“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.
Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.
Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.
Poor Jace. I feel so badly for him. Every time he gets his feet under him, someone comes by and rips them out from under him again. His is a past that is painful and dark. First slavery, then the gladiator arena, slowly whittle away at his heart and his hope. No good has ever come to him in this world.
Born mixed-race, most see him as little more than an animal, and over a lifetime of cruel words and deeds they have steadily stripped away his self-confidence and self-esteem. Love for the unloveable comes in the form of a kindhearted older man named Rayad who gives him a chance and a home. For the first time in his life, Jace allows himself to hope. But tragedy is not far behind, and Jace fears that what they say is true. He is cursed.
Kyrin was born gifted, with an incredibly sharp mind that allows her to remember every detail of her life. But gifts can sometimes come with a curse. Taken from her home at an early age along with her twin brother Kaden, she has been raised for the sole purpose of serving the emperor. Even though he stands agains everything she believes in. When she is sent to serve a the Emperor’s side, she plays a dangerous game as she struggles to faithfully serve her appointed ruler without compromising her beliefs. One wrong move will mean her execution, and courage falters in the face of fear. Just how long will she be able to hold on?
I have read all of Jaye’s books under her old pen name of Molly Evangeline and enjoyed them, but this one completely blows away anything she has previously written!
Jaye does an incredible job, and not just with the story itself. She designed the cover and formatted it to. Holding it in my hands, there is not way to tell the difference between this self-published work and any book published via a traditional publisher.
The writing in this book is wonderful and I was sucked in from the very first page. All the characters are extremely realistic and I immediately fell in love with her tortured hero: Jace. He was by far the best character in the story and is turning into one of my favorite fiction heroes ever.
Kyrin’s plot took me a bit longer to get into, though that was mostly just because I always wanted to get back to Jace. I like her, really, she’s a great character. Jace is just better.
The plot of Resistance feels mostly like a setup for the rest of the series, as its main goal seems to be to introduce us to the characters and the story world. But don’t worry, this in no way detracts from the tale. I still adored it and I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series!
My Rating: Five Flames
Romance: Pretty clean. I think I recall one kiss. When Kyrin goes to work in the palace the woman teaching her the ins and outs tells her what they expect her to do if she happens to dally with a man and gets pregnant (Abort). There is also one short spot where a female villain makes a rather pathetic seduction attempt on one of the heroes. That part just felt odd to me, though nothing happens. Mention is also made of what Ryrics do to women when they are caught, and one female character is nearly captured by them.
Drinking / Drugs: some wine was consumed at dinners.
Blood / Violence: There are some battles and the resulting wounds, villains wounding and threatening the heroes when captured, executions, murder, nightmares, whippings and the like. However it is not gory. The author writes it realistically, but also tastefully.
Other: Racial prejudice plays a huge role in this story. The main hero battles severe depression and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from his past as a Gladiator. Slavery is also touched upon.
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