Excerpt from Goodreads:
“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)
I absolutely loved this. It’s a fantasy book without magic which is so unique and well done – much more up my alley than heavy fantasy books where anything goes. The reader is completely thrown into Jace and Kyrin’s point of view with lots of action and total submersion into the fantasy world. I can really see the Tolkien influences that Knight credits because the story of Elôm is much like those in LOTR where the allegory is not directly linked to Christianity, but you can feel for the characters is their own world version of the religion. I am really eager to read the rest of the series as well.
About the Author:
Jaye L. Knight is a 25 year old homeschool graduate with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA 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.
(Previously published as Molly Evangeline.)
So glad you enjoyed the read, Suzanne! Great review. 🙂 Thank you for being part of the blog tour!
I’m a little late, but thank you so much for sharing your review! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it so much and liked that it didn’t contain any magic. I like to write what I refer to as “realistic fantasy.” 🙂
My pleasure. That’s a perfect description. 🙂