Friday, April 27, 2012

To Darkness Fled

By Jill Williamson

They have no choice. Chased by an evil prince, Achan, Vrell, and the kinsguard knights flee into darkness. They head north, for Tsaftown and Ice Island, where they must free an army that can help them fight for Er’Rets.

Darkness sickens Vrell. How long can she keep her secret without being caught? Achan already suspects her of lying. If she is not careful, he will suspect her of treason as well. She hopes he will let his suspicions go until they reach her home.

Achan wanted freedom, but this new journey has bound him more than ever. Sir Gavin’s claims are so far fetched. First, that there might only be one God, and second, that this God chose Achan to push back Darkness, the magnificent curse of Er’Rets. Him. Achan. Barely a man himself.

So the second installment of the Blood of Kings trilogy wasn’t as good as the first one for me. I found myself just as enthralled and wanting to read to the bitter end, but the story itself was kinda…weird. There are a ton more references to Christianity, and some of which were off from my own beliefs so it had me wrinkling my nose in disagreement and saying, “no no no! That’s not right.” I found myself doubting that the voice of God would really yell at a kid that is just learning about Him, even if he’s supposed to be king. The dynamics of the story are still good, but the heavy theme of darkness was overdone at times and made me wince. Still, I ended up finishing the book. Also: frustration with Vrell for being a freaking idiot. Just tell the poor kid who you are. For me that whole plot line would’ve been better if there was more of an explanation for her unwillingness to reveal her identity to the boy she loves than simply ‘being afraid’. I needed a better/more of an explanation.

3 ½ out of 5 just for a few lines I really liked.

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