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By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings, Book 1)

By Jill Williamson


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.

Book Takeaway:

God is the desire of our hearts. No matter what we face, knowing him will make life more worthwhile. He created us for a purpose. If we want to know our purpose, we must discover him.


Year Title Description
2009 Epic Award- Fantasy In honor of books published in ebook formats.
2010 VOYA Magazine's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Books of 2010 VOYA Magazine's top-ranked science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of last year.
2010 Christy Award The Catherine Marshall Christian Fiction Award of Excellence

Why the author wrote this book:

I saw a tree by a house that had burned down. Half the tree was charred black and half was leafy green. I couldn't get the image out of my head. It was the ultimate motivation, that image of darkness encroaching over the beauty of life.


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