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Bitter Winter

(Ilyon Chronicles #5)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Already struggling with a harsh winter and the threat of food shortage, a catastrophic event leaves those in the Landale camps reeling. Just when things couldn’t get much worse, camp members fall ill with the same devastating sickness that’s sweeping across the country.

Determined to gain the cure, Jace sets off to Valcré. However, there are only two sources—the queen, or a
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published December 14th 2018 by Living Sword Publishing
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Katie Hanna
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
YES HERE I AM UPDATING MY REVIEW AGAIN. I know I'm not usually this indecisive and I apologize :-P Just, bear with me, fellas.

This is possibly my favorite of the whole Ilyon series. I love Bitter Winter so much and so deeply, I was really afraid that trying to put down those emotions into word form would 'spoil' them or otherwise weaken them.

But . . . I'm a writer, aren't I? Putting my emotions into words without diluting them is my JOB DESCRIPTION basically; and I've never been one to shy awa
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for violence and romance
Best for Ages: 15 and up

It’s taken me a long time to write this review, not because I haven’t wanted to, but because life has been busy. This book was one of my favorite books this year.
So many books today campout on either a Hallmark version of the world (very nice and happy, but not realistic) or the dark, dirty side of life (which gets very depressing very fast).I think the reason that these books mean so much to me is they are so true t
Sarah Grace Grzy
3.5 stars.

Bitter Winter starts out with a bang, picking up right where book 4 left off. There are several sweet moments between the characters in the first few chapters, then, WHAM, Knight rips your heart out. She's very good at that. ;)

Jace plays a starring role in this book, more so than I remember from the rest of the series. And to be honest, I actually liked that. Some know that I am *not* a Jace fangirl, and I was never really was able to relate to him as a character that much in the res
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
A beautiful, powerful story of love, sacrifice, and faith (and JACE).
I read it in three days -- the quickest I've read a book all year. Like with Exiles and Samara's Peril, I can guarantee that Ilyon fans won't be disappointed with Bitter Winter


As with a lot of sequels, I was excited but nervous at once to be reunited with the Ilyon group. Excited because I care about them so much, but nervous because I still wanted them to evolve and grow as
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Ilyon Chronicles and all Jaye's other works. They are comfy, old friends that I revisit often. So, I am quite predisposed to adore Jaye's works.


Bitter Winter was a complete loss of potential in my opinion. And beyond that, as a book, it was simply not enjoyable and quite difficult to read. Had this been any other book that wasn't a part of a series I cared about, I would not have finished. Here's why:

Bitter Winter was completely out-of-place in the stor
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You already know I love Jaye's books. This is no exception. Ilyon just keeps getting better and better. They're struggling with a harsh winter, food rationing, and more, but Jace is happy in spite of it because things are going well between him and Kyrin and he's almost ready to propose. But we all know that when things are looking great at the beginning of a book, something really terrible is about to happen. Catastrophe strikes, somebody dies, and people start getting seriously ill. So of cour ...more
Leah Good
Privileged to be part of the beta team this time. Full review to come upon publication. For now let it suffice to say ... don't stop reading now! ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohh myyyy gooooshhh. This book. So good. I really don't have anything intelligent to say, I'm just internally fangirling so hard right now. Bitter Winter made me smile, cry, it stressed me out, and then at the end I was making weird noises and squealing and bouncing around and basically just acting like a crazy person. Also I need to point out that this cover is gorgeous. I NEED BOOK SIX!
Stargazer R. L.
I loved this book.
The characters are my fave.
I was impressed with how few people died.
That scene with Kyrin and Kaden was my favorite in the whole book. <3
Thanks Jaye. :)
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*sobs happily*

Full Review:
Alex T
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Whyyyy was this book so short? It looks so sickly next to the others in the series.
In all honesty though that’s about my only complaint.
I loved this book of course.
5 stars
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, fam-owns-it
Loved it
Loved it
Loved it
Everything was so good! Except the length of course I only wish it was longer!
Amazing continuation of the story. And eep! Some things we’ve all been waiting for (ahem) finally occurred...
age suggestion: I’m going to say fifteen solely because of the rest of the series. This one was totally fine but previous ones do have a bit of content intended for more mature audiences.
Happy reading!!
C.S. Wachter
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Winter is not the time to fight wars. Especially winters when game is scarce, the weather bitter, and sickness hovers in the air. Though food supplies are short, Jace, Kyrin, and their friends believe they are safely tucked away from Davira’s wrath in their hidden camps for the winter. But things take a turn for the worst when they are attacked, and sickness follows rapidly on the heels of the attack.

The characters I have come to know and care about through the last four books are all here. I f
H.S.J. Williams
Aug 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
I like that title! :D
This book was incredible. After waiting so long for it, the much anticipated fifth book, I plowed through this in two days.
Honestly, this book is one of my new favorites of the series. The emotion that was in here was amazing, and the characters just perfect.
In most of the books, I liked Kyrin's part the most, but in this one, Jace's part was the best. He's faced with decisions that could affect him the rest of his life and struggles deeply with them. The temptation was done so realistically t
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
yea, i read this in the space of about four hours. 0-0. #sendhelp. or actually, please send me the next book. bc idk how i can wait.

/ 3.5 stars

my main problem with this series is that i'm not a fan of the writing style. so much of the book is telling rather than showing. instead of being inside character POVS, it seems more like an omniscient narrator is telling us what the characters are feeling, doing, etc.

other than that, this book did drag on a bit. and (view spoiler)
4.5 stars

*hugs book* So excited for this to release!!
Bryn Shutt
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was certainly one of Ilyon's more immersive stories. High stakes, dizzying angles ... and sniff, the sweet with the sad. I always read the ending of a book first (I'm terrible, I know) but this one was a must. I had to know. But even so, I was still at the climax not at all sure how on earth *insert a few character names* were going to live to tell the ending's tale.

That ending though ... dawwww
A.L. Buehrer
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic, fiction
Wow, here we are in the second-to-last book of the Ilyon Chronicles. It’s been an adventure following this series and getting to know Knight’s rich fantasy world with its myriad of characters. Bitter Winter has been the shortest, and in some ways the most focused book of the series so far. This is more of a winter survival story than an action story, which probably is a good “calm” before the storm of the final book. But that’s not to say that this book is any sort of a break from worrying about ...more
Bethany Reinstedt
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy-lovers
Ohmygoodness! What an incredibly amazing book! In true Jaye L. Knight fashion, Bitter Winter was packed with action, love, and heartache. The perfect combination of all three! It had my heart pounding, lips smiling, and tears dripping all the the same time! Full review to come upon publication.

Full Review:
I had an eager-nervousness as I began reading Bitter Winter. Would it be as good as the previous books? Was it possible to love the characters any more than I already did? I soon learned the an
Erika Mathews
You will love this book. It may be my new favorite of this series - at least in the top two. This is an amazing, beautiful, deep book. It's just what a story of believers ought to be.

It’s full of tragedy, clinging together, trying to solve issues in one’s own strength, and the all-encompassing, all-sufficient power of God. There are no words to describe the depth and beauty of this book.

I love that character development is a strong element of this series. I love how I still feel like Jace and Ky
Rebekah Gyger
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a little different that the rest in the series. While there is still a lot of peril, most of it comes from a source other than battles or harrowing escapes from those who wish them dead. But for fans of the series, the stakes seemed so much higher than before as well. I love these characters too much and stayed up well into the night to find out what became of them.

For those who have not read the series, I would not recommend picking up at this point. There are a lot of relationship
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, so, um, LOTSA Jace!!! It's mainly narrated by him, and honestly, I adored that. 😍

But yeah. We have a whole lot of tension in this book because, as it was said in the synopsis: we have an entirely devastating illness. MY HEART WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THIS. I WAS READY FOR ALL THE FANGIRL EMOTIONS. NOT ALL THE TEARS.

Don't worry, though! There were still a ton of fangirl moments ... so that's okay. (I also lowkey said on a Goodreads updates that as long as Jace and Tyra made it through this
Tricia Mingerink
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so amazing! As all of Jaye’s books are. This one especially brings the reader through a whole range of emotions. It starts out with plenty of awwww moments, then turns heart-wrenching, then tense and nail-biting. Yet the ending makes all the tension worth it with plenty for fangirls to squeal over! I loved the ending so much, though I’m bracing myself for what is going to happen to my poor, favorite characters in the next book!
Emily D.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Definitely a lot lighter than the last few books. I just love the characters, so I didn't mind the fluff as much as I would in another book. The stakes definitely did not feel super high, but it was a very satisfying read because the characters have become so dear throughout the entire series. ...more
M.H. Elrich
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many feels on this book! It was so good!
4.5 stars.

Y'all. Bitter Winter is definitely my favorite Ilyon Chronicles book so far. Why? Well, let's just get into the reasons:

- THAT PLOT THOUGH. Say what you want about how it fits in with the rest of the series (which I'll actually address later), but it kept me on the edge of my seat and in suspense the whole time. I read this in one sitting. It was addicting.

- Knight's writing was at the best I've seen it. Hands down.

- I was a liiiiiittle hesitant at first when I realized this would m
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, I know.

But I had a solid hour to kill waiting for the Anthem Lights concert to start and I’d started the book in the afternoon.

Okay, this book is WAY better than I feared. Jaye had me genuinely scared, and while my heart sped up and I was definitely nervous, I was not like I feared. My imagination is too great.

There’s hardship and joy, pretty much what we’ve come to expect in Ilyon. I don't think it's spoiling anything to say that, just like the other four books, this one ends in a plac
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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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