“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.
Authors of good Christian fantasy are sometimes hard to find – but I hit gold when I picked up Jaye L. Knight’s Resistance.
Resistance tells the story of Jace – a man who is half Ryrik and half human, who’s struggling to put his trust in Elôm – and Kyrin, a girl with perfect memory who is trying to hide her faith in Elôm, because she could be killed for it. I loved reading about the relatable struggles of Jace, as he learns what faith really is, and the bravery of Kyrin as she learns to put her faith first and her safety second.
The main characters couldn’t be more different, but I think readers of fantasy will very much enjoy them. Jaye L. Knight is incredible at writing realistic characters that touch your heart, and the world she created with her words was perfectly portrayed. I’m super picky about story worlds, so that was a plus for me.
While it does have a few aspects that younger readers might not want to read, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to teenage readers. Resistance is very well written, and it’s a book that I can easily give a full five stars.
Savannah Grace Perran – Column: Book Reviews
Savannah Grace is dreamer, a believer, and a creator of imaginary worlds – among other things. She’s also a teenage Christian writer living in Nebraska. Writing is her passion, and getting lost in a story is something that comes naturally to her – which means that reading half the day away is something she is good at. Savannah spends a lot of her time with her nose in a book or thinking up the next adventure for her insane story characters. You can connect with her on her blog, Scattered Scribblings.