed the character Logan. Portrayed as a nerd at heart but he could fight just as well as Rachel. The respect he and Rachel had for each other was what made the romance in Defiance such a resounding success.
The villain in Defiance is the evil Commander. He’s a guy that readers are going to love to hate. He’s truly awful and to watch two characters that I loved go up against him was nerve wracking.
Defiance also excels in great suspense. I was never sure where this story was going as the Author – Redwine throws in lots of twists and turns that make this book more spectacular.
With a plot that engages any reader, a perfect blend of romance between two fantastic characters, Defiance won my heart. It’s worth a read, go grab a copy and read