Sunday, April 11, 2010

To Darkness Fled is out!

I should have blogged about The Blood of Kings Trilogy a long time ago. I first read By Darkness Hid, by Jill Williamson, on the train ride back from the summer writers' conference. Jill was the person who originally encouraged me to attend a conference, and I ended up going to one that she attended as well!

She's definitely one of the coolest people I know, and I'm proud to say that By Darkness Hid is the first signed book I ever owned. And recently, she even endorsed Kestrel's Midnight Song. But more on that another day. This post is about Jill and her books.

The story is terrific. It drew praise from VOYA and Library Journal, and is Marcher Lord Press's bestseller by a wide margin.

"In this medieval fantasy debut, idealistic servant Achan Cham dreams of becoming a Kingsguard Knight, while Vrell Sparrow disguises herself as a boy to escape an arranged marriage. She has a supernatural gift of being able to communicate to Achan without words. This thoroughly entertaining and smart tale will appeal to fans of Donita K. Paul and J.R.R. Tolkien. Highly recommended for CF and fantasy collections." —Library Journal
And now the sequel, To Darkness Fled, is out. This time, she got the attention of another major review publication, Publisher's Weekly.

"Williamson pens an action-packed, imaginative second installment in the Blood of Kings trilogy. Achan Cham... [spoiler eliminated] rides with a party in Darkness, the unlit half of the Kingdom of Er’Rets, to free two unjustly imprisoned knights. His party includes Vrell Sparrow, who is Lady Averella Amal disguised as a young boy to flee an unwanted marriage to Esek, who has usurped the identity of Prince Gidon Hadar. All the familiar epic elements and emotions are freshly rendered, with Vrell and Achan especially memorable as they grow during their journey... the pace gallops along, leaving readers hungry for the concluding book.” —Publisher's Weekly

If you haven't already, go buy By Darkness Hid! And if you've already read that, go buy To Darkness Fled! I've already ordered my copy. Can't wait to get my hands on it and fall into the Kingdom of Er'Rets again. You don't want to miss out.

Note: The To Darkness Fled image was shamelessly ripped from Christopher Kolmorgen of my-ink-spot.blogspot.com, where it was, in all likelihood, shamelessly ripped from elsewhere. As such, please direct any paperwork-totin' lawyers in that direction. Thank you.

10 comments:

Star-Dreamer said...

I actually haven't read her books yet, but they've been on my list for a long time. (money, why can't you be easier to obtain!) To tell you the truth, I haven't boughten a new book in awhile because I'm so stinkin' broke... but I did get Hero, Second Class for Christmas (also published by marcher lord.)

Jacob, I just have to tell you quick that you have been tagged! If you'd like to participate, come check out my blog. (it'd be awesome if you did).

oh, and I forgot to mention that I am now basically stalking "Kestrel's Midnight Song". Your prologue has me hooked, and I can't wait for it to get published! (you are so lucky! But maybe my day will come,eh? *shrugs*)

Joraiem said...

These books sound really good! it is very cool that you know the author!!

Jake said...

Sweet! :) I've also read "By Darkness Hid" , great book...

Galadriel said...

You're back. That book will soon go on my list of books to look for when I go to a big library *Sighs*

Eagles Wings said...

looks like good books! I shall have to check them out....

Ye have been tagged BTW

Jake B. said...

I've been wanting to get By Darkness Hid. In fact, I'm trying right now to get it through ILL (Interlibrary Loan).

I've read one other book just today from Marcher Lord Press, 'The Word Reclaimed'. It was amazing. From what I hear, the next book is also coming out at the same time as To Darkness Fled.

Oh, and when will your book be available to buy, both preorder or other? To quote Star-Dreamer, "I am now basically stalking" your book. :)

(Oh, and to avoid confusion, I'm changing my name to Jake B.)

Chris said...

Shamelessly ripped or delicately stolen? That is the question we must ask ourselves. ;)

Anonymous said...

Righteously purloined. :D

-whisper

Brandon said...

I'm rooting for Jill's success! My wife read her first book and really enjoyed it.

Jacob R Parker said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Star-Dreamer, EW, thanks for the tags! I am... very behind with tags. Argh...

Jake B. Yeah, I read your reviews on The Word Reclaimed and The Word Unleashed. Sounds really cool. Ahhh, so many books, so little time.