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BLOG TOUR-Book Review + Author Interview: Samara’s Peril (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 3)

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Hey ya’ll!!! Today I’m posting as part of a blog tour for Jaye L. Knight’s new book Samara’s Peril!!!!! It is the third book in the series, Ilyon Chronicles, and absolutely one of my favorite series ever. You can see my book reviews for Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 1)The King’s Scrolls (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 2), and Half Blood (Ilyon Chronicles: Prequel Novella). A few of these were some of the first book reviews I ever posted on here.

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Book Description:

When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.

Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.

Available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks!

Author Bio:

JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.

To see more people posting for the blog tour, click here.

My Review:

Rating: 5/5 stars.

I don’t know if I can convey to you how great this book, this series, is. It is absolutely amazing. I have loved every moment of reading this book, and I can not wait to see how this story progresses.

Finding out that Daican is planning something big against the country Samara, a group from the resistance led by Lady Anne goes on a undercover mission to get more specific information. There they discover something shocking that complicates things. But with the gathered information, they hope to head out to warn the king of Samara. There they will face a bigger battle than they’ve ever known, but maybe even more important, another battle is being fought in Jace’s own heart. One that could lose his life.

One of the best things about these books is the characters. There is such a great amount of amazing characters. Though a few may be similar, none of them are exactly the same. In this particular book there was so so so much character development with Jace. He has to fight so much darkness and heartbreaking fears. Kyrin is so amazing. She has this inner strength and bravery that is beautiful to see. I loved how Jace and Kyrin’s friendship is developing into something more. Anne had more of a part in this book, and it was fantastic. I love how she can give a harsh or scolding remark without sounding mean. She knows how to bring down people too full of themselves. Holden plays such a vital part in this book that I never expected. It has made me come to love him so much more. The brothers, Timothy and Aaron, I need more of them! Rachel, Elanor, and Charles were all great, new characters. I absolutely must know more about Elian and Balen. The Altair family is so fun and just enjoyable to see them all interacting together. Rayad, Warin, Trask, Aric, and Trev are all other characters that I love so much.

Let’s just talk more about Jace for a moment. He’s pretty much the central character in this book which I am absolutely happy with because he is my favorite character. Oh my goodness! In this book Jace stressed me out more than any of the earlier books. He is so broken and torn up inside. He has never been so lost before. His struggles were so real and frightening for him, I got very worried. He is going to be the death of me.

This felt so real. I connected with with the characters as soon as I began to read and I was just swept away into an amazing world where my heart was broken again and again.

The plot was exciting, intense, and totally not what I was expecting. The shocking reveal was very shocking. I literally screamed into pillow for like a minute. The battles were real, exciting, and so stressful. I mean with dragons and firedrakes and your favorite characters’ lives threatened with death, how could it not be?

It was surprising how allegorical this book was from its predecessors. It was something altogether neat and beautiful to see. I loved the parallels to Christianity, but it never really seemed like too much. It was smoothly blended into the story. This is not at all preachy like some books can be. The religion compliments the story and helps the characters answer some questions that many in our own world ask. It strengthens it without sounding unnatural.

I love this world. It’s fantasy, but not too much. The characters are so precious. The writing is amazing. And this series is going to kill me. Just go read it, alright? You shouldn’t need anymore convincing.

Interview:

Where is your favorite place to write? Why?

Outside. That is, if it’s warm, of course. In Wisconsin, that’s no guarantee. But I love the outdoors, so I like to be outside as much as I can. In the summertime, I write out on the porch a lot.

For you, what is the hardest part about everything involved in writing and publishing a book? How do you overcome it?

It’s probably the actual writing part that’s the hardest. I’ve been prone to bad bouts of writer’s block. The best way I’ve found to overcome it is, no matter how much I might hate and cringe at what I write, to just push through and put something down on the page. It can be just awful, but at least it can help me get past whatever part is hanging me up. Problem is, I’m also quite a procrastinator at times, so that makes it difficult as well.

What are you most excited about in Samara’s Peril?

All the many questions and issues that are finally answered and resolved. This book is a real turning point in the series, especially for a certain beloved character. 🙂 This book will answer most of the questions I get all the time.

What is your favorite part of the world of Ilyon?

I love the different societies. I had a lot of fun brainstorming what each of my different races were like. Even though the story has been centered in one country for the most part, the second half of the series explores more of Ilyon, and readers will get to experience more of the different cultures. I’d have to say my favorite of all of them is the crete culture. It’s kind of a mix of Native American, elves, and some of my own ideas. I’d love to be a crete and live in a crete city. They do have dragons, after all.

Giveaway:

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Samara’s Peril, a John 3:16 necklace by FaithWearDesigns, and a green wire dragon bookmark by Wirelings! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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-G. Paige

Book Review: Half Blood (Ilyon Chronicles: Prequel Novella)

imageRating: 5/5 stars.

Let me just blurt out: oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!! There isn’t enough I could say to tell you how much I loved this book. And hated it. But let’s get on to what it is about.

This is a prequel book to the first book in the the Ilyon Chronicles: Resistance. It is a backstory of  the life of Jace, one of the two main characters. Starting when he is six years old, Jace is a slave. He’s also half ryrik. That, supposedly, makes him dangerous. He has no memory of his parents. Sold from one slave owner to another all who look at him have hatred and fear in their eyes. They call him an animal, a monster who has no soul. He lives through it all, but then he loses control and something terrible happens. Forced to be a gladiator, he lives to kill. Jace fears that he is becoming the monster that everyone thinks he is. Or that maybe, he already is.

It’s been awhile since I have read one of Jaye L. Knight’s books fresh for the first time. I was really excited to get my hands on this and read it (long before it came out). Jace is my favorite character in the Ilyon Chronicles, so what could go wrong with a book just about him? It was small, but that didn’t make it any less amazing.

This book tore my heart into a million pieces. I hardly ever cry in book. I mean, that never happens. Throughout this whole book my eyes got watery one time. If I really think about what happened in the book, I do think I will cry. But over all the excitement and thrill of the experience, I did deeply feel this book. You know what I mean? There was an unknown depth to the book that touched my heart.

Now, you’re probably still wondering why earlier I said I hated it. Well, I didn’t hate the book. But I did hate what happened to Jace. It was terrible. Though it totally fitted the character and I wouldn’t change any of it, it was still just horrible. Poor Jace. I feel so bad for him.

So I loved loved loved this book, while at the same time hating what happened in it for the most part. But the darkness and bitterness of how the story was, for most of the book, made the light at the end so much brighter. Through all that darkness and despair, there was hope in the end that things would turn out better. So it doesn’t leave you feeling depressed, but happy and sad at the same time.

This was a beautiful tale that was perfect for a day’s reading. So don’t miss it. No matter how heartbreaking it is, you’ll still be glad you read it.

I wouldn’t recommend this to people until they had at least read Resistance. But this is for any lover of fantasy and Christian fiction. Or anyone who likes to read. It is so so good.

-G. Paige

Book Review: The King’s Scrolls (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 2)

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

What can I say??? This book, the second in the Ilyon Chronicles, left me speechless. I can’t say that I “loved” what happened in this book (Some parts made me want to cry and I do NOT cry.), but I loved the book immensely.

In the first book we see only Humans, peaceful Talcrins, and some terrifying Ryriks (not including Jace). In this book we are introduced to the Cretes and some creatures known as dragons. I just love this world with all the different races and fantastic creatures.

After the events that transpired in Resistance, things are looking up for those in Landale Forest. Winter is approaching and everyone is looking toward a few months of quiet peace. That is, until cretes arrive on dragons bringing information that could change the future for the “traitors”. Hidden in a valley is a crete who is known to have the last surviving copy of the King’s Scrolls (also known as the Word of Elôm). Together with the cretes, the people of Landale must race against time to find the faithful crete and bring him to safety before Emperor Daican’s men catch him.

The main characters are still Jace and Kyrin, but I think this book focuses a bit more on Kyrin and her family (The Altairs) which includes William (Father), Lydia (Mother), Marcus, Liam, Kaden (He is one of the two secondary main characters who we meet in Resistance.), Michael, and Ronan (also known as Ronny). I have to say that I absolutely love Liam! He is such a good guy just trying to walk on the right path. Another character that plays a significant role is the General (Lydia’s Father; Kyrin and her siblings’ grandfather). There are also some new characters you will come to know and love. In this book Jace faces a fear he has had most of his life and struggles with pain. Kyrin deals with pain of a different kind.

The King’s Scrolls was very well written and descriptive. I was fully immersed in this beautiful tale. I can’t stop thinking about it! It was amazing. Through the whole book I felt for the characters every step of the way. It was wonderful. It was very fast-paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat during the whole book.

I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone who loves Christian Fiction. You certainly don’t have to love fantasy to love this series. It will capture your heart.

G. Paige

Book Review: Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles: Book 1)

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

When I first heard of Resistance, I was afraid that it might be preachy. So I dismissed it at the time, thinking I might, might read it later. A little while later my friend Amanda (blogger of Scattered Journal Pages) read it and said that it was amazing. So I decided to read it. And man was she right!

Resistance is the first book of the Ilyon Chronicles. It is a thick book, but I read it in four days (I would’ve finished quicker if I hadn’t had school.). I absolutely loved this book! I’m so excited to read the rest of the series, but sad too because I have to wait for most of them to come out.

I haven’t read many books from Christian Fiction authors (Bryan Davis is one of them, his books are amazing!) and this is the first time that I’ve ever read anything from Jaye L. Knight (also known as Molly Evangeline), but I have to say this is definitely one of my top Christian Fiction books. You won’t be disappointed with it.

Naturally this book has two main characters: Jace and Kyrin. Jace struggles with his past and who he is. Kyrin, on the other hand, knows who she is. She is a follower of King Elôm, when most people in Ilyon follow Aertus and Vilai. If Emperor Daican finds out about her beliefs, she may be killed. There are also two secondary main characters: Rayad and Kaden. Rayad is a mentor/father figure to Jace and teaches him about Elôm. Kaden is Kyrin’s twin brother. He has a temper and is very protective over his sister.

I can’t really find any fault with this book. The characters are so well described that you really feel for them (Like you are there experiencing all their pain, joy, fear, etc.). It is so well written and descriptive. At the start of the book it can get a bit overwhelming with all the different characters (But isn’t that with all books?), but from there it adds and takes away characters gradually and you can remember who’s who quite easily. It was very fast-paced and swept you into the world of Ilyon right from the start. I never wanted to put it down.

I’d recommend this to anyone who loves Christian Fiction no matter if they like fantasy or not. It definitely does not really seem like fantasy. This book was spectacular, go ahead and read it then you’ll see for yourself. You can support the author by ordering it from her website: Jaye L. Knight! She will even autograph it if you ask her.

-G. Paige