By Darkness Hid is Jill Williamson’s debut novel, published by Marcher Lord Press in 2009. In this Volume 1 in the Blood of Kings trilogy, the author has set the stage for what is sure to become a classic trilogy in the world of Christian fantasy.
The book first caught my eye last year when it was released. However, I’m sorry to say that when I saw “Young Adult” listed as the reader category, I passed it over to pick up another book from my TBR pile. Nonetheless, I am a big fan of what Marcher Lord Press is doing for Christian fantasy and sci-fi fiction so when I would come across them online from time to time, this book would pop up and I would wish it weren’t YA. Well, it appears my fears were unfounded. I was glad to see a few days ago the book listed as YA/Adult fiction, a designation that I believe is more appropriate.
A few months ago, I began to hear more and more about this book. First I saw it was chosen for an upcoming Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF) blog tour. Then, lo and behold, an e-book version was offered on Amazon for only 99 cents. How could I go wrong? Besides, By Darkness Hid had just been announced as a finalist for a Christy Award. It was at that point I decided that was it. I had to read this book and see what all the fuss was about. Wow! Am I glad I did!
So here we are on Day 1 of the 3-day CSFF Blog Tour. Tomorrow I’ll will give my thoughts on the book, then on Wednesday, I will post an interview with Jill.
For now, here’s the official blurb, followed by links to my fellow CSFF bloggers. I would encourage you to stop by their blogs for a further look into By Darkness Hid. Without further ado, here is the official book description:
Achan is a stray, mere property ranked lower even than a slave. His entire life he has lived as the abused ward of Poril, who is cook to Lord Narthak. Every morning Poril forces Achan to drink a foul elixer, supposedly for his health but it’s never prevented any illness that Achan can see.
Sometimes Achan has feelings about things before they happen. Sometimes he senses when someone with ill intent are on their way to abuse him.
One day, Achan has a new feeling. Someone is approaching who wishes him only well. It turns out to be Sir Gavin, famed hero of the Old Kingsguard. For some reason, Gavin takes an interest in Achan and even offers to train him in the ways of knighthood.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, a teenage girl dons mens’ clothing to conceal her identity. Her mother is under pressure to marry her daughter, Averella (now going as Vrell), to an evil lord. Vrell uses the mental communication ability she and her mother share to vanish into the world of men.
Forces of darkness have become aware of both Vrell and Achan and are seeking to seize their powers. While one knows her gift and hides it, the other’s true gift–and identity–is known only to a few who seek to use it to overthrow the world.
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Rachel Starr Thomson