So I finally finished the CSFF Blog tour book for May, By Darkness Hid… and I’m finally getting a “proper” review done. The book is the first of Jill Williamson’s “Blood of Kings” series. I have to start by saying I’m not surprised this book won the 2010 Christy Award for the Visionary Category!
The book follows the stories of a few young heroes, and the characters Jill creates are amazingly engaging. I think Achan, one of the main characters, is one of my favorite characters in all the fiction I’ve ever read. Even the supporting characters are great, and not a second spent on them is wasted. And this review would not be complete without a nod to another of my favorite characters, Jax.
Again, I’m a huge sucker for quality crafted fantasy worlds, and the world of Er’Rets has definitely captured my interest. Level upon level of depth is added to this world in the book, and I hardly think we’ve seen all Er’Rets has to offer. I’m looking forward to seeing many other cultures, lands, and plots played out in the stories Jill can so obviously tell. I’m ready for a series of series in Er’Rets, and hopefully the main characters of By Darkness Hid will play a big part in many of them.
The story of redemption is an obvious influence in this work, as is the importance of every soul to God. There are many other spiritual aspects brought to life by Jill. Job well done!
Thank you so much for this book Jill! I pray you will be able to write many more books, and that God will be glorified through them. Hopefully as a fellow fantasy fiction author from Oregon we’ll cross paths someday.
You can pick up a copy of the book here!
Check out Jill’s website at http://jillwilliamson.wordpress.com/
Here are some more reviews…
R. L. Copple
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Rachel Starr Thomson