Title: By Darkness Hid
Series: Blood of Kings #1
Publisher: Marcher Lord Press
Author: Jill Williamson
Age Range: 14-17
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AR Level: [?] TBD
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Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)


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.


Fantastic read, no content to worry about for the intended age-group or younger.  Engaging hero and storyline.


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Sexual Content

A girl kisses a boy on the cheek.


Achan is forced to swallow an herbal tonic every day that subdues some of his abilities.


Sword-fighting, battles, bows and arrows, some intense fighting, but not a lot of graphic detail.


Achan is an orphan and is considered the lowest class of society.  He is frequently beaten, abused. A prince wants to take a peasant girl as a mistress.


There are a series of ‘gods’ that people pray to and leave offerings in the temple for. A group of ‘believers’ hold to one true God, considering the others idols.  Some people have an ability to speak telepathically.

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Book Review: By Darkness Hid, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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