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.
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Series: A Disaster of Dokojin #1
Author: Jesse Nolan Bailey
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Page Count: 388
Genre: Adult, Dark Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★1/2
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The Realms have split apart, the Stones of Elation have been hidden, and warnings ofdokojin 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 aethermagic 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.
What Reviewers are saying:
“A slick, modern sword-and-sorcery tale!” – Christopher Ruocchio, Author of The Sun Eater series
“A suspenseful, intriguing, and highly original fantasy tale from a promising new author.” – Kirkus Reviews
“With slick original plotting and high octane action, there’s much to keep the most ardent of fantasy fans on tenterhooks with Bailey’s The Jealousy Of Jalice.” – Book Viral Review
“A riveting and brilliantly penned novel…This is an electric debut, and newborn fans of Jesse Nolan Bailey will eagerly await the sequel, as The Jealousy of Jalice is an imaginative and impressive start to a new fantasy series.” Self-Publishing Review,★★★★½
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 man worth following.”
The Jealousy of Jalice is a dark fantasy debut packed full of original content. Told from the perspective of two characters, Annilasia and Jalice, the reader gets a look into different and opposing perspectives of the narrative. Told mostly from Annilasia’s perspective, as a trained tillishu assassin, there is no ease into her purpose. Immediately, and with the help of the Tecalica’s decoy Delilee, Annilasia successfully kidnaps the chieftess of the Unified Tribes—their former friend, Jalice. Wanting to make the Sachem and ruler of the land pay for his atrocities against his people, Annilasia is determined to do whatever it takes to restore peace.
“Let us kill this darkness by any means. The end of the Sachem’s tyranny begins now.”
Jalice first comes across as aloof and almost childlike in her naivety. As the plot unfolds, she is anything but that. Locked away in the recesses of her mind is a terrible truth about the past.
More nefarious creatures are at work to alter the memory of and influence others. Parasitical demons and other threats rule the wilderness, providing a thrilling “angel vs. demon” element at each turn. What was supposed to be a relatively simple task to wisk Jalice away manifests into a complicated scheme of events.
The Jealousy of Jalice is a tale about how terrible jealousy truly is, and the havoc it is capable of. Immensely diverse, imaginative, and darkly atmospheric, this modern fantasy is a great start to this series.
“A disease, a curse, a possession–that’s what we’re up against.”
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Jesse Nolan Bailey
Enthralled by the magic that written stories contain, Jesse Nolan Bailey has always wanted to be an author. With his debut novel finally 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.
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Giveaway runs from: May 24, 2020 – May 31, 2020