I’m pleased to host Jaye L. Knight on my blog today, the author of the newly released fantasy, The King’s Scrolls! It’s the second book in the Ilyon Chronicles, and I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about both books! The character being spotlighted today is Prince Daniel. He sounds quite intriguing to me!
First, here’s a bit about the book itself:
Following the harrowing events that brought them to Landale Forest, Jace and Kyrin have settled comfortably into their new lives and the mission of protecting those under the emperor’s persecution. The fast approach of winter brings with it the anticipation of a quiet few months ahead. That is until the arrival of four mysterious, dragon-riding cretes who seek aid in a mission of great importance—not only to their own people, but to all followers of Elôm.
Hidden in the vast mining valley north of Valcré, a faithful crete has spent years sharing his knowledge with the destitute miners and their families and is known to possess what may be Arcacia’s last surviving copies of the King’s Scrolls—the Word of Elôm. Joining the cretes, those in Landale must find the crete teacher and bring him to safety, but it is a race against time. Should Daican’s men find him first, execution and the destruction of the Scrolls is certain.
When disaster strikes, all seems lost. Could Elôm have a plan even in the enemy’s triumph?
Available on Amazon!
Character Spotlight – Prince Daniel
Appearance: Short dark hair, amber eyes, fit, 6’1” tall.
History: Daniel is the prince of Arcacia and Emperor Daican’s only son and heir. However, he does just about everything he can to voice his displeasure over it in hopes of getting disowned rather than be the future emperor his father wants him to be.
Author’s Notes: Daniel is an absolute delight to work with. He’s one of those characters where, as a writer, you get a little giddy as soon as they enter the scene because they completely take over. Seriously, I can’t believe some of the things that come out of his mouth. It’s awesome. From the moment he burst (literally) into the story, he’s been one of my favorite characters. The funny thing is, he’s only had about five scenes total so far. The King’s Scrolls is the first time readers will get to see things from his point-of-view. But despite only having a few scenes between the first two books of Ilyon Chronicles, he’s already made his mark. And don’t worry Daniel fans, his story is coming. It’ll just require a little patience (easier said than done, right?) to get to it.
I was just looking back at my early notes for any interesting tidbits on Daniel, but I really couldn’t find anything. I wish I remembered more about his creation process, but I think he was just one of those rare characters who came along so fully developed in my mind that I just didn’t need to keep many notes. I do remember, though, that I went through quite an interesting process when it came to “casting” him. I love having pictures of my characters to make them more complete and real in my mind, so I’m always on the lookout for just the right person to use as inspiration. Around the time I started writing Resistance was when I started using Pinterest. And, as I would be going through different boards, I kept coming across pictures of Henry Cavill. Every time I saw one, something whispered in my mind, “That’s Daniel.” But I was stubborn. I was like, “Nope. That’s not how I picture him.” I was determined to hang on to that initial image I had in my mind for his character. But I just kept coming across those pictures, and every time they would tug at me. This maybe went on for a month or two of determined stubbornness. And that’s when I found this particular picture of Henry Cavill. Immediately, I was like, “Oh my goodness, that’s Daniel!” Everything about it just screamed his character, especially that little smirk that would so infuriate his father. So, I released my stubbornness and fully embraced this image of Daniel. I don’t regret it at all. He’s so clear in my mind now that I don’t even remember what my initial image I was so determined to hang onto was anymore. Sometimes, regardless of how you think things should be, you just have to let your characters be who they want to be. Many times it turns out even better in the end.
Don’t forget to visit the other places along the blog tour for The King’s Scrolls!
Haven’t begun the adventure into Ilyon? From February 17th – 23rd (today’s the last day!!) get Resistance , the award-winning first book of Ilyon Chronicles for your Kindle on sale for only 99 cents! Check it out on Amazon!
Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed Epic Winter giveaway! Prize pack includes an autographed copy of The King’s Scrolls, a CD by Future World Music (some of Jaye’s favorite writing music), a dragon bookmark, a stone hawk pendant (much like the ones mentioned in the book), and a few packages of Twining’s Winter Spice tea to sip while you read! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)
Jaye L. Knight is a homeschool graduated indie author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean new adult fiction. 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 has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.