Saturday, December 15, 2012

"By Darkness Hid" by Jill Williamson - A Book Review

Half of Er'Rets is locked beneath an impenetrable shroud. On he side that still sees the sun, two young people struggle to understand the mind-communication abilities thrust upon them.
    It's called bloodvoicing. Some say it's a gift. One of the newly "gifted" wish it had never come.
    Achan has been a slave all his life. Worse than a slave - a stray. He is consigned to the kitchens of a lord and forced to swallow a foul potion every day. When an enigmatic knight offers to train Achan for the Kingsguard, he readily accepts. But his new skills with the sword do not prepare him for the battle raging between the voices in his head.
    Vrell Sparrow is not who she seems. She masquerades as a boy to avoid capture by the powerful forces that seek to exploit her. But Vrell feels called to help a young squire who recently discovered his bloodvoicing gift, even if doing so requires her to work with those who could destroy her.
    While Achan learns to use his new ability, Vrell struggles to shut hers down. All the voices strive to learn Achan and Vrell's true identities - and a different kind of voice is calling them both.
    Toward a destination that is by darkness hid.

    By Darkness Hid, book one in The Blood of Kings trilogy was an amazing read! I could not put the book down! If found myself immediately pulled into the world of Achan Cham and Vrell Sparrow, Er'Rets. This book is like no other I have read, masterfully weaving the battles of the heart and the will with the battles of the land surrounding them. The story world is as intricately designed J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, among the worlds of other authors, and contains such depth, that I longed to learn more of the history of Er'Rets. As things were explained throughout the book, I continued to devour the pages, learning more and more of Achan, Vrell, and their comrades.
    This book, though, seems to be driven more towards older teenagers than toward those of the younger generation. Violence is at an average, and I never once found myself cringing at a "disgusting" scene, as some might call it, but not I.
    By Darkness Hid is an amazing novel, with memorable characters, and unexpected plot twists! I fully intend to continue reading whatever Mrs. Williamson writes next! (Current read: To Darkness Fled, book two in The Blood of Kings trilogy)
    Feel free to comment! What did you think about this book? Have you read it? Do you plan to?

5 of 5 stars

God bless,

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