The day has finally come to reveal the cover of my upcoming Ilyon Chronicles novella, Half-Blood!
As you can see, it’s a bit different from Resistance and The King’s Scrolls, though once you see the rest of the books in the series, it’s not quite so different. Half-Blood takes you back quite a few years to look deeper into Jace’s life leading up to Resistance. It even includes his meeting with Rayad from his point-of-view, which was really fun to write. Though this is technically a prequel to the series, it’s best read after Resistance as a way to learn Jace’s backstory. I was hoping to announce an official release date today, but with the craziness of this month surrounding the Resistance Anniversary Celebration, I haven’t had a chance to really get into my beta reader edits, so I’m not sure just how close it is to being finished. But it will be this summer. :) That I can tell you.
So, what do you think of the cover? I knew right away when I came across the picture (it was pretty much on the very last page of my search and I was starting to get frustrated) that it was the one. With a little tweaking, it fit Jace’s pre-Resistance life perfectly. And, of course, I love the gladiator aspect of it, considering my strong interest in gladiators.
Now, instead of rambling on, I’ll get to sharing about the actual story.
About the Book
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 human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.
Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?
See where Jace’s story all began . . .
Coming This Summer
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