By Darkness Hid, by Jill Williamson
Barnes and Noble Synopsis:
Given the chance to train as a squire, kitchen servant Achan Cham hopes to pull himself out of his pitiful life and become a Kingsguard Knight. When Achan’s owner learns of his training, he forces Achan to spar with the Crown Prince–more of a death sentence than an honor. Meanwhile, strange voices in Achan’s head cause him to fear he’s going mad. While escorting the prince to a council presentation, their convoy is attacked. Achan is wounded and arrested, but escapes from prison–only to discover a secret about himself he never believed possible.
I’m impressed with Jill Williamson’s writing. I’m not a HUGE fan of fantasy novels. Give me a good paranormal romance and I’m happy. But Jill’s ability to draw me into the characters compelled me to read on, and on, and on. I read it in one sitting. Okay, I took breaks, but in one day I’d read the entire story.
Achan was a fantastic character. I love those who are unlikely heroes. It makes them all that more appealing to me. She painted this character so vividly, I was immediately drawn into his world.
And there was a hint of romance too, which sufficed my need to read romances, but it wasn’t the central theme of the story. Just enough to keep me enticed. ☺
Great read. I’d recommend it.
# Pub. Date: April 2009
# Publisher: Marcher Lord Press
(Per the FCC rule: I bought this book from Barnes and Noble, read it, reviewed it on my own.)