Book Review: By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings: Book 1)

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

Did I just really find a new Christian Fiction series that is amazing? Yes, yes I did. I actually read this book a few months ago but just now decided to do the review.

The kingdom of Er’rets is half covered in Darkness and the other half sees the sun. In a land full of ebens, poroo, and unique and terrifying creatures, there is the power of bloodvoicing. Some consider it a gift, one man thinks he’s gone crazy. Achan Cham is worse off than an orphan, he’s a stray. As a slave, he works in the kitchens of Sitna Manor and fulfills many different duties. He just wants his freedom. When a old knight requests that he trains with him to become a Kingsguardman, he great fully accepts. But sword training doesn’t help him learn about the voices in his head that plague him. Is he going crazy? Vrell Sparrow is a girl disguised as a boy in hiding. She hides from powerful people who want her hand in marriage at all costs. She feels compelled to this boy who is just discovering his bloodvoicing ability. But if she helps him, her secrets may be revealed.

Oh my, oh my. I loved this book so much. It was so good! It pulled me in from the start and never let me go. The mysteries about this new and exciting world was just the icing to the cake.

The best part were the characters and their abilities and the plot. Let me just say everything was great! Achan is my favorite character, but that’s natural for me since I love male protagonists better than female protagonists. He was so heartfelt. I loved how everything he did felt so natural and right. Vrell was so neat. She kept it together through all the ups and downs for the most part. She was so touching and caring. Their abilities were very cool; I can’t wait to learn more about it! Sir Gavin is also another favorite. He can be harsh on the outside but he’s really soft on the inside. The plot was amazing and it’s still rolling out in the rest of the series. There’s such a big revelation at the end, that is so electrifying!

Well, I’d recommend this to those who love Christian Fiction and fantasy. This was really really fantastic.

-G. Paige

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