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Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review + Author Interview + Giveaway: Exiles by Jaye L. Knight

 Hey everyone and welcome to the Exiles blog tour! I'm so excited to be reviewing this book for you today!

Summary: 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.
 Available now on Amazon!

Thoughts: But honestly! This might be favorite book from the series so far! I mean each book just gets better and better and this one really had me by the heart! 
 The plot was great! Every twist and turn was something new and one in particular threw me for a loop. Every new advancement in story doesn't just further the book but the entire series and has me wondering what could possibly happen next. 
 The writing is so nice. Despite the many heavy topics, Jaye manages to keep the overall tone light and engaging. You just sort of fall into the story. The pacing is really smooth and never seems too fast or too slow.
  The cast, old and new, were great. I was excited to see new developments with the characters that were returning and very intrigued by those just entering. 

Content: Some war/battle violence and blood but no gore. Several inappropriate advances are made by certain men to some women throughout the story but these never reached a problimatic situation and were handled very well by the author.
 All in all, a clean and really absolutely great book! If you haven't read the first three I differently encourage you to give them a try, especially as they're all n sale right now through the 14th! Find them here on Amazon.

And I have her for you all a treat! An interview with the author herself!

Welcome to the blog! Here are my questions!

 Do you have a character that's your favorite/is easier to write than others?
Well, Jace is hands down my favorite. I think he always will be. I would also say that Daniel is one of the easiest characters to write. He is one of those characters who just takes over their scenes.
Is there one who is your least favorite/is harder to write than others (you can still love them and hate how hard they are to put into words)?
I can’t think of a specific character right now. After all this time, I think I know them pretty well, however, in the beginning, I had a lot of trouble writing Kyrin. It took a few rewrites before I was able to discover who she really was. It was frustrating at the time, but it all came together.
With Exiles on it's way to our bookshelves now to join the rest of it's series, can you tell us which Ilyon Chronicles book has been your favorite so far? I know all of us fans have our own preferences but do you have one that you're particularly fond of?
Actually, I lean toward Exiles being my favorite, at least at the moment. It was my “problem child” when I wrote it, but then it became my darling. One of the biggest reasons it might be my favorite is because I finally got to explore Daniel’s story in depth. I had been looking forward to that since the beginning.
And a bit about you:

Do you have a favorite cliche or trope you like to write and/or look for in other books?
Tortured heroes. Yeah. Can’t get enough of them. ;)
Coffee, tea, or cocoa (or alternative comfort drink)?
I actually drink all three. I used to hate coffee, and then changed my mind this summer. But tea is still my favorite. Irish Breakfast Tea with cream and sugar.
Favorite book quote (Bible counts too if you have a particular verse in mind)?

Oh, I could probably think of quite a few book quotes. I love character quotes (my youngest brother and I have quote wars). Since it would be hard to narrow it down to one, I’ll share my favorite verse instead, Ps. 46:10, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! It’s basically the theme in most fiction I write—that God is in control no matter what happens and things will all work out in the end. We just need to be still and trust Him.

 I absolutely love that verse!
 Here's a bit more info about Jaye:

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, Twitter, and Etsy.

Here's the giveaway where you can all share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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And don't forget to check out the rest of the tour too:

Thursday, August 10
·         Book Spotlight at A Pinch of Faith

Friday, August 11
·         Character Interview at Reality Reflected
·         Review at Tricia Mingerink
·         Book Spotlight at She Hearts Fiction
·         Review and Excerpt at Literary Cafe
·         Character Interview and Excerpt at A Day In The Life
·         Author Interview at The World of the Writer
·         Review at WritingAnyone
·         Review and Character Interview at Meagan Davenport
·         Review and Special Post at R535 Blog
·         Review at Leah’s Bookshelf
·         Author Interview and Excerpt at Liv K. Fisher
·         Review, Character Interview, and Excerpt at The Elven Padawan
·         Review and Author Interview at Books and Arrows
·         Review and Author Interview at The Artful Author
·         Review and Character Interview at Red Lettering
·         Review and Author Interview at PageTurners
·         Review and Author Interview at Sutori no Hana
·         Review and Character Interview at Bookends

Saturday, August 12
·         Review and Excerpt at Thriving Hope
·         Book Spotlight at Today, by Bryn
·         Review at Honey Rock Hills
·         Excerpt at Rachel Rossano's Words
·         Excerpt at Tell Tale Book Reviews
·         Excerpt at The Overactive Imagination
·         Review and Author Interview at One Word At A Time
·         Author Interview at Marrok Macintyre
·         Review and Author Interview at Sarah, Plain & Average
·         Review at A Camera and a Dreamer
·         Review and Excerpt at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections
·         Character Spotlight at God's Peculiar Treasure Rae
·         Review and Author Interview at Sarah Allerding
·         Author Interview and Excerpt at Dreams and Dragons
·         Review and Character Interview at Resting Life
·         Review and Character Interview at The Music of a Story
·         Review and Character Interview at Ruffles and Grace

Sunday, August 13
·         Review at Woman at the Well
·         Review at Lakeside Publications
·         Review at Ember's Reviews
·         Review and Author Interview The Ink Lizard
·         Excerpt at Lianne Taimenlore
·         Book Spotlight at Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

Monday, August 14
·         Review at Backing Books

Tuesday, August 15
·         Review at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke


  1. Why am I not surprised that the tortured heroes trope is one of Jaye's favorites? Great interview and review!

    1. Hahaha! I thought the same thing when I got the answers back! Thanks very much!

  2. Thank you so much for being part of the release blitz and helping me spread the word about Exiles! :)

    1. My pleasure! Thank you for letting me be a part of it all!