Monday, May 17, 2010

By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson

Greetings Readers!

First the book cover photo, which is quite colorful and descriptive.

Now we get to the book!

By Darkness Hid is a book you will not want to put down. It picks up and carries a captivating pace. This book has several characters, but focuses on two main ones.
Achan Cham, and Vrell Sparrow. Both possess a gift that they have not learned how to master yet. Achan is a stray, in other words an illegitimate child, or a child whose parents are unknown. Vrell is hiding her gender and her station by concealing herself as a stray. Strays of course, have no respect and are often treated with less care than a slave. They are are the bottom of the social ladder in the land of Er'Rets.

The battle between dark and light is ever present. Not just in the title, but in the entire tale. Just as it is in this real life we are in now is a battle between good and evil. Jill Williamson did a lovely job detailing the training of a young knight as Achan becomes a knight in training to Sir Gavin.

I am going to leave you there, in case I am able to post for the next two days. If I am not,
I can tell you this book is excellent and I will be waiting to review the next 2 books in this series!

Carol :)

Greetings Again!
Here is my post for day two! I am struck by the parallels I see between the blood-voicing and a prophetic gift. Well, in some ways I know it is more like telepathy, but still I find it a really wonderful trait to have gifted the main characters with. After all, all the best heroes and heroines have a gift or super power. I really like the way that Jill Williamson worked Achan and Vrell's gifts into this book.
More tomorrow, I hope!

Carol :)

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. :)


Rick Copple said...

Hi Carol. I hope you get a chance to post some more thoughts on the book.

One techie note, my blog and name somehow became smashed together with Amy Custon so you have a weird link containing my blog and name on her name. I saw this at one other blog, so I'm beginning to think a cut and paste operation is messing it up.


Carol E. Keen said...

Thank you Rick for the comment. I appreciate you bringing the tech issue to my attention!

I now have that fixed. Your page should now reach your blog, and Amy's should reach hers as well. ;)


Jill Williamson said...

Thanks for the post. I'm glad you liked the story!

Krysti said...

Carol, Blogger messes things up for me too, sometimes. I've been looking at my latest post and shaking my head because when I posted it, all the spacing was very nice and neat. And now--it isn't!

So links getting mashed together doesn't surprised me in the least!

Looking forward to seeing your next post!

Carol E. Keen said...

Dear Jill,

You are *most* welcome. Thank you for writing for us! :D

Carol :)

Carol E. Keen said...

Hi Krysti,

Doesn't it though! My blog's favorite thing to do that messed me up is to change the SIZE and thus the spacing of a chunk of text. Normally one that has the links in it, such as the book link and the link to the author's page! If you find a patch or anything that helps with that do let me know!

Carol :)