Monday, December 17, 2018

Bitter Winter - New Fantasy Novel From Jaye L. Knight

About Bitter Winter

Already struggling with a harsh winter and the threat of food shortage, a catastrophic event leaves
those in the Landale camps reeling. Just when things couldn’t get much worse, camp members fall ill with the same devastating sickness that’s sweeping across the country.

Determined to gain the cure, Jace sets off to Valcré. However, there are only two sources—the queen, or a powerful gang of smugglers who have made the dangerous city their home. When Jace gains audience with the gang leader, he finds the price of the cure is steeper than any of them imagined, forcing him to make an impossible choice—betray his conscience or let those he loves die.

Available now on Amazon!

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, Twitter, and Etsy.

My Review
(Please note this is only a review for Bitter Winter and not for Lacy or Decree)

For those who have come to enjoy Jaye's Ilyon Chronicles, they will not be disappointed with the next phase that the Landale camp encounters in Bitter Winter. As with the previous novels, Bitter Winter shows how Jace, Prince Daniel, and the Altairs must trust in God even when He seems silent to our prayers.

Pros and Cons

As readers have come to appreciate with Jaye's work, no magic, gore, or indecent material could be found in Bitter Winter, which of course is what sets the Ilyon Chronicles apart from nearly all fantasy. And again, the personal relationships among the characters is uplifting and showcases strong family ties and friendships among the characters, which is one of the aspects I love most about Jaye's novels. Because of the intensity of the plot, I still keep to my recommendation for the previous novels of mature teens and young adults as the target audience. One thing I was disappointed with in Bitter Winter was one scene where our main characters find themselves awaiting a meeting in a tavern, and they choose to sip (however reluctantly) some achololic beverages to keep suspicions about their actions low. While a short scene, my preference would have been for it to not be included at all, since younger readers especially often look up to main characters. Also, there were two or three kissing scenes, though true to Jay's norm were more mentioned than described, and not in a manner likely to cause stumbling. Finally, readers will love how Jaye ends this latest trek with our Ilyonian friends, though to share it would be a spoiler, so you'll have to read it to find out. :)

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a full signed set of the Ilyon Chronicles and The Blades of Acktar!  (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

Be sure to stop by each of the character chats (links in the blog tour schedule) for additional giveaways throughout the tour!

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Visit these other blogs for more about Bitter Winter!

Friday – December 14 – Release Day for Bitter Winter & Lacy!
· Blog Tour Intro by Tricia Mingerink
· Author Interview & Book Reviews at Jessica Looks Again
· Book Reviews at The Music of a Story 
· Book Spotlight & Review at Chosen by the Potter
· Book Spotlight at Time of the Immortals 
· Character Chat #1 by the Ilyon Chronicles 
Saturday – December 15
· Book Reviews at Thriving Hope 
· Book Spotlight & Reviews at The Writer’s Song
· Author Interview & Book Reviews at Perfectly Quirky In Every Way
· Book Spotlight & Reviews at A Great God and Good Cocoa
· Book Spotlight at The Book Sprite 
Monday – December 17
· Book Reviews by Morgan Huneke
· Book Reviews at Backing Books 
· Book Reviews at Honey Rock Hills 
· Book Reviews at TJ’s Musing
· Character Chat #2 by Tricia Mingerink
Tuesday – December 18 – Release Day for Decree!
· Book Spotlight at Ruffles and Grace 
· Book Spotlight & Reviews at Resting Life
· Author Interview & Book Reviews at Knitted by God’s Plan 
· Book Reviews by S.G. Willoughby
· Book Spotlight & Reviews at Sarah Plain & Average
Wednesday – December 19
· Book Reviews at The Artful Author
· Book Reviews by Meagan Davenport
· Author Interview & Book Reviews by Brie Donning
· Author Interview & Book Spotlight at Saver of Memories
· Character Chat #3 by the Ilyon Chronicles

Thursday – December 20
· Book Spotlight by Sutori no Hana 
· Book Reviews by Kaylee’s Kind of Writes 
· Book Spotlight by M.H. Elrich
· Author Interview at The Ink Lizard
· Book Spotlight & Review at A Great God and Good Cocoa

Friday – December 21
· Book Reviews at Smyling Girl
· Author Interview at Dreams and Dragons 
· Book Review by Faith Blum
· Author Interview & Book Reviews at Allison Grace Writes
· Book Spotlight by Hannah Gaudette
· Character Chat #4 by Tricia Mingerink

Saturday – December 22
Blog Tour Wrap up post at Jaye L. Knight

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