The Jealousy of Jalice
The land and its people are corrupted. The Sachem, chief of the Unified Tribes, is to blame.
It is this conviction that drives Annilasia and Delilee to risk their lives. Afraid of the aether magic he wields, they enact a subtler scheme: kidnap his wife. In her ...more
No star dies without a burst of final light. No constellation forms without a future meaning. Sahrumm steps into the tomorrows of the faithful and protects those that hold to infinite wisdom.
The Jealousy of Jalice is a gritty and imaginative Dark Fantasy debut from author Jesse Nolan Bailey. At its heart, it's a cautionary tale of the ugliness and indecency jealousy brings upon the world, and how acting on such feelings must be avoided at all costs. The narrative focuses on the concept that ...more
While the world created and the story revealed are amazing, there is too much missing.
What exactly is a mirajin? What is a dokojin?
What the hell is aether magic? Where did the flayers come from?
I got the gist of these things, but it would have been nice to have a clearer picture painted.
I think a prologue with the whole backstory of this world would have made a huge difference.
It's the start of a series so maybe the author will delve into all this further?
The Jealousy of Jalice is set in a highly complex world where aether is a form of magic which connects different realms. The Stones of Elation can reconnect these places but they're hidden and the means to bring back harmony is impeded by the all-powerful Sachem. A demon-like creature is at the heart of the darkness which pervades these realms and its domination of the Sachem leads to some truly dark and unpleasant a ...more
I really liked the whole concept of the book. The story was somewhat different from what we have been reading about the mediaeval period. The detailing helped me to realise the seriousness of the situation Jalice was in.
Story' main focus was on Jalice who was initially kidnapped and the journey of how she discovered the truth behind the lies she has been told.
Amazing story✨ ...more
Beyond the synopsis however, you can expect to find deceit, magic, daemons, more deceit, morally questionable characters, and bucket-loads of freshly squeezed gore.
This is a super dark fantasy, which is in places exceptionally brutal. Just feel I need to pin that to the top as I’m aware that it’s not going to be everybody’s thing – but it is mine.
Now, The Jeal ...more
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Content Warning: Gore, Death, Kidnapping, Genocide
"A man who condemns his ally tribes to downfall, as well as his own, isn't a...more
ARC provided by Jesse Nolan Bailey via Storytellers On Tour. All opinions are mine and freely given.
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"Darkness covered the forest like a spider's web--insignificant at a casual glance, but fatal to anything trapped within."
05-28: 'The Jealousy of Jalice' by Jesse Nolan Bailey is a somewhat complex fantasy story about a plot hatched by Annilasia.. an enslaved assassin.. and Delilee.. the royal decoy for the Chieftess of the Unified Tribes. ...more
I will say that you're kind of dropped into this world without a lot explanation, which I personally enjoy, but if you are someone who doesn't enjoy ...more
The Jealousy of Jalice was an entertaining read. Focusing on Jalice, her relationship with Hydrim and her friendship (loose term) with Annilasia, we follow the story through to a natural conclusion which leaves enough open for the second book. About half way through the story, I understood the title of the book, which didn’t make sense until enough pieces of the puzzle fell into place. This is a slow burn book, weaving snippets throughou ...more
I’ve been wanting to read The Jealousy of Jalice for a while. I love the cover art. The plot sounded interesting. Jesse Nolan Bailey is a good online personality, the kind that makes me want him to succeed. Plus, I know what it’s like, being an indie author and trying to be seen and heard. I want to do what I can to improve the plight of others.
So here we are.
Now, first things first, what I noticed about this book first, was the writing. That’s just how ...more
Let's begin by appreciating the cadence of the debut's title: The Jealousy of Jalice. Alliteration is held high in my regard and it sounds like it's a stamp of the series with it being titled A Disaster of the Dokojin. It's melody to my ears. <3 This in itself intrigued me to read the debut and trust me when I say, it's all you need to pick up the book. I did not feel like I read a debut at all.
This Dark Fantasy checks all...more
Two women, fed up with the corrupt regime, set out on an adventure to unseat the Sachem by kidnapping his wife and installing someone to spy on him. Annilasia takes the Sachem's wife, Jalice, on a wild journey to confront the evil that plagues their land, but things do not go according to plan!
First blush: I really enjoyed this book and am very glad that I had a chance to review it. I'll be pre-ordering a print copy, great cover and fun book that need ...more
The Jealousy of Jalice is a dark fantasy with an inventive world. I enjoyed reading but it didn’t quite reach its full potential.
The plot went in an unexpected direction, but in a good way. The world is much more dangerous and, frankly, terrifying than it initially seems and I really enjoyed that! This isn’t a book that’s afraid of serious consequences and it doesn’t hold back. There were times when I asked myself ’is this actually happening right now!?’. The gravity of events was really r ...more
I was hooked from start to finish. I highly recommend this book. ...more
I was able to see, enjoy, and appreciate the darkness underlying the writing. There are aspects of horror, fantasy, and a layered twisting of genres that could not have been written even a few years ago, that sha ...more
When I started reading The jealousy of Jalice I was a little confused. Everything slowly started coming together and the story started to progress in a cinematic approach in which I tend to enjoy in certain books. The story starts off with a bit of action. At first, your not really sur ...more
I really enjoyed this one. In truth, I give it 4.5/5.
There were things I loved - the three main characters are interesting, complex, and realistic; all are flawed in different ways. The supporting characters are also interesting and I wanted to know more about them. The villains are fantastic - the menace they manage to exude is palpable in its horror aspects but never felt hyperbolic. I do wish we’d gotten a bit more ...more
This is a pretty solid read especially when I think about this being the author's debut. It's a dark fantasy so I was excited to get into this new world. And the world is pretty complex. That was easily my favorite thing about this book. It gives off the feeling that only the surface was scratched in between all the realms and magic.
What stopped me from giving it more stars is that I had trouble connecting or caring about any of the characters. I didn't hate them. So that detachment too ...more
In the words of Inzerious, “Get the book. Read the book. Get the book. Read the Book.”
A dark, bloody blend of Tangled and Horizon Zero Dawn, the story easily pulls you along foggy forests and pitch black caves, where every corner hides something dark and hungry. Hungry for bones, hungry for flesh, ...more
The Jealousy of Jalice is a dark fantasy/sci-fi book.
"The Realms have split apart, the Stones of Elation have been hidden, and warnings of dokojin drift among the tribes. The land and its people are corrupted. The Sachem, chief of the Unified Tribes, is to blame."
Firstly, I loved this book. From the moment I read the first line until the ending. Not only was the writing easy to read, but it had a flow that kept the story moving. It balanced on a fine line between telling my what I ne ...more
Warnings: dark and frightful imagery, gore
1 sentence review: A fantastic, fast-paced dark fantasy with great world building.
Pros: Inventive interesting world, great mystery, nuanced gray characters
Cons: Could have used a bit more polishing in the editing phase; I personally would have preferred a lower pace of the background reveal.
Good for readers who: like dark fantasy, horror elements and slow-drip world building.
Not so great for readers who: don’t like dark imagery or horror as ...more
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