“Half-Blood” by Jaye L. Knight
prequel to the Ilyon Chronicles
My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.
For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.
Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?
See where Jace’s story all began . . .
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Yes, I have recently jumped on the band-wagon of The Ilyon Chronicles and they’re fantasticness. Truly. It took me long enough, didn’t it? :) But yes, I am supposed to be reviewing “Half-Blood” here, not rambling about my love of this series, which I haven’t even finished reading yet…
This novella was…oh, how to I even begin? This is a hard one to review, because it’s SAD! It is the background story of the beloved main character of the series, Jace. Now, for those of you who have not read “Resistance” or any of the other books in the Ilyon Chronicles, let me inform you that Jace had a sad, sad, sad life and is broken. But he is SO love-able. Truly. When I read “Resistance”, I absolutely fell in love with him. And am so glad I was able to read “Half-Blood” to learn more of his life story and how his pain came to be.
“Half-Blood” gets five stars because it is magnificently written, and full of heart. It is a marvelous story, just heart-wrenchingly sad, mainly because of the subject. But it helps us understand Jace so much more, which is so lovely.
The pain and the heart-break is so evident in this book – you just hurt along with Jace. I don’t want to give the story away, so I can’t say much, but trust me that, even though it is sad, it is good. You will want to read this book. Jace is such a grand character – so soft-hearted even though the world has told him lie after lie and made him believe otherwise. The story ends in Hope too, which I really appreciated! I was worried it was going to end on a downer, but it was good. Of course. :) Jaye has a fantastic writing talent, and I am so glad she uses it for God’s glory!!
Thank you, Jaye, for writing this series and sharing your heart through writing with us! It is a treasure!
I received a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
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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+, Twitter, Etsy, and on her new fiction forum where you can interact with other readers of the series.
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