Monday, April 18, 2016

Book Review: Half Blood

OH MY GOODNESS! I loved Resistance and you all might remember when I reviewed it back in March Jace was one of my favorite characters. Well now, Jace has HIS OWN BOOK!

"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. But, 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?"

What I really enjoyed:
Wow. I really enjoyed this book. First of all Jace was my favorite character in Resistance and so I'm already kind of partial to this book.

There is a wonderful amount of action. I love real action. Like fights, getting bloody, and dirty. Having to survive. Jaye does this skillfully and realistically without getting into an immoral violence.

There are so many deeper meanings as she reveals slavery, strength, weakness, pain  and kindness through biblical lenses but not with pushy words.

She uses her characters to demonstrate the love of Christ and how he can wash any blood stains (literally) as white as snow.

Jace is so encouraging to anyone who has ever struggled with doubts or faith. I also really appreciate that he is strong, but his weaknesses are real. While his past haunts him, his Maker guides him.

What I didn't like as much:
The only thing I can say is, I think there could have been a little more to the plot. There was nothing wrong with it (IT WAS AMAZING) but her other book Resistance had so many sub plots intertwined you could never predict what was happening next or get bored.

Who I'd recommend this book to: 
I would say this book is aimed at Teens and Young Adults but I think mature Midleschoolers would also enjoy it! There

A bit 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 visit her, read about her other books and get updates on her blog