Jaye L. Knight’s new novella, Half-Blood, has been released! Learn more about this prequel story to Ilyon Chronicles and make sure you also enter the tour giveaway at the bottom!
Jaye L. Knight
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?
See where Jace’s story all began . . .
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What inspired you to write Half Blood?
I’ve always wanted to tell Jace’s background story and had it floating around in my mind for a long time. Occasionally I would write down a scene for it, but I did not intend to write it as soon as I did. It was supposed to be a short story that I thought I’d offer as a freebie to draw new readers into the series. That changed, however, when I just kept going further back into Jace’s life and it ended up being much longer than I originally planned.
What was the most interesting part to write?
Definitely when Jace first came to Kalli and Aldor’s farm with Rayad. I loved writing it and experiencing all his emotions with him as he comes to discover that there are good people in the world. And it was just fun to show how he first came to meet and get to know them since that wasn’t in Resistance.
What do you want your readers to learn from Jace's experiences/from the story?
That God is always calling and working in people’s lives. That is ultimately what I set out to tell when I first started writing about Jace. No matter how broken we are as people, God is still working in the background, even if we can’t see it at the time, and He can take our broken lives and make something beautiful from them. Even when we doubt and make mistakes.
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