Gladiators, bluebirds, soul struggles, slavery, and sheer willpower… it’s another enthralling story. Today, check out this epic book cover. But don’t look too long or too hard, or it might hurt. It’s the cover of Jaye L. Knight’s upcoming novella, Half-Blood, the prequel story to Ilyon Chronicles. Make sure you also enter the giveaway at the bottom!
Here is Jace. Although he is forced to the spotlight on the cover of a book, he’s trying to hide. This speaks worlds about the conflict in his soul. Even his pointed ears, the symbol of his status as a half-blood, are hidden as though he is ashamed of them. And behind him looms the symbol of what his blood has brought him to due to the cruelty of those who force him to call them master. On top of this, the textured clouds in the sky above bring a token of normalcy to the scene.
He is Half Blood. Can he tolerate that, accept that, embrace that? More, can anyone in his world look upon his created identity without loathing, disgust, hatred, or distrust?
About the Book
The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.
For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.
Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?
See where Jace’s story all began . . .
About the Author
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.
As part of a month long celebration for the one year publication anniversary of Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles – Book 1), Jaye is giving away several fun prizes! Enter for a chance to win using the form below! U.S. entries only please.
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