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By Darkness Hid
This Christian fantasy trilogy begins with the sad state of Achan Cham’s life in the land of Er’Rets. He is a stray, an orphan, and as such considered lower than a slave. He works in the stables and kitchen of Lord Nathak and long used to mistreatment. Every morning he must swallow a potion that makes him sick if he does not eat some leaves to counter its effect. One day a knight comes and begins to train him for battle. The man recognizes the potion is poisonous but not enough to kill.
There comes a time Achan has no opportunity to take the antidote and instead throws up the dose. This opens his mind to a whole world Nathak sought to prevent Achan from entering. To the young man’s great shock, he learns his true identity and must flee before those who seek to destroy him.
This is also the story of Vrell, a young woman in the guise of a boy, who runs away to prevent marriage to a wicked suitor. Her path and Achan’s meet up and combine in ways neither can yet see the ending to.
To Darkness Fled
After the revelation of the awesome destiny set aside for Achan at the end of the first book, he flees into Darkness with knights loyal to him and his murdered parents. They go there to free other knights imprisoned there over a decade who were also loyal to the king and queen.
Achan and his men face many threats from enemies known and yet to be discovered. The young man is not wild about the news Arman (God) chose him to restore the Light, but he still embraces the pursuit of his calling.
This also continues the story of Vrell, who took me some time to warm up to in the first book, but now I like. She is great in this book. I want to slap her around some near the end though for being so blasted stubborn in her refusal to embrace what everyone, including herself, knows is best for her. But I think by the end of the next book, she will be dragged kicking and screaming into what her heart desires the most. Stay tuned!
From Darkness Won
This third and final volume to restore the land of Er’Rets to proper rule and beat back the Darkness that ever more encroaches upon it begins in a very dark and dramatic fashion. The final battle and the ending are also exciting.
In between is Achan’s long struggle to increasingly commit himself to the role he was born for and to win the heart and hand of the woman he loves. Just as long is Vrell’s battle against and then for her heart’s deepest desires.
This entire series is well done. I loved Achan from the first. Many of the knights who follow him are noble and wonderful role models not only for him, as he learns to become who he is meant to be, but for anyone.
Have you read this series? What did you think?