Date of publication: February 2nd, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Christian
Series: Mud, Rock, and Trees
Refugees – Book 1 (review here)
Seekers – Book 2 (review here)
Captives – Book 3 (review here)
Warriors – Book 4 (review here)
Visionaries – Book 5 (review here)
Deliverers – Book 6
Where you can find Deliverers: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
“Our pride rules the empire now.” A new era has begun in Tzoladia! But lions are not the only things prowling the streets. The brash young ruler has inherited an empire full of divisions, intrigue, assassins, and disease. Have the last days arrived? Where are The Deliverers?
Brina matches wits with the ruthless and brutal Bladar. Amanki fights the faceless and deadly blue sickness. Moshoi battles the restless and all-consuming desires of his own heart. Three Seals. Three Deliverers. One last chance. Will anyone escape Tzoladia alive?
I was very excited to start reading Deliverers. Knowing that this was going to be the last book in the Mud, Rocks, and Trees series, I was also a little sad. R.A. Denny has written a series that kept me captivated from the first book. Not a lot of series can do that.
Deliverers start shortly after the events of Visionaries. Metlan is now the Emperor of Tzoladia, which was his dream. Trouble soon brews as unrest and a plague decimates the city. Amanki is lying low in the Webbie quarters of the Tzoladia. After defeating the blue sickness, Amanki is dedicated to helping anyone who has contracted the sickness. He is also spreading the word of Adon, which makes him a target when Metlan outlaws the religion. Brina is still on the plains with Bladar. She wants her seal, along with the Rock seal back, and she is willing to do anything to get it. She is not ready for the surprise that Bladar unleashes. That surprise sends her back to Tzoladia. Moshoi has been forced back into the shadows when Tuka becomes fast friends with Metlan. Believing that a friendship with Metlan will get him what he wants, Moshoi starts down a road that will test him and shape him.
The changes that Amanki, Metlan, Brina, and Moshoi go through in the series is amazing. Metlan went from a brash, brazen cat rider to an emperor who tried to do what he felt was right for his people. Amanki went from a scared Webbie boy who watched his family massacred to a young man who was willing to stand up for what was right. Brina went from a shy girl who was mourning her best friend’s death to a confident young woman who wasn’t afraid to go toe to toe with a seasoned warrior. Moshoi actually went backward in his change to go forward. He went from a brave young man ready to do Adon’s will to a young man who let greed take over his life. It wasn’t until the end of the book that I got to see what Moshoi was made of and see the change that he made. He became someone who I was proud of.
The deaths in this book almost broke me. I will admit that I was traumatized with one of the deaths. I was not expecting this character to die the way they did. I also will admit that I cried at more than one death also. I was a mess during those chapters.
I wasn’t a fan of the wannabe love triangle between Metlan, Amanki, and Brina. I liked how it was Brina who was torn between the brothers. Of course, who Brina ended up with was a no-brainer. If you want to know who, you need to read the book.
The fantasy aspect of Deliverers was fantastic and well written. I loved how the author was able to write in griffins, behemoths, leviathans, and dragons and not make them scary. Instead, what she did with them was original. I liked how they were used as part of Adon’s plan!!
This is a book that is 100% suitable for young adults. The violence isn’t graphic, there is no language and there is no sex. There is a brief chapter about Metlan on his wedding night. But nothing was described.
The religious part of the book, Adon, was woven into the plotline. The author was able to write about the religion without shoving it down my throat. Loved it!!!
The end of Deliverers was a huge wow. I was not expecting what happened to happen. After reading the epilogue, I had to set the book down and just think for a minute. That is how much this book affected me.
What I liked about Deliverers:
A) The changes in all the characters throughout the series
B) The fantasy aspect of the book. Wow’d me
C) The end.
What I disliked about Deliverers:
A) The deaths
B) The wannabe love triangle
C) Metlan at the end.
I gave Deliverers a 4-star rating. I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be a fitting end for the Mud, Rock, and Trees series. I was taken aback with who died. I also wasn’t a fan of the implied love triangle between Brina, Amanki, and Metlan.
I would give Deliverers an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is no language. There is violence but it isn’t graphic. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.
I would reread Deliverers. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.
I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review Deliverers.
All opinions stated in this review of Deliverers are mine.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**