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!
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 the emperor’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.
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My Review of Exiles
When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, I alternated between frenzied excitement to start reading, and hesitancy. It was the last book in the series, and I knew it. No more books were coming out, and it was the last first read I was going to get.
Even though there’s (at least? *crosses fingers*) one more book coming out in the Ilyon Chronicles series, I felt much the same way as I did with Harry when I started reading Exiles. Enjoy this, Meagan. Savor it, I told myself. Don’t read too fast, but still, read it fast enough to review the whole thing on Friday. Ah, the classic struggles of a book reviewer!
I finished the book on Tuesday. And couldn’t put it down for the last half. Every commute, break, lunch hour saw me sneaking in one more page/chapter/word. That’s the magic and beauty of the Ilyon Chronicles. It started with Resistance, and continued in every other book (or novella, in Half-Blood‘s case).
Exiles sucks the reader in, savoring every word and plot twist, until the very end. As always, Jaye’s writing style is engaging and personable. She weaves the gospel throughout the book, presenting the good news in an approachable way. This is not a standalone book; newcomers to Ilyon should definitely read them in order. Half-Blood could even be read first, but I would probably still start with Resistance to get introduced to the world and characters of Ilyon. As always, I eagerly await the next installment.
I received a free copy of Exiles from the author. All opinions are my own.
My reviews of other Ilyon Chronicles books:
Interview with Jaye L. Knight
Jaye – thank you so much for the opportunity to read/review Exiles, and for joining me on the blog!
MD: How did writing Exiles compare to the writing process for previous books in the series? Easier, harder, different?
JLK: Wow, it feels like a long time since I was actually in the process of writing Exiles. From what I can recall, it was a difficult book to write. I think I called it my “problem child,” though I now take that title back and assign it to book six. Book six is being a royal pain in the neck. However, after Exiles was written, it kind of became my darling. Funny how that goes.
What was the hardest scene to write in Exiles, and why?
Warning, spoilers! I can’t think of one particular scene, but I know the scenes leading up to the battle at the ford were difficult to write because I was still trying to figure out all the logistics and details at the time.
On the flip side, were any scenes easier to write than others?
Daniel’s scenes were probably the easiest to write. Daniel is one of those characters who just takes over whenever he steps on the scene. That was one reason this book became my darling. I just loved finally telling Daniel’s story.
Did your characters surprise you as you wrote Exiles? Did anything happen you did not expect? (I’m resisting the urge to quote Gandalf here: “They met someone they … did not expect,” she said, in a lame imitation of Ian McKellen’s voice in The Two Towers. … Evidently, I did not resist the urge very hard.)
Haha! Well, let’s see . . . oh, I know. Charles showed up unexpectedly. He was never supposed to be in this book, but then I had a sudden bout of inspiration and he ended up having a part in the story. Since I adore his character, I was more than happy with the new development.
What did you edit out of Exiles?
A crete character. Naeth Tarn originally had another younger brother, Asa (my beta readers will remember). On the final edit, I ended up taking him out of the story since he was underdeveloped and ended up dying anyway. It just wasn’t necessary to the story.
Many thanks, again, for joining me, Jaye! Looking forward to all that lies ahead!
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.
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