By Darkness Hid Book Review

By Darkness Hid
Published: 2009
Achan Cham is a stray-orphaned and lower than a peasant. In love with a girl he can never marry and tormented by the town ruffians. But one day, the renowned Sir Gavin Lukos appears and trains Achan as his squire. A surprising twist sends him and a band of old Kingsguards on a mission to save the kingdom from the clutches of the pompous Prince Gidon. Vrell Sparrow is disguised as a boy stray to…
4.2Overall Score

By Darkness Hid

Achan Cham is a stray-orphaned and lower than a peasant. In love with a girl he can never marry and tormented by the town ruffians. But one day, the renowned Sir Gavin Lukos appears and trains ...

  • Plot
    4.0
  • Characters
    4.5
  • Pacing
    4.5
  • Themes
    4.0
  • Setting
    4.0

Content Review:

Language-

-None

Spiritual-

- There are a hosts of gods in Er'Rets, but clear resemblances are drawn between Arman and Yahweh. Some Bible verses are rephrased, and followers of Arman are called members of "the Way."

Sexual-

-There are numerous references to mistresses. Vrell chooses to disguise herself as a boy to escape being Gidon's mistress. Gren is almost made his mistress to spite Achan. As the series progresses, there are more references to mistresses, but it is never viewed in a good light.

Violence-

-There is typical fantasy swordplay/violence, but nothing graphic.

- Achan is beaten and many characters suffer wounds.

Other-

- Some characters drink ale/wine.

 

Personal Review:

On the whole, this book was incredibly well-written and thoroughly entertaining. The world-building and characters were thorough. Each character had ample motivation and character development. Throughout the book, the story is viewed and narrated from different points of view, which kept the story engaging and interesting. It was also interesting to see characters' interactions in varying styles and thought processes. The magic system was unique and strategically used to connect characters and allow the reader to grasp the scope of Er'Rets. This series has a rich history similar in depth to that of Middle-Earth. The reader is left pondering ancient events, and the setting is so well-developed that a companion series for an older audience was written. Fast-paced and entertaining, I quickly read this book and reached for the next one.