Ahhhh. A satisfying ending to a twisting three-book journey through Darkness and Light in a well-developed medieval-style fantasy.
I can’t do justice to a book review of the third tale, From Darkness Won, without giving spoilers for the first two books.
Who doesn’t love a rags-to-riches story? Achan Cham had been raised a lowly stray even though he was really a prince. But that’s where the stereotype ends. Achan’s world, Er’Rets, is a unique place filled with unique individuals and politics. Nor does the requisite love story follow normal tropes. Achan doesn’t know that, as crown prince, he’s betrothed to the woman he loves. Just when you think that a simple disclosure will work, the author throws a wrench in the spokes and adds new layers of difficulty.
In the first book, Achan discovered who he was and began to cope with the magnitude of that revelation. Here’s my review of By Darkness Hid. In the second book, Achan trains to be a warrior and leader, accumulating a loyal following. Here’s my review of To Darkness Fled. In the third volume, From Darkness Won, Achan goes to war to reclaim his throne. But Darkness is darker than he’d ever expected.
Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. She writes stories that combine danger, suspense, and adventure for readers of all ages. Her first book released in April 2009 from Marcher Lord Press. Both previously published books in the Blood of Kings medieval fantasy trilogy have won Christy awards. Jill has served alongside her youth pastor husband for the past ten years and loves working with teenagers, especially to encourage young writers. Jill’s newest book (a YA thriller), Replication: The Jason Experiment, will be released in December, 2011.
I purchased From Darkness Won because I needed to read it and see just how the trilogy ended, and I’m already in the queue to read and review Jill’s next book. 🙂