Jaye L. Knight’s book Lacy has been released! It’s a companion novella to the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles.
Before we get into the review, here’s the official tour page.
Here’s my spotlight of this book and the two others in this tour. You can also find a giveaway for the whole Ilyon series at that link.
Despite being certainly an adult story, Lacy was so sweet and I loved it. Even though I’m not necessarily a huge romance fan or a huge fantasy fan in general, I absolutely adored this story. There were so many sweet and touching moments, and so many times to sympathize with the characters.
First, I loved the redemption romance aspect – it was first of all a story of Lacy’s relationship with Elom, and second a story of her relationship with Aaron – which is exactly how it should be. I loved how the redemption wasn’t rushed or forced – it felt natural. She didn’t immediately drop her old lifestyle or her doubts and fears – she had to work through them, just as we do in real life. The redemption aspect wasn’t shoehorned in – instead, it was portrayed as a gradual work of Elom in her life.
Second, I loved all the extra time with Aaron and especially Timothy! Since The King’s Scrolls, Timothy hasn’t had a whole lot of dedicated “screen time,” and I’d nearly forgotten just how much I loved him! He is such an excellent character and has such a way with words . . . he’s amazing. I also love the continued brotherly relationship between Aaron and Timothy – it’s so unique, so loyal, so devoted, so unquestioning and trusting.
Third, I loved the development of Aaron as a character. That depth to who he is hasn’t been shown to a large extent in the novels (much of his role has been as a protector to and supporter of Timothy), but in this story we get the depth of his growth. Might his natural tendency as protector get him in trouble when he takes it too far? Can he be the protector in every circumstance? What about his natural tendency to rush out and make everything better without listening to Elom, praying, and following Him? And of course, his emotional struggles make it much more complex. He makes mistakes, but he learns and grows.
Fourth, Lacy also has excellent character development – who she is and her motives, goals, and burdens are clear and written in a way I can sympathize with and understand. When she changes, it doesn’t change her personality or what her motives are – it’s the new life of the Son of God living in her and expressing Himself in a unique Lacy-way. I loved the little plot twist – how it was such a key theme and driving force through the story. I loved their determination; Lacy‘s struggle in her decisions was realistic as well.
Aaron’s climax and conflicts were realistically portrayed, and so was his selfless determination. I loved the purity of the romance plot line as well as the couple’s self-control in the relationship – a rare and precious thing in stories as well as in real life. I love how “clean” it was with the romance and its related adult elements in the story – what was going on was crystal clear and yet not overly or inappropriately described. I love that this story handles hard and sensitive topics in a way I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.