Hello and welcome to my spotlight post on Jaye L. Knight’s new book, Resistance! The full tour schedule is available at Seasons of Humility; make sure you check out some or all of the other posts. Character and author interviews, book reviews, and more – a good time, to be sure.
“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.
Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.
Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.
My take: OH MY. I have found a new favorite author in Jaye L. Knight. Resistance is gripping, intense, the utmost page-turner. Knight has a knack for drawing the reader into the action; I felt every glare, every vegetable (or stone, for that matter) tossed, and every nearly-dislocated shoulder. The book has a wonderful sense of place about it, with vivid descriptions that paint intense pictures in the mind’s eye. I caught myself wishing I could visit camp, and see Jace’s ryrik-blue eyes for myself. 😉
The book is clean and deeply insightful, with an intuitive look into religious persecution and fanaticism. I was particularly interested and impressed with how this translated into fantasy; I wasn’t sure how it would be pulled off, but it worked, and well. The pacing and plot were great, and the climax was suitably action-packed; denouement was everything I wanted it to be (and hinted at more books in the series without being a nail-biting cliffhanger!).
What made the story even better was an opportunity to correspond with Emperor Daican and ask him some questions. Enjoy the below recap of our interview!
Meagan: Greetings! Thank you for consenting to grant me this interview. I have greatly awaited an audience with you, and know that the time will be well spent. To open, would you tell me about your decision to change the royal title from king to emperor?
Emperor Daican: It was a logical move considering the growth and expansion of Arcacia’s power. We already control the majority of Ilyon. Arcacia is not simply one country to be ruled over by a king, she is an empire, and she will not only be the first, but the greatest Ilyon has ever seen.
You’re beginning to enforce worship of Aertus and Vilai, even to the point of execution of dissidents. How do you feel this will impact the people, who until now have been able to worship relatively freely their deity(ies) of choice?
It is the fringe groups who have taken to worshiping myths—the troublemakers. Those with true loyalty to Arcacia will not be affected by the need to enforce the worship of our gods. This law will only help make Arcacia stronger by culling out the rebels and those who would see Arcacia divided. The people must be of one mind for Arcacia to rise to its full potential.
Tell me how Tarvin Hall and its training plan developed. What is its history, and what do you foresee in its future?
It was my great-grandfather who first set up Tarvin Hall’s training facilities. He saw a great need for well-trained, loyal officials around the country—officials who would dedicate their lives to serving the emperor and the gods. Such dedication is of great worth and highly honored. As of now, Tarvin Hall can train between 400 to 500 students at a time, but considering the duration of their training—up to fifteen years—only a select few are lucky enough to be enrolled every year. Due to the success of the training over the years, I would like to see it expanded in the future. Perhaps set up additional training facilities in other areas of the country.
Your father died when you were only 17. How did you deal with losing him so young, and suddenly having the kingship and kingdom thrust upon you?
It was a very difficult time for me. Thankfully I still had my mother. She was always a strong figure at my father’s side, and then at mine. My father was the greatest man I’ve ever known. It was far too soon for him to die, but because of his careful attention to my training, I was able to step into the role of leader with relative confidence. It has taken years, however, to live up to the example he left behind. He had amazing vision for Arcacia and what it could become. I will not stop until I see it fulfilled and even surpassed to honor his memory.
Thank you again for your time. Good health to you and your family!
About the Author
Jaye L. Knight is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (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.
Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.
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- Author Blog
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