Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Samara's Peril ~ New Christian Fantasy Novel From Author Jaye L. Knight

I'm excited to share with you a the third novel release in a series I've enjoyed traveling through recently: Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight.
About the Book

When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.

Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.

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My Review
First off, I have to say Fantasy is not my usual genre of choice. Too often I find the genre tramples my convictions. But earlier this year, a friend introduced me to "The Ilyon Chronicles" and I greatly enjoyed Knight's first novels in this series, Resistance and The King's Scrolls.  Not only was her writing style first class, but the faith themes were some of the strongest I've found in a fictional work. Samara's Peril is no exception. The theme of persevering in the fight of faith, generations uniting together for the gospel and no soul is beyond redemption was beautifully continued from the previous novels.  The plot and characters were riveting and the redemption message - wow! I wish I could tell you what I loved most about it, but it would spoil the whole novel for you! All I will give is that it was a twist completely unexpected, yet very true to the nature of God and the salvation we have in Christ.

While they aren't enough to pull down my rating of this book, I know I have some young families in my audience and want to mention a few things. Knight's novels are specifically targeted toward young adults and adult elements are woven into the plot, though I thought most of them were handled in a discreet manner. There is a budding romance throughout the novel. On the whole, I thought it was sweet and honorable, the exception being I personally (and this is indeed personal conviction here - no biblical commands were violated) thought some of the physical expressions premature. Also, violence is committed against the Ilyonian believers and while not described graphically, it is there. Finally, in the early half of the novel, the ugly entanglement of lust and devastation of rape are shown through the lives of several characters either in bondage to their own vice or suffering from the sinful choices of others. My personal age recommendation: edifying reading for those 16 and up. Children 15 and younger: have your parents read it first.

Personal Interview with author Jaye L. Knight

(Kenzi) What led you to write the Ilyon Chronicles? Basically, what is the “story behind the story”? :)

(Jaye) Unlike a lot of my story ideas that are often sparked by visual media like movies and TV shows, the inspiration for Ilyon Chronicles came from a book—specifically DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul. When I discovered that my favorite character in her series was half-blooded, it sparked the idea for Jace. Everything in the series then grew around him. He is at the very center of it all.

(Kenzi) Did you have anyone mentor you or that you look up to in your early writing days? What has helped you the most as you master the story craft?

(Jaye) My mom. She started writing when she was a teenager and I developed my love for writing from her. She was the one who helped me learn how to write and would read my first stories. She still goes over everything I write and is always there when I need to discuss plots or characters or just vent my frustration. :) As far as what has helped me the most, I have three major resources I can point to. First is author K.M. Weiland’s blog. I read through all of it and it really helped improve my writing. Then there is author Camy Tang’s blog and the book Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. Deep POV has become one of my main focuses in writing, and these two resources are what really helped me develop that in my writing.

(Kenzi) I love how you explore some deep themes in your novels. How do you (or what gives you the inspiration) to develop those themes and then bring them to life through your characters and plot?

(Jaye) I think, especially in my most recent writing, that a lot of it comes from life experience. I come from a special needs family, and while things haven’t been quite as hard as they could be, it’s still a lot to deal with. There have been some very hard times I’ve had to go through and times where I’ve struggled deeply with depression. I’ve also had my share of health issues. It brings a huge range of emotions and questions to deal with. That emotion gets transferred into my writing. While some of the themes and issues I deal with in my writing haven’t directly happened to me in real life, I still find it easy to put myself into the minds of my character because of what I’ve been through.

(Kenzi) What is the message you strive for your novels to convey?

(Jaye) When things are hard, we’re always looking for the bright spot or encouragement to believe that things will work out in the end. That is what I strive to show in my writing. In being able to write and show God working in my stories, it gives me encouragement that it is the same way in real life, even if we can’t see it at the time. I hope it encourages others as well.

(Kenzi) A fourteen year old girl comes up to you and says, “I think God is calling me to write fiction for Him.” What advice would you give to her?

(Jaye) Read a lot and pray a lot. Reading, both fiction and books/articles on writing is the best way to develop your writing skills (along with practice). But, the most important thing, is to really pray a lot. You really can’t say “I’m going to sit down and write a story for God,” and just go along doing what you think is best. That doesn’t usually turn out very well. You really need to pray throughout the process and ask for guidance as the story progresses.

(Kenzi) Thanks so much for sharing, Jaye! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the story unfold in future additions to the Ilyon Chronicles!

(Jaye) Thank you so much for having me!

About the Author
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.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

To follow the official blog tour for Samara's Peril, look no further! :) Find the entire tour schedule at http://jayelknight.blogspot.com/p/samaras-peril-blog-tour.html

And now for the giveaway!

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Samara’s Peril, a John 3:16 necklace by FaithWearDesigns, and a green wire dragon bookmark by Wirelings! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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  1. Great interview, Jaye and Kenzi! :) I love how your writing is so God-centered and delves into such amazing, deep themes, Jaye. It's truly challenged me in my Christian walk, and Resistance had me in tears as I asked how I would have responded if in Kyrin's place. It was humbling and inspiring! Really excited to see how the journey continues in Samara's Peril, and it's wonderful how involved your mom is with your writing. :D Thank you for wielding the pen for our Savior, Jaye, and for giving us the Ilyon Chronicles! May the Lord continue to shower His blessings upon you and your writing!

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words, Patience!! I agree! :)

  2. Nice review and interview! I love this series! And those writing tips will be very helpful to aspiring authors (aka me).

    1. I agree, Gabriela: Jaye's writing tips were a blessing to me too. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thank you so much for having me on your blog and sharing your review! :)