I'm going to switch things up and start with the interview. Enjoy!
Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions.
Thanks for having me!
Would you first share how you first came up with the Ilyon Chronicles, and what your hopes are for the series?
Ilyon Chronicles came from a seed of inspiration that popped into my mind while I was reading DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul. My favorite character in her series happens to be half-blooded. When I found that out, the creative wheels in my mind just started turning, and that’s how my main character, Jace, was born. The entire series then grew around him. Even though I’ve only published the third book so far, the series has already exceeded all the hopes I had for it in the beginning. My hope now is that it will really touch the lives of my readers.
Who are some of your favorite characters?
Oh my, that’s like asking who are my favorite children (if I had any children, that is). Well, Jace will always be my favorite. He’s very special to me since he came from some very hard moments in my life. I don’t think anyone will ever top him. As for the others, I kind of go through moments of “obsession” with each of them, depending on which book I’m writing and how big a part they play. My current character obsession is Timothy’s brother, Aaron. I’ve been working with him a lot lately.
What do you like most about writing?
The characters. :) I adore working with characters, especially when they take on lives of their own and I feel like I’m just along for the ride.
What kind of books do you read? Do they help inspire ideas for your writing?
I mostly read fantasy books, though I also love good historical novels. Books definitely inspire me. After all, if not for DragonQuest, there would be no Ilyon Chronicles.
What do you think of your fan club?
I love my fan club! You guys are all so awesome. You make me laugh, cry (good tears), and area huge encouragement when I go through those “I’m a horrible writer” moments.
Personally, I'd love to see more of Prince Daniel. Will you possibly write a novel (like you did with Half Blood, one that is in-between or showing events already written from a different perspective) so we can get to know him more?
When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.
Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.
So where do I begin? So much happened in Samara's Peril, a lot of good things that many readers of the Ilyon Chronicles have been hoping for. I'm not sure how much I can say without spoiling the book, but if you enjoy Jaye Knight's other books then you'll love this one.
Jace finds out more about his past, and is struggling to believe in Elom. Kyrin and her family are finally together, but rumor of war sends her into the heart of the enemy to discover their plans.
King Daican plans to attack Samara so the resistance send some of their group to help with the upcoming battle. Greatly outnumbered, they will have to trust in Elom if they are to survive.
I really enjoyed this book, though there were a few things that could have been written better in a few places. Some of it wasn't as realistic as I'd like, but overall it is a great book.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free from the author for an honest review.
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