Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles) by Jaye L. Knight
Living Sword Publishing (May 19, 2014) 461 pages
“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.
(Christian Fantasy/Clean New Adult/No Magic)
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I had no idea what Resistance was about when I first started reading it. I was still pleasantly surprised! Really, this is one of those books I don't know where to begin with my thoughts. I've had a hard time pulling them together!
Most of us don't know what we would do if faced with denying God or choosing a death penalty. The characters throughout this story are faced with just that choice, and it made my heart race a bit out of fear for them. It's a story filled with action, and "edge of your seat" moments. There's lessons in loyalty throughout, for friends and family, and even enemies that might not be so much of an enemy after all.
For the first half of the book, there are two main stories going on. I enjoyed the book even more when those two stories collided through the second half. I've been craving a camp-like atmosphere in my reading, and the second half of this story provided a bit of that world.
For fans of adventure packed stories, both male and female, I highly recommend this book. Plus, as the description says, there's no magic included, which is wonderful for all those who stay away from that aspect. I can't tell you how happy it makes me that there's another wonderful book thrown in the mix for y'all(even though I don't mind some aspects of magic in my reading).
Content: There is violence throughout. It made me a little squeamish at times, but I AM a wimp when it comes to those kinds of things.
*I was provided an e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.