By Darkness Hid (#01 in Blood Of Kings Series)
Winner of the 2010 Christy Award for the Visionary Category! In this fantasy novel, young Achan Cham dreams of serving in the Kingsguard Knights, but he is a stray - worse than a slave - and such aspirations...
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Winner of the 2010 Christy Award for the Visionary Category!
In this fantasy novel, young Achan Cham dreams of serving in the Kingsguard Knights, but he is a stray - worse than a slave - and such aspirations are out of his reach. Worse, Achan is beginning to hear strange voices in his head, and wondering why his masters force him to drink a tonic every day, though he is not sick.
Half the land of Er'Rets is permanently shrouded in darkness. Forces on both sides of the Evenwall want Vrell and Achan, and their powerful gifts.
This is a terrific fantasy adventure with romance, betrayal and unexpected hope ... above all the other voices in Achan's head, he hears a new one calling him to faith.
"This thoroughly entertaining and smart tale will appeal to fans of Donita K. Paul and J.R.R. Tolkien. Highly recommend for CF and fantasy collections." Library Journal
Given the chance to train as a squire, kitchen servant Achan Cham hopes to pull himself out of his pitiful life and become a Kingsguard Knight. When Achan's owner learns of his training, he forces Achan to spar with the Crown Prince--more of a death sentence than an honor. Meanwhile, strange voices in Achan's head cause him to fear he's going mad. While escorting the prince to a council presentation, their convoy is attacked. Achan is wounded and arrested, but escapes from prison--only to discover a secret about himself he never believed possible.
Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to a love of books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children. Visit Jill online at www.jillwilliamson.com.