To Darkness Fled

To Darkness Fled

by Jill Williamson
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To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson

Achan, Vrell, and the Kingsguard Knights have fled into Darkness to escape the wrath of the former prince. They head for Ice Island to rescue two of Sir Gavin's colleagues who were falsely imprisoned years ago. Darkness is growing and only one man can push it back.

Achan wanted freedom, not a crown. His true identity has bound him more than ever. He must learn decorum, wear fancy clothes, and marry a stranger. Achan knows one thing for certain.

He will not be a puppet prince. Either he will accept his role and take charge or he will flee. But which will he choose?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151404181
Publisher: Enclave Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: Blood of Kings , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 696
Sales rank: 250,515
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. She writes stories that combine danger, suspense, and adventure for people of all ages. Jill started Novel Teen Book Reviews ( to help teens find great books to read. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children. From Darkness Won is her third.

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To Darkness Fled 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Krystine_Kercher More than 1 year ago
I'd read By Darkness Hid, and enjoyed it immensely, so I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read the sequel. To Darkness Fled didn't disappoint. I wasn't able to put it down. If it hadn't been a PDF file, I would've been flipping the pages; as it was, I kept hitting the arrow key to find out what would happen next! The main players: Vrell Sparrow (aka Lady Averella Amal); Achan Cham (aka Prince Gidon Hadar); and evil Prince Esek (formerly, falsely known as Prince Gidon Hadar).The story picks up where By Darkness Hid left off, with Achan Cham and Vrell Sparrow in a boat rowing through the Darkness with several men who've pledged Achan their service: Sir Gavin, Sir Caleb, and Inko. The Darkness is both mist and lack of light; it's disorienting and dangerous; it seeks to creep into their souls and take them captive. It can only be fought by staying close together and speaking among themselves. There are also dangerous creatures in the Darkness: ebens , gowzals , and cham-bears - huge, fierce beasts that breathe fire. Achan Cham got his Stray surname from the cham-bears. Worse than the dangerous creatures are the dangerous people, like the Sakin Magos (Black Knights) they encounter, all of whom have some reason to either enslave or enthrall Achan, or torture and kill him. In a few places, they also meet people who believe Achan is their true ruler, chosen by Arman (their name for God). These people greet them in peace, and help them, giving sacrificially to them. Travelling in the Darkness takes its toll. The Darkness is both an absence of light and a mist that obscures the vision. It creeps into the brains of the weak-willed and drives them crazy. With stronger souls who are focused on their purpose or distracted by activity, the Darkness cannot invade their minds and spirits, or take control, but it lurks about the edges of their consciousness and if they should become lost in their own thoughts and cease other interaction, the Darkness will invade and seek to take them over. Vrell and Achan learn that the Darkness is growing; that only the true king anointed of Arman can drive the Darkness back by teaching his people to put away their false beliefs and wrong practices in favor of worshipping Arman and doing what He says is right instead. Some of the things that I really liked about To Darkness Fled: Personalities. The main characters are quite well-developed. Their personalities are unique and memorable. I liked it that Achan would think or mutter "Pig snout!" as an expression of disgust every time something bad happened. This reminded me of where he began; taking care of the livestock as a humble Stray. I liked that Vrell struggled with maintaining her disguise, and wrestled with her feelings for Achan even as she fussed over him like a mother hen about his battle injuries. I also liked how the author dealt with a girl's reasonable objections to certain aspects of masquerade as a boy. I still have trouble with the whole concept of bloodvoicing, though in this book the concept seemed more natural and reasonable than in the first of this series. I highly recommend To Darkness Fled for ages 13 and up. This is an excellent Y.A. book, but it's also a good read for those of us who are older, with a great deal of spiritual food for thought.
LynnRush More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book. I'm not a fan of reading long books, but this one kept my attention throughout. Love the world Jill has created and even more, the characters. Anxiously awaiting book #3!!
InkspelledFaery More than 1 year ago
I was hoping this would be as good as the last one and yep, it was. There was a little more exploration of the religious themes, but nowhere near the overwhelming levels I have encountered elsewhere. (By “overwhelming,” I mean uninterrupted monologues that elaborate theological teachings for a page or more straight. Here the Christian elements are brought in as part of the story AS THEY SHOULD BE.) The plot: I think this baby is 700+ pages in print. It is not for the faint of heart, but the story moves quickly and the words slip by before you know it. There was a great deal of character development in this book, especially with Achan. We meet a host of new characters and find out more about the backstory as well as the world building. I got stressed reading this several times just because of the suspense levels, but I loved every second and I’m gobbling up the third and last book right now. The characters: As I mentioned, Achan has a lot of character development in this book. There’s a great deal more on his flaws and his difficulties in reconciling himself with the god he was basically taught nothing about. It was something I wanted to see the author explore and she does not disappoint. Achan goes through the whole angry at God and “why me?” set of thinking (realistic, I thought) and I thought the author handled it very well. Despite a brief stint of self-pity and some trouble with basic morality in this book, Achan is still lovable and it’s hard to hate someone the author is knocking around every other chapter. I mentioned in my review of the first book that Achan is kind of like a punching bag and as promised, things do not get better. He still gets beaten up on a regular schedule and I feel terrible for him. Vrell is still going under the guise of a boy and Achan has no clue (for most of the book anyway, but spoilers). I made the mistake of thinking her perfect (maybe just a little) in the first book, but no. She screws up and shows arrogance and pride and pig headedness and finds plenty of ways to make the reader scream “no!” All the same, I find her to be a likable and endearing character, which it isn’t very often I am this fond of a female lead. (Don’t ask why, I just tend not to like them.) On top of our Joffrey-esque villain, Esek, from the first book, I’m fairly certain the devil turns up. It happens a little later in the story, so that’s all I’ll say, but we definitely have our fair share of villains, I just don't have the space to mention them all. A great series that I wish was far more popular and I think I’ll be going into withdrawals when I finish this series. If anyone hasn’t read this, go fix that now. If anyone has, let me know so we can gush over it together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jill Williamson is a fabulous talent. Wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good fantasy book, and I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love Achan!
BethLizz More than 1 year ago
After finishing the first book in record time and being unable to put it down, I had to get the second and third book. I wasn't disappointed. It started where the first book ended and it did the same to me as book 1 - I could not put it down!
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
In this second installment of The Blood of Kings trilogy, our heroes Achan and Vrell gather an army with the help of the Old Kingsguard Knights. The romantic tension between Achan and Vrell intensifies. I didn’t feel that this book was as good as the first. The religious message got a bit heavy-handed, and the plot barely moved forward at all. Sure, progress was made, but it was progress that was outlined by Sir Gavin as their “future plans” in the end of the first book. There were only two small plot-thickening events. On the other hand, there was much character development, and the reader becomes very familiar with the setting (i.e. which cities are where, who’s in charge of them, who’s on our side). I was also a little irked by the cliffhanger ending. I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers—I lose my patience with them quickly, especially if the entire series hasn’t been published. Luckily, this series has been published so I was able to start the third (and last) book with only a few grumblings about people-who-don’t-know-how-to-end-a-book. Despite these shortcomings, I think the story is very good, and the characters are well developed for a young adult novel. I think it may have worked out better had Williamson shortened the trilogy into ONE book, and edited out a lot of stuff. I realize editing is hard, but there’s really only enough plot for one book!
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JRParker More than 1 year ago
To Darkness Fled picks up right where By Darkness Hid left off and continues the excellence from that point to the final page. Readers will draw even closer to Vrell and Achan and company, if that were possible, and love every second of it. This sequel is quite different from its predecessor, as would be expected; much has changed since Achan stumbled toward the barn as a stray in book one. But this story is equally as deep, riveting, and powerful. Highly recommended, but read book one first!
CRGehringer More than 1 year ago
Jill Williamson's first novel, By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings, Book 1) won the 2010 Christy Award (Visionary) and was nominated for the 2010 Clive Staples Award (Speculative Fiction). By Darkness Fled continues the story of Vrell and Achan. Both accept that Achan has been chosen by Arman, the one true God, to be king. Chased by an evil prince, Vrell and Achan flee into Darkness, seeking to free an imprisoned army that will help them. Achan suspects Vrell of lying, not realizing that she is hiding a secret about her gender. By the end of the book, Vrell leaves Achan and returns to her identity as Lady Avrella. Achan still does not know Vrell and Lady Avrella are the same, only that his loyal friend Vrell left his service. The books are imaginative, well-written and contain all the familiar epic elements with a fresh rendering. They are both character and plot-driven. While they are long (400 and 680 pages), one loses track in this engaging, action-packed book. Those who delight in swords, sorcery, good vs. evil, political and spiritual intrigue, will be thrilled with this new addition to Christian fantasy. Readers of science fiction, romance, and Christian fiction will also enjoy this epic series. ----taken from review in Christian Library Journal (October 2010).
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this delightful book and loved it! In this book unlike the first I could relate more to the character Vrell, and the fast paced adventure kept me reading far more often than I should have been reading. Achan is a prince whose throne is occupied by an imposter. And he and his faithful king's guard knight fight to put him back on the throne. But along the way he is tempted by the evil Hadad to abandon his quest. But with Vrell at his side and the Holy Arman leading him, he conquers every thing that is put ahead of him. I really enjoyed this book and eagerly awiat the arrival of "From Darkness Won" Which I just ordered from B&N. Recommendded for all ages!
Christian_Miles More than 1 year ago
The second installment of the Blood of Kings series will thrill, surprise, and delight readers just as much as the first. With stellar craftsmanship, the author continues to thrust her characters into a myriad of plot-driven obstacles that will have readers biting their nails late into the night. The story picks up right where By Darkness Hid left off, with Achan, Vrell, and the Kingsguard knights fleeing into Darkness to escape the wrath of their former prince. They head north toward Ice Island in the hopes that they can free the wrongly accused men imprisoned there. Vrell continues to masquerade as a boy, but she knows it's only a matter of time before she'll either have to reveal her true identity, or abandon the party of questers. Achan, who has only ever known the life of a Stray, wrestles with the decor and responsibilities that come with his newfound authority. As they flee across Er'rets, their bloodvoicing talents and swordcraft excel, but in a world of ever-growing Darkness, how can two teens stay in the Light? This is the best novel I've read since By Darkness Hid came out, and I'm a fairly voracious reader. I'd recommend it to anyone I know, young or old, male or female, fantasy lover or not. It's just that good.
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mmgriep More than 1 year ago
Yee-haw! What a ride. Author Jill Williamson serves up a non-stop, action-packed adventure in this second installment of The Blood of Kings trilogy. To Darkness Fled is a snappy Narnia/Tolkien mix with a bit of a contemporary flair. Intrigue and danger combined with humorous dialogue and sassy wit make for a satisfying fantasy read.way satisfying. Many of the same characters I grew to love in the first book, To Darkness Hid, are alive and well in this story. The bonus is that new secondary characters are introduced. I especially loved Kurtz. What a hoot! He's a playful frat boy/puppy dog type of fella, obnoxious yet endearing. The plot is intense, so much so that yes-I'll admit it-half-way through I skipped to the end just to make sure everything turns out all right. Without giving away too much, let me just say that when I finished, I was none too happy with heroine Vrell. Hero Achan often says pig snout, but she's just plain pig-headed-which makes me all the more eager to get my hands on the final novel, From Darkness Won, as soon as it's available. Do yourself a favor and escape to the fantasy world Jill Williamson has created. To Darkness Fled is a fun read for all ages, imparting Biblical truths through imaginative story weaving. In fact, if that's what you're looking for, check out any of Marcher Lord Press's titles. You'll be delightfully surprised.
nutsforgoodbooks More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this book, but the problems I saw in book one, especially with Vrell's character, did not resolve in book two. In fact, by the end of the book I had lost all patience with her. And while Achan is very young and a reader can't expect him to think and behave like a mature man, I did not find him particularly appealing at his best. I had no trouble putting this book down. The plot was episodic and tended to drag, and I found the heavy-handed allegorical message disappointing as well. However--I did keep picking it up again after a day or two away, so the author obviously did pique my interest with her tale. Jill Williamson has a vivid imagination and her story offers flashes of brilliance. It felt to me like a lot of bright and original ideas stuffed into a flat formula, producing a somewhat hodge-podge result. I hope for better things from book three of this series.
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