To Darkness Fled

Monday, October 31, 2011

He wanted to look on Arman’s face. “I trusted You!” he yelled to the tall window. “I listened to Sir Gavin. I listened to Sir Caleb. I’ve done what everyone said. I’m trying to do what You want for Er’Rets. I serve despite my own desires. So why do you betray me?”

Book: To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson, Marcher Lord Press, 201
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 16+
Subjects: Faith in God, Trust in His plan, Love, friendship
Summary: Achan is accepting more and more that his destiny is to be king of Er’Rets. He’s doing all that Sir Gavin and Sir Caleb teach him as they travel through the darkness in hopes of building an army to combat the darkness and overthrow the evil that rules their land. And Achan is learning more about Arman as he faces situation after situation that threaten his life and the lives of those he cares for, and perhaps, even loves. Vrell is getting closer and closer to home and longing all the more for the comfort of her mother and the opportunity to throw off this disguise and become herself again. But how will she ever tell Achan the truth? Will they even live that long?
Notes: This is the 2nd in the Blood of the Kings series. This particular book feels a lot like an adventure story as the characters journey through the darkness, stopping at various places along their way. Each place they stop holds a new adventure and challenge for them to face – from conniving females with magic love potions to warriors with the ability to duplicate themselves. It’s the story of Achan’s spiritual journey as well. When he finally loses what he cares about the most, he calls desperately on God (Arman) who shows up and finally claims Achan’s whole being. The book is thick and filled with many action scenes but those scenes that focus on Achan or Vrell’s interactions with Arman are nothing short of beautiful and powerful.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Isaiah 55:9 - “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.


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