Sunday, October 4, 2015

Book Review: From Darkness Won by Jill Williamson

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Title: From Darkness Won

Author: Jill Williamson

Series: Blood of Kings #3

Genre: Fantasy

Audience: Young Adult


Darkness trembles.

Achan steps into his role as Crown Prince and prepares for war. But war against whom? Could Esek still be alive? Has Lord Nathak taken Esek's place? Or is the mysterious Hadad the true enemy Achan must confront?

Vrell has her own agenda of serving Prince Oren as a healer, but when she is stormed and lost to the Veil, Achan does all he can to bring her back. His conversations with her are strange, though, as if she has no memory of who he is.

In a land consumed by Darkness, the fate of Er'Rets hangs in the balance as Achan endeavors to take the throne and end the reign of Darkness.

**5 stars**

EEP! *huggles book* Achan and Vrell! <3 And this whole, epic story!! I love it!!! From Darkness Won concluded this series beautifully. The entire ending was sooo perfect, and one of my favorite parts! It almost made me cry it was so sweet and happy and gorgeous. ^_^

As for the book as a whole, there was a lot of action and battles. Fighting. Running. Imprisonment. Digging out the truth; that sort of thing. It starts soon after where Book 2 leaves off, and we have Vrell still continuing her charade, and Achan making plans. I probably liked the first two books a littler better; To Darkness Fled definitely was my favorite. But there were some epic moments in this book too. Especially the end!! Ah, I just love how well Jill Williamson concluded it.

I really, really enjoyed Achan in this book. He grew a lot, emotionally and spiritually; and I just loved him so much by the end of the book!! What a brave, sweet, funny, adorable guy! It was kind of hard waiting for Avrella to open her eyes and see what she had! But at the same time, I understood her fear and insecurity that led to rash and foolish decisions and deception. Lots of growing for both main characters, on that thought. It was hard, heart-rending, sometimes annoying, crazy, but eventually beautiful and meaningful to take this life journey with them through the span of three books! ^_^

From Darkness Won has some dark themes, some real creepy bad guys. Witchcraft/dark magic, and demons are glimpsed, though it was all done in a pretty tasteful way, I think; and yeah, shown to be evil. There's still the telepathy thing (bloodvoicing), which rose to new levels as we explored the Veil and storming and all that. Some of it just weirded me out. But for the most part, I feel Jill Williamson did a good job with drawing lines between good and evil, and unfolding a meaningful Christian allegory in this fantasy world of hers.
     Along with dark themes, violence. Yep, there was definitely violence. But again, pretty tastefully done. Caution to younger and sensitive readers all the same, though.

This might have been the most romantic book of all, though the end of To Darkness Fled (Book 2) had quite a bit of that too. The author is very real about everything, which is appreciated and makes the story more raw and poignant. There were a few "heated scenes". I'm not sure what age this series is directed at, but I'd say at least sixteen and up?

Enthralling fantasy. Overall, a great end to a great series. Loved it! ^_^ Now I want to read some more of Jill Williamson's series! *grins*

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