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About the Book
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 and her twin brother live 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.
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Christian-themed Fantasy Fiction
5 out of 5 (stars)
I started this book not knowing what to expect, but with much anticipation. Perhaps, because I had so much fun trying to unlock the story from the book cover (even though I didn’t get it completely right this time)?
I can tell you, however, that this book didn’t disappoint at all. Knight put together this story with the firm authority of a writer who knew what she was doing, both in literary skill, and in plot style.
The character, Jace, was an interesting fellow, so much so that when his story was paused to introduce Kyrin, I groaned. But, oh! I didn’t know what was coming! I grew to love her, too, and didn’t mind her interruption after all.
Kaden, Kyrin’s twin, was another wonderful addition to the plot. I adored his protectiveness and sense of responsibility towards his sister. Who wouldn’t want a brother like that? And his concluding remark in the scene where he came face-to-face with the emperor is where I cheered him the most!—such spunk and courage, which brings to mind, Trask, another fella that made my day!
Notice the unusual, but lovely names? My favorite is Jace.
There are a lot of lovely characters in this story, but the four I mentioned above left their mark in my heart. Sam piqued my interest enough to want to see him and learn more about his race in the books down the series. Also, this plot includes other intelligent races similar to humans—and very well thought out and put together—making an interesting mix. The plot didn’t allow much divulging into each race, except for humans, and a little of Ryriks, but I suspect that will happen later down the series. However, Knight took the time to write briefly on the history, culture etc of each of the races at the end of the book, which I truly appreciated as it gave greater depth and meaning to the story, so that I understood it better. I encourage anyone reading the book to follow through and read the text on the races. It’s very helpful and wraps up the book nicely.
The theme of the book was amazing. It dealt with faith, persecution, and the struggles believers have when they’re faced with tribulation. One thing I loved about this story is that it shows God’s (Elom—another unique in this story. Likely crafted from the name, Eloheem, meaning Creator God, or God, the Creator) faithfulness in not only saving the lives of His children from evil hands, but also granting strength and courage to those who face suffering and death. This story also dealt with the struggles of being different and rejected/hated because of it. Through Jace and Kyrin’s story of triumph, we see that NO ONE created by God is a mistake, accident, or beyond loving.
This is a wonderfully well put-together story. I loved every bit if it, and I’m looking forward to the rest in the series. I’ve started many series, but never bothered to finish some. But this one, I’m making it a point to do so.
*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My thanks to the author for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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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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