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 really like an author who isn’t afraid to think outside of the box and you definitely get that with CJ Redwine, and while I enjoyed most of the storyline, I had a small bit of trouble with the fire breathing dragon. I think that is because the civilizations seemed to far advanced to be afraid of or unable to capture and destroy this creature.
However, please don’t let that deter you from reading. The characters are incredibly engaging. Rachel, who is a red head, lives up to the feisty nature most gingers have been pegged with. She’s extremely protective of the one’s she loves and very fierce.
Logan is a total heartthrob! He had me smitten from the moment he started talking. When Rachel’s dad “dies” and Logan is named her guardian the sparks fly and they continue to light up the sky even when they are trying to fight the attraction.
Defiance is action packed and fast paced and a total page turner. You’ll fall in love with Logan and be a total cheerleader for Rachel. Maybe even shed a tear or two.
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