Yes, yes, I’m hosting yet another guest post. Don’t blame me–blame all my friends who done went off and published new books all at once! What’s with them, eh? Is this some kind of fashionable trend I don’t know about? I should probably jump on the bandwagon just to be safe, right?
So who’s got the spotlight today, you ask? None other than Jaye L. Knight, one of the most successful indie authors I have had the honor of making a personal acquaintance of.
What? I’m serious! Have you seen that girl’s library of published books? She’s got two complete series, some miscellaneous titles, and a newly launched third series (naturally, that’s the book we’re featuring today). Not many indie authors, particularly indie Christian authors, can top that.
I have long admired Jaye’s work. I am inspired (and made intensely jealous) by her numerous titles. I admire the effort she’s taken to master the art of publishing and even at one point start and maintain her own publishing label. I am fascinated by the Etsy shop she runs of book-themed jewelry she’s crafted herself. Jaye takes her writing seriously, and I have been deeply inspired by her dedication and success for several years. Forget Collins and Rowling, if I can one day have work to show like Jaye’s, I’ll be satisfied!
But enough flattering the author. I suppose you want to hear about the book itself, don’t you? Well, the title is Resistance, and it’s the first in the Ilyon Chronicles fantasy series. I posted the (gorgeous!) cover above, and here’s the blurb thingy the author herself wrote:
“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.
Sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it? Having read the book I can say it’s not false advertising. And that blurb doesn’t even touch on the vividly-imagined world filled with unique races that Jaye has imagined. Have you seen all the Pinterest boards she’s created for the books?
But you’re probably wondering what I think of the book, right? I promised Jaye a book review, so here it is: If you’ve liked any of Jaye’s (alternately known as Molly Evangeline’s) books, read this one. If you disliked any of Jaye’s previous books, read this one. If you’re just kind of “meh” about this whole thing, read it anyway.
Why? Because Jaye’s writing has only gotten better with time.
I haven’t read all of Jaye’s books (although, last I checked, I am the proud owner of all of them), but I have read the first one. And when I compare it to the quality of her most recent work, I can see within the first few pages how much her skill has developed and deepened.
That’s exactly why Jaye has always been an inspiration to me–she keeps writing. She keeps perfecting her craft. She keeps publishing book after book, completing series and starting new ones. That’s the mark of a true, dedicated author, and the practice is turning into perfection. The quality of prose in Jaye’s latest work is worlds above her first effort and something the indie Christian author crowd can be proud of. If you’re at all interested in fantasy, Christian fiction, or indie publishing in general, this book is well worth the read.
But I’m not going to spend this entire post rambling. No, that’s enough words out of me for one day. I’m going to let someone else do the talking–one of Jaye’s characters, specifically.
Anyone who follows my blog knows I have an aversion to typical author interviews. They’re always the same ole same ole and get boring fast. So when people ask me to be involved in their blog tours, I try to avoid anything that involves a typical interview.
Thankfully, the talented publicist Jaye hired to coordinate her blog tour seems to also enjoy variety, because I was given the option to interview a character instead. Now we’re talking! Pestering make-believe people for juicy information is so much more my style.
So if you’re interested, keep on reading for an interview with Trask, a resistance leader. Keep scrolling and you’ll also find the widget for the giveaway, where you can enter to win Reistance-themed prizes! And when you’re all done with that, don’t forget to check out the book (and Jaye’s other titles) and settle down for a good read.
1. What is the meaning behind your name? What language is it from, and do you like your name?
Trask is an old Arcacian name meaning ‘tree,’ which is kind of ironic since I now spend so much of my time in the forest. I was named after my grandfather who I have very fond memories of. He was quite a character and had this great booming laugh. My mother used to good-naturedly scold him for feeding my mischievous side. I’m happy to share his name.
2. What is your fondest memory?
My mother died when I was still just a boy, so I cherish all my memories of her. I loved when she would sit and read adventure stories to me. She instilled in me the desire to be the type of man who’s a champion for others. Besides those memories, well . . . my fondest would have to be the first time I kissed Anne. I went from happily sitting on my horse to flat on my back in the dirt with the wind knocked out of me, but it was worth it.
3. What is your worst fear?
Losing Anne. I already lost my mother, I don’t want to lose another woman who means everything to me.
4. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
I’d change certain circumstance so that Anne and I could be together. With that beast of a captain, Goler, always hanging around, vying for her attention and suspicious of my loyalties, we both have to watch what we do. It sure doesn’t make it easy to properly court a woman.
5. And just for fun, what is your favorite animal and why?
I’ve always enjoyed horses. My father gave me my first pony when I was eight. My friends and I would race each other around the countryside and pretend to joust. It was great. I still enjoy taking one of my horses out for a good run. It’s a good way to clear your head and forget things for a while.