Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses 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 one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a 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.
(Synopsis and Image from Goodreads)
I was so excited to start this one! I absolutely adore the cover, and when I read the book, I realized how absolutely perfect it is. It matches the story, and then shows Rachel exactly as she is in the book – strong, fierce, and fearless.
The world of Defiance was addictive. It was a mixture of a bit of steampunk and fantasy mixed with some slight Dystopian. The world Rachel lives in has suffered from the turmoil of a creature who devastated their society, and since then, the people of Baalboden have lived in constant fear of it returning and trampling every happiness they know. So when Rachel’s father doesn’t come back from a mission in the Wastelands, the home to the creature they all fear, Rachel has to make a decision to face the possibility of his death, or risk everything and try to find him. Obviously, she tries to find him, being the strong, fierce, and loyal heroine she is.
Logan, the man (or he’s really just a boy) given the duty of “protecting” Rachel after he father is deemed dead by the Commander, isn’t to excited about Rachel running off to find her father. Partly because this would mean he would be punished, but also because Logan and Rachel have a history… one lined with hurt and the edges of love. He is a character I loved from the start, mostly because of his kind works and gentleness with Rachel (unless he got angry. Then he could get slightly mad.)
The adventure of finding Rachel’s father was fantastic! I loved the scenery described so well, and the other side of Rachel you get to see. You see her being independent, which brings out her inner Wonder Woman. (Killing beasts and surprising men triple her age… You get it.) By the end of the book, I was so deeply attached to this cast of characters, that I simply want the next book so I can see them again. I loved this one!