Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Oh, my fiance was just helping me pick out honeymoon destinations." "Yeah...we're getting married."

 Wherein Jack has a long post filled with amazing things

 Today I am taking part in the book party for Jaye L. Knight's book Resistance! (I joined in the cover reveal a while back. You might remember.)


 This is one of the books I was asked to read and review an early copy of. My review will be in this post. But first. 

About the Book

Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”


Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Available for purchase on Amazon May 20th!
View book extras at www.ilyonchronicles.blogspot.com.


About the Author


JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. 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.


Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.
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Giveaway Code

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 For another part of the party I was given the chance to interview Jace, one of the main characters in the book. (And my favourite one.)

1. Would you like to travel the world someday - if you could do so without people becoming angry with you or running away - or are you more the time who likes to keep close to home?

*shifts uncomfortably and clears throat* I’ve seen enough of the world. I was brought to quite a few cities in my days as a gladiator. I didn’t see much of them, but enough to know I don’t like them. I like home. It’s quiet and comfortable, and the only place I’ve ever felt that way. I just don’t think there’s anything of much interest to me outside of it.


2. Would you ever consider living with the ryriks? How do they feel about half-bloods?

No. They’re too violent. *winces* I couldn’t be part of their society. I’ve seen more than enough violence already. I think they might accept a half-blood, but would look down on them. I’d still be an outcast . . . same as I am now.


3. What are your thoughts on your Author? And do you consider yourself a good character or do you sometimes change the story because you know you can tell it better?

She likes to say we’re a lot alike. I suppose I wouldn’t have some of the struggles I do if we weren’t, but I guess I trust her. At least she puts a good purpose behind our suffering. Occasionally I step out and do something to surprise her, but for the most part I follow her directing. She knows me well enough to know where my story should go.


 4. Do you like reading? Or do you think of it as a waste of time? (If you do like it, what are some of your favourite books?)

I only learned to read a couple of years ago, but I don’t put it to use very often. I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a waste of time. I’m sure there’s a lot to learn from books, but I prefer to be out hunting or learning things by experience.


5. I don't remember if it ever mentions in the book. It probably is, but I've been so wrapped up in your story I have forgotten. So, I will just ask. How did you find Tyra? What made you decide to keep a wolf as a pet? (Not that I am criticizing your choice in pets. I like her.)

You’re one of the few I’ve met who feel that way about her. Most people believe black wolves are evil. I was out hunting when I came across her. She was just a pup, but someone had shot her, probably because of her black coat. She was in bad shape, but I nursed her back to health with help from my friend Kalli. I didn’t really choose to keep her. I would’ve let her go back to the wild, but she stayed, and I like having her around. Animals don’t judge you for your past or things like the type of blood you have.

 Thank you, Jace. I know you don't like a lot of attention, and that interviews aren't much fun, so thank you for enduring mine. 


 I should have some kind of grand transition but this is me we are talking about so.....here is my review!!

 I don't even know how to begin a review like this. Have you ever read one of those books you were expecting a lot from and it was so much better than all the expectations you put on it? If you have than you know how I feel.

 I had read another series by Jaye and I loved it. Resistance was part of an even longer series and Jaye said she spent a lot of time working on the plot. I allowed myself to hope it was going to be amazing.

 Resistance isn't your typical fantasy book. In the story the characters are faced with persecution when the government decides Christians are a threat to their false gods. The Christians are mostly outcasts, looked down upon by society. But things are changing and they know it won't be long before their lives are in danger.

 Caught up in the middle of this is a girl named Kyrin. She works for the emperor because she has the gift of being able to discern what a person's real character is like. It is her job to sit and listen on important meetings so she might know if a person is lying to the emperor. Working so close to the man who hates anyone who disagrees with his gods, it isn't long before Kyrin is forced to choice a side, continue worshiping the one true God and maybe lose her life, or bow before the false ones and live.
 I liked Kyrin. And I loved her relationship with her twin brother. Reading about them reminded me how rare it is to find a good brother and sister story and I hope there is more of them in the next book.

 There were a lot of other characters I liked as well. I liked most of them, except the emperor, his wife, daughter, and some of his henchmen. But, of course, one wasn't supposed to like them.

 My personal favourite though was Jace. Jace is a half blood ryrik - they are a race of violent, ill tempered beings who kill as a past time. Jace was bought out of slavery and shown love, but when tragedy strikes he forgets almost everything he has been told and again believes he is nothing more than a mindless animal who will kill anyone who gets close to him. He is nearly ready to give up on everything and just sit down and die because he believes it would be better for everyone.
 Then he meets Kyrin and....well, you just have to read it.
 Jace broke my heart and I fell in love with him. He was so sad and lonely, I often wanted to hug him and tell him over and over he was human and loved. (There is wonderful scene with him, where he has to decide between his ryrik instincts and his human side. That was my favourite scene in the whole book.)

 Aside from the characters, the plot is well done and thought out. And the world is especially well done. Jaye put a lot of time and effort into it and it shows. Everything felt real and believable. And while some of the races she created had enough characteristics in them to feel fantasy, she changed them just enough that they are completely new. It is worth spending the time in her new world to get to know and see everything better.

 This is another book I can highly recommend. It is listed as New Adult and it took me a while to figure out why. There are no suggestive scenes in it, I don't even remember there being a kiss, but some of the characters are tortured. Jaye does go into some detail, to show just what they went through and how they still stood for their faith. (A lot of it felt like the trails the early Christians went through.) There isn't unneeded detail, but things are described. Jaye balanced everything out well, but caution should be taken for younger readers.

 It is, I believe, a book everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.


 Now I should be going. I have one chapter left in the second Blade book before it is completed and I am hoping to finish it tonight.

 Quote is from The Winter Soldier when Rodgers is trying out his lack of spy skills.

 Allons-y!

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5 comments :

  1. That is such a gorgeous cover. Wow.
    It sounds like a great book! I might have to check this one out... Religious persecution and fantasy are not two genres I would have thought could work together, but this sounds really amazing!

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  2. [Your "Leave your comment" text is now singing itself in my head. Very clever. :)]

    Very interesting interview and review. :) Interesting to hear how you and Jaye connected and identified more with Jace when I connected and identified more with Kyrin and Kaden. That's part of the beauty of Resistance: everyone can relate to something in it.

    I can't believe I JUST now, through reading your post, noticed how similar the names Jaye and Jace are! Makes sense, if Jace is like a male version of Jaye in personality. :)

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  3. Great interview and review! I loved how Jace answered the question about the author. He was very gracious, considering....

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  4. Thank you so much for being a part of the blog tour and for the review, Jack! Your posts always make me grin. :D And again, I love the quote choice for the post title. I'm so glad Resistance exceeded your expectations! That makes my day. By the way, Jace isn't too traumatized after the interview. He thinks you're very nice. ;)

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  5. You got Jace to open up a bit - well done! ;) What an awesome review and fun interview! Thank you for being part of the tour. :)

    ~Amber

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