Book Review: From Darkness Won (Blood of Kings: Book 3)

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Rating: 5/5 stars.

I must say that this book had the perfect ending. It was just perfect. Such a fantastic ending to a spectacular trilogy. I hope to read more by Jill Williamson soon.

Achan has finally stepped up to his role as the Crown Prince. But so many questions lay still unanswered. Is Esek still alive? What is Lord Nathak hiding? Is the man called Hadad the real enemy? Achan just hopes that his army will be able to take Armorguard. Vrell has decided to follow her own destiny and work as a healer in Prince Oren’s army. All does not go as planned, and soon she is stormed and lost to the Veil. Achan tries to bring her back, but she seems to not know who he is. Can he save Vrell? Can Achan take back his throne and defeat the darkness that has covered Er’rets?

I must say that I was a bit disappointed with this book, maybe it was more disappointment with myself than the book. I just felt so disconnected and out of it. Maybe after speed reading the second book, I just felt out of when I couldn’t keep up the same pace. Either way, even though I felt disconnected through most of it, I did read the last like 20% of it way late into the night. Too late.

Just because I felt disconnected does not mean it wasn’t amazing and fantastic. I loved it!!! Some cool stuff is revealed (I love big revelations, by the way). There was adventure and oh, so bittersweet romance (mostly sweet, I’ll admit). Then there was such an epic battle at the end. Woo hoo! It was awesome! Also, the end had a twinge of sadness to it, but I loved it anyway.

Because I am done with this trilogy, I’m sad but also happy too. This is totally worth re-reading. I’d recommend all fantasy lovers, romance lovers, and people who love Christian fiction. You will so love this trilogy. Don’t miss out on such a exquisite series!

-G. Paige

Book Review: To Darkness Fled (Blood of Kings: Book 2)

imageThis book left me feeling…(What should I say?)…shocked, nervous, worried, excited, and just amazed. Totally amazed.

This book started just after book 1, I mean right after book 1 ended. Achan, Vrell, and three Kingsguard Knights (Sir Gavin, Sir Caleb, Inko) have fled from Mahanaim where the Council has voted Esek to be King, though it was brought to light that Achan was the real Prince Gidon Hadar and heir to the throne. Fleeing from Esek, the imposter prince, they head to Tsalfown. From there they will break into Ice Island and free old friends to help them raise up an army to fight for Er’rets. Vrell soon is worried. How long will it be until her secret is out? Achan, who just wanted freedom a few weeks ago, is now more bound to the kingdom than he ever was as a stray. Who is this god Arman? Can he, hardly a man, truly lead the whole kingdom of Er’rets?

I was captivated with this book from the start. I have quite fallen in love with Achan and Vrell. Achan is so neat. His bloodvoicing powers are so powerful and cool. He is very foolish and stubborn at times, but that is sometimes the reason why I like him. He’s also very humorous. Vrell was so fun. Her worries and fears felt so real. She was very perky and alive. She always had a quick remark ready. Towards the end, I was saying “What are you thinking??? Don’t do that!”┬áBut she’s still wonderful.

I’m so glad that I have the next book on hand. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I know it will have a fabulous ending, but how? I was tense with excitement and worry the whole time while reading this book. Oh my goodness, I can’t tell you how much I wanted to read this and just forget about sleeping and eating. There was danger on every turn. It was so riveting.

Of course you’ll want to have read the first book in this series before reading this and I’d recommend this to people who love fantasy and/or just plain fiction. You don’t want to miss this.

-G. Paige

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