By Darkness Hid

Saturday, August 28, 2010
“What power?” 
Achan gave a cynical laugh. 
“You speak of kingly fables. No such ability exists in the real world of flesh and blood.

Book: By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson, Marcher Lord Press, 2009
By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings, book 1)
Genre: Allegory/Fantasy
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 14-19
Summary: Achan always thought blood voicing was just a myth, but something seems to be going on. One day he begins to hear voices in his head, calling to him, begging to know who he is and telling him he is very strong in his power. Meanwhile, Vrell, a young girl hides as a boy to avoid an evil suitor, but having the power of bloodvoicing herself, neglects her own journey in order to help Achan. All too soon, both find themselves caught up in something much bigger than themselves, something Vrell knows is from Arman, the one true God, but is dangerous and confusing nevertheless. Achan does not know Arman, nor His call on his life. Only Arman can get them out of the trouble they are in though.
Notes: A true allegory, By Darkness Hid has an ultimate being, some who know of Him and follow Him and some who don't. However, the actual spiritual content, growth of characters, teachings from the Bible, etc. aren't prevalent. A true fantasy, characters are doing things that are impossible in the real world - in this story it's about bloodvoicing - the ability to hear what others are thinking. The book is very well written, enjoyable to read, keeps you guessing, wondering what things are or mean, with the mysteries only revealed at the very end of the story. Yet, there is so much left hanging -it makes you eager to read the second in the series!
Recommendation Scale: 4
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Romans 1:20 - For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.


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