Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blog Tour: Book Review: Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight

Join me in celebrating the newly released Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight! I always love spotlighting Jaye's books, because they're so amazing and pretty much automatic favorites! *grins*

Below, I have my review for Samara's Peril, as well as lots of other fun stuff. So keep reading! ^_^

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Title: Samara's Peril

Author: Jaye L. Knight

Series: Ilyon Chronicles #3

Genre: Fantasy

Audience: New Adult


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.

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Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website!

**5 stars**

A brilliant edition to the ILYON CHRONICLES by Jaye L. Knight, Samara’s Peril sweeps us back into the land of Ilyon and to our favorite characters, Jace, Kyrin, Kaden, Trask, Anne, and the rest. As the third book in the series, I found it very well-done and was delighted that it delved significantly deeper into the story, exploring backstories and having special and pivotal moments come about. This book is incredible; I beta-read it in January, and advanced-read it in April, and loved it both times!

The outlaw camp of Landale is disrupted as disturbing rumors spread about the welfare of Samara. And Jace goes into a personal downhill spiral as a dark war rages in his heart. New, intimidating adventures and battles are on the horizon, and each person must decide who they trust. –And if they will choose the courageous way, even if it’s the very hardest.

How to describe this tale? Heart-rending, yet beautiful. Poignant and soul-stirring. Intense. Humorous and endearing. Incredibly sweet. Emotional. So many moments for our beloved characters! I feel the first two books (and the prequel novella) built up wondrously to everything that happened in Samara’s Peril. Such excitement! *smothers fangirly squeals* I’ll try not to blurt out all the spoiler-y epic parts!

Undercover missions. Dragons. Torment. Secrets. Bitterness. Redemption. Love. Allegories. Relationships ...

The characters have become dear and familiar friends. Jace is perhaps the most prominent POV character. Then we have Kyrin, of course. Trask, Anne, Kaden, Marcus, Liam, and Timothy are also POV characters from time to time. And we get some new characters introduced! I love seeing the different storylines and relationships and experiences. Jaye L. Knight does a great job of making each of her many characters unique, intriguing, and lovable in their own way. I adore them! *hugs them all*

Ah. What can I say? I get so, so excited when a new book from the ILYON CHRONICLES series comes out. I loved Samara’s Peril the first read. I loved it the second read. It wasn’t dull or uninteresting even a bit during the second time; I cried, and squealed, and sighed, and raged, and rejoiced, and felt my soul was deeply touched just the same. These books, my friends, are such awesome Christian fantasy stories! I’m intrigued by this world and these people. The stories of faith, persecution, courage, personal struggle, love, redemption, friendship …

Oh, Jayrin. Can I talk a bit about my favorite fictional couple, Jace and Kyrin? They are more adorable in each new book! *grins* I loved how their relationship was going in this book. So many moments make me start grinning like a fool because they’re just so cute! Jace’s internal struggle on this aspect was sometimes quite hard to read, but other times it just made me giggle. Oh, Jace! *hugs him* And then the particularly breathtaking scene … (spoiler)

The Christian allegory of this series has always been very deep and thought-provoking, but it really rose to new lengths in Samara’s Peril. The story of Elon could perhaps feel brief, but was it ever powerful! I loved it so much. Elon’s character was portrayed with such strength and majesty, yet also so much love and compassion! So poignant. Amazingly beautiful. It was deeply meaningful, and written in a careful, Biblical way. Very, very well done Christian allegory. It meant so much to me! The whole story surrounding Jace, and Elon, and everyone, struck a chord in my heart. I believe this is a story that can really impact readers. Such a powerful and touching message. –How Jesus saves the world. And how He loves and redeems you, personally.

This book is perhaps slightly more mature than the books before it. There’s a little more of a romance theme; and also some mentions of rape and men with dishonorable and violent intentions. But there’s nothing graphic in the least, and everything’s written in an appropriate and tasteful way.
There’s some violence and intense battle moments as usual.

Overall? My friends, you are not going to want to miss the latest from Jaye L. Knight! Samara’s Peril is absolutely amazing, from beginning to end. Christian, non-magical fantasy with the ability to please a wide variety of readers. I myself am a puddle of fangirly emotions! *winks and grins* And I can hardly wait to read Book 4!

I received a copy of Samara’s Peril from the author in exchange for my honest review.


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.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.


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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your review and being part of the tour! :)

    1. You're welcome, Jaye! Always more than happy to!! :)

  2. I have been really enjoying the first book of your Ilyon Chronicles. ..full of intrigue .. hard to set aside:) I am looking forward to enjoying the others! God has given you a wonderful writing talent. Marla

  3. Such an awesome review! I loved this book so so so much! Eek! JAYRIN!!!

  4. Thanks, Gabriela! :) Samara's Peril really was amazing!! And Jayrin! Yes!!! :D

    So, so happy you are enjoying Resistance, Marla! ^_^

  5. OH. MY. GOODNESS. I was stunned by this book. I don't think it's quite my favorite in the series, but just... ACK, IT WAS SO GOOD!

    Jaye is a master of words, characters, plot, and writing in general. I am amazed each time I read her work that she has such talent. o.o

    Ahh, I just LOVED the whole protective-but-sweet brotherly attributes of this book! ^_^ Eep, Jaye's characters are so REAL. :)

    Wow, what a wonderfully written review! You have a talent with words, too, even in things like book reviews. :)

    1. It was SO GOOD, Emily, yes, yes! I don't know which book is my favorite, I just adore each new one I read! :D

      She really is a fabulous writer! ^_^ Such God-given talent!

      I know! They're like old friends now! Haha. And Kyrin's brothers are the BEST! *hugs them*

      Aw, thank you! Glad you enjoyed! :)