Friday, April 15, 2011

By Darkness Hid

By Darkness Hid, Jill Williamson, Blood of Kings, Marcher Lord Press, Fantasy, 2009, 490 pages.

Synopsis: Half of Er'Rets is locked beneath an impenetrable shroud. On the 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. 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.

My thoughts: Wow! I am very impressed with this book. Marcher Lord Press made another great choice of book to publish. Mrs. Williamson is a fantastic writer, very descriptive, and she executes the “blood-voicing” gift (telepathy) very well. I enjoy tales of poor, poverty-stricken people being given a great gift, and this is no exception. I was distracted with the current adventures, while the destination of the plot was hidden around a clever corner. I never saw it coming! Yet, it was a great twist of providence. The ending left me satisfied with the book, yet thirsting heavily for the next. Awesome job, Mrs. Williamson!

Rating: 5 stars

This ebook was provided free by Marcher Lord Press. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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