Exiles (Ilyon Chronicles #4)
Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest. Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all. Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir, but with other forces at work, it might not be that simple. One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

Exiles (Ilyon Chronicles #4) Details

TitleExiles (Ilyon Chronicles #4)
Author
ReleaseAug 11th, 2017
PublisherLiving Sword Publishing
Rating
GenreFantasy, Christian, Romance, Christian Fiction, Christian Fantasy, Young Adult

Exiles (Ilyon Chronicles #4) Review

  • Shantelle
    January 1, 1970
    *Another Update*This book is almost officially published!! 4.5-ish star rating from me, but I need to read it again!!! *hugs all the characters***Update*EEP! <3 Review to come when this beauty is published!*Original*GUUYYYYSSSS!!!!! I can hardly contain my excitement!!!! IT HAS A NAME! And we get Prince Daniel's story!!!! *runs around fangirling wildly*
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  • Sarah Grace
    January 1, 1970
    Wow.I just don't even know what to think.Or what to do with my life now.For the last five days, I didn't merely *read* this book, I lived it. It will indubitably take me awhile to get back from Ilyon into our world. Rating: 4.5 stars! It's really hard to talk about this book without spoilers, but I shall do my best. One of the things I loved most about this installment to the Ilyon Chronicles was the more in-depth introduction to the other Ilyon cultures and people. From cretes, to giants, to ry Wow.I just don't even know what to think.Or what to do with my life now.For the last five days, I didn't merely *read* this book, I lived it. It will indubitably take me awhile to get back from Ilyon into our world. Rating: 4.5 stars! It's really hard to talk about this book without spoilers, but I shall do my best. One of the things I loved most about this installment to the Ilyon Chronicles was the more in-depth introduction to the other Ilyon cultures and people. From cretes, to giants, to ryriks, it was just so amazing! The information about the ryriks was particularly awesome. I loved some of the "closure" it brought to Jace's character arc. And the cretes were just plain awesome! If I were to be transported to Ilyon, I'd be a crete. ;) So cool!I loved the furtherance of Daniel's story in this book as well. Wow! Lots of crazy things revealed in this book that were going on behind the scenes in the previous books. I am pretty sure he is my new favorite character. He's just so awesome, y'all! And the new "ship" that was introduced at the end . . . *wild fangirl screams* Love love love it!!! I also loved the continuance of Anne and Trask's story. They are so stinkin' adorable. After Daniel, I think they may be next on my "favorite Ilyon characters" list. Yikes! All the suspense. And the painnnn . . . wasn't expecting that certain thing to happen, and when it did . . . well, then came the waterworks. Oh, my heart! Poor Trask! :'( <3 Also, Dagren. Arghhhh. And Goler. Even more argh! They both made me livid!! It's a good thing I am not in Ilyon, otherwise Dagren and Goler would probably both be seriously injured right now . . . or worse! NOBODY MESSES WITH MY TRASK AND ANNE AND GETS AWAY WITH IT!!! GRR!!! *cough cough* Okay, moving on. THAT ENDING PEOPLE! Whaaaaa!??! I kinda knew it was coming because I accidentally skimmed a few words from the end when I started the book, which was SO disappointing, but nonetheless, it was quite shocking! And then I thought, oh, yay, now everything's good, but of course, I was wrong. That twist with Davira was . . . um . . . WOW! Completely unexpected! Lots of things changed over the course of this book, and I am curious to see what that means for the rest of the series. Overall, this was a great addition to the Ilyon Chronicles. I docked a half star because I felt like portions of the first half were just filler material and not actually important plot and story stuff, which was slightly frustrating; but nonetheless, it was still really good!Definitely grab yourself a copy of this and dig in! If you don't like it, well, then there's something seriously wrong with you. CONTENT NOTE: I would recommend this for ages 15-16+ due to some violent and somewhat graphic material. Such as (view spoiler)[ People are killed - a lot of people. Christians are forced to fight to the death in gladiator games, mentions of pre-marital intimate relationships, not graphically or detailed, but still there. Also, various wounds described, although also not graphically detailed. (hide spoiler)]***I received this book free from the author for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are purely my own***
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  • Gabriellyn
    January 1, 1970
    Full review, as promised! ;P (Some spoilers, enter at your risk!) Overall ImpressionAnyone who knows me even a little bit is aware that Ilyon is my favorite modern (as in written recently) fantasy series. I love the world, the characters, and the story! It's an amazing adventure that I would recommend to almost all readers.That said, Exiles, though very good, fell a bit short for me. I don't know that this was really Jaye's fault, more of my own personal preferences and the fact that the story Full review, as promised! ;P (Some spoilers, enter at your risk!) Overall ImpressionAnyone who knows me even a little bit is aware that Ilyon is my favorite modern (as in written recently) fantasy series. I love the world, the characters, and the story! It's an amazing adventure that I would recommend to almost all readers.That said, Exiles, though very good, fell a bit short for me. I don't know that this was really Jaye's fault, more of my own personal preferences and the fact that the story had to be divided over so many POV's. (Although there were some things that I think could have used adjustment. Those, I will explain in Plot and Characters.)I would recommend this book to mid to older teens, adults, and some families. Parent discretion advised for younger children due to several bits of mature/suggestive content. (see content guide at bottom) I didn't feel that any of this was merely for the sensationalism and was handled well, but I would suggest parents skimming through certain parts before handing to any kid under 13, especially those who haven't had the facts of life presented to them yet. CharactersSo, to be honest, it was a bit hard to judge character progression in this book for the very fact that Exiles was laid out way different from the previous three. The rise and fall of this book wasn't my favorite and the large amount of time spent with Anne's POV was really annoying to me. I don't hate Anne, I just don't like her. In my opinion she is pretty much the flattest character of the whole series. She never really changes. In Exiles a lot of things change around her, but not a whole lot in her. And really, this has been how it is the entire series. Anne never changes. Mostly,  Anne enters the scene, says something about how Goler is annoying but dangerous, flirts with Trask, and then steps out of the scene. I have never enjoyed Anne  so to have such great amounts of the book focused on her when I felt that much of her screen-time would have been put to better use with Jace, Kyrin, or Daniel was pretty frustrating. It really bogged the book down for me. (Note, to achieve the plot goals there were some necessary times to focus on Anne, so those parts aren't what I'm talking about.)Daniel was a delight! I was so excited to read his POV. I have been anxiously awaiting hearing more about him since Resistance, so to finally get his part of the story was awesome! I think having him already established in his faith was a good move. Had Jaye taken the time to show us his journey to accepting Elom and Elon it would have elongated the timeline of the story. So to have him a firm believer was a good place to start with. I really enjoyed all the parts with Daniel except for one thing. How in the world did he not see Davira's plot?!?!?!?! I mean, come on! Dude, get your head out of the clouds. I don't think it was completely in sync with Daniel's character to have him just expect that no one was going to resist his plans, he's waaaay to smart for that. But, other than that, Daniel's arc was done well in this book. I really enjoyed his character and hope to see more of him. Jace's POV was, well, Jace. It was pretty consistent throughout the book, a few places in his heart had grown by the end of the book but there wasn't the emotional struggle that we have been used to. That was good, but at the same time his POV felt a little off to me, perhaps it was just because the layout of the plot was so different, but I didn't enjoy it as much as usual. Still, well written. Kyrin, was pretty much the same as Jace. Except I think that there was even less changing in her. She didn't evolve or change much through the book. Which is understandable considering how many other directions this book was going. There was a lot that needed to happen, (will talk more about in Plot) and unfortunately, in my opinion, some of our main characters didn't get the screen-time/POV ratios that I would have like. I would have preferred to have 2/3's of Anne's time spent on Jace and Kyrin, because they are really who I care about most.Also, two thumbs up on Leetra's development! I was so glad to see a softer side of her! So, the character development in this book wasn't my favorite. There was a lot I liked, but some I didn't like as well. Over all well-written, though.PlotI anticipate the numerous cultures in, Exiles, being something that fans adore. I know that I loved getting to so the crete's home, it was so magical. It sounded like a much more impressive Lothlorien. SO gorgeous! The giants were interesting, (Although their sizing and the sizing of things around them was hard to picture, it felt rather inconsistent.) but a bit frustrating to me in their stubbornness! :) One of the most unexpected things for me was seeing the ryriks culture. It was awesome! The flow of Exiles was far different from any of the other books. It began and ended with a wedding, (who's I won't say! ;P) and it was more of a 'travelling' book. As in, it jumped from place to place. There wasn't as much of a single, focused goal, which wasn't bad for what was happening in the story, but it wasn't as enjoyable of a story for me. I prefer more focused story-lines to travelling ones. Here's the thing though, while I don't personally prefer the flow Exiles, I don't think it was wrong or bad. In fact, it was good, because it was necessary. Exiles is a turning point. This is the book that moves us from skirmishes and resistance to all out warfare. I am very, VERY excited to see what the next two books will bring. Exiles rose the stakes in unexpected ways. The climax of the book was very good. Way different from anything in the previous books and very exciting! No matter how many times I read stories with underdog resistances, I love them! And, y'all, I could not believe some of what happened in the end of this book. I predicted a few things, but overall, I was very surprised. (which is a good thing for me) Readers will be squealing in surprise, horror, and delight at some of the plot twists in this one! Well done, Miss Knight!One last thing I would say is that I wished there would have been an extra chapter or two at the end. It felt rather abbreviated to me. So, to sum up all I have said thus far in the review, there were many, MANY things I loved in Exiles. But, at the same time, in my opinion it under-delivered. This will be the first of all the Ilyon books that I rate at 4 stars. Very good, but not my favorite. Exiles is sure to enthrall many Ilyon fans, and will doubtless do well! Good story! Warnings:Language/Profanity: NoneViolence/Frightening Scenes/Gore: There is an arena scene-not overly gory but clearly violent and horrible, MC's threatened by ryriks multiple times, character is attacked by wolves, a bone is broken, multiple injuries described-not too bad, a bad character tries to drown a main character, multiple battle scenes, a man forcefully kisses a woman. Sex/Nudity: There is a clear knowledge that an evil character is having bedroom rendezvous with various men, this is not explored deeply nor is it just sensationalism, it is for the purpose of honestly portraying evil. An evil ryrik wishes to rape a woman, she is saved and it doesn't happen. Several comments and places are suggestive of sexual interaction. I wouldn't recommend this book for readers under 13. Past that it really depends on maturity and personal convictions of readers. For those 13 or under I would run past a parent before reading. The mature elements do not feel purely sensational, they have purpose. "I received this book free from the author for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are purely my own."
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  • C.B. Cook
    January 1, 1970
    I CANNOT WAIT!!!!! :D
  • Jessica Prescott
    January 1, 1970
    WELL.WELL, I DO DECLARE.I'm speechless. I say it freely, and without reservations--I'm speechless. Small list of things rendering me speechless:Characters: - Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace. Baby boy, you sure done made your mama proud this time <3 - Jace and Kyrin together . . . *insert silent fangirl flailing* DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF ADORABLE. They're just so gentle and patient and loyal, both of them; and they never once forget to ask each other "Are you okay?" whenever Stuff Happens, even smal WELL.WELL, I DO DECLARE.I'm speechless. I say it freely, and without reservations--I'm speechless. Small list of things rendering me speechless:Characters: - Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace. Baby boy, you sure done made your mama proud this time <3 - Jace and Kyrin together . . . *insert silent fangirl flailing* DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF ADORABLE. They're just so gentle and patient and loyal, both of them; and they never once forget to ask each other "Are you okay?" whenever Stuff Happens, even small stuff. Which, I hardly need remind you, boys and girls, is the best way of knowing if someone's love is genuine--how often they remember to ask you if you're doing okay and to tell you to be safe. All that romantic fluff is just icing on the cake; and I just adore the way Jaye's writing showcases that truth. *end small rant about True Love* ;-) - Note: this is not to imply a lack of swoon-worthy romantic moments in "Exiles." Quite the contrary :-P But Jaye makes sure to emphasize that's never the most important part of any relationship; and I love that. - PRINCE DANIEL. LET ME YELL FOR A MOMENT BEFORE I AM CALM AGAIN OKAY. He's awesome!!!!! I will admit that I *whispers* didn't much like him in the earlier books, even though a lot of my friends did; simply because he seemed kind of a reflection of the "lazy, rebellious charmer" trope and that is Not My Thing. But guys . . . he's so much more in this book. It's beautiful. He still struggles with his old faults, but it really is a struggle--he's not just giving in to them. And on top of that, he's super courageous and super selfless and just--aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh. Can't not love him. - Speaking of which: IS THAT A NEW SHIP I SPOT ON THE HORIZON. Ahem. - Also speaking of new ships: Timothy and Leetra. All the preciousness. I am a new convert to this one, true; but I will defend it ceaselessly 'cause it's the bomb. *heart eyes* - And finally: Trask and Anne. Um . . . whoa. *slow clap* Plot: - It was fantastic. - Yes, it started a bit slowly and didn't really build into a full-on Rush of Perilous Events till the last third or so of the book; but you know what? I think I like that. I like how each of the Ilyon books follows something of a set pattern--gentle and peaceful start; which segues into some kind of journey or quest or mission beginning in excitement and cheer and ending in disaster; and then a heart-stopping freak-out fest of HOLY MACKEREL THEY'RE ALL GOING TO DIE SAVE ALL PRECIOUS CHARACTERS. It reminds me of the imaginary adventures I used to go on with my older brother; we would always start out relatively small and unambitious, and then build and build into progressive levels of insanity as the afternoon wore on 'til the game ended swimmingly and we both collapsed on the floor from exhaustion. Reading the Ilyon Chronicles never fails to take me back to those years; and I love it--love reliving the innocence and joy and sheer zest for life that went hand-in-hand back then. Thank you, Jaye <3 - *end of rambles about lost childhood* ;-) - Random note: Character deaths always mean something in Ilyon. Nobody dies without a purpose. I appreciate that. - *zips lips because #spoilers* - The bit about the ryriks' heritage was awesome. - We got to visit both the cretes AND the giants?? And the cretes have an entire city consisting of nothing but gigantic tree houses??? SIGN ME UP, SIR. I am a fan. The Epilogue: - This absolutely deserves its own category. - Because HOLY GUACAMOLE FAM I AIN'T READY FOR THIS. - But it's going down anyway and my heart will just have to handle it somehow. Let the fun and games begin.
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  • Gabriela Paige
    January 1, 1970
    There is a title and short description! *runs around screaming*
  • Rebekah Rodda
    January 1, 1970
    A dramatic ending with a number of unexpected twists. The stand-out character in this book is Daniel who, as the Crown Prince and a secret believer, comes under increasing pressure from his family as do Anne and Trask and their relatives. The world heats up for those who do not follow the official state religion. Fans of the series will enjoy the way a number of romantic threads are resolved. The first half is quite slow-paced, but the second half picks up a lot. Jace and Kyrin are still present A dramatic ending with a number of unexpected twists. The stand-out character in this book is Daniel who, as the Crown Prince and a secret believer, comes under increasing pressure from his family as do Anne and Trask and their relatives. The world heats up for those who do not follow the official state religion. Fans of the series will enjoy the way a number of romantic threads are resolved. The first half is quite slow-paced, but the second half picks up a lot. Jace and Kyrin are still present in the book but other characters are more prominent in terms of plot. I still wish to rename this the Jace Chronicles because he is still one of my favourite characters ever. I really liked the nice thing he found out about his heritage.Needless to say if you haven't read the Ilyon Chronicles yet, start with Resistance. This series is best read in order (with the exception perhaps of Half-blood, which should be read after Resistance or could be skipped).
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, my heart.Ilyon keeps getting better and better. Which also means situations keep getting worse and worse for the poor characters. What pain. What sorrow. What joy. What love. My sister once called it the emotional equivalent of Expedition Everest at Disney World, and while I've never ridden it (I hate roller coasters, I refuse), I have to agree. This book is an emotional roller coaster. And it is so, so good.Typically, when I read a book with multiple storylines, I primarily care about one o Oh, my heart.Ilyon keeps getting better and better. Which also means situations keep getting worse and worse for the poor characters. What pain. What sorrow. What joy. What love. My sister once called it the emotional equivalent of Expedition Everest at Disney World, and while I've never ridden it (I hate roller coasters, I refuse), I have to agree. This book is an emotional roller coaster. And it is so, so good.Typically, when I read a book with multiple storylines, I primarily care about one of them. This was even true for previous Ilyon books. I couldn't wait for it to get back to Jace and Kyrin. This book was different. It follows three stories: Jace and Kyrin, Trask and Anne, and Prince Daniel. Every storyline is gripping. Every storyline left me wanting more when it switched to the next, but then the next pulled me in. How do I talk about it without spoilers? Oh dear. Well, there are going to be spoilers for previous books. If you haven't read up through Samara's Peril, stop reading now, and go buy the other books. Read them immediately. I'm serious.Jace and Kyrin. Even though now they're officially courting, it doesn't mean the struggle is over. Jayrin is very much in love (I love those two 😊), but Jace still struggles with crippling fears. Can he be the husband Kyrin deserves? Can he be a father to their children someday? But they don't have time to sit around camp and work it out. Daican is threatening Dorland, and the cretes refuse to do anything about it. Balen leads a group to reason with the cretes, but this is a book, so things never go perfectly smoothly. They run into lots of danger, meet lots of new people, and experience life-changing discoveries.Trask and Anne. I know Trask is popular, but as someone who never cared for Robin Hood stuff, he wasn't my favorite. I started loving Anne in Samara's Peril when she stood up to Rothas (go Anne!), but it took me until this book to really love Trask. And now that I do...Those two! Just because they stay in Landale doesn't mean they don't have plenty of issues to deal with, and plenty of danger to face. Oh, boy, do they! There are heart wrenching moments, moments where my heart was in my throat, and moments when I really wanted to punch Goler in the nose. Not everyone makes it out alive.Prince Daniel. Things changed when Daican executed Elon. Prince Daniel is not the same young man he was. Davira's just as awful, Daican's just as awful, but Daniel is different, and people are starting to notice. Then when he's accused of being a traitor, things really go crazy. Daniel is such an interesting character, and his story is amazing. Oh my goodness, it's so good. There are so many twists and turns in Exiles. There's a somewhat high body count, which made me sad and glad by turns. Plot twists galore.This book, people. Go read it.
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  • Tricia Mingerink
    January 1, 1970
    I'll have a better review on the release date, but for now, just know this: it is fantastic. :)Edit (the better review as promised): This book is amazing!!! I think it is my favorite of the entire series so far! It has a lot of the same elements that made me fall in love with the Ilyon Chronicles in the first book Resistance and many of the characters from that book make a reappearance in this book after not having as big a part in books 2 & 3. The Resistance in Landale plays a big role once I'll have a better review on the release date, but for now, just know this: it is fantastic. :)Edit (the better review as promised): This book is amazing!!! I think it is my favorite of the entire series so far! It has a lot of the same elements that made me fall in love with the Ilyon Chronicles in the first book Resistance and many of the characters from that book make a reappearance in this book after not having as big a part in books 2 & 3. The Resistance in Landale plays a big role once again in this book with Trask and Anne taking center stage. The politics in Valcre are heating up and Prince Daniel is at the center of it. And Kyrin and Jace are off on another adventure discovering the various cultures of Ilyon.The author does such a great job of developing the different cultures across Ilyon, and I especially love the cretes!And the plot twist in this book…wow! Few other authors I know of could pull off the twist Jaye does in this book, and especially couldn’t do it and heighten the tension for the rest of the series. The evil was scary before, but controlled. Now? Now I’m downright terrified for what my favorite characters are going to face in books 5 & 6! I’m bracing myself for a lot of tears.I received this book free from the author for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
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  • Ivy Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Since this book promised more of Prince Daniel's story--I'll be brutally honest--I wasn't terribly excited. Daniel was never a favorite character, and I didn't care too much about what happened to him. But Jaye masterfully wove Daniel's tale within streaks from our other favorite characters, and I soon found myself loving him just as much. There was a lot in this book that made me have to step back and breathe for a long minute, thinking "I SO did not see that coming." Especially the ending!!! E Since this book promised more of Prince Daniel's story--I'll be brutally honest--I wasn't terribly excited. Daniel was never a favorite character, and I didn't care too much about what happened to him. But Jaye masterfully wove Daniel's tale within streaks from our other favorite characters, and I soon found myself loving him just as much. There was a lot in this book that made me have to step back and breathe for a long minute, thinking "I SO did not see that coming." Especially the ending!!! EEEKKKKKK!!!!Something I didn't like so much was how slow the first half of the book was. It reminded me a little of Resistance in that I wasn't glued to the book. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but it wasn't absolutely gripping.Enter the halfway point.*screams*You'll need a seatbelt, believe me. It was nonstop action from there on out! So many unexpecteds. So many surprises. So many shocks. Oh my heart.Overall, I recommend this book (and the rest of the series) 100%. YOU. MUST. READ. IT. *shoves towards books*
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    AMAZING!!!
  • Leah Good
    January 1, 1970
    I hit 100% on my Kindle progress bar wishing for more yet thoroughly content.I'll be reviewing this book on my blog as part of Jaye's book release blog tour, but for now, suffice it to say that reentering the world of Ilyon and spending time with Kyrin, Jace, Kaden, Rayad, Trask, Anne, Daniel and the rest didn't disappoint (AT ALL). They are such rich characters and their journey has yet to fall flat.One of the things that really stood out to me was how, despite the main characters' storylines o I hit 100% on my Kindle progress bar wishing for more yet thoroughly content.I'll be reviewing this book on my blog as part of Jaye's book release blog tour, but for now, suffice it to say that reentering the world of Ilyon and spending time with Kyrin, Jace, Kaden, Rayad, Trask, Anne, Daniel and the rest didn't disappoint (AT ALL). They are such rich characters and their journey has yet to fall flat.One of the things that really stood out to me was how, despite the main characters' storylines occuring in three wide-spread geographic locations, providence guided their every step. Whether in triumph or tragedy, you could see how what was going on in one place had the potential to impact and advance the "big picture" story. It was a good reminder to me that, as a Christians, each of us might only see our piece of the story, but it's being used to good purpose in a much bigger tale.Anyway! Definitely worth pre-ordering and reading. :) Can't wait for book 5!
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  • Jazzy-Grace
    January 1, 1970
    initial review: Holy smokes! I honestly can't breathe right now... gahhhh!!! review to come!!!update: read full review here http://thrivinghope.blogspot.com/2017...... there are a lot of gifs jsyk xDThe book is magic. Pure, entrancing magic that will grip your spiritual, mental, and physical being with its tasteful characters, engrossing plot, and enraging twists. (I'm trying to sound sophisticated-- is it working?) I, along with so many other fans, have awaited this book's release for a year, a initial review: Holy smokes! I honestly can't breathe right now... gahhhh!!! review to come!!!update: read full review here http://thrivinghope.blogspot.com/2017...... there are a lot of gifs jsyk xDThe book is magic. Pure, entrancing magic that will grip your spiritual, mental, and physical being with its tasteful characters, engrossing plot, and enraging twists. (I'm trying to sound sophisticated-- is it working?) I, along with so many other fans, have awaited this book's release for a year, and can I just say, it was so worth the wait. When I first started reading it, I got a little mixed up with the Ilyon Chronicles peoples + world and the Blades of Acktar peoples + world. Because, let's be honest, they are pretty similar! And then I was a little afraid it was going to disappoint because Samara's Peril set the bar pretty high for the series. BUT OH MY GOODNESS. I am so sorry to ever have doubted your abilities, Ms. Knight.particular things and stuffs that make jazzy's heart happy:Let's start off with the writing. I am completely blown away with Jaye's ability to take different situations and bend them at her will. I was constantly caught off guard, which led to my poor, weak heart to suffering (in that good way that all bookworms understand). Her way of writing is just so enthralling! Even when the chapter ended well, and I could have closed it and gone to sleep... I felt drawn back to it, thirsty for more. It's that kind of book. Before you read it, you have to warn your family that you'll be disappearing for a day. The plot was a roller-coaster. There were SO many things happening all at once, that I could barely breathe while reading! So much tension. And doubt. But also happiness. And tears. *sigh* so many things, BUT I CAN'T SPOIL IT FOR YOU-- HOLD ME BACK!!! I'm so terrified for the coming books... YIKES YIKES YIKES. I loved flying all over Ilyon, seeing new places, meeting new people. It was so interesting learning about the other races! Especially the Cretes, I reeeaaaaally like the Cretes for some reason. Maybe because I reeeeaaaally like Talas. Mebbe. Their faith! The Resistance faces so many obstacles, constantly struggling for a foot hold. It was so amazing to see their faith put into play, even if they were drowning in fear and doubt. SHIPS. SHIPSHIPSHIPSHIPSHIP. So many ships, so many happy vibes. Things FINALLY get a'rolling with *argh* can't say... but yea. There is quite healthy amount of otp development in this book! CHARACTERS. THE CHARACTERS. OH BLESS ME. They are literally (literally, not even kidding) cinnamon roll nuggets. I am so serious right now. That is EXACTLY what they are. And if you don't agree, then you can just fight me. Image result for then you can just fight me nacho libre gifJACE: ohhh ohhh ohhh... this is my child. I love how, even after Elom has saved him, he still struggles with self-doubt. I think many people, myself included, can relate. To see him slowly release his grip on those insecurities and give them to the Lord is very encouraging. I am SO proud of him, he has grown SO much since Resistance! I also love how he is so passionate about his loved ones. It just makes him ENTIRELY TOO ENDEARING TO BE LEGAL. KYRIN: I've always loved Kyrin because she is such a strong, compassionate character. But to be completely honest, I don't think there was much growth in her character in this book. I mean, Jaye spent so much time working on her in the last three books, that I feel like in this book the focus was less on her. Which I mean was a little bit disappointing, but Jaye focused on other important stuff. She was still very present, and strong as ever, but just as far as character development goes, she was lacking. Which isn't a bad thing, because Jaye got to focus on other characters!KADEN: My lil fireball!!! I just have this obsession with him. It may be a problem (?). He's so confident and guyish, that I just adore is outlook on things. He's not so immature anymore, he's grown up a bit-- but he's still got a heavy dose charm. Unfortunately, like Kyrin, Jaye didn't really focus too much on his character growth, but him just being there was enough for me (I named my aloe vera plant after his dragon Exsis). MICHAEL: I mean, he wasn't THAT big in the book, but he was still a lot more there than the other books. And that was GOLD because he is adorable and I'm really realllllly hoping he'll have a bigger part in the next book hehehe <3 div="">DANIEL: HOLY SMOKES. MY HEART HAS FOUND A NEW HOME. And this is part of the reason why the twins were no longer the main character focuses: we got to spend time with Daniel! *happy sigh* *sniffs* *cries* He is something. It is just so weird to think that the son of the evil Emperor Daican is a believer. Like mind = blown. His walk with the Lord may be the roughest, just because of his position. I was so full of dread whenever I read about him, anticipating some kind of attack... AGHHHHH. SO STRESSFUL. It was SO awesome to see him leaning on the Lord when his flesh wanted so bad to give in. I am just so pleased with how well Jaye developed his character. Like #glowupLEETRA: Can we just appreciate the fierceness of this girl? LIKE SHOOT. I loved getting to know her better. In the other books, she was always just that mean short girl that dated the traitor and always grumbled if she couldn't fight with the men (sounds strangely like me tbh). That was Leetra. But holy cow! She's way cooler in Exiles, you guys. Watching her struggle with forgiving herself, and dealing with her own insecurities... how she builds walls to protect herself from being hurt. UGH. Those kind of characters always always always get to me! Like, LET ME PROTECT YOU MY PRECIOUS HUMAN. But she is so strong, so fierce, yet she's so broken and raw. AGH. Thank you Jaye, for creating such an amazing person like Leetra.ANNE: Okayyy... Anne is pretty much goals. Like, you guys, she's so elegantly fierce! How?!? I was so happy to read more of her, because she is SO AMAZING. She's so proud and sassy, but so afraid yet brave (that made so much sense, ik). Through the entire book, she's treading on dangerous grounds, but her performance is so incredible! BUT UGHHH. Poor poor girl had to endure so much in the book. *cries* *cringes* All the female characters in this series are so strong. Not perfect, they still fall every now and then, but If you haven't read these books yet... GO DO SO RIGHT NOW OR I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND THROW SAND AT YOU. Thank you so much Jaye L. Knight for blessing this world with the Ilyon Chronicles... and thank you Elom for blessing this world with Jaye L. Knight! I love you both!!! * I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my review.
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  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    I had the privilege of reading this book before it’s release. Of all the books I’ve read by Jaye, I think this is one of my favorites. All the turmoil in the characters, the uncertainty, and getting out of their comfort zones. It was all so deep and true to real life. I learned a few things from the book even though it’s fantasy AND fiction. I highly encourage you to read this book, and the whole series.
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  • serena482*
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating 4.5 stars. I was very excited to get back to Illyon! :D I really likes it. :) It was a little slow at the beginning, but picked up pace further on. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT! This is totally my opinion. I didn't really like how Jace was all of a sudden like perfect no more doubts and fears. He didn't really feel real to me. Kyrin too felt a little off. Like they weren't really there. *shrugs* END OF SPOILER ALERT There was some awesome action scenes. We also got to see more of Daniel whic My Rating 4.5 stars. I was very excited to get back to Illyon! :D I really likes it. :) It was a little slow at the beginning, but picked up pace further on. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT! This is totally my opinion. I didn't really like how Jace was all of a sudden like perfect no more doubts and fears. He didn't really feel real to me. Kyrin too felt a little off. Like they weren't really there. *shrugs* END OF SPOILER ALERT There was some awesome action scenes. We also got to see more of Daniel which was really awesome. :) Yeah, I really liked this book, it was pretty exciting. Jaye did a good job. The setting was super cool too.
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  • Liv Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    And now, for a very thorough description of just how excited I am for this book:rbekbgrnbreemfg bfg rvberwfkefehf1vqvf fd dqbvlafbhjvbrhbfvew2efbjf djkbwfbebgdssjndjii cant wait
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I FINISHED IT I FINISHED IT AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!Review on my blog: http://ramblings-of-a-red-head-girl.b...
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for violence, mildly scary scenes, and mild romace.Best for Ages: 15 -25This is one of the few fantasy series that has completely captured my attention and imagination. Anyone who has been reading my reviews for long can guess that I am not really into fantasy. While will occasionally dip my toes into it, it isn’t normally my thing. This series is different. It has the scope of an epic fantasy, but is so full of faith and lacks so many of the elements that normally Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for violence, mildly scary scenes, and mild romace.Best for Ages: 15 -25This is one of the few fantasy series that has completely captured my attention and imagination. Anyone who has been reading my reviews for long can guess that I am not really into fantasy. While will occasionally dip my toes into it, it isn’t normally my thing. This series is different. It has the scope of an epic fantasy, but is so full of faith and lacks so many of the elements that normally make me shy away from the genre (dark feeling, battles every few pages, and magic) that make it amazing. This book was no different.My favorite parts of the story? Getting to see more of this world. The land of the Cretes was my favorite. I so wish I could visit their city now, it sounded amazing and beautiful. The giants and their land also were interesting. As well as a couple other places that were visited that I won’t mention due to spoilers.This book was a lot about Prince Daniel (don’t worry, it was a lot about the old gang too). I can’t say I have been one of Daniel’s biggest fans, but I also really did find his story intriguing. It took so many unexpected twists and turns. The ending of this book? It left me gasping and ready for the next.Of course, Jace and Kyrin’s story continues to be my favorite. Jace continues to grow, and I loved, loved, loved what he discovers in this book. It made me want to jump up and cheer as well as give him a hug. I love how he and Kyrin continue to deepen their relationship and overcome obstacles.I always feel blessed coming away from Knight’s books. Even her early works (published as Molly Evangeline) always left me blessed and thinking about God and His goodness. I think that she strikes a perfect balance between emotional, realistic, and hopeful. I can hardly wait for the next book.I highly recommend this series to those who like stories of faith, non-magical fantasy, and adventure.
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  • JonathanT
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK THOUGH. I'm super late to the party because everyone's already read this but better late than never, right? I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE. I loved the broad, expansive feel the POV shifts gave the storyline. What started out as a small rebellion in Resistance is beginning to turn into a full-scale war, and we definitely get that feel in Exiles. The author brought a lot of political maneuvering into this book, more so than in previous Illyon books. I loved the settings; each one was unique an THIS BOOK THOUGH. I'm super late to the party because everyone's already read this but better late than never, right? I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE. I loved the broad, expansive feel the POV shifts gave the storyline. What started out as a small rebellion in Resistance is beginning to turn into a full-scale war, and we definitely get that feel in Exiles. The author brought a lot of political maneuvering into this book, more so than in previous Illyon books. I loved the settings; each one was unique and interesting. However, I DID deduct one start because I found this one to be a little predictable. (view spoiler)[ I was VERY suspicious that Daican was going to die in this book, and when he did die, I knew for sure that Davira was going to take the throne for herself. (I mean, obviously, because if Daniel would have kept the throne all the conflict would have been diffused. xD) (hide spoiler)] But there were still enough twists to keep me engaged and invested in the story. :D All in all, I think I'd recommend this to 14-15+ for violence and a few characters who don't treat women right. (view spoiler)[(GOLER URGGGHH. LET'S BE HONEST WE'RE ALL GLAD HE'S DEAD.) (hide spoiler)] (In one scene, a villain kisses a girl without her permission, and when another girl is captured by some unsavory men, it's referenced what they want to do with her. All of it was handled well though.) NOW I JUST NEED BOOK FIVE.
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  • Mikayla
    January 1, 1970
    Warning: there may be spoilers in this review for anyone who has not read books 1-3.After reading Samra’s Peril I could not wait to get my hands on Exiles. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I immediately got back into the characters life’s. I was excited to see Daniels side of the story. It proved even more exciting than I had expected. I loved exploring the Crete’s home. It was fascinating to see more of how they lived. Ahh and all my heartwarming moments with Jace and Kyrin. They are just so aweso Warning: there may be spoilers in this review for anyone who has not read books 1-3.After reading Samra’s Peril I could not wait to get my hands on Exiles. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I immediately got back into the characters life’s. I was excited to see Daniels side of the story. It proved even more exciting than I had expected. I loved exploring the Crete’s home. It was fascinating to see more of how they lived. Ahh and all my heartwarming moments with Jace and Kyrin. They are just so awesome. The tension was so well done. Especially that ending. I just sat there for a moment: and I thought everything was going so well.Yep, I could ramble for a lot longer, but really, this book was amazing. I am already looking forward to the next book; It can’t come out soon enough.
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  • Audrey Caylin
    January 1, 1970
    *drumroll* At last I give you my review.... This is an amazing installment to the series. Ilyon fans, you will not be disappointed. My expectations were extremely high for this novel. For that reason, I was terrified that the book wouldn't be as good as I'd hoped. But...it was. And more. This has become one of my favorite novels.THE PLOTThe story jumps forward a year from King Balen's exile from Samara. I was a little surprised at that, and how slow the story started off. But then the pace bega *drumroll* At last I give you my review.... This is an amazing installment to the series. Ilyon fans, you will not be disappointed. My expectations were extremely high for this novel. For that reason, I was terrified that the book wouldn't be as good as I'd hoped. But...it was. And more. This has become one of my favorite novels.THE PLOTThe story jumps forward a year from King Balen's exile from Samara. I was a little surprised at that, and how slow the story started off. But then the pace began to pick up...and up...and UP and suddenly it was going lightning fast and I couldn't put the book down or even breathe.I love how we get to see more of Ilyon in this novel. The characters meet giants, cretes, AND ryriks, which left me completely squealing. And then the romance subplots.... *flails* This is a no spoiler review, but I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed ;) (*whispers* LEETRA)I'll admit that the plot drags a bit when the Landdale group is visiting with the cretes and asking for help to reclaim Samara. Jaye keeps the plot moving though through scenes with Anne and DANIEL. DANEILLLL. YES, we finally get to see more of him and he has become my FAVORITE character ever.There are some HUGE plot twists in this novel. The pace is perfect -- just when you feel like you know exactly what is going to happen next, an unexpected event turns the whole story around and leaves you wondering where in (Ilyon) this is going to go. The moments are scattered strategically throughout the book, and one of them left me gaping at my Kindle for a minute straight.At the end, you're left with a feeling of hope, yet know that the battle is far from over.THE CHARACTERSThis was what I was most worried about when I began reading. With Jace's main conflict all-wrapped up in the previous book, I wondered if he and Kyrin were going to be flat from now on.Not so.We get to see much MUCH more of them and their new struggles *squealing* They are SUCH a beautiful couple and it made me really happy to see them working through things together and it was so beautiful <333Also, ANNE AND TRASK. They are AWESOME and I loved Anne even more after this book. It was great to spend more time "in her head." Not to mention how we get to be in Leetra's head. I was wondering what was really going on with her since Falcor betrayed her, and here we get to learn and see how much Lee is really hurting.Finally, Daniel. Daniel. DANIEL. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. Seeing him struggle against his father and his country was inspiring, especially how he demonstrated how much Elon's death had affected him.Needless to say, the character developments and arcs were incredible in this novel.ANYTHING ELSE?- Faith. As in the other Ilyon books, Jaye masterfully weaves beautiful, strong, and realistic faith into the story.- Ryriks. I think most readers know they have a reputation for taking advantage of women, and that is implied several times in the book.- On that note, something similar happens with Goler, though it's nothing beyond a forced kiss.- There's also a lot of relationship stuff in this book, so I'd say it would be appropriate for 14+. I'm a picky reader when it comes to things like this, and I found nothing that disturbed me.- On an unrelated topic, I spent half the novel trying to play matchmaker for Daniel, and at the end found that Jaye hinted she'd picked the same girl for him that I would have xDTo wrap this review up, Exiles is an epic, mind-blowing installment to the Ilyon Chronicles, filled with all the faith, world-building, and characters old fans love, along with breath-taking new twists that will land Exiles as your new favorite novel.(I received this book free from the author for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are purely my own)
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    The players have taken their places, a quiet falls over the land, the calm before the fierce storm. The pieces are set, and the real battle is about to begin...Jaye just keeps getting better every book. This is my favorite Ilyon book yet. While I found a few stretches to be boring, that detail couldn't outweigh how much I loved the rest of it.We get to explore so much more of Ilyon in this story. I loved getting out of Landale and getting to see "the world". The other cultures represented were a The players have taken their places, a quiet falls over the land, the calm before the fierce storm. The pieces are set, and the real battle is about to begin...Jaye just keeps getting better every book. This is my favorite Ilyon book yet. While I found a few stretches to be boring, that detail couldn't outweigh how much I loved the rest of it.We get to explore so much more of Ilyon in this story. I loved getting out of Landale and getting to see "the world". The other cultures represented were absolutely delightful.There are some amazing Jayrin scenes, and we get to experience more development with other characters who have been on the shelf for a while. While I'm partial to being almost entirely Jayrin focused, I did feel well satisfied with this book. It wrapped up some lingering plot threads that needed to be tied up.But what I loved the most, was the ending. It was like the beginning of Return of the King. The music starts, the same music that you have been listening to through hours of suffering and turmoil, only this time it's different, the key has changed, its whispering "the tide has turned, don't despair". You know the worst battles are yet to come, but, they will end in victory. I left this book "sitting at the edge" of one such battle. I am absolutely thrilled. I know Jaye is capable of writing incredible battle scenes after reading her previous fantasy trilogy (The Makilien Trilogy). Her battles are lengthy and exhausting, but she maps them out well enough that you know what is happening, when, where, why, and to whom. I can't wait.The last two books are going to take our breath away...
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  • Athelas Hale
    January 1, 1970
    CharactersJaye’s characters are both her strength, and her weakness. She’s building on a foundation of fabulous characters that she set up in the Resistance. And building. And building. She must have added eight new characters in this novel; most of them necessary for a brief moment, but none of them necessarily needing to be involved as much as they were, which left the novel feeling cluttered. I loved the characters; I knew their stories were remarkable; I wanted to follow along and see where CharactersJaye’s characters are both her strength, and her weakness. She’s building on a foundation of fabulous characters that she set up in the Resistance. And building. And building. She must have added eight new characters in this novel; most of them necessary for a brief moment, but none of them necessarily needing to be involved as much as they were, which left the novel feeling cluttered. I loved the characters; I knew their stories were remarkable; I wanted to follow along and see where they went. With all that extra activity going on, I didn’t feel like the author gave enough time to the real main characters.I loved the focus on Daniel and Daican in this one. That plotline was masterfully done. Uncluttered by extra anything, I looked forward to reading about those two the most. After reading the first book, I said I hoped that she would do more with Daican’s family and their issues, and she delivered beautifully in this novel.I was pleased to find a greater focus on Trask and Anne in this novel, though a little bit disappointed that events over in their section were traumatic, and therefore, Trask wasn’t feeling like his usual fabulous self. (You may pause right here to listen to some dramatic, suspenseful music.)PlotThis novel followed a more typical, 3-Act Structure than the last, so it made for more familiar reading; I never had a moment where I felt disoriented because of the way it was set up.The plot began with a wedding, and proceeded slowly from there. About a quarter of the way into the novel, I set the book down, looked at my sister, and said, “Someone better get murdered soon.” Luckily, someone got murdered, and from there it picked up the pace.Going into the novel, you should know that it is filled to the brim and overflowing with romance. Amidst wars, battles, murders, evil kings and fantastic tree-cities, everyone was falling in love. Realistic? Maybe not, but not necessarily impossible. If romance isn’t your thing, you should go into this braced for a storm.The story followed three major plotlines, and at the same time set up for the remaining books in the series. My favorite was Daniel’s plot, which is curious because I’ve had no interest in him in the previous books. Jaye L. Knight took her time in bringing the tension up throughout the novel, but when she got it there, it stayed that way for the rest of the novel.My one major complaint about the plot was that this novel picks up a year after the previous. Characters have developed – majorly, in some cases – and situations have changed since then. I was disappointed that we missed that; I feel there was a lot of storytelling material and important development that we weren’t able to see.SettingI was glad to see some of the Roman-inspired setting coming back into play in this novel, since one of the plotlines was set solely in the capital.The characters travel through several countries, so we get a glimpse of the land of the Cretes and the Giants. The Crete culture was interesting (and terrifying – a whole city built in giant trees, high above the ground? I have no fear of heights, but that would be a long fall), and she put an interesting spin on the Giants. It’s not often you see homesteading giants just hanging out, being peace-loving and hard-working.ContentA character is kissed against her will. A character witnesses two unmarried people stepping out of a bedroom. A couple of people are kidnapped and as they’re being hauled off toward the villain’s lair, one of the kidnappers approaches a woman, though nothing comes of it.OtherwiseI read the novel in one day. Though there were a few times I put it down, I always came back within a few minutes (or after eating) to continue the story. Jaye L. Knight writes with such potential: her plots, her characters, her settings. I believe the greatest benefit to her writing would be to tighten it all, taking less time to get to her next plot points, and focusing more specifically on a core group of characters. I recommend this novel for a calm day. Have a cup of tea and a few cookies, nestle yourself in the corner of your couch with a blanket, and listen to the rain pattering against your windowpane. And read this book.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. Exiles. You know it's good if it's the fourth book in the series and you have to have it immediately after it's publication. There were a lot of couples coming together in this book. A bunch of people I knew were going to get together started moving closer to getting married. I mean, the first chapter is a wedding, after all. Then there was the rest of the book. Another thing you learn right off is that the evil Emperor's son became a follower of Elom, the "Christian" G I really liked this book. Exiles. You know it's good if it's the fourth book in the series and you have to have it immediately after it's publication. There were a lot of couples coming together in this book. A bunch of people I knew were going to get together started moving closer to getting married. I mean, the first chapter is a wedding, after all. Then there was the rest of the book. Another thing you learn right off is that the evil Emperor's son became a follower of Elom, the "Christian" God for this allegorical fantasy. The persecution is still going strong, but there's hope for the empire because of the crown prince's faith. I saw that one coming since the emperor and his family were introduced. Meanwhile, the King of Samara and the rest of our beloved characters have to face a new set of challenges. They are trying to raise support from the other nations on the continent to win Samara back and be ready to stand against the Emperor when he attacks the rest of the nations. As usual, they run into a number of challenges. And back in camp, one of the Emperor's right hand men has appeared and plans to put the "rebels in the forest" in their place and execute any of Elom's followers he finds. Anne and her family are a single mistake away from being discovered. So, I really liked the story. There were many characters to keep track of, but now, at book four, that's partially to be expected. The climax was interesting, and I'm waiting yet again for book five. When will my favorite couple get married?! I must know now!
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  • Claire Banschbach
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!!
  • Sarah Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This fourth addition to the Ilyon Chronicles was AMAZING. Usually, one would expect a new sequel to be lesser than the first or second (or third!), but that is not the case with this novel! In my humble opinion, Exiles was great! if not better than the first three. Ms Knight's writing is in her own voice -- relate-able and accurate in emotions and actions. Her characters have such depth in their individual personalities and backgrounds, even the minor characters! With some you want to read more This fourth addition to the Ilyon Chronicles was AMAZING. Usually, one would expect a new sequel to be lesser than the first or second (or third!), but that is not the case with this novel! In my humble opinion, Exiles was great! if not better than the first three. Ms Knight's writing is in her own voice -- relate-able and accurate in emotions and actions. Her characters have such depth in their individual personalities and backgrounds, even the minor characters! With some you want to read more of their story. And the world building is incredible!There is never a dull moment in the world of Ilyon. Deceit, idolatry, war, and persecution threaten to overtake all that is good and all those who stand for it. But Elôm, the One God of this little world, never ceases to grant His people the strength, peace, and comfort they need, even in the face of persecution. We are whirled away on back-to-back adventures, traveling to far away countries to build trust and gain alliances, remain on the home-front for the sake of the people, or hide away with the rebels until the time comes to fight. Betrayal, capture, death arenas, dragon fights, love, and even weddings fill the pages of this fantastical tale. It was so hard to put down!If you are in need of a great, clean, Christian fiction series, I encourage you to check out these books! My recommended age: 13-14+
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  • Esther
    January 1, 1970
    Exiles was another work of art by Jaye L. Knight! I can't tell you how much I've missed my fictional friends! The story was for the most part engaging and exciting. I love reading more about Prince Daniel and Lady Anne. And I have to say it, Lady Anne and Trask are just adorable in this book! <3 I was worried that the romance between certain characters would get too sappy for my tastes, but Jaye handled it very nicely. :)However, a year has passed since Samara's Peril, and there's a time laps Exiles was another work of art by Jaye L. Knight! I can't tell you how much I've missed my fictional friends! The story was for the most part engaging and exciting. I love reading more about Prince Daniel and Lady Anne. And I have to say it, Lady Anne and Trask are just adorable in this book! <3 I was worried that the romance between certain characters would get too sappy for my tastes, but Jaye handled it very nicely. :)However, a year has passed since Samara's Peril, and there's a time lapse where it feels like nothing has changed yet everything has changed. Because of this, some of my favorite characters didn't seem like themselves until about halfway through the book. There were also a couple aspects of the plot I didn't appreciate. Nothing bad happened. It was just hinted at, but it still left me feeling uncomfortable. All in all though, it was a wonderful book! I enjoyed reading it early and can't wait for book five!! I will warn you though. It ends on a cruel cliffhanger! Authors! *rolls eyes* Why must you do that too us!?! It's so not fair! XD Especially since we don't even know the title of the next book and have to wait forever for it to come out! I received this book free from the author for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
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  • Micailah
    January 1, 1970
    I...I what...ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! *review to (hopefully) come soon*
  • Erika Mathews
    January 1, 1970
    Exiles…unexpected in some ways, fulfilling in others, satisfying in still more. If I could sum up Exiles in one phrase, I would call it an “exciting bridge.” It’s truly a transition between the first three books of the series and the last two, and it both clears the stage and resets the stage in multiple ways.But never fear. There are no boring info dumps or slow plot-setting sections here. This Bridge is exciting. Exiles offers the same depth of character, adventurous plot, breathtaking descrip Exiles…unexpected in some ways, fulfilling in others, satisfying in still more. If I could sum up Exiles in one phrase, I would call it an “exciting bridge.” It’s truly a transition between the first three books of the series and the last two, and it both clears the stage and resets the stage in multiple ways.But never fear. There are no boring info dumps or slow plot-setting sections here. This Bridge is exciting. Exiles offers the same depth of character, adventurous plot, breathtaking descriptions, and spiritual parallels as the rest of the series.To me, Resistance was amazing. The King’s Scrolls was even better. Samara’s Peril was better yet. I was quite interested to see if Exiles would top them, but personally I found it more on a level with Resistance. Just as Resistance is setting the stage, Exiles is clearing the stage and resetting it. Personally, to reach the level of surpassing favorite, a book needs to touch a deep chord spiritually in me, and whereas The King’s Scrolls has Timothy, the Scrolls, sacrifice, and family, and Samara’s Peril has Elon, there wasn’t a particular element of Exiles that pushed it over the top for me. But if you know my passion for Resistance, you know I still absolutely LOVED Exiles, so never fear. Exiles is like Resistance magnified. The stakes are higher. We already know and love the characters, so we can jump directly into the fast-paced and action-packed plot. With so much happening in Exiles, I can’t wait to see what amazing things will take place in the next two books and I fully expect at least one of them to become my new favorite once they are written and published.Exiles is the fastest-paced Ilyon book so far, and with three separate storylines, it’s easy to understand why. Large chunks of time are skipped; we see what’s happening, but not the details. Although I enjoy reading the details of daily life, I understand the need for a fast-paced story in this case. I loved following the different people in the various places of the three storylines, even though the necessarily shorter scenes don’t allow as much time to get into what’s happening and into the characters’ minds.Content: Romance (discreetly portrayed), matchmaking talk, mild kissing, mentions of ryriks wanting to “have fun” with a girl (using those words), some injuries mentioned (mild description)What I Liked Less:Timothy and Leetra. I don’t know why, but I really don’t get the right feeling during their scenes. Realistically, sometimes someone falls in love but the person doesn’t reciprocate. They just don’t feel right together to me, though I do appreciate what is happening with them. Aside from that, I do love Timothy and his mature character and actions.A very young crush. It wasn’t a big part of the story or dwelt on, but I still wasn’t comfortable with the message it might send to the youngsters reading this story.What I Loved Most:Ryriks! Jace! Ryriks! To avoid spoilers, I will simply say that the emotional and spiritual impact of this element is excellently done—not to mention paired with beautiful and picturesque description that makes me want to leave Earth, hop to Ilyon, and hunker down there for a lifetime.CRETE COUNTRY! It’s so wonderfully described, and it’s beautiful. I felt as though I was actually visiting. All the hype about the cretes’ home in The King’s Scrolls and Samara’s Peril is satisfying fulfilled and surpassed in Exiles. It was magnificent. And I don’t even like heights. 🙂Anne and Trask! They are wonderful together.Jace and Kyrin’s relationship. I’m not big into romance (and most romance isn’t written well or as discreetly as I’d prefer), but I need so much more of Jace and Kyrin. They are realistic, loyal, loving, understanding, open, honest, raw, gentle, modest, chaste, patient, kind, and did I mention real? 🙂 Their ups and downs are portrayed so realistically. I can relate to all of it. I especially love Jace and Kyrin’s loving, gentle, chaste conversations. This is such a sweet time in their life and relationship, and I enjoy going along for the ride. Thanks to the author for writing such a beautiful relationship.Daniel! He hasn’t made the top of the list of what I’ve loved in any other book, but that changes here. 🙂JAMES?! I can’t wait to see more of him in a later book…Family life in Camp is the best! I love those little homey scenes!I love the scenes the book begins and ends with…that’s all I will say to avoid spoilers. 🙂Saul is amazing. You’ll have to read the book to find out why.Giant cabins…again, go read the book.All in all, I enjoyed Exiles – Five Stars! I am looking forward to the next book!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    *happy sigh* This book is AMAZING!!!! I was SO EXCITED to get it in the mail and so glad it came on a day that I didn't have much to do, as I can barely put the books in this series down. Every book gets 10 stars and a million hearts!!! I actually read this slowly, for me. I purposefully paid attention to slowing down so I could soak it all in. (Usually I just want to know what happens next!) In my review, I'm basically going to be revealing everything, so you've been warned. I would recommend *happy sigh* This book is AMAZING!!!! I was SO EXCITED to get it in the mail and so glad it came on a day that I didn't have much to do, as I can barely put the books in this series down. Every book gets 10 stars and a million hearts!!! I actually read this slowly, for me. I purposefully paid attention to slowing down so I could soak it all in. (Usually I just want to know what happens next!) In my review, I'm basically going to be revealing everything, so you've been warned. I would recommend reading this review after reading the book, but use your own judgement. Once again, Jaye L. Knight has woven an incredible story with high stakes, real characters, and truth. I am so thankful that her books end with hope. If only more authors did that. I can finish a book, still want to read the rest of the story, but I'm not left hanging after something major or bad happens. I do not like that. So thank you, Jaye!While some disagree, I liked how character based and world-building Exiles is. There are battles and furthering of the struggle between Daican and the Resistance, but we get to delve into the characters more and also the world of Ilyon.There are a ton of different storylines going on and Jaye does a marvelous job keeping it all straight. Exiles starts and ends with a wedding. The Landale camp is celebrating the marriage of Lenae and Warin. The day after, Darq returns with word that things are not going well in the hunt to secure aid from the cretes. This sets our main group (Kyrin, Jace, Balen, Marcus, Kaden, Talas, Rayad, Holden, Darq, etc) out on a journey to Dorland to hopefully change the cretes' minds. I enjoyed "seeing" more of Ilyon and its cultures. The cretes live in the trees (which reminds me of Dinotopia) and they are a very interesting people. We meet Talas' family, Leetra's family (briefly), and Falcor's family. Falcor's family is nothing like him - thankfully. After meeting with the cretes (and it not going well again), the group heads over to another part of Dorland to meet with the giants. The giant king is reluctant to get involved as well, even with protecting his own border against ryrik attacks. The Landale group go to aid three giant brothers in hopefully quelling the attacks. During the skirmish, Kyrin is carried off by ryriks and Jace is captured trying to rescue her. They are eventually separated and Jace is rescued from wolves by - ryriks? Yes, ryriks, and these ryriks believe in Elom! With their help, Jace rescues Kyrin from the other ryriks and they escape to the village of the believing ryriks. Jace is stunned to learn that Elom originally created the ryriks, with their passions and all, to be fighters for justice. During their stay, with all that they see and learn, Jace is able to finally be at peace with his ryrik heritage. Rather than just accept it and get on with life, he can actually embrace it and learn to see its advantages. Back in Landale, things are not going well. Dagren (the man who has a vendetta against Rayad and Warin) has been sent to finally quell the rebellion once and for all. Now Anne and her family have to deal with Goler and Dagren. That scene where they have to attend the party welcoming Dagren, and Charles goes as Anne's escort was pure gold! I thoroughly enjoyed how Charles handled Goler and actually laughed (as good as these books are, I don't usually laugh. They aren't really funny books. Except for Kaden :) Everything comes to a head soon after Dagren kills Baron Grey; Trask's father. One day, Anne's family is betrayed by her maid, who tries to warn them, but Goler (now Baron) arrives to kill Sir John and force Anne to marry him. Trask arrives and the showdown between him and Goler finally happens. Trask wins and takes Anne, Elanor, and Anne's family to the camp. The other main storyline is set in Valcre. Prince Daniel became a believer in Elom when he watched Elon die. Elon appeared to Daniel after He rose and told Daniel that He had plans for him. Daniel has been hiding his faith and also trying to respect his father more. Unfortunately, this newfound maturity causes his father to suspect him and one day the truth comes out. Life gets more and more difficult for Daniel and every day it's harder and harder to respect and honor his father. During the party for Daican's birthday, he collapses and dies from being poisoned. Daniel is now king. I was really happy, but at the same time, I knew it wouldn't be that easy because there are two books left ;) I knew Davira would find a way to usurp him. *sigh* She has him arrested and would have killed him except Aric helps him escape. They both flee to join the Resistance. Like I said earlier, there was a ton of character development in this book. Much of it had to do with relationships. Anne finally agrees to marry Trask, although when that might take place is anyone's guess. Leetra and Timothy make some headway, and Kyrin & Jace keep working on each piece of doubt and fear Jace faces. Meeting the believing ryriks helped a lot with that too. Kyrin's brother Michael gets a little more time as he takes a more active role in the resistance. I'm not sure Liam is mentioned once though. We also get the great news that James became a believer! Now all of Jace's family believes (actually, I'm not sure about his grandfather??) After a battle at the Trayce River, the giants and the cretes commit to helping fight Daican. With help secured, the Landale group returns home to lots of changes. The news that Baron Grey is dead and Goler & Dagren are now in charge is disheartening. In spite of that, they have much to celebrate; the new alliances and the wedding of Trask and Anne! During the celebration, they get another surprise. Two men show up at the camp - Aric and Prince Daniel. They are thrilled to hear that Daniel is a believer, stunned to learn that Daican is dead, and probably disappointed that Davira is in charge. But they are filled with hope that the rightful kings of Acacia and Samara both believe in Elom. If they can win this war, peace will come to Ilyon. I think I got all the major parts :)I don't own Resistance in paperback form, but I think each book is getting bigger than the last. How long will Bitter Winter be? :) I'm looking forward to the next installment in the Ilyon Chronicles, but I can be content with where the story is for now. There is struggle ahead, but for now, there is hope and peace among the members of the Resistance.
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