By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson
(Blood of Kings, Book 1)

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Half of the kingdom is shrouded in Darkness. On the side that still sees the sun, two young adults struggle to understand the magical abilities thrust upon them.

It's called bloodvoicing. Some say it's a gift. One of the newly "gifted" wish it had never come.

Jill Williamson’s award-winning epic fantasy series, Blood of Kings, tells the story of Achan, an orphan who’s been a stray all his life. When an enigmatic knight offers to train Achan for the Kingsguard, he readily accepts. But his new skills with the sword do not prepare him for the battle raging between the voices in his head.
Vrell Sparrow is not who she seems. She masquerades as a boy to avoid marriage to a powerful prince who seeks to exploit her. But Vrell feels called to help a young squire who recently discovered his bloodvoicing gift, even if doing so puts her in the path of her enemy.

While Achan learns to use his new ability, Vrell struggles to shut hers down. All the voices strive to learn Achan and Vrell's true identities—and a different kind of voice is calling them both to adventure, romance and a truth that just might push back Darkness for good.

About Jill Williamson

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Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. Thankfully it was the land of the midnight sun, and she could stay up and read by the summer daylight that wouldn't go away. But the winter months left little to do but daydream. Both hobbies set her up to be a writer. Her debut novel, By Darkness Hid, won an EPIC Award, a Christy Award, a Carol Award nomination, and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel of 2009 by VOYA magazine. Jill has served alongside her youth pastor husband for the past twelve years and loves working with teenagers, especially to encourage young writers. She gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Learn more on Jill's website:
Published December 19, 2013 by Enclave Publishing. 506 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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The Christian Manifesto

by Jill Williamson is the second book in her Blood of Kings series.

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The Christian Manifesto

While the main story is of Achan, the second story details the life of a girl who has gone into hiding under the guise of being a young boy to avoid an unwanted suitor.

May 24 2010 | Read Full Review of By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kin...

The second installment of the Blood of Kings series will thrill, surprise, and delight readers just as much as the first.

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Vrell feels called to help Achan understand his abilities, even though it requires her to work with those who could destroy her.

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