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4.45  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  80 reviews
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 huma
Kindle Edition, 153 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Living Sword Publishing
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Jaye Knight It depends. For most people, I suggest reading Resistance first because Half-Blood is depressing (though has a hopeful ending), and I don't want them …moreIt depends. For most people, I suggest reading Resistance first because Half-Blood is depressing (though has a hopeful ending), and I don't want them to get scared off the rest of the series. But for anyone who doesn't think that is an issue, Half-Blood can be read first. :)(less)

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Half-Blood by Jaye L. Knight is a prequel novella to tie in with the ILYON CHRONICLES. Though heart-wrenching at points, it’s a great read overall.

Jace, who this story is about, quickly became dear to me as I read Resistance (book 1) and The King’s Scrolls (book 2). We saw glimpses of the dark past of our sweet but brooding hero, but never really got the chance to explore it. Half-Blood gives us that chance …revealing some of the most terrible moments of Jace’s life. *sniffle* Poor, dear, sweet
H.S.J. Williams
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: awesome-heroes
Ah.....well, as to be expected this story is tough. But it is also a very important step into understanding our hero, Jace. This story fully reveals the raw pain he went through that shaped him into the man he is in the following books.

I wouldn't recommend this as a starting place for the series. Without knowing the future, I imagine it would be very tough to get through. If you don't handle stories of cruelty, then you should know the first 70% is almost non-stop cruelty. The sad thing is that
Amanda Beguerie
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing


All his life, Jace has been a slave. He has been forced to become a gladiator, and treated so harshly, lower than an animal. Little does anyone know, Jace - as half ryrik and half human - has a heart, a soul, and he is not truly defined by his ryrik blood. He is not an angry killer; he is only thought to be one. And he is treated for the first 17-20 (or so) years of his life as though he is less than worthless. 

Oh my. I can't really in good conscience say that I loved or e
Kendra Ardnek
There are only two books that I can claim to have read within twenty-four hours of their release. Trust, and now this one. Both written by the same author, though under different names. The only reason I haven't read any of her other books within twenty-four hours of their release is that they were released before I discovered Molly/Jaye, or I got to read them early for review purposes.

For some reason, I didn't join the blog tour for Half-Blood, partially because I didn't realize there WAS a sig
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Let me just blurt out: oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!! There isn’t enough I could say to tell you how much I loved this book. And hated it. But let’s get on to what it is about.

This is a prequel book to the first book in the the Ilyon Chronicles: Resistance. It is a backstory of the life of Jace, one of the two main characters. Starting when he is six years old, Jace is a slave. He’s also half ryrik. That, supposedly, makes him dangerous. He has no memory of his parents. Sold f
Age Appropriate For: 13 and up for violence and thematic elements
Best for Ages: 13 and up

A story just about Jace? One where I finally get to hear about his background? Yes please! *ahem* Yes, I was very eager to read this book when I was offered an advanced reader copy.

The first thing, have a box of tissues with you. This story was heart-wrenching. I knew it wasn’t going to be lighthearted, but I was not prepared for the emotional punch this story packed. Knight didn’t spare the readers of the h
C.B. Cook
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Ilyon Chronicles
Holy cow. HOLY COW.

So many things going through my mind, and I've had some time to recover... If reading A Time to Die counts as recovering. :P Anyway, this was the very last book I finished in 2015, and... I don't think I can do a normal review.


2 (things I adored) - Seeing Rayad, and Jace helping Strune

0 (things I loved about Jasper) - .... *SCREECH* *grabs pitchfork*

1 (thing I didn't like) - Seeing Kali and Aldor again BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM!!!!

Alea Harper
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I must admit, I had very high expectations for this book. Jace has been my favorite character in Ilyon pretty much since chapter 1 of Resistance. Jaye told us that he had a tragic past a little in Resistance, but this is where we get the full story. This book fully met my expectations. I cried. Oh did I cry. Sometimes I forced myself to put it down and wait until I was in private so I could cry. The beginning of the book features a 6-year-old Jace that makes me want to give him a big hug even mo ...more
Athelas Hale
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I all but sobbed all through the last half of this book. Usually when I say, "I cried at a book," I mean gently misting eyes. I have to wipe my eyes a couple of times... but with this, I couldn't keep my face dry for more than ten minutes and the words started to blur before my eyes. ...more
A'laura Pyeatt
Jace!! *cries forever* I'll always love you! You're nowhere near a monster or animal everyone says you are!!

I REALLY enjoyed learning more about Jace's backstory. I just wonder who his parents are! Hopefully we'll find out in the rest of the series, maybe?! I can't wait to read more about Jace!
What I thought:

Let’s see if I can make this review not all just squeals and SPOILERS, and actually a readable review.

Can I say, I NEARLY CRIED AT THIS BOOK?! Okay, so I didn’t actually cry, but I felt like I should be. It was really sad and depressing, but at the end there is a glimmer of hope, and it is so BEAUTIFUL.

And Jace. Oooh, I wish he were real! So. badly. He is just so amazing!


This plot. This. plot. Oh, why, Jaye? She tore my heart into a million pieces. A million. It was s
Hannah Rodes
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I hope I didn't alarm our neighbors at my abundant delighted screams. I ran all the way up and down Our lane (its pretty long and I hate running) because I was so happy! but enough about that, moving on...I'm still pretty shocked I didn't cry, nor did my eyes get watery! Like really how I did that I have no idea! This book was amazing, sad, but so amazing! I stayed up till 12 in the morning and finished it and then went right up to my sisters face (while she was trying to sleep) and said " don't ...more
4,25 stars - English Ebook - I don’t, but I trust Elom..... - A former slave meets people who look at the future and what you do with it. The fist part of the book let my heart kreeg, but the second part I saw hope. 🦋🌹🦋
R.J. Rodda
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, christian
This is the back story of Jace from 'Resistance' (Ilyon Chronicles Book 1). If you like Jace, as I do, it is a must-read. Do read 'Resistance' first though. Jace's story is essentially sad, except for the end. I was expecting a harrowing story and it was, but some scenes were cut short and the cruelty was not as detailed as it could have been for which I was grateful. Most of the material in this is not new, in the sense that it tallies from what we know in Resistance but it is from Jace's point ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jace's story! *drooling*

UPDATE 06-12-15:

*sniff* That was so sad. I just want to give Jace a big hug!
Anna Marinelli
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book almost made me cry......poor Strune! :'( ...more
Rachel :)
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well that was heartbreaking!
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jace. My sister jokingly says that Ilyon should be called the "Poor Jace Series" and nowhere is that more true than in Half-Blood. This is the story of Jace's past. Not where he comes from, that's in yet unpublished books, but Jace's recollected past. His growing up years. His years as a slave and a gladiator. The cruelty he received. How it shaped him into the Jace we all know and love.

We see him as a little boy trying to be kind, to stand up for defenseless animals, we watch him have his firs
Stargazer R. L.
So. . . Where to begin? I. Love. This. Book.

Half Blood is such a small, cute little book, with lots of darkness, action, Jace, and light. I mean, a whole (admittedly small) book ALL ABOUT JACE? What can go wrong? For him: everything, poor thing, but for the reader: nothing! Because Jace. It's fantastic.

Jace. Poor, dear, darling, dark, epic, beat-up, abused, cool, awesome, half ryrik half human Jace. I love him. He's the best. He also needs a hug, and lots of shortbread cookies.

The end!! I loved
Rebekah Gyger
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having read Resistance and King's Scrolls, I was super interested in Jace's back story. Half-Blood starts us with Jace at the age of six and takes us through until he is removed from slavery. If you are familiar with Jace's point of mind in Resistance, you know that he starts that book with a very low opinion of himself. In Half-Blood, instead of being like Resistance, where he gradually begins to see himself in a better light, we have the opposite, where he starts to see the worst of himself.

Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can't say I enjoyed this book, you know, but it was good as expected. So terribly sad, but I liked experiencing Jace's first days with Rayad through his eyes. It does explain why he is who he is. Great middle novella for fans wanting Jace's backstory!

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Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book stole--and crushed--my heart. It's so sweet and so heartbreaking. I read the entire thing in one sitting and it was just what I expected (in a good way). And the ending is just so precious. 💕 ...more
Lucy Buller
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*steals Jace from Jaye*
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Half-Blood is going to be so awesome!!! I can hardly wait for it to come out!!!! :D
Bailey Marissa

I want to give poor bby Jace a hug.

Recommended 11+ for violence and slavery.

Erika Mathews
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let me just say that this is such an excellent prequel novella in the Ilyon Chronicles. If you liked Jace in Jaye's other books, you will be riveted by this book. It's not comfortable to read, but it is deep and gives inspiring and heart-wrenching insight into Jace's past as well as hope. If you've read Resistance, you'll love Half Blood.

I particularly liked reading a whole book from Jace’s point of view. I felt like I couldn’t connect with and understand Jace like I wanted to in Resistance, and
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Ilyon Chronicles are fast becoming my favorite book series, so I was thrilled when my younger sister allowed me to read her copy of "Half Blood".
It was really neat to be let into the secret world of Jace, and see what he was like before "Resistance" (book 1 of the Ilyon Chronicles)
It was quite depressing. I kept turning page after page waiting for things to get better, unfortunately things got a lot worse before they got better. .I would have liked to see at least one or two people show
Tricia Mingerink
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Half Blood has more violence and more intense scenes than Resistance and The King’s Scrolls, though even the tear-jerking scene in this book can’t compare with the heart-destroying scene in The King’s Scrolls. The violence is not gratuitous, and Jaye dwells more on its effects on Jace than on what is physically happening. While reading it, I sometimes got the sense that Jace didn’t want to dwell on or see what was happening or what he was doing, and thus the reader didn’t either. It was a techni ...more
Deborah O'Carroll
Everyone and their cousin seems to be after me to read this series, so I finally sat down and read the prequel novella in an attempt to get me hooked enough to not be too daunted by the length of the later books… It’s kinda dark and likely not everyone’s cup of tea, but I didn’t mind it so much since I’ve read similar tales before. Jace is awesome (naturally) and I love Rayad too, and I’m looking forward to continuing the series. :) (Ya know, once I get over the length… >.> *cough* I’m sorry, lo ...more
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Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author 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 writes from her home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin where she lives with her three furbab ...more

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Ilyon Chronicles (6 books)
  • Resistance (Ilyon Chronicles, #1)
  • The King's Scrolls (Ilyon Chronicles, #2)
  • Samara's Peril (Ilyon Chronicles, #3)
  • Exiles (Ilyon Chronicles, #4)
  • Bitter Winter (Ilyon Chronicles, #5)
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