Thursday, February 19, 2015

Interview With Marcus Altair

The blog tour celebrating the release of The King's Scrolls is here! The King's Scrolls is the second book in the to be six book series Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight. It's an amazing series that I am now pretty sure has passed up my long time top favorite Narnia. Ilyon Chronicles is a fantastic story of faith and standing up for what you believe in, even in the face of persecution, of friends and family, of daring adventures and dangerous faith-filled missions, and every book is better than the last. For book one, Resistance, I had the pleasure of interviewing Prince Daniel. For book two, The King's Scrolls, I was able to interview Marcus Altair, the oldest brother of twins Kyrin and Kaden.
Hello, Marcus. Welcome to my blog. Could you introduce yourself to my readers?

*nods politely* Thank you for having me. I’m Captain Marcus Altair. I’ve been a soldier in Arcacia’s army for about eight years now. It’s in my blood. My father is also an army captain, and my grandfather is a renowned general.

What do you do for fun?

Thankfully, my family lives close to the fort where I’m stationed, so I like to go home when I can to see my mother and younger brothers. I’d never not want to be a soldier, but it is nice to just relax at home once in a while. I like to read too, when I have the time. I’ve always been interested in history.

Reading and history are something we have in common, then. Who is your best friend?

I have quite a few friends at the fort, but I’m closest to my brother, Liam. I know he doesn’t like the army very much, but I like having him around. He’s very good at listening when you have something on your mind.

It's always nice to have someone willing to listen. What’s your favorite childhood memory?

Probably back when Kyrin and Kaden were still at home. Our father built us a fort in a swamp near our house. We had quite a few grand adventures there. And some, well, not so grand. *chuckles* I remember Kaden and I disagreeing, and when there’s that much mud around, it’s not a good mix. But looking back on it now, I wouldn’t trade away those memories for anything.

The fort sounds fun. It's always great to be able to play with your siblings as children, even when you don't always get along perfectly. Do you prefer hanging out with your mother or your father?

Both, for different reasons. I see my father more since we’re both stationed at the same fort. It’s difficult to find the opportunity to truly spend time with either one of them unless I’m at home, especially if my grandfather, the General, is around. His relationship with my father is a bit rough.

What is your biggest fear?

Failure, I suppose. I’ve worked so hard to get where I am, and I don’t want to disappoint the General. He’s done a lot to help me succeed. I don’t want him to feel any of it has been a waste or that I’m reflecting badly on him.

Failure is hard. But sometimes failure at one thing leads to success at something even better. If you weren’t in the army, what would you want to do?

Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve always wanted to be a soldier. I dreamed of it all the time as a little boy. I can’t imagine doing something different. I suppose I’d look for a job in security if I had to leave the army. It would be the next best option for my skills.

That makes a lot of sense. Have you ever disagreed with your grandfather about anything?

He can be very harsh sometimes. I don’t always agree with his methods, especially when it comes to Liam. I would like it if he could be a bit more understanding at times, but I understand his desire for discipline. He didn’t get to where he is by being lax.

That's certainly true, that he didn't get where he is by being lax. How far does your loyalty to your grandfather and the emperor go, especially in regards to your family?

Loyalty is one of the most important things to being a soldier. We all have to trust that we have each other’s backs. And the General and the emperor are our leaders. They deserve our greatest loyalty. I’m also loyal to my family. Those loyalties shouldn’t clash unless some decide to follow . . . different paths.

Which leads us to certain siblings of yours. How did you feel about Kyrin and Kaden being taken to Tarvin Hall?

It was hard to get used to. I missed them a lot. It was hard to understand for a while why they had to go. I know I asked my father more than once if he could bring them back. But now I understand what an honor it was for them to be chosen for such training.

An honor, yes, but it has led to an unlikely turn of events in their situation. Would you be willing to listen to Kyrin’s side of the story of her traitorous action?

I’d listen. I want to hear her story and try to, at least, understand the reasoning behind her actions. It just doesn’t seem like the sort of thing she would do. Kaden, maybe, but not Kyrin. Then again, we’ve barely seen each other growing up. People change, I guess.

They do change. Thanks, Marcus. It was great having you here!

About the Book

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!
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Resistance Kindle Sale

Haven’t begun the adventure into Ilyon? From February 17th - 23rd, 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.)
About the Author

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.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, February 17

·         Tour Introduction at Jaye L. Knight

·         Author Interview at Crafty Booksheeps

·         Review at Musings of a Middle Age Author

·         Author Interview at Seasons of Humility

·         Author Interview and Book Spotlight at A Brighter Destiny

·         Review and Author Interview at A Writer’s Heart

Wednesday, February 18

·         Review at To Be A Person

·         Author Interview at Leah’s Bookshelf

·         Review at The Destiny of One

·         Author Interview and Book Spotlight at Reflection

·         Author Interview and Character Spotlight (Liam) at Thilly Little Nothings

·         Author Interview at Dreams and Dragons

·         Book Spotlight at One Servant's Heart

·         Book Spotlight at Venturing to Other Worlds

Thursday, February 19

·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes

·         Review and Author Interview at Crumpets 'n' Cream

·         Character Interview (Marcus) at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

·         Review and Author Interview at Spreading the Word

·         Character Spotlight (Marcus) at Reflection

·         Author Interview at Rivershore Books

·         Review and Author Interview at Red Lettering

·         Review at Written Rest

Friday, February 20

·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes

·         Review at Melody Jackson, Author

·         Review at Anything, Everything

·         Author Interview at Guns and Roses

·         Character Interview (Talas) at The Writer’s Window

·         Review at O. Scarlett! Reviews

·         Review and Author Interview at Zerina Blossom

·         Review at Leah’s Bookshelf

Saturday, February 21

·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes

·         Review at The American Anglophile

·         Review and Book Spotlight at Vic's Media Room

·         Author Interview at Butterflies of the Imagination

·         Review and Author Interview at Tialla’s Tellings

·         Review and Character Interview (Liam) at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

·         Character Spotlight and Character Interview (Timothy) at Written Rest

Sunday, February 22
·         Review and Author Interview at Claire M. Banschbach- Thoughts and Rants

·         Character Spotlight (Aaron) at The Art of Storytelling

·         Book and Character Spotlight (General Veshiron) at Tell Tale Book Reviews

·         Review at Reality Calling

·         Character Spotlight (Leetra) at Zerina Blossom

Monday, February 23

·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes

·         Character Interview (Captain Darq) at Knitted By God's Plan

·         Review at Backing Books

·         Realm Explorers post at Letters from Annie Douglass Lima

·         Character Interview (Aaron) at However Improbable

·         Character Spotlight (Daniel) at Finding the True Fairy Tale

·         Author Interview at Pencils Can Change the World

Tuesday, February 24

·         Q&A Session at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes

·         Review at Shire Reviews

·         Review and Author Interview at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings

·         Review and Author Interview at The Pen of a Ready Writer

·         Character Interview (Leetra) at A Writer’s Faith

Wednesday, February 25

·         Tour Conclusion at Jaye L. Knight


  1. Thanks for having Marcus on your blog for the tour! And I'm pretty speechless over the fact that Ilyon Chronicles might have passed Narnia. ^_^

    1. You're welcome. It was a lot of fun! I told my friend that about Narnia and Ilyon last night and it shocked her, since she knows how much I've always loved Narnia. Which is a lot. But really, at least since I'm older now, I feel like Ilyon's more powerful. I'm so glad you're writing it. :)


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