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About the 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.
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 place, Delilee will pretend to be the chieftess and spy on the Sachem.
Unaware of this plot against her husband, Jalice is whisked away by Annilasia. Pleading with her captor proves futile, and she rejects Annilasia’s delusional accusations against the chief. After all, the Sachem has brought peace to the land.
Yet a dangerous truth hides in Jalice’s past. As she and Annilasia flee through a forest of insidious threats, they must confront the evil plaguing the tribes and the events that unleashed it.
I want to thank NetGalley and the author, Jesse Nolan Bailey, for providing a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Here we are folks, on day two of another amazing Blog Tour set up by Storytellers On Tour. This is my second time participating in one of their events, and I want to thank them as well for giving me the opportunity. The timing was perfect as I had just started reading it upon noticing it was available on NetGalley, a site that I have almost altogether stopped requesting books from as I have so many incredible books that I want to read overwhelming my sense of reality. I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading this, you understand the predicament.
Now for my thoughts on The Jealousy Of Jalice…
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 shape the unveiling that was “The Jealousy Of Jalice.”
As the story gets going, we are seeing from the perspective of Annilasia. She is on a personal mission to abduct the “Tecalica” (Jalice) who is essentially the ruler of the realm’s wife.
In order to abduct her, she enlists the Tecalica’s body double, Delilee, who has agreed to have magical wards placed on her, and to partake of very dangerous, and addictive substance to ensure the plan succeeds. The substances, magically speaking, help her appear as Jalice, but being addictive, also have almost horrifying withdrawal symptoms. By doing this, Annilasia hopes to take Jalice away from her protective bubble, to get her far enough away, to find out why the ruler has done the aweful things he has done, and how Jalice has remained by his side through all of these atrocities. There is more to this story as all the main players share history from their childhood.
The story from there mainly follows Annilasia and Jalice as they escape and then attempt to work out, and resolve the big “why” of the world’s situation. There are so many interesting things happening…There are hidden “aethertwisters” residing in the forest. I loved the Magic used in the book, without giving too much more away, magic that separates you from this reality, and plunges you into a deeper reality that at times was completely freaking scary. Beasts in the forest clothed in – actually, you don’t want to know what. Just do what the end of this next quote says to do:
““Drain that parasite until it crackles with black!” the dokojin screeched. “Pollution to the chaos. Get the book. Read the book. Get the book. Read the book.””
One aspect I thought was really cool was how some of the characters were neither fully male, or female, at least from the other characters perspective. The writer used terms for he/she that were extremely creative and fit the story so well for those characters. The writing was fantastic and even poetic at times, which was unexpected for a dark fantasy with frightening moments that made me think of some of those cult horror films. This was the first time I kept track of quotes along the way that I really loved. Heres one while we’re at it:
“I miss my Realm, starborn,” Elothel said softly. “It’s too quiet here. I listen for the Music, but the rocks and fires that hover in the sky are lifeless in your Realm and out of reach.”
The last quarter of the book was on freakin’ fire. There are dropped revelations, a new character called a “Mirijin” with total control of this aether magic joins them on the quest. Maniacal craziness ensues inside their minds, a magical book driving Annilasia insane, as well as other facets coming together.
The story really comes together in the end, it’s tense, unexpected, scary, and left me in awe, with the hope for a book 2, which I believe will happen. The book also made me a bit introspective as well. It is a great example, to the extreme, of what jealousy can do to someone, and the impact a selfish attitude and actions can have not only on those close to you, but on the world as a whole.
I’m hoping for a little more detail about this world in the next book. Talk of the great war, and these tribal peoples being able to seek out the stars really left me excited to hear more about this world’s past and history. As well as answers to other questions that were intentionally left unanswered, I’ll be excited to get answers to in the next boom.
9 out of 10 stars!! Great book.
For this to be a first novel is surprising. I hope that Jesse keeps his drive to write in his own way and that this book ends up in the hands of other lovers of dark fantasy. Speaking of, below is a giveaway, so make sure to enter!
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