Book Review: Exiles

Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Exiles, has been released! Exiles is the fourth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

I’m also doing a quick review (shorter than my usual ones) and there’s an excerpt at the bottom of the post. But first, here’s a little bit about the book and author.

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About the Book

Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir, but with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

 

Available now on Amazon!

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About the Author

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, Twitter, and Etsy.

Review

I had the privilege of reading this book before it’s release. Of all the books I’ve read by Jaye, I think this is one of my favorites. All the turmoil in the characters, the uncertainty, and getting out of their comfort zones. It was all so deep and true to real life. I learned a few things from the book even though it’s fantasy AND fiction. I highly encourage you to read this book, and the whole series.

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Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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Excerpt

After the greetings, Talas asked his mother, “Where are Father and Grandfather?”

Tress motioned deeper into the house. “They’re building on to the back porch . . . and having one of their debates, I believe.”

Talas’s lips quirked wryly, and he motioned for everyone to follow. Up a short flight of steps and around the other side of the tree, they entered a spacious living area with a wide door leading out to an equally large porch. Just outside stood two crete men. The first was middle-aged with a profile like Talas’s. The second was older, his dark hair heavily streaked with gray. They faced each other, the first crete pinching the bridge of his nose, and Kyrin just caught his exasperated words.

“It’s more than sufficient already. There’s no need to go wider.”

The older crete shrugged. “I don’t think another couple of feet would hurt.”

He said it nonchalantly, but Kyrin detected a subtle humor in his expression, almost like a teasing child. Talas did refer to his grandfather as a bit of a rascal.

Talas cleared his throat, and the two men turned. He stepped out to the porch and embraced his father, and then his grandfather, who gave him a couple of hearty slaps on the back.

“I was just wondering when you’d show up for another visit.” The older crete grinned and then his attention shifted past Talas to Kyrin and the others. “You’ve brought friends, I see.”

Talas motioned them all out. Kyrin lingered near Jace, who remained well away from the edge of the porch where the railing was not yet completed. Another round of introductions followed, and they all greeted Talas’s father, Thel, and his grandfather, Varn.

“How long will you be here?” his grandfather asked.

“Until King Balen can convince at least one of the clan leaders to change their position,” Talas answered. “At least that’s the plan.”

“Well, he’s got a difficult task. I shall aid him with my prayers.”

“He’ll surely appreciate that. We all will.”

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7-7-7 challenge

A blogger friend of mine recently did this challenge and tagged anyone who hadn’t done it and who wanted to do it. So here I am!

These are the rules:

  • Go to page 7 of your WIP
  • Scroll down to line 7
  • Share the next 7 sentences in a blog post.
  • After the excerpt, tag 7 other writers to continue the challenge.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am currently editing and writing, so I have two Works in Progress (WIP). Because of this, I will actually post TWO excerpts. 😀 One will be from Lily of the Valley which I am editing, and the other from The Solid Rock which is being written pretty much as we speak. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Half-Blood: a Review and Interview

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I’m excited to be part of the New Release blog tour for Jaye’s newest book. This book is a novella called Half-Blood. You may remember the cover reveal I participated in for her novella a couple months ago. I also had a chance to beta-read the book and now to review it as well. Without further ado, some info about the book and the review. And make sure you check out the fun interview as well.

Check out the cover of Jaye L. Knight’s upcoming novella, Half-Blood, and learn about this prequel story to Ilyon Chronicles! Make sure you also enter the giveaway at the bottom!

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About the Book

The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.

For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.

Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?

See where Jace’s story all began . . . Continue reading

Favorite Screen Characters Tag

My friends Jaye and Morgan were kind enough to tag me in what is called “Favorite Screen Characters Tag.” Can I just say this was really hard? I don’t watch TV or movies a whole lot and even of the ones I do watch, I don’t have a lot of favorites. I found 5 easily enough. The last five were tough. So, without further ado – and in no particular order – here are my top 10 screen characters. Continue reading

Half-Blood

I had a chance to beta-read this particular book and am really looking forward to reading the final version as well. After falling in love with the Ilyon Chronicles series, and Jace’s story in particular, this book is really exciting to me. And the cover is spectacular! Check out the cover of Jaye L. Knight’s upcoming novella, Half-Blood, and learn about this prequel story to Ilyon Chronicles! Make sure you also enter the giveaway at the bottom! Continue reading

The Kings Scrolls: a review and interview

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Do you remember my review of Resistance about a year ago? Well, I had the privilege of beta-reading the second book in the series and receiving an advanced reader copy to review for Jaye’s release tour. The second book in the Ilyon Chronicles Series, The King’s Scrolls is now available! For this blog tour, I am reviewing her newest book, The King’s Scrolls, as well as interviewing one of my favorite secondary characters, Liam Altair. Make sure you read to the end so you can enter the exciting giveaway.

Review

Warning: Do not read this book in the same room as other people if you don’t want them to see you cry or wonder why you are laughing.

About the Book:

Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.

Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.

When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?

There is so much I wish I could say about this book, but I can’t because there would be too many spoilers. As much as I loved Resistance, in some ways, I think I liked The King’s Scrolls better. Continue reading

The King’s Scrolls Cover Reveal

One of the perks of knowing authors, is that you sometimes get to read their books before anybody else has a chance to. Another perk is that you sometimes get asked to host blog posts, cover reveals, or release posts. This is one of those times. Back in May, I was part of the cover reveal for a new book and a few weeks later, I wrote a review about the book. That book was Resistance by Jaye L. Knight and is the first book in a six-book series. Well, today, it is my honor to reveal the book cover for Jaye’s second book, The King’s Scrolls. Warning: it is just as gorgeous as the first one. Continue reading