Reading: By Darkness Hid

By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson
By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson

What is it?

Christian speculative fiction


Who wrote it?

Jill Williamson and Jeff Gerke


What did I like?

Everything. Honestly, I haven’t enjoyed a scifi/fantasy book this much in ages. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the Wheel of Time series, but there’s so much to keep track of. By Darkness Hid is complex enough to keep you hooked but not so complex you have to keep a character list. I love the way it’s written, with the two viewpoints of the main characters (Achan and Vrell) switching back and forth. I love the characters—Achan’s snark and Vrell’s wit. And I love love love the symbolism. The setting, the culture, the characters, the plot all work together to form a beautiful allegory. I couldn’t put it down.


What didn’t I like?

My only complaint is the difficulty of the terms. Some of the names and types of herbs were confusing. They weren’t overly so, and you didn’t need them to be able to understand what was going on. But a lot of those letters with extra symbols (like â) I don’t have any idea how to pronounce. It’s not a big deal, but that was the only thing I didn’t like.


Should you read it?

Absolutely. If you’re a fantasy fan, do it. If you’re not a fantasy fan, you should still consider it. I can’t tell you that it’s a modern day Pilgrim’s Progress, but the symbolism scattered throughout the book is breathtaking. By Darkness Hid is actually available on Amazon Prime, so if you’re a member you can borrow it from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. I loved it so much I bought the whole trilogy (To Darkness Fled and From Darkness Won) the moment I finished it, just because I know I’m going to want to go back over it and read it again and again (and because I want to support both the author and Marcher Lord Press, the publisher).


A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

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