Samara's Peril Blog Tour REVIEW, EXCERPT, and GIVEAWAY


Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Samara’s Peril, has been released! Samara’s Peril is the third book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00028]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.

Available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks!

My Review

The Ilyon Chronicles has been one of my favorite series since Resistance first came out.  Naturally, my expectations were very high for Samara's Peril.

The Characters

Jace has been my favorite character Resistance.  He is a poor tortured soul who needs a huge hug.  Through the first two books, he, with the help of Elom, works through his insecurities.  In this book, he backslides...a lot.  All of those insecurities come tumbling back.  This was bound to happen sometime, but he was like this a lot of the book and it was kind of depressing.

The emphasis on Jace in Samara's Peril took away from the other characters.  Kyrin had a much smaller part, and Trask was barely in it.  I wish they had bigger parts.  
All the people in the Resistance are important and deserve
their own books.  (Source)
One thing I did like was that Anne had a bigger part!  She was the center of a mission at the beginning of the story.  I loved seeing her help the Resistance!
It's even better that this GIF is about a wedding.  #Traskanne (Source)

Now I move on to Rothas.  He is a well-written villain.  I really hate him.  Rothas, this is from the fandom for everything you have done:
And now, Rothas, you can be punished forever as this
GIF loops for eternity.(Source)

The Plot

Samara's Peril is slower moving than the other Ilyon books.  It just didn't draw me in like the other books in the series did.  (Maybe it's just me?)  This book just wasn't my favorite.

However...there were some amazing things that happened and gave me chills.  Seriously.  *spoilers in white* Such as when Elon sacrificed himself for Jace.  Or when Jace met his mother.  *sigh* What amazing moments...  AND THE FACT THAT JAYRIN IS NOW CANON.

Content Warning: While there is nothing questionable in this book, there are bad people who do bad things.  *spoiler in white* In a character's backstory, a woman was attacked and became pregnant as a result. However, this happens long before the events of the book and the topic is handled with care.  There are some guys in it who treat women poorly.  Again, this subject is handled with care. 
For these content reasons, I would advise this book (or at least those parts) for older teens.

In summary, though Samara's Peril isn't my favorite Ilyon Chronicles book,  I still recommend it, and the other books in the series.

*Disclaimer* I received a copy of Samara's Peril in exchange for an honest review.


Only moments later, footsteps echoed in the hall. Jace straightened as the door opened. A lordly man and woman stepped inside, and the security guard entered behind them. Anne rose from her seat as the first man greeted her.

“Lady Anne, welcome to Ashwood.”

She nodded to him and his wife. “Sir Rothas, Lady Rachel.”

“We were not expecting company.” Rothas’s voice was smooth as glass and equally cool.

His presence made Jace distinctly uneasy, and he sized the man up. He was tall, fit, and dark. No doubt he could handle himself, being a knight. But that wasn’t what disturbed Jace—it was the look in his iron-like eyes. Jace had known men like him before. He had the look of a predator. Jace barely restrained himself from stepping closer to Kyrin.

“I’m on my way to Mareby to visit Lady Hamilton,” Anne responded. “My father thought some time away from Landale and all that dreadful talk of rebellion would do me good, but I’m afraid my constitution just isn’t built for travel.” Again, she amazed Jace with how well she played her part, even making her voice a bit breathy. “If you would be so kind as to allow me a day or two to refresh myself before I travel on, I would very much appreciate it.”

The man could hardly say no to her persuasive tone. “Of course you may stay, for as long as you wish.”

Rothas’s cool, dark eyes traveled up and down Anne, and Jace gritted his teeth. Trask would be infuriated were he here. Even the security guard gave Sir Rothas an unseen look of disgust.

About the Author

JayeAuthor2015Jaye 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.


Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Samara’s Peril, a John 3:16 necklace by FaithWearDesigns, and a green wire dragon bookmark by Wirelings! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)



Make sure and check out the rest of the blog tour here: http://jayelknight.blogspot.com/p/samaras-peril-blog-tour.html


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your review and being part of the tour! I adore your use of GIFs! :D

    1. I agree, the GIFs were prefect :D. Great post, Alea!

    2. @Jaye L. Knight: I love helping promote your books! I actually wasn't sure about the GIFs at first, but I'm glad I decided to keep them!

      @Savannah Perran: Thank you!

  2. I agree completely with this! Fun gifs!

  3. Great post, Alea! =)

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    1. You must!!! But you have to read "Resistance" first as it is the first book in the series.

  5. Nice review! Oh my word... DOCTOR WHO gifs! That was so fun to see! XD Perfect!

    1. Thank you, Gabriela! Yes, I do love Doctor Who. :)


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