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Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 22, 2014
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2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Bronze Medal Winner for Christian Fantasy/Sci-Fi
2014 Lyra Contest Fantasy Winner
"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
"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
About the Author
Jaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean 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. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
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Now, that’s over with. I liked the book as a medieval-type fantasy era. There was no magic in it, and it wasn’t a defined era (given the fantasy description). Because of that, I could shrug off some of the modern phraseology that I wouldn’t usually like in medieval fiction.
This was very well thought-out. I really did like all of the characters. There were tons of characters, but because of their uniqueness (between names and personalities), I didn’t find them confusing at all.
The storyline was great. It took me a while to get into the story, but once things got rolling, I enjoyed it. Some things were predictable, and it took a little while to figure out exactly what the plot of the book was, but overall, I ended it with really enjoying it.
Biblically speaking… this is where it’s difficult with fantasy. Because God is renamed as “the King” or “Elom,” it’s a little different (which, leads to the point that there isn’t a mention of Jesus Christ or the Gospel). There is no Scripture mentioned in this book (I understand that a future book in this series may cover that), just a lot of praying and following the King, doing Elom’s will, being placed in situations for Elom’s purposes. At the same time, there seemed to be just a general understanding of Biblical principles, but nothing really preached as “this is the way, the truth.” I realize, this is book one, so it may just be being established.
Romance was also very light. There is what I’d say friendship bonding and attraction between a few of the characters, but really nothing much. There are some scenes with heroic actions, but feelings aren’t exactly mentioned.
Because of the violence, a lot of sword-fighting, executions, tortures, and gruesome, evil plans mentioned, this would be better suited for older readers.
*I received this book from the author and happily provided my honest review*
The author grabbed me by the throat in the opening scenes by playing the wounded hero card which is my absolute reader drug of choice. As talented a writer as I am no review I write will do this book justice. I'm going to try anyway while staying spoiler free to preserve the reader experience of a very rich, multi-layered plot. There are so many sub plots but they never tangle and always tie back to the central conflict - good and evil in the forms of followers of Elom the true God and the 2 pagan gods. I loved that as I moved through the characters and got to know them in their separate stories at the beginning, the world building and characterization were so well woven I never felt lost or needed to refer to the maps or race listings (which honestly freak me out because I'm like... if I need cliff notes to the story world I'm already in trouble, LOL but I found I never needed to refer to them. The way the author drew me into the story world and pace at which story and world elements were introduced were so natural and well done I was never lost. Only intrigued.) It takes an incredible amount of skill and author chops to carry as many point of view characters as this novel has in a way that enriches rather than confuses the full depth of the storytelling. Second, it takes even more skill to write a book that is as equally plot driven as it is character driven, and this book does that in spades. It is quite simply fantastic.
It's long, and at times in the middle pacing did drag a bit but I had to know what was going to happen to Jace and Kyrin and all the other characters I'd come to love so that wasn't overly burdensome to get through the few slow places. Along the way I chuckled now and then, felt my reader heart get ripped apart in my chest, a few misty eyed moments, and in the final pages I wanted to stand up and shout "right here, right now, we are the resistance" with a sword at my side too.
Just as a great story, this novel is already that. But in light of the rampant persecution in our own real world, today, beneath the story resonating with my own soul was that one day the fortitude to stand strong for the faith in the face of death may one day become my reality. I hope and pray if and when that time comes, I show not only the fortitude of the 21 Egyptian martyrs, but that of these characters, as well. So thankful book 2 is already out, and I've already bought it. However I'm using it as an incentive as a reward for when I get my own next book in my series out, I'm looking forward to it that much.
One final note is that at my core I am a romance reader/writer and I was so impressed with how a "romantic thread" played out in this novel. that's all I will say to stay spoiler free but to witness such a relationship of healing and self-discovery that was so strong and pure, without physical attraction or any element of traditional romance was beautiful, believable, and awe inspiring. Well done, Jaye L. Knight. Well done.
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