Courier’s Daughter, The: Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
“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?”1
I think I may have gone on an adventure equivalent to that of the characters within this book in order to read this book. The first attempt to read it was through a hold request at the library. By a miscalculation of days I ended up being one day late to pick up my book and naturally there was someone else in line. The book was then recycled to the next person until it would become available to me again. Receiving the e-mail message a few weeks later, I made a mental note to collect the book after the correct date, as per the e-mail message. Following the instructions I went to pick up the book at the prescheduled date, only to find the date in the e-mail was the deadline to pick up date, not the availability date. Sigh. Luckily while searching the library computer system to see if it was available again, I happened upon a notice that the book was now available as an audiobook through Hoopla. Huzzah!
The Courier’s Daughter is a unique and intriguing tale about one girl who is caught in the middle of a power struggle between two heads of states. Having gone through extreme loss and even worse situations, she manages to bond with a group of fellow survivors who have also lost everything they have known.
The book is set in the future, but with many dystopian stories things have been destroyed and turned to ruins equivalent to ancient times, yet they also manage to create and harness their own kind of technology or “tech” to be able to do some pretty amazing things. Not only do the characters in the story have to face extreme circumstances and war, they are constantly under threat of attack by dragon-like creatures that live underground, ready to burst forth and cause chaos and mayhem at the drop of a hat.
There is some pretty great character development in the stories. We get to see so many different characters who are unique and come from different cultures and walks of life. There are those we love, those we hate, the under dogs and those we secretly root for. Treacherous journeys, dangerous situations, close calls and hard loses spot the story ultimately coming to war and resolution.
It may sound like I am describing a quite extraordinary tale, and perhaps in some respects it may be, but I could not wait to be done with this series. The series thoroughly confused me, not for its content, but for my emotional reaction to it. Although not minding the story or the characters, I had some semblance of interest to the story, it’s characters and outcome and yet I could not find myself completely invested in it. I wanted it to be over with, I did not love it, I did not hate it. It did not overly upset me and it did not bring me great joy. Perhaps this is an example of a superbly written mediocre story? While I find myself randomly and seemingly at a loss for what to say, I will say that the ending was extremely anti-climactic. For those Harry Potter fans, and those who have read my thoughts on the finale of Harry Potter will know what I am referring to. Epic lengthy journeys that span the never ending lengths of time, while resolution happens in a fraction of a sentence.
Goodbye Courier’s Daughter series. I banish you to the wastelands and expect never to see or speak of you again.
- Book summary courtesy of C.J. Redwine book page.