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2014 Lyra Contest Fantasy Winner
"From the first sentence, this story grabs you, refusing to let you go until you've finished it. I have read a lot of fantasy, and a lot of Christian fantasy, but I can only name a small handful of books that come near to the quality of this work...There is a level of realism and relatability that I have only very rarely seen before. The plot is thick and suspenseful, and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end." -- Sarah Westmoreland for Readers' Favorite
"It's rare I stumble into a book this great without help from my reader and author friends recommending it first, but I absolutely did and am so glad. Now I get to go tell all of them 'You must read this.'" -- Nancy Kimball, author of Chasing the Lion
About the Author
- ASIN : B00KFXB1IM
- Publisher : Living Sword Publishing; 1st edition (May 20, 2014)
- Publication date : May 20, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6935 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 428 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,386 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Resistance tells the stories of a fascinating array of characters; the most prominent being Kyrin Altair and Jace. Kyrin, along with her twin brother Kaden, train in Tarvin Hall to serve the emperor. Jace is of a feared race, an outcast to society. Both of them have this in common: they serve King Elom; which is a dangerous thing to do in the darkening days of Ilyon. Believers of Elom labor to keep their faith a secret... but evil is at work. In the end, who will bow, and who will resist?
The setting of Resistance is an unusual, captivating mix of Ancient Rome-like times, fantasy concepts, and a futuristic touch, with the Christian allegory ever present. The collection of different "fantasy" races was intriguing. From the ruthless, supposedly soulless ryriks, to the regal, peace-loving talcrins, I was delighted by this creativity! Can't wait to meet more of the races, such as the cretes and the giants (dorlanders)!
This story was deep. Deep, emotionally-stirring, thought-provoking, and hitting very close to home. I often found myself thinking, "What would I do in that situation?" Because I have much in common with Kyrin and Jace. A faith that has faced persecution around the world and across the centuries, for one. And it's a faith worth fighting for! Resistance displayed that... with scenes that pierced my heart. No, I will not bow down to your gods; I serve King Elom, and Him alone! Yes, it was deep. It felt real.
The love story, well... it's not exactly a love story... but, I believe it will be, later on! :) Anyway, the relationship was so sweet. It came about with real compassion, selflessness, and care. Truly beautiful to watch unfold.
Oh, and did I mention that I love Kaden? Really, he's the epitome of "big brotherly-ness". He definitely ranks as a favorite character, along with Kyrin and Jace. But I liked all the characters... the good ones, I mean. Rayad, Trev, Endathlorsam, Liam, William, Trask, Anne... Ah, I just want to read more of them!
Resistance was surprising, with breathtaking twists and turns. It was bittersweet and love-filled, with scenes that made me want to cry and smile all at once. It was interesting, with its amazing settings and happenings. It was heart-rending. It was beautiful. It was worth it. Definitely not your fluffy romance story, but I loved it. I absolutely can't wait to read the next book to the Ilyon Chronicles!! And the next, and the next. I hear there's six books to the series, yay! :)
There was some violence, in order to enhance the story. I would caution younger children (12 and under). But otherwise, it's definitely not all gruesome and gore, just a bit of violence to make the situation more real.
All in all, a stunning story. Even after the last page, the impact remains.
I was a little bothered that God was not called God, and the races really confused me and frankly irritated me. I also didn't like some of the sensual insinuations of the story (revealing dresses, though not a lot of detail, thankfully; Divara with Kaden; guys staring at women and Jace’s birth situation.) personally, I was uncomfortable with how often that came up. I also didn't like the alone time between a girl and boy in the story. It wasn't above reproach. There was also some kissing and hugging prior to marriage.
But the faith of Trask, Kyrin, Kaden and Rayad was so impressive! I think the book is worth reading, but only if you are older and mature. I'd say 18+ for content and violence.
I found the story of both Kyrin and Jace to be an enjoyable and refreshing take on the fantasy genre. The subjects of persecution, fraternity, and compassion all give this tale heart. There is action, but it is not used flippantly; there is a sense of history, but it does not bog down the narrative. I have made comments to a few people that Resistance is very well-written. The vocabulary and attention to little detail that most authors forget made the story all the more palatable and believable.
I read the Kindle edition; the formatting was perfect, and the map was easy to find and look over. The glossary of characters, races, and places was also helpful, and indicates a well thought out world by the author; she was thorough in creating a place and people that piques the imagination
I am looking forward to reading the next volumes in the Ilyon Chronicles, and look forward to getting the same enjoyment as I did with this first part.