Samara’s Peril Review & Interview

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In case you live in a hole like a hobbit and haven’t gotten the word yet that Samara’s Peril (Ilyon Chronicles book 3) released 6 days ago, it’s here. *fangirl screams go off in the background* I’m so excited! I’ve been waiting for this book for over a year!

Anyway, I probably should tell you a little about it, in case you missed seeing it plastered all over the rest of the blog tour (links for all the posts in the tour can be found here).

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About the Book

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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My thoughts

It’s the Ilyon Chronicles! Of course I spent most of this book as a puddle of fangirl mushiness!

The beginning of this book was my favorite. I loved seeing the whole Altair clan together. Minus one important character. *sniff* I still can’t read that part in The King’s Scrolls without bawling. I guessed the big reveal in the beginning of this book before it happened, but that didn’t stop me from squealing and walking around with a dazed grin on my face for hours afterwards.

There are some darker themes in the book, such as abusive marriage, a past rape, and a young man following in the abusive ways of his father. It is all handled very well, and highlights the manner a Christian deals with the consequences of those things rather than focusing too much on the darkness itself.

And just saying, Rothas has to die. Somehow. Once you read the book, you’ll understand.

This is a book that definitely has a switch in plotline and tone partway through. The two halves work together, but I’ll admit, I didn’t love the second half nearly as much as the first. It was still really, really good, and the twist at the end totally caught me off guard.

And one certain romance-y part at the end. *swoony sigh* Yes, I love impulsive kisses in books. Especially when it is two characters that I’ve been waiting forever for them to wake up and realize they liked each other.

This book also brings in the Christian parallels more distinctly than some of the other books. It is written more like Biblical fiction than allegory in some parts. It was handled very well, but it wasn’t my favorite part of the book. Probably because Biblical fiction isn’t my thing. So that is personal preference on my part.

Once again, this book delivers the emotional impact, hug-worthy and awesome characters, and adventure I’ve come to expect when I dive into the Ilyon Chronicles.

When does book 4 release? Please?

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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.

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

Jaye will also be joining me during the Facebook party to celebrate Defy‘s release on June 2.

Interview with the Author

Hi, Jaye! Welcome back to my blog! I think this is the third time I’ve interviewed you here. 🙂

  1. Samara’s Peril is such a pivotal book for the series. A lot of things happen both plot-wise and character-wise (Jayrin!). Was it a hard or easy book to write? Edit?

I wouldn’t say any of my books are easy to write, but Samara’s Peril was one of the easier ones. Editing, on the other hand, not so much. It took a lot of time and effort, probably because it is such a pivotal book, and I wanted to get the emotions just right.

Well, I think you succeeded! All of your books tend to have such emotional impact!

  1. Portraying Christ in fiction is a tricky thing to do, and not everyone agrees on the approach. How did you go about writing Elon in Samara’s Peril?

Definitely tricky. It’s never something I’ve set out wanting to do. More like called to do. It’s hard to feel qualified to attempt such a thing. Basically I went about it with a lot of prayer. The one thing I always focus on when attempting to portray Christ is Jesus’s love. That was an especially big part of this story. I know some readers will wish I had added more scenes with Elon, but everything major in this book is approached from Jace’s point of view. Jace longs for a relationship with Elon, but is afraid. One of the biggest questions I asked myself was how we would feel if we found ourselves in Jesus’s presence and were as keenly aware of our sins and shortcomings as Jace is. Questions like that are what shaped how I wrote Samara’s Peril.

That makes sense! I’m glad you didn’t add more scenes with Elon. I liked the way it was handled.

  1. You now have 12 books out between your two pennames. Twelve! What is the biggest thing you learned through writing and publishing all those books? Any things you’ve learned about writing recently?

I think the biggest thing is just the growth in the actual writing. The books I wrote as Molly Evangeline really needed more work. However, I had to start somewhere, and publishing those books taught me so much about the publishing process that I was able to use when starting over as Jaye L. Knight. I can’t think of anything specific just recently except that I really should give myself more time to get things ready before I publish. 😉 My schedule got kind of crazy this time and there was a little panic involved before this release. More so than usual.

*sigh* Don’t we all struggle with that? The panic before publication? And there’s never enough time. Never.

  1. Are there any specific places that influenced the setting of Ilyon?

I pick little bits of inspiration from a variety of places. Usually it’s a picture here and a picture there that I come across. Nowhere that I’ve been to or wanted to visit personally. Probably the biggest influence for a setting in Ilyon is Ancient Rome. That is really what I based the country of Arcacia on even though it has more of a medieval feel to it.

I love the mix of Ancient Rome and medieval in Ilyon! And the other cultures like the cretes.

  1. Your characters do a lot of travelling. Do you like to travel? What is your favorite trip you’ve ever taken or favorite place you’ve ever visited?

I do love to travel. I have so many places I would love to visit (the Rocky Mountains, the East Coast, England, the Caribbean), but, unfortunately, I can’t afford those kinds of trips on my author income. Someday I hope to though. I think my favorite trip memories are from day trips with my family. We did a lot of fun day trips when I was young, and now my brother and I do a lot of that as well. One of these days, we’re going to plan a more exciting and adventurous road trip.

What? Michigan’s not on that list? 😛

Thanks for stopping by once again! Can’t wait to chat with you again at Defy‘s Facebook party in a couple of weeks!

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13 thoughts on “Samara’s Peril Review & Interview

  1. writinganyone May 19, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Great review, Tricia! I agree with it all! 🙂

    I love to read interviews that are done by authors, because you get a different perspective! 😉 (And Michigan is on my travelling list, ’cause one of my favorite authors are there! *wink wink* )

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    • Tricia Mingerink May 19, 2016 / 1:47 pm

      Ha, ha! You’ll have to make it a Great Lakes tour since Jaye actually lives on the other side of Lake Michigan from me somewhere in Wisconsin.

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  2. Amanda Beguerie May 19, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Awesome review and interview questions, Tricia! I totally agreed with all of your conclusions. *swoons* This boooook. Loved it. 😀
    (Yes please, Jaye, come visit me on the east coast!)

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  3. Jaye L. Knight May 19, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Thanks for your review and having me on your blog! *adds Michigan to list of places to visit* Well, technically, I have been to Michigan multiple times, it was just before I met you. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to meet up with only a lake (granted, a big lake) separating us. 😉

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    • Tricia Mingerink May 19, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      We should meet in the middle! Oh, wait, that’s the middle of a lake…

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  4. Anna S. Brie May 20, 2016 / 6:24 am

    This book actually made me use the word adorableness. I do agree about the the second half not being quite as wonderful. And also about the twist at the end. I haven’t really seen that mentioned much.

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    • Tricia Mingerink May 20, 2016 / 12:49 pm

      I thought it was a cool twist at the end. It totally shocked me at first, but I was still satisfied with the ending. I still really love the parts in the second half with Kyrin’s brothers and Marcus and Liam’s thing during the battle. 🙂

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  5. Gabriela May 20, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Great review and interview! Can we just all meet in the middle somewhere?! Like Kansas? XD None of the places you guys live are close to Puerto Rico! Come here for vacation!!!

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  6. Emily D. May 22, 2016 / 2:57 am

    Eek, this was such a good book! I hear the next one is called Exiles… but I HAVE TO WAIT AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR IT?!? *sigh*

    Ah, yes, impulsive kisses. 😉 Leith and Renna in Defy… *cough* PLEASE! *cough* 😉

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    • Emily D. May 22, 2016 / 3:00 am

      Oh, and since the others were on the topic of visiting, I must add that my grandparents live in Michigan. 🙂 Eek, it would be so awesome to meet you… if that ever happens. 😀

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  7. cfsbky.com May 21, 2017 / 12:53 am

    Samara s Peril does have some mature themes, perhaps more than the previous books, but they are dealt with very gently.

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