Published: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
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
As a whole I have really enjoyed this trilogy, but if I'm honest I have to admit that this final book, while enjoyable, didn't grip me the same way as the others and seemed just a little long. I still love all of the characters and watching their growth, but some of the magic was missing.
I remember reading on another blog - sorry I don't remember which one - that the fact that the two main characters were apart for most of the book was disruptive to the romance, and I'm beginning to think that I agree, I think. Whatever the reason, I wasn't in any rush to finish Deliverance and just muddled my way through it.
It's hard trying to analyse exactly what didn't work for me and as daft as this may sound, I think the fact that I read it electronically had something to do with it. Does anyone else have that problem? I'm finding that if I'm reading something on my Ipad, I find it much easier to just put it down and read a 'real' book, especially if it hasn't gripped me immediately. I know it's irrational, but there is something about having real pages in your hand and having a page already half-turned before you reach the end of it that adds to the excitement of a great book, and epub copies just don't have that!
After all that, Deliverance was a fairly satisfactory conclusion to the trilogy and I would recommend it if you've enjoyed the previous two Defiance and Deception, but it didn't quite measure up to my expectations after Deception, which for me was the stand-out of the three.