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The Jealousy of Jalice

(A Disaster of Dokojin #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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.

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
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published May 19th 2020
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Nick Borrelli
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Review coming May 28th as par
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

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
MissBecka Gee
This is a difficult one to rate.
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?
Phil Parker
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm grateful to Jesse Nolan Bailey for his ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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*ARC received in exchange of an honest review*
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✨
Often when starting a review, I’d consider a quick plot summary, but not with The Jealousy of Jalice as there’s just so darned much of it.

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
Sheila Goicea
I'm excited to be a part of THE JEALOUSY OF JALICE blog tour with Storytellers On Tour from May 24th - May 30th, 2020!

I received a copy of this book from the author and Storytellers On Tour in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Gore, Death, Kidnapping, Genocide
"A man who condemns his ally tribes to downfall, as well as his own, isn't a
The Jealousy of Jalice (A Disaster of Dokojin Book 1)

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.
Kelsi Kramer
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
So I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So often in fantasy books, the world is modeled after medieval Europe. There is nothing wrong with that but it's nice to pick up a fantasy book and find something different. This book was dark and atmospheric which I ALWAYS love. The world building and magic system was fantastic. I could praise those things all day.

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
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Got to read this thanks to Netgalley..The ending....ummmm I hope there’s a sequel. You can’t leave me wondering what happens!! I must say the friendship between Mygo and Vowt reminded me of a Laurel and Hardy or Ralph and Norton bond. Definitely loved their interactions. Jalice’s kharma came right back to her. She wanted someone so badly that she ruined everything to have him. I’m hoping Kerothan is alive. Poor boy did nothing to deserve his fate. I need a book 2 now!
Jayne Murray
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I Received a free ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

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
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a sci-fi dark fantasy that revolves around three women. Jalice, the wife of a tribe’s chief is kidnapped by Annilasia and Delilee. These two women, attempt to purify the corrupt tribe grounds. The story gets really interesting when Jalice discovers her own past and realises her true self. The story is a great treat for fantasy lovers and has magic almost everywhere. Some parts seems slow, because of the dialogues, but overall the story flow is well suited for scifi fantasy. Its a wo ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
The world that we are presented with here in this novel is dark indeed. The Realms have been torn apart, and the powerful artifacts known as the Stones of Elation are missing. The political system is corrupt and the chief, the Sachem, has let the people down and because of this, darkness has spread across the land. The people are growing desperate. Annilasia and Delilee have concocted a harrowing plan to heal the rift in the Tribes by having Annilasia kidnap the Sachem’s wife, Jalice, and leavin ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
* I received a digital RC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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

Katie P.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
Becca ConsumesBooks
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it

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
Gregg Buford
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to netvalley for this arc. I thought there was some interesting ideas in this story but at some point I lost interest and it became a slog to finish. I am sure there are people that will this book though. The characters were not unlikable and the writing overall was decent.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was just brilliant!! I loved the writing and how it drew me into the scenes. It was atmospheric and very refreshing. The story read really fast. The characters weren't necessarily likeable, and it worked out great.
I was hooked from start to finish. I highly recommend this book.
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Ollie Bowdoin
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To begin with, the cover is a doozy. That was what initially piqued my interest. The lone figure, ominously walking toward some sort of entrance, inside an almost futuristic ancient pyramid, or structure. It just begged me to read it to find out who Jalice was, and why she is so jealous?
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
Rowena Andrews
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has been a little while since I’ve felt this smitten (and that’s the only word for it) with a book. The Jealousy of Jalice, already had my attention with that fantastic cover and the premise, and the writing sealed the deal because it is pretty much as close to perfection as you can get, especially for a debut. There’s no wasted words, and this is a book that has been crafted without losing any of it’s flow or impact for being so deliberately written, and those moments where the writing does ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to start off by saying thank you to Expresso tours for allowing me to be a part of The jealousy of Jalice tour. I’ve been very excited to read this book for the longest time and I can finally say “I’m done”.

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
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

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
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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
Elizabeth Ray
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jealousy of Jalice was a fantastic ride. This dark fantasy/horror throws you into a world that you can’t entirely predict. I enjoy a fantasy book that doesn’t info-dump on you, but expands on your knowledge of the world as you read. The characters are thrown into dire straights immediately and the author keeps the storyline moving along quickly. There is hardly a dull moment!

In the words of Inzerious, “Get the book. Read the book. Get the book. Read the Book.”
The Jealousy of Jalice explores the grim darkness within ourselves, those ugly, ravaging feelings that we dare not admit. A skillfully macabre debut with an eerie atmosphere constantly haunting its pages, where humans, godly beasts, and monsters clash together in a stomach-churning tale.

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,
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book didn’t really hook me until about the end of chapter 6, but once it did, it really did. Beyond that, a good, very unusual read. I would have liked a glossary of some sort — while it’s not impossible to keep up with the world–specific vocab, there is rather a lot of it thrown out early on, and something to refer back to might have freed up my attention to focus more on the action. Anyway, a very interesting book and a universe definitely worth exploring further!
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars

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
Rin | The 13th Shelf
My rating: 4/5
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
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Enthralled by the magic that written stories contain, Jesse Nolan Bailey has always wanted to be an author. With his debut novel, THE JEALOUSY OF JALICE, and his shorter fiction, AMETHYST, released to the masses, he can now claim such title with relief. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he has embraced the equally-gratifying lifework of hosting a trio of spoiled cats and two mini-aussies.

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