Ilyon Chronicles - Prequel Novella
The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.
For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. Yet, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.
Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?
See where Jace’s story all began . . .
Genre: NA Fantasy
Paperback: 152 pages
Author: Jaye L. Knight
“I really enjoy Jaye L Knight’s writing! This was the first book I read by her, and I was not disappointed.” ~ Sierra at 26 Countless Possibilites
“If you call yourself any kind of fan of Jaye Knight's work, then you simply must read this book.” ~ Kiri Liz at Lianne Taimenlore
“Jaye, as per usual, is stellar at drawing the reader into the story; I felt like I was right with Jace at every turn, feeling his grief, fear, pain – and hope.” ~ Meagan at Crumpets 'n' Cream
“’Half-Blood’ is everything I thought it would be and more. It is heartbreaking, suspenseful, cringe-worthy, and full of tears-inducing scenes. Yet, it was perfect.” ~ Tialla at Tialla's Tellings
“This powerful novella will answer many of the questions that readers have about Jace, as well as give them a deeper glimpse into his character.” ~ Sarah at The Destiny of One
“It would be misleading to say that I exactly loved it, and I could not recommend it to everyone. At the same time, the book was fantastic.” ~ Athelas at Red Lettering
“This is a novella and would be a quick read if it wasn't so tear jerking but the beautiful end assures us that there is always hope in God's world!” ~ Ants and Epic at Sutori no Hana
“My favorite part of the book was the second half, of course. It was so amazingly full of hope. The horrible hopelessness of Jace’s life of slavery made hope – when it came – so much brighter, in contrast. It was so beautiful.” ~ Amanda at Scattered Journal Pages
“Not having read any of the Ilyon books, I opened Half-Blood curiously, not knowing what to expect. This book both satisfied that curiosity and aroused more curiosity about Jace's future.” ~ Melody at The Splendor Falls on Castle Walls
“I loved this book! Yes, it was sad. But many of us fans asked for Jace’s story before Resistance, and we had to know it wasn’t going to be a happy one. I found it heart wrenching to read his story, yet I quite enjoyed it.” ~ Alyssa at writinganyone
“One of its strongest points is that it tied into Resistance most excellently. I was riveted from the moment I knew that the two books had begun to intersect, and that continued through to the end.” ~ Erika at Written Rest
“Read the book. Seriously.” ~ Tricia at The Pen of a Ready Writer
“This book is a tough read. While not overly graphic, Jaye does not shy away from painting a picture of the true bleakness of Jace's previous existence. For it really is more of an existence than a life. But as horrible as it is, it only makes the good mean so, so much more.” ~ Morgan at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
“This is not a story that begs for pity, nor is it a heroic fight to overcome and conquer. It is a story of survival, and Jaye L. Knight makes it feel very realistic.” ~ Serena at Poetree
“Ok, I’m amazed. A prequel novella I enjoyed.” ~ David at Reality Calling
“Ah, poor Jace! The deep despair of his gladiator life, and then the wonderful turning point bring a stark contrast. The feeling of hope is that much more wonderful after the horrors Jace had been through.” ~ Natasha at Through My Lens
“Like Jaye's other books, Half-blood is fantastically written with well thought out plot and characters.” ~ Alea at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings
“This. Book. Was. Great. Every book I have read by Jaye L. Knight was not a disappointment. Half-Blood is right up there with her other books.” ~ Mickayla at Pencils Can Change the World
“Half-Blood is not a light read. It is a story of the abuse Jace suffered before he came to be with the followers of the King. It is far from being a stand alone story, as it can only be appreciated after having experienced Resistance. However, it is well worth the read.” ~ Rebekah at Backing Books
“’Half-Blood’ gets five stars because it is magnificently written, and full of heart. It is a marvelous story, just heart-wrenchingly sad, mainly because of the subject. But it helps us understand Jace so much more, which is so lovely.” ~ Raechel at God's Peculiar Treasure Rae
“If you have read any of the books in the Ilyon Chronicles, this one is a must-read. Not only is it a look into the life of Jace as he grew up, but it’s also a great lesson in how to treat others.” ~ Faith at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections
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