Saturday, August 12, 2017

Exiles: Adventure, Fantasty and Faith in New Novel By Jay L. Knight


Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Exiles, has been released! Exiles is the fourth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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About the Book

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 Emperor Daican’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.

My Review

Whoa! Where do I start with "Exiles"? Anyone who has read the Ilyon Chronicles knows the blend of faith and adventure Jaye weaves into her novels is first class. "Exiles" is no exception. For the faithful fans of Jace, Kyrin, Rayad, Trask, Anne and their fellow Ilyonians, "Exiles" continues the Resistance's fight against idol-worshipping Daican as he sets sights on the far regions of Dorland. At the interpersonal level many characters must grapple with real, soul-searching challenges such as earning the trust of a wounded heart, how a son honors his terribly deceived father, treasuring fellowship with fellow believers even at great risk and a young man's fears in how to be a good husband and father.

In reading "Exiles", two instances especially grabbed my attention, which I'll strive to share without divulging any spoilers. ;) The first was a particular character's yearning to be with other believers and the needed courage he drew from their fellowship. The steadfast love of the Ilyonian believers has been one of the aspects I appreciate most about the series and I was again reminded afresh of the precious gift our brothers and sisters in Christ are.

And then there's Kyrin. Oh Kyrin. It's not often I find myself wanting to emulate the femininity and grace of a fictional heroine but Kyrin's spirit stirred my woman soul. I'm really having to fight giving those spoilers, so let's just say while the previous novels highlighted Kyrin's bold faith and courage, "Exiles" accents a strong yet gentle, gracious and very feminine spirit in its lead actress that I believe will be an encouragement for many girls and young women.

As for concerns with "Exiles", they were very few for readers considering Jaye's target audience (young adult). While "deeds of darkness" are present in the pages they are covered with great tact and discretion - one of the attributes I appreciate most about Jaye's works. Still it is YA fiction and some parents may want to peruse the content for young teens who are not yet worldly-wise. Some scenes include persecution and martyrdom of believers (including a beheading and gladiator/Roman arena like sports), battles, a brother mourning the nieces and nephews he will never meet as a result of his sister's abortions to cover her illicit relationships, aforementioned sister seen with young staff member after an immoral encounter, threats of rape (more implied than told) and villains with predatory motives - and in one scene action - toward women. Again, all portrayed in a manner that is not descriptive but it is there nonetheless. As to romance in general, I thought the romance between several main characters was refreshingly sweet, providing honorable as well as endearing examples of wooing and winning so sadly absent in most Christian novels. Two weddings bookend the novel but you'll have to read it to find out whose they are. :) There are several kissing scenes but again more mentioned than described - some so brief describing them as "scenes" borders on misleading. As a general summary, I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Exiles" and highly recommend it. Keep up the good work, Jaye!



Available now on Amazon!

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Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? The first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th - 14th!
You can find them on Amazon.

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About the Author
JayeAuthor2015Jaye 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.

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Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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