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I found the story of both Kyrin and Jace to be an enjoyable and refreshing take on the fantasy genre. The subjects of persecution, fraternity, and compassion all give this tale heart. There is action, but it is not used flippantly; there is a sense of history, but it does not bog down the narrative. I have made comments to a few people that Resistance is very well-written. The vocabulary and attention to little detail that most authors forget made the story all the more palatable and believable.
I read the Kindle edition; the formatting was perfect, and the map was easy to find and look over. The glossary of characters, races, and places was also helpful, and indicates a well thought out world by the author; she was thorough in creating a place and people that piques the imagination
I am looking forward to reading the next volumes in the Ilyon Chronicles, and look forward to getting the same enjoyment as I did with this first part.
The dynamics she sets up is top-quality when it comes to encouragement for the Christian. A brother and sister face genuine persecution for their faith, and have to look out for one another. Great tension!
Leading right in with the rescue of a slave who could and likely would kill His rescuer was excellent! I appreciated the way Rayad actually didn't curb his actions by fear of death. He did the right thing though death was a real possibility.
I have been so pleased to read this book! It is very exciting to see budding authors like Jaye take on real Christian themes and weave a story that will encourage young people to walk the walk and take a stand for Christ!
To weave a story in a fictional world that does this is no easy undertaking. I was so refreshed by the worldview in this book and I’m glad somebody is actually writing books that are so counter-culture.
Things to take away:
1. This book does a really good job of building relationships. I cared very much about Kyrin and Jace and all the other characters within the first 3rd of the book.
2. Tremendous heart of self-sacrifice. Willing to sacrifice yourself for someone else and for the principles you stand for.
3. Excellent job dealing with racism and the idea that you can’t judge a book by its cover. If Christians want to be missionaries, they’re going to have to allow the Holy Spirit to get them past prejudices and skin colors.
4. What would it be like to face real persecution? Real potential martyrdom? What would it be like to have to work for an evil Emperor? These themes are explored with gripping realism. The tortures do not go over the top but tell the story in a way that makes you ask yourself how you would react and feel the fear.
5. Friendship conquers all! The friendships that are developed in this book definitely grow on you and make you feel part of the camaraderie.
6. Will the common people ever be able to stand against tyrannical government? This book deals with many of the issues involved. Each person has to make a choice whether to compromise or not.
I would like to give my hearty endorsement to this book for anyone over 17 years of age. It deals with issues you will not find very often in our polytheistic culture.
Besides all this, it is engaging reading with many good action sequences and tense courtly confrontations. The affection and love between brothers and sisters is encouraged and strengthened. Enjoy!
One thing I have against this book is the plot. It felt a little predictable at times, even though the writing style contained much drama. The characters totally make up for it, and Resistance was a fantastic read overall!