“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 and her twin brother live 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.
This winter I had the privilege of beta-reading Resistance, an upcoming adventure story by authoress Jaye L. Knight and the first book of The Ilyon Chronicles. In honor of Resistance’s release date on May 20, 2014, Jaye is celebrating with a blog tour and a cover reveal.
If the term “cover reveal” is new to you, rest assured that it is exactly what it sounds like. A cover reveal is the first time the cover of the soon-to-be-released book is revealed to the public. Think of it like a movie trailer: it gives a small taste of the book and hopefully builds excitement for its release.
Before enjoying the cover, whet your appetite with a snippet from Resistance itself. Meet Jace—a young man facing rejection, disdain, and doubts, yet desperately wanting hope, friends, and peace in Elom.
Jace ground his teeth together and turned. He should never have stopped watching his back. Wrong move on his part.
Flanked by two of his smug-faced friends, a red-haired young man smirked at him, his eyes harboring all sorts of ill will. Jace barely bit back a sharp retort, but the other man’s smirk only grew at his silence. He peered around Jace.
“Rebekah, what are you doing with this . . .” He glanced back to Jace and turned up his wide nose. “. . . half-blood?”
Jace balled his fists. Warmth seeped down his arms and into his muscles, pulsing with the preparation for a fight, but he fought to still it.
Rebekah came to his side, her face set in a frown that looked entirely out of place. “Stop it, Morden.”
He gave her a condescending little grin. “Why don’t you run along? We’ve got business here.” The grin stretched wider. “I’ll gladly come find you later.”
Rebekah put her hands on her hips, glaring at him, and opened her mouth to speak, but Jace beat her to it.
“A gentleman would treat a lady with more consideration.”
Morden snorted. “And what would you know about that?”
A blaze erupted inside that Jace struggled to contain. He breathed in hard, cursing the impulses he had to battle so often. He couldn’t let it take control of him. Not again.
“Come on, Jace, we still have to find something for Kalli.” Rebekah’s soft voice quieted his growing agitation, and she tugged lightly on his stiff arm.
His blood still burned hot in his veins, calling him to action, and was almost too strong to resist. He thought of Rayad who told him time and again to go to Elôm when he struggled like this. He forced himself to turn away from Morden and whispered silently, “Elôm, I need help.”
But Morden, who must have caught the movement of his lips just before he turned completely, let out an incredulous laugh. “Are you praying?”
Jace froze. His heart thundered.
“Who could you be praying to? Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
(Excerpt from Resistance ©2014 Jaye L. Knight. Used by permission.)
Jace has a soul—but will he receive the truth or be crushed by the lies of everyone around him? When society turns to godlessness and humanism, where can the righteous turn to? How can they possess the strength to resist the evil that subtly bombards them—bombards us—at every turn? How can the fear and the lies be withstood?
We are in a culture war. All around, the battle for secularism rages. Those who believe in, worship, and serve the one true God are minimized, silenced, and disdained. Godlessness is taking over mainstream culture and media. Christians are not given a voice.
Where is the resistance?
Humanism is emphasized and promoted. Yet at the same time, humans are degraded. We are told that we are animals—descended from animals and destined for a cold existence in the dust with no immortal existence or hope after the grave. The weak, helpless, unborn, elderly, handicapped, poor, or otherwise considered “lesser” people are demoted to that “lesser” status while the strong, the middle-aged, and the wealthy run mainstream media and culture. Prejudice blinds the eyes. Every human is not seen and treated as equal.
Where is the resistance?
Meanwhile, lies, fears, doubts, and insecurity plague the inner souls of men, women, and children. Within our beings, we are prone to believing the lies we hear, the fears we feel, and the insecurity we sense. We aren’t good enough, or intelligent enough, or beautiful enough, or talented enough, or wealthy enough to compete with others or measure up to our own inner standard. So often we cripple ourselves and capabilities with the inner deficiencies we imagine we possess. We are blinded to the truth that we are created in God’s image—He is truth, and He is enough. We can face life with and in Him. But the world and the flesh scream “No.”
Where is the resistance?
Resistance deals with issues such as these and more. There can be a resistance to fears, lies, godlessness, and humanistic philosophies. There can be a remnant that stands in the gap. Often God raises up one man or woman who is faithful in little things to make an eternal difference for His kingdom. In His time, He brings such people across each other’s paths to unite in the struggle for truth and rightness. Your faithfulness can make a difference.
This is the message portrayed by the exciting adventure and drama of Resistance. How can we stand? How can we apply what we know to be true to our daily lives? How can we make a difference for eternity?
Read Resistance and be encouraged, challenged, and blessed.
The Cover of Resistance
Isn’t it captivating? It is simple and yet bold. The dark green and the light brown/beige merge stunningly to create a pleasing relaxing yet dramatic statement. The depth of the forest is alluring and the designs on the sword are intricate and speak of attention to detail. It’s not too flashy and it’s not ugly like so many modern novel covers seem to be. The sword is planted. We are not moving. It’s bold. It’s determined. It speaks of a resistance that will back down for nothing—that will hold on and stand for truth and righteousness until the end.
The fun doesn’t end here, however. Jaye is having a blog tour in celebration of Resistance’s release. Listen in on her blog tour announcement:
“Excited for this book’s release? Join us for the blog tour May 20-27, which will include reviews, interviews, a giveaway, and more! Mark your calendars, and check the blog tour page in May for more information. Hope to see you there!”
Giveaway? Did she say “giveaway”? Well, look here; you don’t have to wait until May to enter a Resistance giveaway. In celebration of the epic cover reveal for Resistance, Jaye L. Knight is giving away two handcrafted bookmarks with sword charms—one each to two different winners! The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and you can enter via Rafflecopter form. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow the Rafflecopter widget and therefore I cannot place it here, but you can enter the giveaway at Jaye’s blog.
In this dark world permeated by evil, lies, fears, and hatred—will YOU be the resistance?
You can learn about Jaye’s latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.