Monday, January 1, 2018

Jaye L. Knight - Exiles

The Ilyon Chronicles #4

By Jaye L. Knight

Available on Amazon

Product Description (from Amazon)

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.

About the Author (from Amazon)

Jaye 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.

O.Scarlett! REVIEW by Kendra


So, earlier this year, Jaye contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to beta the latest book in the Ilyon Chronicles. She'd made me this offer with the King Scroll's, but I'd had to turn it down, due to time constraints. This time, while my plate wasn't exactly empty, I determined to get through as much of it as I could. Which was about a quarter to half of the book. I'd like to think I helped.

And then, when she asked for volunteers for reviews, I jumped at that opportunity and devoured the whole book just as quick as you please. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to put it up during her release blitz, as I was releasing a book of my own that week, and the next few months were literal mayhem for me...

But here I am, now, reviewing it. Because, WOW, this was an awesome story. I'm actually not sure whether it or The King Scrolls is my favorite ... but it might just win out. It was a roller coaster from start to finish, so much changed. And I do mean CHANGED. Pieces are sliding into place for the end game, and I'm positively thrilled to see how it comes together.

It starts with a wedding ... I'm not going to say whose, but it wasn't Jace and Kyrin's, though there were several jabs at that couple asking when they would be the ones getting married. And then the plot splits up. On one trail, you have Daniel's story ... Daniel being the son of the Emperor oppressing the believers in Elom. Things have Changed for him since we saw him last, but I'm not going to say much about them. Just that things go Down in the palace. Second plot thread is Trask and Anne holding things down in Landale as the ante is raised against the believers. Third, we have Jace, Kyrin, and a number of other characters going to Dorland, the country of the Cretes, with Samara's exiled king who's seeking allies to take his country back.

All three plotlines are tense, two avoiding discovery and persecution, the third dealing with outright war.

I'm not sure what else I can say about it, other than the fact that it was awesome, and the game has changed completely. Also, the issue of whether or not Ryriks have souls has been resolved once and for all (not that I was ever worried about this conclusions.)

If you haven't read this amazing series yet, go pick it up now - because did I mention that it was amazing?

Genre/Theme: Fantasy, Christian

Reading Level: Mature TEEN - high school to college 
Profanity: NONE - no offensive language 
Sexuality: SUBTLE - hinted, but not explicit 
Other: Violence and adult themes noted as necessary 

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